In Dreams is indeed a collection of Orbison’s most beloved tracks, but, and this is a big but, they are all re-recordings of the originals. Admittedly, there is nothing on the package material that identifies this fact — but other than that you are left with a phenomenal set that I personally find myself listening to as often as the originals. The sound, and T-Bone Burnett’s production, of the ’87 set have more bottom to them without losing the ethereal feel of the originals.
But why re-record? Allegedly David Lynch asked Orbison to re-cut the song “In Dreams” for a scene in his film Blue Velvet , which he later decided not to use. The prevailing school of thought is that either a) Orbison liked the results enough to re-record all his old hits with modern technology, or, b) and more probable, Orbison and his team realized if they re-cut the tracks and repackaged them they stood to gain 100 percent of the profits. Readily available in record stores used section — if a fan of the haunting master crooner — do consider picking up Orbison’s late ’80s redux.
Below is the brothel scene in which Lynch used “In Dreams” in his early calling card film Blue Velvet. Dean Stockwell’s lip-sticked lip-synch is as disturbing as it is unforgettable. A classic Lynchian celluloid moment.