Dream Street is the second studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released on October 23, 1984 (see 1984 in music).
More pop than her debut album's "bubblegumsoul" feel, the album wasn't the runaway success that Janet's father Joseph thought it would be, peaking at number one hundred forty-seven on the Billboard 200 in 1984. Today, this is Jackson's rarest album and is much sought after by fans, though it is still available as an expensive Japanese import. The album did have one modest hit for Jackson, the top ten R&B single, "Don't Stand Another Chance", produced by brother Marlon. Also, the video for the song "Dream Street", her first music video, was shot during the shooting of the TV show Fame.
This would be the last of Jackson's pre-stardom albums. She would break out of her squeaky-clean sounds with her Control album in 1986.
After many years of being unavailable, the album was made available to iTunes on May 15, 2007. Physical copies of the album are out of print, thus very rare, and especially hard to find in the United States.
With a two-out-of-five star rating, Ed Hogan with Allmusic commented saying "A listen to Janet Jackson's Dream Street brings to mind remembrances of the then-teenaged singer's appearances on American Bandstand [...] The first single, "Don't Stand Another Chance," was a family affair, produced by brother Marlon Jackson with vocal ad-libs by Michael Jackson. It was a Top Ten R&B hit during the summer of 1984. The extended 12" mix rocks, showcasing outstanding synth work by John Barnes. Other standouts are the smeary Minneapolis funk cut "Pretty Boy" produced by Jesse Johnson, and both "Hold Back the Tears" and "If It Takes All Night" are prime examples of pleasing '80s pop."
Ken Tucker with The Philadelphia Inquirer gave it a "fair" rating, calling it "A small but pleasant surprise: The Jacksons' youngest sister has come up with a more consistently entertaining album than her brothers' Victory record. Most Dream Street songs have a glossy pop sheen, and Janet's duet with English pop star Cliff Richard, "Two to the Power of Love," is catchy, if totally forgettable. Most of the time Janet favors slick disco rhythms that are easy to listen to.
"Dream Street" sold 21,320 copies between 1991 and April 2007 according to Nielsen Soundscan, while its sales through the BMG Music Club stand at 44,000 as of 2003. The album peaked at 147 in the United States and failed to chart internationally.
"Don't Stand Another Chance" & "All My Love to You" produced by Marlon Jackson for V.B.M. Productions; associate producer on track 1: John Barnes. Track 1 arranged by Marlon Jackson & John Barnes; track 2 arranged by Marlon Jackson & Tony Patler. "Don't Stand Another Chance" recorded & mixed by Bill Botrill. "All My Love To You" recorded & mixed by Jeremy Smith. John Barnes: Keyboards, Moog Bass, Fairlight Programming & Drum Programming (track 1); Jonathan Moffat: Simmons Drums (track 1); Jackie/Michael/Tito Jackson, Dino Espinosa: Vocal Backing (track 1); Marlon Jackson: Drum Programming & Vocal Backing (track 2); Greg Phillinganes: Keyboards, Moog Bass; Tony Patler: Keyboards; Maxine & Julia Waters, Marva King: Vocal Backing (track 2)
"Fast Girls" & "Pretty Boy" arranged & produced by Jesse Johnson. Recorded by Peter Martinsen. Mixed by Peggy McCreery. Remixed by Peter Martinsen.
"Communication", "If It Takes All Night", "Dream Street", "Hold Back the Tears" & "Two to the Power of Love" produced by Giorgio Moroder & Pete Bellotte. All tracks arranged by Phil Shenale & Arthur Barrow, except "Hold Back the Tears" (arranged by Mitchell Froom). Recorded by Steve Bates & Steve Hodge; Mixed by Brian Reeves. Mitchell Froom, Phil Shenale: Keyboards; Arthur Barrow: Bass & Keyboards; Richie Zito: Guitars
Mastered by Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering.