Selections from the Columbia Picture “Funny Girl”
(Alternate, Advance Promo LP) (1968)
About the Album
- Published by Chappell-Styne Inc.
- If A Girl Isn't Pretty (Kay Medford & Mae Questel)
- This track features Questel and Medford singing their parts to a temporary piano track (orchestration would be added later—the actresses probably lip-synched to this track on set).
- Of note is the extra verse that Questel (Mrs. Strakosh) and the other ladies sing about a girl not being pretty—“then oblivion is her address,” and “any guy who pays a quarter for a seat just feels he outta see a figure that his wife can't substitute...”
- I'm the Greatest Star (Streisand)
- “hey listen, kid, I know I'd be divine because...” is an alternate vocal.
- The spoken part before the bridge — “you think beautiful girls are gonna stay in style forever?”— and Barbra's “humpf!” are different as well.
- Roller Skate Rag (Cast)
- Begins with what sounds like the Dance Captain counting off the song (“one-two-three-four”—again, this is probably for filming purposes.)
- Is actually a nice “clean version” of the song with no roller skate sound effects.
- I'd Rather be Blue Over You (Than Be Happy With Somebody Else) (Streisand)
- The piano intro is slower; repeats (like in the movie).
- There are no roller skate clicks at the end.
- Nicky Arnstein (Streisand )
- Not included on the Original Soundtrack.
- Contains five Nicky Arnsteins! (They obviously cut three out of the final film) ...
- Nicky Arnstein, Nicky Arnstein, what a beautiful, beautiful name ...
- Nicky Arnstein, Nicky Arnstein ... he's got polish on his nails!
- Nicky Arnstein, Nicky Arnstein, what a beautiful, beautiful fella ...
- Dressed in a full-dress formal, not even going to a wedding ...
- I'll bet he knows Flo Ziegfeld; he could even know Mr. Wrigley—from Spearmint.
- Nicky Arnstein, Nicky Arnstein ... I'll never see him again ....
- Who Taught Her Everything She Knows (Kay Medford & Lee Allen)
- Cut Song from movie between Rose Brice and Eddie Ryan – not included in OST.
- Who Taught Her Everything She Knows (Reprise) (Kay Medford & Mae Questel & Lee Allen)
- Cut Song from movie – not included in OST.
- His Love Makes Me Beautiful (Cast & Streisand)
- Entire introductory “chorus boy intro” opens the track: “Tonight all of America swells with pride, for a most ravishing beauty shall be glorified. The bright and wonderous light of the American Bride ... The most beautiful bride in the world, and we are the very lucky gents ....”
- There are additional brides singing “Ooh-ooh” between some lyrics.
- The entire number was “tightened” for the final film; there's a lot of extra bars and orchestration in this version!
- Autumn Bride's vocals are performed by a different actress.
- Streisand's vocals sound the same as the final film/soundtrack.
- People (Streisand)
- Pretty much the same vocal as in the movie except for the reprise: Barbra does not take the high notes on “No more hunger and thirst...”
- You Are Woman, I Am Man (Streisand & Sharif)
- Don't Rain On My Parade (Streisand)
- Begins with Streisand speaking: “Don't tell me...”
- End vocals on the song are different.
- Sadie, Sadie (Streisand)
- Contains a new, unheard verse: “still in bed at noon / racking my brain deciding between orange juice and prune ...”
- Contains a letter-reading section. Streisand sings about their trips to Monte Carlo, London, a horse race ... before returning to “we're sailing home, so Rosie, dear, bring chicken soup down to the pier...”
- Omar Sharif's part is missing on this track.
- Has an orchestrated section that would have underscored a scene at Nick and Fanny's home with Ziegfeld and guests.
- Pink Velvet Jail (Sharif)
- Cut song from movie – not included in OST.
- Don't Rain On My Parade (Sharif)
- Not included in movie / OST
- Funny Girl (Streisand)
- Much longer than in movie or OST – different beginning, alternate vocal from mid-song till end.
The “Swan Lake” number was not included on this advance album.