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Dreamgirls (OC) [2 CD Special Edition] Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Special Edition

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DREAMGIRLS - SPECIAL EDITION presents a newly remastered version of the album, which features the #1 smash single "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" plus three songs from the show not included on the original Geffen Records LP or the Decca Broadway CD. Also included in this special collector's package are original instrumental versions of the show's highlights to which aspiring stars can sing karake-style.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2006)
  • special_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Special Edition
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • ASIN: B000JJRWQC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For all the fans of the original Broadway musical soundtrack of "Dreamgirls," their dreams have come true with this 25th-year anniversary special edition cd.

Included are all the original tracks from the Dreamgirls soundtrack and three previously unreleased recordings of "Driving Down the Strip" "It's All Over" and a reprise of the title track "Dreamgirls" for the finale.

A second cd has instrumental versions of some of the stand out tracks including "And I am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "One Night Only."

The album has been remastered and it does sound louder with more bass than the original, but there are some instances where Jennifer Holliday's voice begins to blare. That's probably due to the fact that Holliday is such a powerful singer and the decibel levels went into the red when they were recording the original master tapes, so it can't be helped. However, the added tracks sound very crisp and clear.

Also included in this special edition cd is a booklet containing an intro by Henry Krieger(song writer for additional music in the motion picture Dreamgirls), the original liner notes with photos from the stage production, and lyrics to all the songs.

I would have given this set five stars but the song "Heavy" isn't on here, neither is the disco version of "One Night Only." From what I understand, we're lucky to get the three previously unreleased tracks! Legend has it that Geffen did not want to produce a double length album with three virtually unknown singers, which explains the omission of some songs and the remixing of two different versions of "One Night Only" down to one track. Also, he wanted the best possible sound quality for the original album.

The inlcusion of "It's All Over" is well worth the price of this cd.
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With all the hoopalah surrounding the VERY EXCELLENT movie with same title, I just HAD to purchase the original soundtrack and stroll down memory lane. This CD has been digitally remastered and sounds WONDERFUL! Crisp, clear and potent. And to hear Jennifer Holiday in all of her unabashed tonsil-tossing vocal glory brings tears to my eyes today - as it did over 20+ years ago. If you are digging the current movie's soundtrack you deserve to provide yourself the gift of hearing the original. You won't be disappointed. Todd in San Francisco
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I was surprized and felt very lucky when I saw this special version. YOu get three bonus tracks in this package, and it brings back great memories. The broadway original cast is far superior to the movie cast. In this cd you get that whole 15 minutes during the I'm telling you sequence starting with Jimmy's riding in singing "Driving Down the Strip" all the way through the fight sequence of "it's all over" straight into "And I am Telling YOU". You also get the finale where Effie joins the Dreams to sing Dreamgirls, which was left off the original cast album. One thing that is a joy is to get to hear Lorretta Devine sing "Ain't No Party" which was cut from the movie( Lorrell has no solo in the movie). Unlike the concert version where you get the whole score and show, but other than Lilias White the whole show is miscast, the original cast is the best by far for knowing what the show should sound like. There is a bonus cd with click tracks for singing with certain numbers for the show and a bonus disco version of Jennifer Holiday singing "And I Am Telling You" which was tremedously popular.
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I have to admit, this soundtrack is far superior to the movie's. The only reason why I am not giving this 5 stars is because the only person in the movie who outshines his original counterpart on THIS CD is Eddie Murphy. He outdoes Cleavant Derricks by far as the character "Jimmy Early." But everybody else in the original cast sings with so much more vigor, energy, emotion, etc. The movie cast sounds way too pop, way too produced, too soft. I did not grow up listening to this musical, seeing as how I saw the movie before buying the original soundtrack, but for the first time, I like the original better (except for Eddie Murphy. Eddie is AWESOME and WILD).

Another reason why this doesn't quite get 5 stars is because this soundtrack is missing quite a few songs that were in the original play but not on here:

"I'm Looking For Something" (in the movie)
"Goin' Downtown" (which is in the movie)
"Takin' The Long Way Home" (in the movie)
"Party Party" (not in the movie nor the movie soundtrack. This is song where Lorrell begins her affair with Jimmy)
"I Want you Baby" (in the movie)
"Heavy" (in the movie)
"Love Love Me Baby" (in the movie)
"One More Picture Please" (not in the movie nor the movie soundtrack. Deena tells Curtis she wants to be come an actress. This particular subplot is portrayed in the film.)
"Got to Be Good Times" (not in the movie nor the movie soundtrack. This is sung by "The Five Tuxedos" right before Jimmy Early goes onstage to do his performance of "I Meant You No Harm" and then "The Rap." "Got To Be Good Times" has been replaced with "Perfect World," which is sung by a Jackson 5 imitation group in the movie).
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Hi,

This CD is from the original Broadway cast recording of "Dreamgirls." Knowles and Hudson aren't on this edition. I believe the soundtrack for the movie will be released on Dec 5.

The ladies singing on the Broadway cast album are Jenifer Holliday, Sherly Lee Ralph and Loretta Devine.
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