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Parade era 1985 - 1986

And the MUSIC continues...forever...

The chord strikes, the devil no like, so he runs 2 his evil car

With Love There Is No Death

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Prince's Parade procession

the Flesh Sessions -Junk Music the Question of U ie 12 Keys An Honest Man Christopher Tracy's Parade Little Girl Wendy's Parade New Position Mia Bocca I Wonder U Under the Cherry Moon Girls & Boys Life Can Be So Nice Venus de Milo Mountains Do U Lie? Kiss ♥ Or $ Anotherloverholenyohead Sometimes It Snows In April Alexa de Paris Old Friends 4 Sale It's A Wonderful Day, Others Here With Us All My Dreams Eternity God Is Everywhere

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We were brothers and sisters
United all for love

Prince Bobby Z Dr Fink Lisa Coleman BrownMark Wendy Melvoin Clare Fisher & orchestra players

Jerome Benton Susannah Melvoin Eric Leeds Sheila E Miko Weaver Atlanta Bliss Jonathan Melvoin Gregory Safford Wally Brooks Jill Jones David Coleman Steve Fargnoli Alan Leeds Marie France David Z Susan Rogers David Tickle David Leonard Jeff Katz Laura LiPuma Ann Field Cavallo, Ruffalo and Fargnoli Jackie St Clair

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"Special thanks 2 Clare Fischer 4 making brighter the colors black and white. "Love God" - Prince and the Revolution '86"

Paisley Park Theatre Du Verdure Nice,France Monterey Sound Studios, Glendale, CA Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA Crosstown Circle Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, Black Cloud Guitar Studio de la Victorine, American Music Awards, Minnesota Music Awards

A government of love and music boundless in its unifying power
A nation of art 2 production

Sharing ideas, a shower of flowers

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-Parade tour 1986 Prince & the Revolution

http://prince.org/msg/7/440113 -the Under the Cherry Moon movie project ~ 1986

http://prince.org/msg/7/439931 -Prince's Mazarati ~ 1984-1986

http://prince.org/msg/7/437421 -Around the World in a Day era 1984-1985

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Theatre Du Verdure, France 10.27.1985

Late in 1985, Prince broke his self-imposed silence and spoke to the public for the first time in almost four years. First came an interview for Rolling Stone magazine. Later came an interview for MTV. Prince's agreement to be interviewed took MTV so suddenly that the staff at the cable network were unable to arrange to conduct the interview in person. Consequently, the Music News staff resorted to simply providing a list of questions to be read to Prince by his manager and answered by Prince on videotape. MTV elected to broadcast only parts of the interview. The full interview was then offered to other broadcasters.

The videotaped interview was conducted in France, where Prince was shooting his forthcoming motion picture, Under the Cherry Moon. He first took a break to film the video for America, the third single from the Around the World in a Day LP, before 2,000 kids at the Theatre de la Verdure (translation: Greenery Theatre), which is a huge tent on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Once the video shoot was completed, Prince & the Revolution treated the audience to a 90-minute concert. Afterwards, Prince sat with a few of the young people in attendance and answered the questions prepared by the MTV Music News staff. It marked the first time in his career that Prince had said more than two sentences on TV. Unfortunately, in many cases, he didn't answer the questions posed, as you'll see. Although Prince is very good at many things, his inexperience with interviews shows greatly.

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The first and most obvious question is, why have you decided to drop your media guard with the recent Rolling Stone interview and this one for MTV? And why were you so secretive prior to this?

Well, as you can see, I've made a lot of friends here, but I was homesick and I missed America. I guess I just wanted to talk to somebody.

Someone in Minneapolis recently told us that several months ago they were in a studio there when David Rifkin, your sound engineer, walked in. They asked him what he thought of the new Prince album, Around The World In A Day. He said, "It's great, but wait 'til you hear the new album." Apparently, he meant you're already working on a new LP, and that this one would be a strong return to your funk roots. Is this true? Can you elaborate? What will it be called? When will it be due out, and what's the music like?


Don't you like surprises? Guess not. Ah, it is true I record very fast. It goes even quicker now that the girls help me -- the girls, meaning Wendy and Lisa. I don't really think I left my funk roots anywhere along the line. Around The World In A Day is a funky album. Live it's even funkier.

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Would you ever like to direct your own movie?

Yes, (very enthusiastically) yes, yes.

Speaking of movies, tell us as much as you can about Under The Cherry Moon.

Ooooh.

What's the plot, what kind of characters, what kind of music, how many songs, what can we expect?

It's a French film. It's a black-and-white French film, and ah, she's in it (girlish giggles can be heard). And her name's Emanuelle.

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1. Christopher Tracy's Parade
2. New Position
3. I Wonder
4. Under The Cherry Moon
5. Girls And Boys
6. Life Can Be So Nice
7. Venus De Milo
8. Monuntains
9. Do U Lie?
10. Kiss
11. Anotherloverholenyohead
12. Sometimes It Snows In April

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Photography by Jeff Katz
Art direction by Laura LiPuma & Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff
Collage by Ann Field

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•Prince – all vocals and instruments, except where noted
•Brown Mark – electric bass, percussion, keyboards, vocals, co-lead vocals on "Mountains"
•Matt Fink – keyboards, synthesizers, midi-horn synths, vocals, co-lead vocals on "Christopher Tracy's Parade"
•Bobby Z.– drums, electronic percussion, chimes
•Sheila E. – drums on "Venus de Milo", cowbell on "Life Can Be So Nice", backing vocals on... "Girls & Boys"
•Miko Weaver – rhythm guitar on "Mountains"
•Jonathan Melvoin – drums on "Do U Lie?"
•Eric Leeds – horns
•Atlanta Bliss – trumpet
•Lisa Coleman - keyboards, vocals
•Wendy Melvoin - guitars, vocals, lead vocals on "I Wonder U"
•Mazarati – backing vocals and additional instrumentation on "Kiss"
•Clare Fischer - orchestral arrangements
•Susannah Melvoin – backing vocals
•Marie France – French seduction voice on "Girls & Boys"
•Sandra Francisco - little girl voice on "Do U Lie?"
•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, Harold Wolf - violins
•Pam Goldsmith, Margot Maclaine, Carol Mukagawa, Myer Bello, Alan Deverich, Norman Forrest, Alan Harshman, Jorge Moraga, David Stock - violas
•Jim Arkatoff, Ray Kelley, Ray Kramer, Fred Seykora - cellos
•Chuck Dominico, Arni Egilsson - stand-up basses
•Gene Cipriano, Don Ashworth, John Clarke, Dave Edwards, Gary Foster, Jim Kanter, John Lowe, Dick Mitchell, Jack Nimitz, Joe Soldo, Bob Tricarico - woodwinds
•Ray Brown, Rich Cooper, Bob Findley, Larry Ford, Bob O'Donnell, Al Vizutti - trumpets
•Garnett Brown, Charles Loper, Morris Repass, Bill Watrous - trombones
•Marni Johnson, David Duke, Joe Myer, Brian O'Connor, Calvin Smith, Jim Thatcher - French horns
•Tommy Johnson - tuba
•Brent Fischer - timpani and additional percussion
•Susan Rogers - engineer
•Peggy McCreary - engineer
•Coke Johnson - engineer
•David Z. - engineer
•David Tickle - engineer
•David Leonard - engineer
•Arne Frager - orchestra recording (Monterey Sound)
•Bernie Grundman - mastering
•Jeff Katz - photography
•Laura LiPuma - art direction
•Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff - art direction
•Ann Field - collage
•Cavallo, Ruffalo and Fargnoli - personal management
•Fred Moultrie - business management
•Lee Phillips - legal representation
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Reply #4 posted 03/21/17 10:47am

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Great thread. I love this period. It's so Old Holllywood- Prince as Valentino. heart

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Superfan1984 said:

Great thread. I love this period. It's so Old Holllywood- Prince as Valentino. heart

Tout à fait!!

Yes, 'so Old Hollywood' is a great way of seeing it.

It was definately High Art Purple Chic

I strangled Valentino (he strangled Valentino)
Been mine ever since (been his ever since)
If anybody asks you (if anybody asks you)
You belong to Prince
Come on baby, get up

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ERIC LEEDS:

Those were the circumstances that were more intriguing to me, because it was matter of us trying to get into each other's heads. He had that relationship with other people, Sheila E particularly and of course Wendy and Lisa. From a conceptual basis, Wendy and Lisa were the two musicians in any of his bands who were able to tap into him on some subliminal level - they really did have a musical relationship that was closer than with anyone that he worked with.

My relationship was a little bit more from a player's standpoint. Because of the tremendous drummer and percussionist that Sheila is, [it meant] that relationship was very important. Some of the more interesting and more enjoyable music from my point of view was when Sheila, Prince, Wendy and Lisa and I would just go into the studio and just jam. I've got quite a few tapes of sessions like that. Purely ad lib, instrumental sessions, where we'd go in and just make a lot of music. None of it was going to get released; it was for our own enjoyment. Wendy and Lisa don't really come from a jazz background [but] they shared in the ability to be very spontaneous. Our ability to go in and spontaneously play some music and at the end of an hour come out with some music that at least we could say has some kind of musical validity and continuity. It may not have the harmonic sophistication of a straight-up jazz band, but the ethic was very similar. When Prince wanted to be spontaneous, he could be very spontaneous!

28 December 1985
Prince gets together with Eric Leeds, Sheila E. and Levi Seacer Jr. to jam at Sunset Sound.
The quartet recorded a highly spontaneous "Paisley Jam" session. Eric played saxophone, Sheila drums, Levi bass, while Prince alternated between guitar and piano. Eight instrumentals were committed to tape:


1 Slaughterhouse
2 U Just Can't Stop

3 Run Amok
4 Mobile
5 Madrid
6 Breathless
7 High Colonic
8 12 Keys


They were given titles simply to facilitate their identification. Accordingly "Madrid" was named so because it had a kind of Spanish feel, while "Mobile" (referring to Mobile, Alabama) was a bluesy piece. Similarly "12 Keys" featured mmany key changes (the song incorporates a portion of the melody of "The Question Of U"). Eric went into the studio the next day to record saxophone and flute over dubs on some of the "Paisley Jam" tracks.

30 December 1985
Fired up by the results of the "Paisley Jam", Prince is back in the Sunset Sound studio with Eric, Sheila and Levi. They recorded "U Gotta Shake Something", "Voodoo Who" and "Finest Whisky" during another highly relaxed session. By now, Prince was beginning to realise that the music they were creating was highly exciting and perhaps worthy of release.

5 January 1986
Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and her brother Jonathan, join the line-up of Prince, Eric, Sheila and Levi in the Sunset Sound studio for an exhausting seven-hour session, the so-called "Everybody's Jam". Six of the pieces hat were recorded were given titles:


* Groove in C Minor
* Slow Groove in G Major
* Groove in G Flat Minor
* Junk Music
* Up From Below
* Y'all Want Some More?


During this session, Prince played primarily drums, while Sheila and Jonathan played percussion, Lisa piano and Wendy guitar and bass.

22 January 1986
An album is assembled from the instrumental sessions held in late Dec. 1985 and early Jan. 1986. Around 20 minutes of the 45 minute "Junk Music" was going to make up side one of the LP, while "Up From Below", "Y'all Want Some More?" and "A Couple Of Miles" were planned for side two of the LP. No test pressing of The Flesh LP was ever made, however, and the album was shelved when Under The Cherry Moon and other activities demanded Prince's full attention.

