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CALL FOR QUESTIONS: Q&A with Duane Tudahl, author of Purple Rain Sessions book!

Hey all, Duane Tudahl, longtime orger and Prince maven, has his new book out, "Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984". We've been reading a preview copy and there's some really great stuff in it! We asked Duane if he'd do a Q&A with the Org & orgers, so if you've got questions -- add them to this thread and we'll try to get answers to everything over the next few days.

Our "favorite" question(s) might even end up with free signed copies of his book! So... make 'em good!

Please add your questions to this thread by 11:59P Thursday PT, and we'll start working with Duane on Friday to get answers, and hopefully post them over the weekend!

ben -- "the prince.org guy"
Reply #1 posted 11/20/17 6:56pm

luv4u

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Reply #2 posted 11/20/17 8:31pm

TrivialPursuit

What's the most surprising thing you learned about Prince & his studio habits during this time?

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Reply #3 posted 11/20/17 8:42pm

206Michelle

Hi Duane, Thanks for taking questions. I have not had a chance to purchase your book yet, so forgive me if you answer these questions in the book. I am interested in knowing more about the songs "Wonderful Ass" and "We Can F**k" which Warner Brothers released on Purple Rain Deluxe.

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1. Why did these two songs not make the cut for Purple Rain?

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2. What was Warner Brothers's reaction to "We Can F**k"?

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3. Whose decision was it to keep "We Can F**k" unreleased for 30+ years? Did Prince want to put "We Can F**k" on Purple Rain, but Warner Brothers disagreed? I believe that "We Can Fuck" is an absolute masterpeice, and certainly of a high enough caliber to be on Purple Rain. However, I suspect that "We Can F**k" was too far outside of the boundaries of social acceptability for release on a major music record in 1984 (although my suspicion could be totally wrong because I wasn't even born until 1986). I would be most interested in any information that you can share about discussions surrounding "We Can F**k"

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4. Who performs the awesome guitar solo at the end of "Wonderful Ass"? (I think it's Prince, but I'd like to know for sure whether or not it's him playing the guitar.)

Live 4 Love ~ Love is God, God is love, Girls and boys love God above
Reply #4 posted 11/20/17 9:32pm

databank

I haven't yet purchased the ebook but I will as soon as I'm done with the novel I'm currently reading.

Duane you've know for many years how I was excited about this project and when I asked once if you planned to cover the whole of P's career in the same manner as you did with 1983-84, you replied that it was very unlikely and that you were planning to stay focused on the 80's. While I understand that we're talking about an insane amount of work and that you'd have to spend the rest of your life researching those books if you were to cover 40 years of Prince's career, I would obviously love to see his whole recording career covered in such details.

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So here are my 2 questions:

1/ I understand that sales of the first book may impact your decision, but at this stage how many more books would you be interested in writing, and which years would they cover?

2/ Do you think there's a chance anyone you've worked with would be willing to try and complete the series by covering the years you'll have chosen not to cover with similar books, and if someone volunteered at some point, would you share your methodology and endorse any such project?

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Thx cool

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Reply #5 posted 11/21/17 1:31am

mediumdry

Hi Duane,

you mentioned that this book was mostly ready before Prince's unfortunate passing. Do you think/have you noticed that people that were around Prince are now more willing to share their stories? Your book is more a less a look into the sausage factory, as you mentioned, and Prince was notoriously protective of his privacy. What impact do you think this will have on a possible next book? (assuming you need to do a lot of follow up interviews)

Reply #6 posted 11/21/17 2:19am

CherryMoon57

Hello Duane,

Firstly a big THANK YOU for all your hard work and dedication in putting this book together, I am really looking forward to getting a copy and to reading the fruit of your labor. smile

Here are my questions:

I know you have directly met many of the people who have worked with Prince, but did you ever meet the man in person?

Also, in case the answer to the above question was no: You have said that the first draft of the book was finished in March 2016. Have you ever sought to meet Prince to show him or discuss the content of your book, interview him directly or to perhaps get his support - by speaking to him or anyone around him - whilst you were preparing the book?

Thanks!


[Edited 11/21/17 2:31am]

Reply #7 posted 11/21/17 2:48am

rwielink

Hello Duane,

During your 20 years of research, did you get to hear any prince recordings that us mere mortals don't even know exist? I can imagine you can't disclose what/how/who etc for not wanting to expose your "sources", but still i'm curious.

Looking forward to the book!

Ronald

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Reply #8 posted 11/21/17 2:51am

BartVanHemelen

CherryMoon57 said:

Hello Duane,

Firstly a big THANK YOU for all your hard work and dedication in putting this book together, I am really looking forward to getting a copy and to reading the fruit of your labor. smile

Here are my questions:

I know you have directly met many of the people who have worked with Prince, but did you ever meet the man in person?

