It Ain’t Over ’Til The Fat Lady Sings

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It Ain’t Over ’Til The Fat Lady Sings

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 25 September 2020 - Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition album
Album(s): Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Writer(s): Prince & Eric Leeds
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

It Ain’t Over ’Til The Fat Lady Sings is an instrumental recorded on 9 July 1986 at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio. A line up of Prince, Wendy, Lisa, Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss recorded four takes of this instrumental, that was given its title by Eric Leeds. It was intended for an aborted musical tentatively titled The Dawn (sometimes also referred to as Dream Factory), and remains unreleased. Clare Fischer put an arrangement on it in August 1986, with Prince away in Europe on the Parade Tour.

The song was released in September 2020 as the second track of Vault Tracks part 2, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
9 July 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking, horn overdubs
12 July 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Probable mix
18 August 1986 Ocean Way Recording,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Orchestral overdubs by Clare Fischer’s orchestra
4 September 1986 Hollywood Central Studios,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Overdubs (trombone, Morris Repass, Clare Fischer)
September / October 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Mix (orchestral arrangement) (assumed)
Recording Personnel

Released version

Orchestral Players:
  • Violins - Isabelle Daskoff, Francine Walsh, Mari Botnik, Pam Gates, Janice Gower, Karen Jones, Betty Moor, Irma Neumann, Assa Drori, Bill Hymanson, Oscar Chasow, Ron Clark, Henry Ferber, Erne Granat, Ed Green, Bill Hybel, Reggie Hill, Pat Johnson, Don Palmer, Sheldon Sanov, Joe Schonbrun, Terry Schonbrun and Harold Wolf.
  • Violas - Pam Goldsmith, Margot Maclaine, Carol Mukagawa, Myer Bello, Alan Deverich, Norman Forrest, Alan Harshman, Jorge Moraga and David Stock.
  • Cellos - Jim Arkatoff, Ray Kelley, Ray Kramer and Fred Seykora.
  • Basses - Chuck Dominico and Arni Egilsson.
  • Woodwinds - Gene Cipriano, Don Ashworth, John Clarke, Dave Edwards, Gary Foster, Jim Kanter, John Lowe, Dick Mitchell, Jack Nimitz, Joe Soldo and Bob Tricarico.
  • Trumpets - Ray Brown, Rich Cooper, Bob Findley, Larry Ford, Bob O’Donnell and Al Vizutti.
  • Trombones - Garnett Brown, Charles Loper, Morris Repass and Bill Watrous.
  • French Horns - Marni Johnson, David Duke, Joe Myer, Brian O’Connor, Calvin Smith and Jim Thatcher.
  • Tuba - Tommy Johnson.
  • Tympani and percussion - Brent Fischer.


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
It Ain’t Over Until The Fat Lady Sings 2:21 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition Studio


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
It Ain’t Over ’Til The Fat Lady Sings Studio (Take 1)
It Ain’t Over ’Til The Fat Lady Sings Studio (Take 2)
It Ain’t Over ’Til The Fat Lady Sings Studio (Take 3)
It Ain’t Over ’Til The Fat Lady Sings Studio Moderately different mix with slightly alternate ending to 2020 remaster
It Ain’t Over ’Til The Fat Lady Sings Studio After Clare Fischer overdubs
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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