// So the tracklist for the LP was sequenced:

Side A:
1. Junk Music pt 1 10min
2. Junk Music pt 2 9:41min
Side B:
2. Up From Below 4:48min
3. Y'All Want Some More? 1:32min
4. A Couple Of Miles [This was recorded as a tribute to Miles Davis in late December] 4:29min

//

Featuring largely improvisional music, the Flesh sessions allowed Prince to stretch out musically and develop his musical vocabulary. The Flesh can be seen as a forerunner to Prince's later Madhouse project in more wanys than one.
Much like Madhouse, the musical focus of The Flesh was on instrumental music, basically funk jams with a distrinct jazz flavour added by Eric Leeds, who was given the opportunity to contribute more actively to Prince's music. And much like Madhouse the plan was ro release The Flesh album "anonymously" with few details about the participants and certainly no mention of Prince's involvement.

The Flesh instrumentals remain unreleased, although part of the melody for "Madrid" was later re-used by Eric for "Andorra" on his 1991 Times Squared album. Additionally, some 30 seconds of "Junk Music" made it into Under The Cherrymoon as background music (in the scene where Tricky and Christopher are arguing over what type of man Mary Sharon prefers).

Further Sunset Sound sessions in January included work on several tracks for Jill Jones' album. Before leaving for L.A. in late January, Prince taped 2 songs for Dream Factory, "Last Heart" and "It's A Wonderful Day".


End. //

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To put these recordings into perspective of released music, here are some of the tracks recorded around the same time-frame:

- Mountains, An Honest Man, (November 1985)
- Anotherloverholenoyohead, The Dream Factory, Eternity, Can I Play With U?, Love On A Blue Train (December 1985)

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OldFriends4Sale said:

Superfan1984 said:

Great thread. I love this period. It's so Old Holllywood- Prince as Valentino. heart

Tout à fait!!

Yes, 'so Old Hollywood' is a great way of seeing it.

It was definately High Art Purple Chic

I strangled Valentino (he strangled Valentino)
Been mine ever since (been his ever since)
If anybody asks you (if anybody asks you)
You belong to Prince
Come on baby, get up

So true! And so funny, last night, for reason, as I was fallng asleep, in my head popped the image of Mary Sharon about get on the plane in that big hat and all-covering outfit and I thought, "Wow. It didn't even seem out of place in the movie but would look so strange to wear in the U.S." --- ahhh- the fashion in that movie! Amazing.. amazing...

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Superfan1984 said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Tout à fait!!

Yes, 'so Old Hollywood' is a great way of seeing it.

It was definately High Art Purple Chic

I strangled Valentino (he strangled Valentino)
Been mine ever since (been his ever since)
If anybody asks you (if anybody asks you)
You belong to Prince
Come on baby, get up

So true! And so funny, last night, for reason, as I was fallng asleep, in my head popped the image of Mary Sharon about get on the plane in that big hat and all-covering outfit and I thought, "Wow. It didn't even seem out of place in the movie but would look so strange to wear in the U.S." --- ahhh- the fashion in that movie! Amazing.. amazing...

it is so weirdly perfect when sounds/images/people from the Prince world enter our dreams isn't it?

I could see her wearing that in NYC anytime lol and at the Taste or First Avenue in Purple Rain

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What's the matter with your life
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God Is Everywhere is an unreleased track recorded in mid-July, 1985, at the Crosstown Circle Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA, during recording sessions for Parade. Engineers Susan Rogers and Peggy McCreary mixed the track on 26 September, 1985, while Prince was in France filming Under The Cherry Moon, and sent it to him, as he was considering it for use on Parade. It was not included on any known configuration of the album, however, and the track remains unreleased. The track is a piano-led ballad, with gospel-style vocals by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman.

