Dreamgirls

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Modeled after the story of Diana Ross and the Supremes, the long-overdue film adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls -- starring Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, and Jamie Foxx -- tells the story of three childhood friends and girl-group mates who rise to stardom in the early '60s. And just like the film, the soundtrack is an irresistible treat from start to finish. The stars -- Beyoncé as the Ross-like Deena Jones, Murphy as the James Brown-esque James "Thunder" Early, and Foxx as the Berry Gordy-reminiscent Curtis Taylor Jr. -- deliver stellar performances; but it's newcomer and onetime American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson who steals the show, much like her...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Modeled after the story of Diana Ross and the Supremes, the long-overdue film adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls -- starring Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, and Jamie Foxx -- tells the story of three childhood friends and girl-group mates who rise to stardom in the early '60s. And just like the film, the soundtrack is an irresistible treat from start to finish. The stars -- Beyoncé as the Ross-like Deena Jones, Murphy as the James Brown-esque James "Thunder" Early, and Foxx as the Berry Gordy-reminiscent Curtis Taylor Jr. -- deliver stellar performances; but it's newcomer and onetime American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson who steals the show, much like her Broadway counterpart Jennifer Holiday, as Effie White, the Dreams' front woman, who loses the spotlight and her lover to the more glamorous Deena. With a commanding soprano caressed by gospel nuances, Hudson delivers several of the disc's highlights, including a chill- and tear-inducing rendition of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" and a dynamic version of "I Am Changing." To her credit, however, Beyoncé's star still shines brightly on the Dreams' disco version of "One Night Only" and the original song "Listen." Both Murphy and Foxx -- comedians who've dabbled in music before -- give convincing vocal performances; notably Murphy on the Marvin Gaye-styled "Patience" and Foxx on the tender "When I First Saw You." Rounding out the cast is Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose, delivering seasoned vocal accompaniment throughout as the Dreams' Lorrell Robinson. Thanks to its superb cast, the magical Dreamgirls is the must-see film and must-hear record of the 2006 holiday season.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 Beyoncé 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 I'm Not Going," but throughout, from the opening song, "Move," to "Dreamgirls Finale," with convincing performances of "Love You I Do," "I Am Changing," and "One Night Only" in between. It is striking that, while Holliday won the Tony Award for Best Actress for Dreamgirls the stage musical, Hudson entered the 2006-2007 movie awards season being touted for Best Supporting Actress nominations for the same part in the film version. But on the soundtrack album, at least, the added attention given to her co-stars is a minor complaint. To work, Dreamgirls requires one major talent, and Jennifer Hudson is it for the screen version, just as Jennifer Holliday was on-stage. Theater music fans should note that, to make room for the new songs, "Ain't No Party" and "I Miss You Old Friend," which appeared on the cast album, have been deleted, although "I Miss You Old Friend" was in the film and is on the deluxe edition of the soundtrack. On the other hand, "I Want You Baby," which was in the stage production but not on the cast album, is heard here, as is "It's All Over," which is essentially the recitative scene preceding "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768895320
  • Catalog Number: 88953
  • Sales rank: 33,451

