Responding to the feedback from loyal fans around the world, Legacy Recordings presents DIRTY DANCING: THE DELUXE ANNIVERSARY EDITION, which presents the original 12-song album of 1987, along with new bonus features. This special commemorative project reflects Legacy's direct survey of a portion of the millions of Dirty Dancing fans on Facebook who responded and wished to maintain the experience of the original release by showcasing the original running order of the album as it was first released, without bonus tracks. This special fan edition CD package will be available everywhere as of today, September 25th through RCA/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
DIRTY DANCING: THE DELUXE ANNIVERSARY EDITION will contain a number of exciting additions specifically requested by the fans, starting with the package's dedication to the movie's star, the late Patrick Swayze (1952-2009). The image-driven CD booklet contains six ready-to-frame art cards showing iconic images from the movie, plus a newly-designed bumper sticker. Fans also voted on the CD cover image from four images proposed by Legacy, and overwhelmingly chose to retain the original "Lift" image.
"From the birth, 25 years ago," writes executive producer Jimmy Ienner, "to the never-ending success of the movie and the soundtracks, I'm very proud of all my great producers and the extremely talented artists that contributed so much to the very satisfying rollercoaster ride called Dirty Dancing. I'm also very indebted to anyone involved in any way on the music and the film sides of this wonderful journey. Lastly, but no less important, to the devoted fans around the world for the unbelievable continued support. Keep carrying the watermelons and enjoying the lifts."
The accompanying booklet includes behind-the-scenes liner notes written by the song producers, starting with Jimmy Ienner. The stellar producers themselves then offer their own thoughts, including:
Eric Carmen, singer and producer of "Hungry Eyes";
Leon Medica, producer of "Where Are You Tonight?" (sung by Tom Johnston);
Alfie Zappacosta, singer and producer of "Overload"
Michael Lloyd, producer of "She's Like the Wind" (written and sung by Patrick Swayze), "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, and "Yes" sung by Merry Clayton;
(Note: Eric Carmen and Zappacosta served double duty as both producers and performers of their respective tracks.)
2012 marks the 25th anniversary of Dirty Dancing, named one of the Top 10 Date Movies of all time by an E! Entertainment Television poll, with worldwide box office sales of more than $214 million since its opening in 1987. Worldwide CD sales of the best-selling original RCA soundtrack album are in excess of 42 million copies, 11-times RIAA platinum in the U.S. alone.
The Dirty Dancing soundtrack album soared on the wings of the original chart hits "Hungry Eyes" (Billboard Hot 100 #4); "She's Like the Wind" (Hot 100 #3); and the Grammy®, Oscar, and Golden Globe Award-winning "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (Hot 100 #1). Those three songs were among the six original new songs produced for the soundtrack album, which spent 96 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart spanning 1987-'88-'89, including 18 weeks at #1. The other four original tracks are: