Dream Street (Janet Jackson album)

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Dream Street
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Studio album by Janet Jackson
Released October 23, 1984 (1984-10-23)
Recorded 1983–1984 at Soundcastle and Can-Am Studios, Los Angeles and American Artists Studios, Minneapolis; mixed at Sunset Sound and Capitol Studios, Los Angeles[1]
Genre
Length 37:45
Label A&M
Producer
Janet Jackson chronology
Janet Jackson
(1982)Janet Jackson1982
Dream Street
(1984)
Control
(1986)Control1986
Singles from Dream Street
  1. "Don't Stand Another Chance"
    Released: August 13, 1984
  2. "Two to the Power of Love"
    Released: September 15, 1984
  3. "Fast Girls"
    Released: October 23, 1984
  4. "Dream Street"
    Released: November 20, 1984

Dream Street is the second studio album by American musician Janet Jackson, released on October 23, 1984, by A&M Records. More pop than her debut album's "bubblegum soul" 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. 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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
The Philadelphia Inquirer 2/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[4]

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."[2]

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.[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

"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. But the majority of the sales occurred before Soundscan began tracking sales in the US in 1991. The album peaked at 147 in the United States and failed to chart internationally.

Track listing[edit]

Standard
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Don't Stand Another Chance" M. Jackson 4:14
2. "Two to the Power of Love" 3:06
3. "Pretty Boy" Jesse Johnson Johnson 6:32
4. "Dream Street"
  • Moroder
  • Bellotte
3:52
5. "Communication" Paul Bliss
  • Moroder
  • Bellotte
3:12
6. "Fast Girls" Johnson Johnson 3:18
7. "Hold Back the Tears" Chris Eaton
  • Moroder
  • Bellotte
3:14
8. "All My Love to You"
  • M. Jackson
  • Anthony Patler
M. Jackson 5:44
9. "If it Takes All Night"
  • Moroder
  • Bellotte
4:09
Total length: 37:21

A song called "Start Anew" was written for the album by Ralph McCarthy, Yuji Toriyama, but was not included on the track list. It was released as an off-album single in Japan on October 11, 1985, with the B-sides "Hold Back the Tears" (7") and an extended version (12"). The song was later included on the Japanese edition of Control.[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 188[not in citation given]
US Billboard 200[7] 147

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[8]

  • Beth Andersen – background vocals
  • John Barnes – associate producer, drum programming, keyboards, Moog bass, Moog synthesizer, programming, rhythm, rhythm arrangements
  • Arthur Barrow – arranger, bass guitar, keyboards
  • Steve Bates – engineer
  • Chuck Beeson – art direction
  • Pete Bellotteproducer
  • Bill Bottrell – engineer, mixing
  • Sam Emerson – inlay photography, photography
  • Dino Espinosa – background vocals
  • Michael Espinosa – background vocals
  • Tito Espinosa – background vocals
  • Gary Falcone – background vocals
  • Mitchell Froom – arranger, keyboards
  • Brian Gardner – mastering
  • Steve Hodge – engineer
  • Jackie Jackson – background vocals
  • Janet Jackson – duet, lead vocals
  • Marlon Jackson – drum programming, drums, producer, programming, rhythm, rhythm arrangements, background vocals
  • Michael Jackson – background vocals
  • Tito Jackson – background vocals
  • Jesse Johnson – producer
  • Marva King – background vocals
  • Harry Langdon – cover photo
  • Peter Martinsen – engineer, mixing, remixing
  • Peggy McCreary – mixing
  • Jonathan Moffett – drums
  • Giorgio Moroder – producer
  • Melanie Nissen – design
  • Cecille Parker – stylist
  • Anthony Patler – keyboards, rhythm, rhythm arrangements
  • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards, Moog bass, Moog synthesizer
  • Joe Pizzulo – background vocals
  • Brian Reeves – mixdown engineer, mixing
  • Cliff Richard – duet, vocals
  • John Philip Shenale – arranger, keyboards
  • Jeremy Smith – engineer, mixing
  • Julia Tillman Waters – background vocals
  • Maxine Willard Waters – background vocals
  • Richie Zito – guitar

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Janet-Jackson-Dream-Street/release/642936
  2. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Dream Street > Overview )))". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  3. ^ a b Ken Tucker (September 30, 1984). "AN EVERLYS ALBUM FOR EVERYONE". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 411. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ "The first Japanese issue of Janet Jackson Control with a unique 10th track". Retrieved 2015-06-29. 
  6. ^ "Janet Jackson | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Janet Jackson – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Janet Jackson. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Dream Street – Janet Jackson | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 

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