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Move - Anika Noni Rose (2:18)
  2. 2 Fake Your Way To The Top - Anika Noni Rose (3:54)
  3. 3 Cadillac Car - Anne Warren (2:22)
  4. 4 Steppin' To The Bad Side - Anika Noni Rose (4:54)
  5. 5 Love You I Do (2:50)
  6. 6 I Want You Baby - Anika Noni Rose (2:53)
  7. 7 Family - Anika Noni Rose (3:22)
  8. 8 Dreamgirls - Anika Noni Rose (3:19)
  9. 9 It's All Over - Anika Noni Rose (3:40)
  10. 10 And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going (4:45)
  11. 11 When I First Saw You (2:16)
  12. 12 Patience - Anika Noni Rose (3:34)
  13. 13 I Am Changing (4:04)
  14. 14 I Meant You No Harm / Jimmy's Rap (3:12)
  15. 15 One Night Only (2:58)
  16. 16 One Night Only (Disco) - Anika Noni Rose (3:10)
  17. 17 Listen (3:40)
  18. 18 Hard To Say Goodbye - Anika Noni Rose (2:37)
  19. 19 Dreamgirls (Finale) - Anika Noni Rose (2:32)
  20. 20 When I First Saw You (Duet) (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beyoncé Vocals
Jennifer Hudson Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Jamie Foxx Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Eddie Murphy Vocals, Indexed Contributor
John Beasley Piano
Annette Warren Vocals
Hinton Battle Vocals
Robert Becker Viola
Denyse Buffum Viola
Darius Campo Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Darrell Crooks Guitar
Nathan East Bass
Stephen Erdody Cello
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Gary Grant Trumpet
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Stephen Holtman Trombone
Peter Kent Violin
Cynthia Moussas Violin
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Michele Richards Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Haim Shtrum Violin
David Stenske Viola
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Kenneth Yerks Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Susan Chatman Violin
Daniel Smith Cello
Damon Thomas Keyboards
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Larry Greene Vocals
Suzie Katayama Cello
Mario Diaz de Leon Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Tim Carmon Piano
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Laura Bell Bundy Vocals
Glendon Campbell Drums
Harvey Mason Jr. Bass, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Kevin Randolph Piano, Keyboards
Gordon Campbell Drums
Sara Parkins Violin
Beyoncé Knowles Vocals
Julian Hallmark Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Richard Bowers Vocals
Daphne Chen Violin
Eric D. Jackson Guitar
John Hayhurst Viola
Eric King Vocals
Randy Spendlove Guitar, Keyboards
Nicole Thrash Vocals
Melissa Bereal Vocals
Shalini Vijayan Viola
Alyssa Park Violin
Vanessa B. Freebairn Smith Cello
Andrew Duckles Viola
Kevin Shannon Vocals
Jen Kuhn Cello
Sharon Jackson Violin
Rudolph Stein Cello
Josefina Veraga Violin
Natalie Ganther Vocals
Nicole Ganther Vocals
Camille Grigsby Vocals
Cassandra Grigsby Vocals
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Erica L. King Vocals
Frederick Fiddmont Saxophone
James Johnson Bass
Sharon Leal Vocals
Anthony Moore Drums
Rory OMalley Vocals
Kalia Rafa Vocals
Keith Robinson Vocals
Anika Noni Rose Vocals
Robert Thrash Vocals
Dreamgirls Cast Ensemble Vocals
Technical Credits
Scott Campbell Engineering
Troy Halderson Engineering
Jerry Hey Arranger
Jess Sutcliffe Engineering
Glen Brunman Executive Producer
Andrew Ross Business Consultant
Damon Thomas Arranger, Producer
The Underdogs Arranger, Producer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Tim Carmon Arranger
Paul Bogaev Vocal Supervision
Damon Intrabartolo Arranger
Debbie Reinberg Business Consultant
Richie Jones Producer, Remixing
Harvey Mason Jr. Arranger
Beyoncé Knowles Producer
Mathew Knowles Executive Producer
Randy Spendlove Arranger, Producer, Musical Supervision
Vlado Meller Mastering
Dabling Harward Engineering
Chris Spilfogel Engineering
Billy Condon Arranger, Executive Producer
Matt Sullivan Arranger, Producer, Musical Supervision
Deborah Lurie Arranger
Fusako Chubachi Art Direction
Henry Krieger Arranger
David Campbell Arranger
Quincy Jackson Marketing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DREAMGIRLS

    What can I say? Dreamgirls is the best movie musical since West Side Story. The singing will blow you away! Like the great Jennifer Holiday before her, Jennifer Hudson lives up to the task and moves you with her powerful voice. Eddie Murphy is crazy and awesome as Jimmy Early, and Beyonce makes the perfect Deena. The rest of the cast is excellent as well, and the music is perfect. "The musical for people who don't like musicals" will also saticfy musical lovers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eh, not bad, not that great

    I figured with musical talents like Jamie Foxx and Beyonce, this Cd would be better. Jennifer Hudson has a great voice, but is no match for the original Jennifer Holiday. Once you hear Jennifer Holiday sing "I am telling you I am not Leaving," Hudson's voice just can't match up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I am a great great fan of Jennifer Holliday and agree that she is a phenominal singer. Jennifer Holliday provided the blueprint for Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Hudson "walked with it"! You can't/shouldn't compare the two because both singers are "moving and powerful" in their rendition of the song!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best entertainment I have seen in a long time.

    I thought Jennifer Hudson was fabulous. The music just took me away. Loved it . I play the CD all the time.

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