27 Nov 2006
There was a rumor a couple of years ago that songs left off the original cast recording of Dreamgirls would be restored for the remastered rerelease, but record execs said they didn’t find any material “in the vault.”
So imagine my surprise last week when I read that a 25th anniversary edition of the cast recording was just released with 3 extra tracks, “Driving Down the Strip”, “It’s All Over” (!!!!), and “Dreamgirls (Finale)” (the end version with Effie on lead). The only drawback is that “It’s All Over” ends without segueing directly into “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” (watch the performance from the Tonys to see what I mean). But why didn’t they record “Heavy?” Fortunately, I have my soundboard bootleg and videotape of the original cast, in addition to the recording of the 2002 Concert production.
This new release also includes a second karaoke disc with the original orchestra tracks minus the lead vocals — the album was recorded like a pop album instead of having the musicians and singers in room at the same time (as depicted in the great documentary about the original cast recording of Company).
Tonight I fulfilled my fantasy of singing “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” with full instrumentation… and now I can face the truth that I am not and never will be a strong black women.