In Dreams [US Bonus Tracks]

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Remastered and expanded with four excellent bonus tracks (including a fine run at "Mean Woman Blues" and a heart-tugging rendition of Willie Nelson's Yuletide weeper, "Pretty Paper"), Roy Orbison's 1963 LP, In Dreams, finds the Big O at the apotheosis of the dread and anxiety that infused his fevered, early-'60s mini-epics. "House Without Windows," wherein he seals himself off from the girl who done him wrong by moving into, yes, a house without windows, outfitted with Psycho-like violins screaming back at him in the verses. Of course it's the dark, mysterious beauty of the title track that remains haunting even now, with its diabolical image of a "candy-colored clown ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Remastered and expanded with four excellent bonus tracks (including a fine run at "Mean Woman Blues" and a heart-tugging rendition of Willie Nelson's Yuletide weeper, "Pretty Paper"), Roy Orbison's 1963 LP, In Dreams, finds the Big O at the apotheosis of the dread and anxiety that infused his fevered, early-'60s mini-epics. "House Without Windows," wherein he seals himself off from the girl who done him wrong by moving into, yes, a house without windows, outfitted with Psycho-like violins screaming back at him in the verses. Of course it's the dark, mysterious beauty of the title track that remains haunting even now, with its diabolical image of a "candy-colored clown they call the sandman" who induces a deep sleep in which Orbison describes scenes from an idyllic love affair, only to awake alone, as an orchestral crescendo crashes around the artist's tortured cry of the soul in the song's coda. That said, the gem made famous by the Everly Brothers, "All I Have to Do Is Dream," offers a variation on the theme in a sunny, syncopated arrangement that allows Orbison to sound positively giddy at the prospect of summoning the love of his life in dreams. Still another mind-set is explored in a take on Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer," in which the lyric "beautiful dreamer / awake unto me" is rife with possibilities even its composer may not have imagined. A lush version of Johnny Mercer's "Dream" completes this amazing, schizoid exercise. As a whole, this album will take your breath away.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
How does one recover enough to hear an album in its entirety when the first cut is "In Dreams"? Whoa! Roy Orbison's 1963 album of the same name, recorded for the Monument label, is devastating for a number of reasons, namely that his "Blue Bayou" and his readings of Johnny Mercer's "Dreams" and Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer" are here, as is his gorgeous reading of Cindy Walker's "Shahdaroba." Half of these cuts were recorded during the sessions for Sings Lonely and Blue, the other half in Nash Vegas in 1963 with Fred Foster producing both. The big difference on this set is the less intrusive presence of the Anita Kerr Singers. There are even more strings here, but they are relegated to a lesser place as well. Orbison's voice was never better than on this recording. The heights he reaches on the title cut, "Lonely Wine," the swaggering country and R&B of "Blue Avenue," and "My Prayer" are simply mind-blowing. The emotion and deep atmospherics of the tunes here reflect Foster's sophistication, but also Orbison's willingness to develop himself as a singer and as a persona. Orbison wrote or co-wrote four tracks this time out, but the song choices are impeccable. In addition to the original album being wonderfully remastered, the Legacy reissue contains four bonus cuts. These include a woolly read of "Mean Woman Blues," simpatico versions of Cindy Walker's "Distant Drum" and Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper," and his own beautiful "Falling."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768557327
  • Catalog Number: 85573

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In Dreams (2:51)
  2. 2 Lonely Wine (2:57)
  3. 3 Shahdaroba (2:41)
  4. 4 Blue Avenue (2:30)
  5. 5 No One Will Ever Know (2:31)
  6. 6 Sunset (2:23)
  7. 7 House Without Windows (2:15)
  8. 8 Dream (2:32)
  9. 9 Blue Bayou (2:38)
  10. 10 (They Call You) Gigolette (2:27)
  11. 11 Beautiful Dreamer (2:21)
  12. 12 My Prayer (2:47)
  13. 13 Falling (2:24)
  14. 14 Distant Dreams (3:13)
  15. 15 Mean Woman Blues (2:27)
  16. 16 Pretty Paper (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Orbison Primary Artist
Floyd Cramer Piano
Hank Garland Guitar
Scotty Moore Guitar
Bill Pursell Piano
Brenton Banks Violin
George Binkley III Violin
Harold Bradley Guitar
Ray Edenton Guitar
Solie Fott Violin
Buddy Harman Drums
Lillian Hunt Violin
Jerry Kennedy Guitar
Wayne Moss Guitar
Boots Randolph Saxophone
Verna Richardson Violin
Cecil Brower Violin
Howard Carpenter Viola
Wilda Tinsley Violin
Dorothy Cline Walker Violin
Fred Carter Jr. Guitar
Bob Moore & His Orchestra Bass
John W. Greubel Drums
Joe Tanner Guitar
Roby Ann Story Violin
Technical Credits
Roy Orbison Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Liner Notes
Fred Foster Producer, Audio Production
Gregg Geller Reissue Producer
Barbara Orbison Executive Producer
C. Walker Composer
R. Wells Composer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Joe Melson Composer
Georges Boulanger Composer
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