-PrinceVault

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I ❤ the Parade album. In my Top 5. Thank you for this interesting thread.
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Superfan1984 said:

So true! And so funny, last night, for reason, as I was fallng asleep, in my head popped the image of Mary Sharon about get on the plane in that big hat and all-covering outfit and I thought, "Wow. It didn't even seem out of place in the movie but would look so strange to wear in the U.S." --- ahhh- the fashion in that movie! Amazing.. amazing...

it is so weirdly perfect when sounds/images/people from the Prince world enter our dreams isn't it?

I could see her wearing that in NYC anytime lol and at the Taste or First Avenue in Purple Rain

Happens to me all the time---- dreams or I wake up with one of his songs in my head confused

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God Is Everywhere is an unreleased track recorded in mid-July, 1985, at the Crosstown Circle Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA, during recording sessions for Parade. Engineers Susan Rogers and Peggy McCreary mixed the track on 26 September, 1985, while Prince was in France filming Under The Cherry Moon, and sent it to him, as he was considering it for use on Parade. It was not included on any known configuration of the album, however, and the track remains unreleased. The track is a piano-led ballad, with gospel-style vocals by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman.

-PrinceVault

Wow I want to hear that track.

Thanks Oldfriends for your ongoing information about Prince's eras.

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God Is Everywhere is an unreleased track recorded in mid-July, 1985, at the Crosstown Circle Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA, during recording sessions for Parade. Engineers Susan Rogers and Peggy McCreary mixed the track on 26 September, 1985, while Prince was in France filming Under The Cherry Moon, and sent it to him, as he was considering it for use on Parade. It was not included on any known configuration of the album, however, and the track remains unreleased. The track is a piano-led ballad, with gospel-style vocals by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman.

-PrinceVault

theres a song that NEEDS to be heard.

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OldFriends4Sale said:

God Is Everywhere is an unreleased track recorded in mid-July, 1985, at the Crosstown Circle Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA, during recording sessions for Parade. Engineers Susan Rogers and Peggy McCreary mixed the track on 26 September, 1985, while Prince was in France filming Under The Cherry Moon, and sent it to him, as he was considering it for use on Parade. It was not included on any known configuration of the album, however, and the track remains unreleased. The track is a piano-led ballad, with gospel-style vocals by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman.

-PrinceVault

theres a song that NEEDS to be heard.

One thing I realized about the 'released' Parade era stuff, is a lack of direct 'God/Spiritual' stuff

but behind the scenes there is this song, Heaven, Others Here With Us...

...in Christopher Tracy's Parade there is : The chord strikes, the devil no like, so he runs 2 his evil car

which reminds me of the Black album/Camille/Lovesexy period.

Mountains is transcendently spiritual

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6.7.1985 @ the Prom Center in St Paul Mn:Sometimes It Snows in April previewed live

7.11.1985 @ First Avenue 7th St Entry: Girls & Boys previewed live

10.27.1985 @ Theatre Du Verdure in France: ♥ Or $ & An Honest Man rehearsed live

11.22.1985 @ Studio de la Victorine in Nice France: Girls & Boys video shoot

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Wonderful Thread...so interesting...

If I had to god Forbid choose ONE Album..it would always be Parade

Its just not like anything else.....thank you

“LOVE IS THE MASTERPLAN”
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January 27. 1986
Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles
American Music Awards
Prince Presents awards to Huey Lewis & The News

w/Sheila E. Eddie M. and band Sheena Easton (Apollonia presents an award too)

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HEAVEN

Heaven is an unreleased song recorded on 26 May, 1985 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA

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Heaven will be here on Earth
If we just try 2 love

Heaven
Heaven

We will find

Heaven

Heaven

All in time...

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* 2 lines sung along with a deeper voice hard 2 understand

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We can dream of color if we look in2 the sun
...

There is only 1 Heaven
Heaven
We will find Heaven

All in time...

