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"Dream A Little Dream"

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Year of Release: 198

track listing
  • Dream A Little Dream Of Me
    Mickey Thomas
  • Time Runs Wild
    Danny Wilde
  • Whenever There's A Night
    Mike Reno
  • Dreams Come True
    (Stand Up And Take It)
    Lone Justice
  • Into The Mystic
    Van Morrison
  • It's The End Of The World
    (As We Know It
    And I Feel Fine)
  • Rock On
    Michael Damian
  • You'd Better Wait
    Fee Maybill
  • Never Turn Away
    Chris Thompson
  • I've Got Dreams
    To Remember
    Otis Redding
  • Dream A Little Dream Of Me
    Mel Torme &
    Mickey Thomas

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    "Dream A Little Dream"

    Dream A Little Dream, a movie starring Jason Robards, Corey Feldman, Piper Laurie and Meredith Salenger, as it also stars Harry Dean Stanton and Corey Haim.

    The album opens with "Dream A Little Dream" by the Jefferson Starship's Mickey Thomas. He sings this song in a more upbeat version than the Mamas & Papas or The Mills Brothers, but overall, it's has a nice, bouncy, uplifting beat.

    "Time Runs Wild" is by Danny Wilde, and it also has a beat as the title track. It's musical style kind of reminds me of Don Henley's "Nobody's Business," from his first solo album, I Can't Stand Still. Loverboy's Mike Reno continues the soundtrack with "Whenever There's A Night," where it's a slow love ballad, as in the song he did with Heart's Ann Wilson from the movie soundtrack of Footloose.

    "Dream Come True (Stand Up And Take It)" by Lone Justice is a moving medium-paced rocker, with a female vocalist (Maria McKee) who sounds like Patti Smith and/or can be as rough as Melissa Etheridge.

    Most movie soundtracks feature classic artists and their classic songs. Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic" is here, and anything by Van the Man is truly fantastic to have on any soundtrack. And then there's another classic, R.E.M.'s It's The End Of The World As We Know It. Again, I'm sure there isn't anyone who hasn't heard of R.E.M., so therefore, we all know how great their music is also.

    Considered the most "famous" song from this soundtrack is the remake of David Essex's "Rock On" by Michael Damian. This song did something that Essex's version didn't do: Damian's version reached #1, and even though Essex's version is better than Damian's, Essex's version should of reached #1 also. Not saying that Damian's version is bad, but Essex's version is best to leave as is; his is a classic, and some classic songs are not meant to be remade.

    Fee Maybill's "You Better Wait" is a powerful song that is most definitely 80s rock & roll. "Never Turn Away" by Chris Thompson is synthesizer-1980s rock.

    Another classic artist is featured, and like Van Morrison, his music never loses flavor, no matter what the song may be. Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams To Remember" is similar to his classic, "Try A Little Tenderness," with its soulful gospel-inspired Memphis sound.

    The album closes with another version of "Dream A Little Dream Of Me", as Mickey Thomas is joined by Mel Torme. (Now there's a unique duet...) And like Thomas' earlier version, it's upbeat, bouncy, and jazzy. Actually, this song works out fine with the "odd couple" of Thomas & Torme. Mel Torme was (unfortunately, he passed away recently this year in 1999), a fantastic artist, who was a gifted entertainer in the musical styles of pop and jazz.

    The Dream A Little Dream soundtrack is an album consisting of the late-1980s pop/rock sound. If you're a fan of the pop-dance rock of the late 1980s, this is an album you'll enjoy. I've never seen the movie, but after listening to this album, I get the feeling this movie was teenage influenced as in movies like The Breakfast Club and Footloose. I don't know if the movie was as great as the two movies mentioned, but the soundtrack is entertaining to listen to, and will be enjoyable for the 1980s pop/rock fan.

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