Often compared to an opera singer, Roy Orbison is universally acknowledged as the ultimate vocalist. His ability to hit a multiple four-octave range and keep perfect pitch, tone and expression is unparalleled. Orbison's career began at Sun Records in the late 1950s when he sang country and western but his ballad style evolved once he switched to Monument and had 22 songs chart in the Top 40. Roy's album sales were huge and for a period in the '60s he single-handedly bridged the divide between rock and roll and chart pop music. 1963's In Dreams is the third classic studio album Roy cut for Fred Foster's Monument label following 1961's Lonely and Blue and 1962's Crying, an excellent 12-song set named after the iconic hit single and also featuring the Big O's "Blue Bayou" and his heightened takes on Johnny Mercer's "Dream," Cindy Walker's "Shahdroba" and Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer."

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