Dreamgirls Soundtrack

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When Dreamgirls became the most successful musical of the 1981-1982 Broadway season, composer Henry Krieger and lyricist Tom Eyen's score was not the primary reason most observers pointed to, opting instead first for director/choreographer Michael Bennett's imaginative, non-stop staging and second for the talented cast, led by Jennifer Hudson in the role of Effie Melody White. (In the plot's fictionalized retelling of the story of Motown Records and the rise of the Supremes, Effie is the Florence Ballard character, shunted aside by manipulative record company president Curtis Taylor, Jr. (read: Berry Gordy, Jr.) in favor of the bland Deena Jones (read: Diana Ross), who he thinks is more likely to reach a crossover audience.) Krieger and Eyen did succeed in providing a showcase for Holliday in the volcanic torch song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," which topped the R&B charts and made the original Broadway cast album a gold record (a rarity for show music LPs by 1982), but on the whole their score struggled to achieve its twin goals of shadowing actual Motown and other pop music of the '60s and early '70s, while also expressing plot and character points. Twenty-five years later, the score has been reshaped for a movie version of Dreamgirls. On this 20-track soundtrack album (there is also a 36-track deluxe edition), even less of an attempt has been made at fidelity to the sounds of the '60s; in these new arrangements, the songs, which always had elements of early '80s Adult Contemporary styles, lean even more toward American Idol power ballad territory. Ironically, Dreamgirls, which on-stage was sort of an anti-star vehicle driven by the injustice against Effie and her subsequent revenge, has been partially transformed into a star vehicle for other characters. One of those characters is Deena, here played, even more ironically, by Beyonce Knowles who is, arguably, the Diana Ross of her times in more ways than one. (Destiny's Child, her former group, also had its share of controversy and personnel changes, with attendant lawsuits.) Not surprisingly, Deena Jones is softened in the movie and given a new solo song, "Listen," co-written by Knowles. That the song is out of character for Deena and defies the logic of the plot doesn't seem to matter; Knowles must have a showcase, and this is it. Similarly, Eddie Murphy, as James Thunder Early, a James Brown-like singer unable to smooth his rough edges sufficiently to cross over, also gets an out-of-character number, "Patience," which improbably bids to transform Early into a kind of Marvin Gaye figure. Again, the plot suffers, but a star is accommodated. (The one other major star in the film, Jamie Foxx, having already won an Academy Award for Ray, doesn't seem to have felt the need to turn Curtis into a good guy with a big solo number. Instead, he revels in his villainy, all but twirling a mustache on occasion.) Neither "Listen" nor "Patience" is really a bad song, however, and both are competently sung. Both were composed by Krieger with new lyricists, along with a third new song, "Love You I Do." (Eyen has died in the interim.) The real problem is that they take some focus away from the show and film's real star, Effie, here played by Jennifer Hudson. Hudson is an American Idol runner-up, but that should not be held against her. In fact, she's a major talent, and she dominates the musical and dramatic proceedings exactly the way Effie is supposed to, not only on "And I Am Telling You

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Record Label: CD
Digital Video Formats: CD
Performer: Various Artists
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.39 x 4.25 x 5.25 IN
Release Date: 12/05/2006
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Track Listing

1. Move - Jennifer Hudson/Beyonce Knowles/Anika Noni Rose
2. Fake Your Way To The Top - Jennifer Hudson/Beyonce Knowles/Eddie Murphy/Rory O'Malley/Anika Noni Rose/Anne Warren
3. Cadillac Car - Laura Bell Bundy/Jennifer Hudson/Beyonce Knowles/Eddie Murphy/Rory O'Malley/Anika Noni Rose/Anne Warren
4. Steppin' To The Bad Side - Hinton Battle/Jamie Foxx/Jennifer Hudson/Beyonce Knowles/Eddie Murphy/Keith Robinson/Anika Noni Rose
5. Love You I Do - Jennifer Hudson
6. I Want You Baby - Jennifer Hudson/Beyonce Knowles/Eddie Murphy/Anika Noni Rose
7. Family - Jamie Foxx/Jennifer Hudson/Beyonce Knowles/Keith Robinson/Anika Noni Rose
8. Dreamgirls - Jennifer Hudson/Beyonce Knowles/Anika Noni Rose
9. It's All Over - Jamie Foxx/Jennifer Hudson/Beyonce Knowles/Sharon Leal/Keith Robinson/Anika Noni Rose
10. And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going - Jennifer Hudson
11. When I First Saw You - Jamie Foxx
12. Patience - Eddie Murphy/Keith Robinson/Anika Noni Rose
13. I Am Changing - Jennifer Hudson
14. I Meant You No Harm/Jimmy's Rap - Eddie Murphy
15. One Night Only - Jennifer Hudson
16. One Night Only (Disco) - Beyonce Knowles/Sharon Leal/Anika Noni Rose
17. Listen - Beyonce Knowles
18. Hard To Say Goodbye - Beyonce Knowles/Sharon Leal/Anika Noni Rose
19. Dreamgirls (Finale) - Jennifer Hudson/Beyonce Knowles/Sharon Leal/Anika Noni Rose
20. When I First Saw You (Duet) - Jamie Foxx/Beyonce Knowles
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Customer Reviews | 11 reviews | 4.7 out of 5

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Great Music
10/26/2009

Customer review by READYOURBIBLEDAILY

5.0 stars 10/26/2009 by READYOURBIBLEDAILY
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This CD is a must have for every music lover. It is from beginning to end a great work. You'll sing loud in the car, and dance around in your home. You must get this CD, it is one of my most favorites ever.

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Age:35 - 44
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loved it
2/1/2008

Customer review by blkchrry4utoo

5.0 stars 2/1/2008 by blkchrry4utoo
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If yu enjoyed the movie then you will truly enjoy this soundtrack. it has every song from the movie so that is great!

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1/31/2011

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5.0 stars 1/31/2011 by stephanie79
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The music on this cd is wonderful. I listen to it all the time.

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Lenoir, NC
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
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Gender:Female
Usage:Every few days
Excellent Music
12/5/2007

Customer review by WinnieWU

5.0 stars 12/5/2007 by WinnieWU
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Love the CD. Great Music!!! Everyone needs this CD in their collection.

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WinnieWU
Corcoran, MN
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:A few times per month
American Dreamgirls
8/24/2007

Customer review by spacebarshift

5.0 stars 8/24/2007 by spacebarshift
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Beautiful. Perfect. Will get the extended version.

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Sheridan, OR
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Customer Reviews | 11 reviews | 4.7 out of 5

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