Sunday, August 29, 2010

CD Review: Dirty Dancing Returns For A Good Cause

For the first time, the original demo songs of two of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack's hits will be released to the public to hear. Not only that, but the proceeds of the purchase of these songs will go to The Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund of Stanford. This 4-song digital EP will be released on September 7 to coincide with the one year anniversary of Patrick Swayze's passing.

This digital only release contains only four songs, but they are songs that we've all come to know and love. Now, let's remember that these are the demos and should not be compared to the released versions from the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack. The EP contains two versions of the mega-hit "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life." The original demo version is the exact song that Patrick Swazye and Jennifer Grey danced to in the unforgettable finale in the movie. Sung by Franke Previte and Rachele Cappelli, their voices mesh together so well, that you can feel the heat and passion between these two voices. The remix version adds a little more dance beat and a more polished sound to the song. The other very well-known song on the EP is "Hungry Eyes," also sung by Franke Previte. This demo version does not stray far from the released version sung by Eric Carmen. The treasure on this release for fans is the demo of "Someone Like You" which was not released on the original soundtrack. The version heard on this EP is performed by PJ Le querica and Elan Rivera. This song was originally written for Bill Medley to use in the movie, but was latter dropped. An instrumental of the song can be heard in the stage version of Dirty Dancing: The Musical.

"Dirty Dancing: The Original Demos" will be available through iTunes, CD Baby and all major digital outlets. For more information on this release, please visit

1 comment:

Jennifer Grey said...

I really admire Jennifer Grey for having the guts to go back dancing on DWTS for her former co-star.