Chicago '85... The Movie

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Since his 1994 departure from Teddy Riley's R&B quartet Blackstreet, Dave Hollister has ordained himself a storyteller of the trials and tribulations of urban love affairs. Hollister's 1999 debut Ghetto Hymns provided the sign-of-the-times single "Baby Mama Drama" and showcased the singer's ability to fuse modern scenarios with classic soul vocals in the smooth tradition of Donny Hathaway. In that same tantalizing vein is Chicago '85 the Movie -- named after a particularly drama-filled year in Hollister's life -- which finds the singer using a combination of mid-tempo songs and ballads to counsel lovers on how to keep a happy home. On the mellow "One Woman Man," Hollister reproaches an old flame, testifying, ...
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Since his 1994 departure from Teddy Riley's R&B quartet Blackstreet, Dave Hollister has ordained himself a storyteller of the trials and tribulations of urban love affairs. Hollister's 1999 debut Ghetto Hymns provided the sign-of-the-times single "Baby Mama Drama" and showcased the singer's ability to fuse modern scenarios with classic soul vocals in the smooth tradition of Donny Hathaway. In that same tantalizing vein is Chicago '85 the Movie -- named after a particularly drama-filled year in Hollister's life -- which finds the singer using a combination of mid-tempo songs and ballads to counsel lovers on how to keep a happy home. On the mellow "One Woman Man," Hollister reproaches an old flame, testifying, "Everything is different now/ I have finally settled down/And become a one woman man." Like R. Kelly's confessional "When a Woman's Fed Up," Hollister's thumping "A Woman Will" forewarns backsliding brothers to treat their women right before it's too late. Meanwhile, the ballads "I'm Not Complete," where Hollister pays tribute to his better half, and "Don't Take My Girl Away," on which he pleads with his lover not to believe vicious rumors, show the tender side of a hustler in love. Chicago '85 is a romantic disc packed with contemporary ballads that expose -- and answer -- our ongoing need for love. Neo Brentacious
All Music Guide - Ed Hogan
Chicago native Dave Hollister recalls his past situations on Chicago 85... The Movie. A great follow-up to his gold CD Ghetto Hymns, the singer/songwriter enlists top talent such as Mike City who has worked with another Chicago native, Carl Thomas to make his recollections crystal clear. The title actually refers to a rough period in Hollister's life when he found out that his father was actually his stepfather and in an act of rebellion began gangbanging. Chicago-based producer Steve Huff, who also had success with Avant, produced the lead single, "One Woman Man," which began quickly racing up the charts. On the solid mid-tempo slammer "Keep on Lovin' Me," Hollister sings about a woman he admires even when she curses him out and makes his bail. The singer almost reaches operatic vibes on the sparse "Destiny" with its swirling string arrangement. On the confessional "Doin' Wrong," Hollister gives one of his best vocal performances over a funky stop-and-go guitar/bass riff. The chugging "I Don't Want to Be a Hustler" spells it all out with Hollister apologizing to his mother because he wasn't raised that way. Amid the baby mama dramas and the thug-life odes, Dave Hollister communicates an authenticity through clearly expressed lyrics that makes Chicago 85... the Movie thrilling "viewing."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2000
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • UPC: 600445027824
  • Catalog Number: 450278
  • Sales rank: 12,335

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Hollister Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Overdose Guitar
Steve Huff Musician
Tim Kelley Percussion, Electric Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Bob Robinson Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Dalvin DeGrate Drums
Keith Pelzer Piano
Technical Credits
Jheryl Busby Executive Producer
Dave Darlington Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Dave Hollister Executive Producer
Steve Huff Producer
Kevin Jackson Producer
Tim Kelley Arranger, Producer
Bill Malina Engineer
Lil Rick Producer
Bob Robinson Arranger, Producer
Erick Sermon Executive Producer
Anthony Jeffries Engineer
Chucky Thompson Producer
Blake Eiseman Engineer
Bernard Alexander Executive Producer
Mike City Producer
Andy Haller Engineer
Jeff Vereb Engineer
Vidal Davis Producer, Engineer
Donny Harrell Management
Gimel Keaton Producer, Engineer
Jesse Stewart Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The perfect relationship album

    The listening pleasure of this album helps you understand different aspects of dealing with a beautiful and no so beautiful relationship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Im a 27 year old business woman form DC

    This is by far my favorite cd and I have a collection of over 350. You can listen to every song and jam. It is creative, sexy and soothing. If you don't own it, you are missing out on some great music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    REAL, SOULFUL LYRICS,

    ALL THE SONGS MAKE SENSE. HE'S BEING REAL WITH HIS WORDS. LISTEN TO HIS WORDS. THE BEATS ARE HOT TOO.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Masterpiece

    This is truly a classic masterpiece. It is the type of music you can enjoy for years and not a fad. I leave home or my car craving to go back to hear his honest and sweet love songs that put a smile on my face. Thank you Dave for pouring out your heart and making REAL music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LIKED

    IT WAS A GOOD CD HIS MUSIC IS THE BEST LOVE YOUR MUSIC ALWAYS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    First of all, I don't understand the title. I probably will have to listen to the CD to understand t. It is a eye catcher. I hope that Dave Hollister's new cd is as good as the first one. He is awesome. I saw him in person when he opened up for Mary J. in Washington, DC. I love his sound.

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