- Audio CD (Dec 5 2006)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Deluxe Edition, Soundtrack
- Label: Sony Music
- ASIN: B000JLQQ2G
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
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Dreamgirls Deluxe Edition, Soundtrack
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Collector's Editiion deluxe 2 CD set. 6 x Tony Award-Winning Broadway musical Dreamgirls, features an outstanding cast comprised of singer/songwriter/actress Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. The film captures the story of the crossover phenomenon of an African-American music trio that gets it's break in the 1960s. Beyonce brings the film full circle by composing 'Listen', an inspiring song that leaves chills, co-written by Beyonce and already creating Oscar Buzz. The upbeat dance remix of 'One Night Only' brings listeners to their feet and memories of the original dancing queen followers. With original and (four) new melodies compiling this soundtrack, it promises something for all who listen.
The big question about this soundtrack is: how's she doing? No, not Beyoncé, silly--how's Jennifer Hudson doing? And more specifically, how's she doing by "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"? To this reviewer's ears, she doesn't top the original Effie, Jennifer Holliday--or even Lillias White, from the 2001 Dreamgirls in Concert. On the other hand, Hudson isn't afraid to pull out all the stops, whipping herself up into a total diva frenzy as the song gets caught up in an unstoppable crescendo. As for Beyoncé, she adapts superbly to the 1960s- and 1970stinged material, though "Listen"--a ballad that also appears on her own B'day album--lacks the spirit that infuses the classic tunes on this album. For make no mistake: this is hard-hitting, high-octane music, infused with an urgency and passion that makes most contemporary R&B albums sound timid. When Hudson and Beyoncé duke it out on "It's All Over," or when the "One Night Only" ballad gets reinvented as the dance-floor burner "One Night Only (Disco)," the sheer energy flowing from the speakers is transporting.
Note that this two-CD Deluxe Edition features a larger booklet and additional tracks, including dance remixes of "One Night Only" and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," as well as composer Henry Krieger's demo of "Patience." --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Dreamgirls is about the the rise of a girl group during a Motown-esque period.
The Dreamettes are three friends who have entered an amatuer talent contest (Move). They are spotted by an opportunistic manager, Curtis Taylor. He quickly hooks them up with fading star, James Thunder Early (Fake Your Way to the Top).
Curtis has a dream of popularizing soul music (Cadillac Car). But when their song is stolen by white singer, the decide to take matters in their own hands (Steppin' to the Bad Side.)
Effie White is the lead singer of the Dreamette's but while she has the voice of the group, she does not have the look that is needed to make the group a hit. Deena Jones is one with look. When the Dreamettes are ready to make the move, Deena is moved to the front (Family). The girls have their first main stream hit (Dreamgirls) but when it comes to the media, Deena is the star (Press Conference). Effie has become a problem and Curtis decides to replace her but Effie tells him and the world And I am Telling You I'm Not Going (an editted version unfortunately).
Lorelle, the remaining original Dream, had been having an affair with the married James Thunder Early but on day declares that It Ain't No Party and tells him to make a decision. While Curtis officially makes the move on Deena (When I First Saw You.)
Effie is trying to make it on her own and declares I am Changing. But Jimmy is being forced into a singing style he is not comfortable with (I Meant You No Harm) and during a telethon has a meltdown (The Rap). Everyone including Lorelle, wash their hands of Jimmy (The Firing of Jimmy).
Effie's brother, CC, decides that he can no longer work for Curtis and returns to a resistant Effie but pleads his case to her (I Miss You Old Friend) and gives her his new song (One Night Only) but Curtis wants it for his new sound, Disco. Curtis uses his power to quash Effie's single and promote Deena's.
Deena finds out of Curtis' duplicity and with the help of CC force Curtis to undo what he has done. Then she decides to end the group (Hard to Say Goodbye My Love)
Jennifer Holliday, who won the Best Actress Tony for the show, shines in her signature song, And I am Telling You I'm Not Going and won a Grammy for it. I just wish they had the full recording of the song which is about a 2 minute prelude. This sets up the song perfectly but this shortened version is still great. Holliday also belts it out of the park on I am Changing.
Loretta Devine belts it out on It's No Party - an anthem for every "other" woman.
While Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tony Nominee for Best Actress, shines the Dreams version of One Night Only and Hard to Say Goodbye, My Love.
As for the Dreamboys, Tony Winner Cleavant Derricks has his moment in The Rap and Cadillac Car. Tony Winner Ben Harney gives a great prelude for Cadillac Car and Stepping to the Bad Side. And Tony Nominee Obba Babtunde shines in Family and I Miss You Old Friend.
This is a great album that should have been a mainstream hit but it was mishandled by the recording studio. Both of Holliday songs should have been hits and the title song and One Night Only both had the potential to be #1 hits. And since this musical was written as a "living movie", it would have been easy to make great music videos but they were not.
Enjoy this recording and watch the movie.