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Anybody wanna go 2 Heaven

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When I go

When U go

When will I know

You'll know

When U go

You gotta be a soul

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Initial tracking took place on 20 April, 1985 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA

Clare Fischer arranged and recorded orchestration for the song at some point in mid-late 1985 at Monterey Sound Studios, Glendale, CA, USA. The lyrics of this original version mention several personal details of changes in Prince's band and his relationships with bandmembers and staff.

The song (without orchestration) was included as the eighth track on a 1 May, 1985 configuration of Parade (and would therefore have been credited to Prince and the Revolution), but was removed before the album's release.

Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
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.
  • Other recording personnel not known
  • -PrinceVault

Old Friends 4 Sale

The sun set in the west this mornin'
4 I know, I know L.A. is callin'
Bad news, Steve said, and people are talkin'
They say your kingdom is fallin', yeah
They say U lost your fire
When another musician U hired
Little do they know, U wouldn't have passed go
Unless they could take U higher, yeah

The sun set in my heart this afternoon
4 2 friends of mine got stuck in the snow
In Uptown when winter's alarmin', oh
Cocaine becomes charmin'
But U talk about things U don't know 'bout
I know, no matter how pleasant your past was
Green and white return 2 blue
U're happy as long as your last buzz
And then U think U want something new, yeah

The sun, the sun set in my mind this evening
4 someone who said they would die 4 me
Sold some, they sold some more pictures and all my little memories
Chump change is 2 unravel the mystery, ah ha
But life is no fun, life ain't no fun without fantasy
Some things are better left unsaid
And some people are better left untrusted
Maybe, maybe, maybe it'll all make sense when I'm dead
When I'm dead

Old friends 4 sale
Get'em while the gettin' is hot
Watch out, they'll kiss U until they get what U got
And they'll show U the friends that they're not
Old friends 4 sale


Old Friends 4 Sale
This slow bluesy classic is one of Prince's most autobiographical songs in which he sings about Steve Fargnoli, Wendy Melvoin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and the late bodyguard Chick Huntsberry. A somber mood is established from an eerie slightly discordant synth with a piano the main accompaniment. Recorded during the Parade sessions, two versions exist, with one including Clare Fischer's orchestra. It was revised in 1991.

The song "Old Friends 4 Sale" was written in 1985
and was featured in Prince's movie "Under The Cherry Moon" but not included on the soundtrack "Parade".

Old Friends 4 Sale can b heard when christopher comes home 2 a drunk tricky
The original song contained lyrics with veiled references about the firing of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis of The Time
and "Big" Chick Huntsberry, his former bodyguard,
who supposedly sold a fictious story about Prince to a tabloid to support his cocaine habit.



Prince Talks Interview April 1985

Prince is fiddling with the tape deck inside the T-Bird.
On low volume comes his unreleased "Old Friends 4 Sale,"
an arrow-to-the-heart rock ballad about trust and loss.
Unlike "Positively 4th Street" -- which Bob Dylan reputedly named after a nearby Minneapolis block --
the lyrics are sad, not bitter. "I don't know too much about Dylan," says Prince, "but I respect him a lot. 'All Along the Watchtower' is my favorite of his. I heard it first from Jimi Hendrix."
"Old Friends 4 Sale" ends,
and on comes "Strange Relationships," and as-yet-unreleased dance tune.
"Is it too much?" asks Prince about playing his own songs in his own car.
"Not long ago I was driving around L.A. with [a well-known rock star], and all he did was play his own stuff over and over. If it gets too much, just tell me."

An ignition turns. "Wait," calls Prince, remembering something. He grabs a tape off the T-Bird seat and yells to his father, "I got something for you to listen to. Lisa [Coleman] and Wendy [Melvoin] have been working on these in L.A." Prince throws the tape, which the two female members of his band have mixed, and his father catches it with one hand. Nelson nods okay and pulls his car behind his son's in the alley. Closely tailing Prince through North Minneapolis, he waves and smiles whenever we look back. It's impossible to believe that the gun-toting geezer in Purple Rain was modeled after John Nelson.

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What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
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