Also, in case the answer to the above question was no: You have said that the first draft of the book was finished in March 2016. Have you ever sought to meet Prince to show him or discuss the content of your book, interview him directly or to perhaps get his support - by speaking to him or anyone around him - whilst you were preparing the book?

Thanks!


[Edited 11/21/17 2:31am]

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All of this is already answered in the preface to his book, and that preface (as well as plenty of sample pages) can be read by going to https://www.amazon.com/Pr...538105497/ and clicking on "look inside".

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Reply #9 posted 11/21/17 3:08am

CherryMoon57

BartVanHemelen said:

CherryMoon57 said:

Hello Duane,

Firstly a big THANK YOU for all your hard work and dedication in putting this book together, I am really looking forward to getting a copy and to reading the fruit of your labor. smile

Here are my questions:

I know you have directly met many of the people who have worked with Prince, but did you ever meet the man in person?

Also, in case the answer to the above question was no: You have said that the first draft of the book was finished in March 2016. Have you ever sought to meet Prince to show him or discuss the content of your book, interview him directly or to perhaps get his support - by speaking to him or anyone around him - whilst you were preparing the book?

Thanks!


[Edited 11/21/17 2:31am]

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All of this is already answered in the preface to his book, and that preface (as well as plenty of sample pages) can be read by going to https://www.amazon.com/Pr...538105497/ and clicking on "look inside".


Thanks for the link BartVanHemelen. It does answer my question, though only partly.

[Edited 11/21/17 6:31am]

Reply #10 posted 11/21/17 7:55am

getwild180

Thank you for taking your time out in answering these questions. I cannot wait to purchase your book. My questions for you are..

Was there anything in the book that you meant to edit,further explain or didn't explained enough, or even forgot to mention before the book became published?

Was there any information that you (being an author and a Prince fan) are surprised to learn about? In other words was there any information that you found that was too good to not want to share in your book.. whether it be about certain songs or sessions or even songs that nobody including hardcore fans and yourself knew about?

Thirdly, do you think Prince himself would be proud of your book upon reading it if he was still alive? Do you think he would be surprised as to what you discovered and perhaps want to make you his official biographer?
Reply #11 posted 11/21/17 8:14am

RodeoSchro

Hi Duane! Stuff I'd like to know, if possible (apologies if this info is in the book; Amazon hasn't shipped my copy yet):

1. Did Prince ever use any kind of alternate tuning for guitar work? Or a capo?

2. Was there any process by which Prince chose the key(s) for his songs?

3. Were his guitar solos constructed over time, or were they mainly thought up on the fly?

4. Did he ever write a song by starting with the bass guitar?


Thanks, can't wait to read your book!

Second Funkiest White Man in America

P&R's paladin
Reply #12 posted 11/21/17 8:23am

SchlomoThaHomo

Morris Hayes mentioned in a recent interview that Prince pulled him aside to play 5 unreleased tracks from the Purple Rain era, and that they were better than than what was on Purple Rain. Were you able to find any information on what those tracks might be?

"That's when stars collide. When there's space for what u want, and ur heart is open wide."
Reply #13 posted 11/21/17 8:58am

2freaky4church1

We need a book about the 90s.

DJ is da man
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Reply #14 posted 11/21/17 9:43am

itsjustaroundthecorner

1. Is the When Doves Cry with the orignal baseline lurking around somewhere? How hard of a decision was it for Prince to delete out the bassline? How close was the orignal version to making it on the album?

2. Was Prince legitimately concerned that Purple Rain had a similarity to Faithfully by Journey? I have heard that he called up Journey to make sure it was OK... any truth to that?

Reply #15 posted 11/21/17 10:06am

databank

2freaky4church1 said:

We need a book about the 90s.

Technically we need five books about the 90's.

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Reply #16 posted 11/21/17 5:31pm

bonatoc

itsjustaroundthecorner said:

2. Was Prince legitimately concerned that Purple Rain had a similarity to Faithfully by Journey? I have heard that he called up Journey to make sure it was OK... any truth to that?


It's been confirmed by the Journey members themselves.
Hard to believe they made it up...

The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
U No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailer sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
Reply #17 posted 11/21/17 6:53pm

206Michelle

Was Prince able to read and write sheet music (notes, treble, bass, and so forth)? If not, did he maintain a record of the various melodies and harmonies of songs by audio recording everything or some other form of “memory”?
Live 4 Love ~ Love is God, God is love, Girls and boys love God above
Reply #18 posted 11/21/17 9:16pm

grantevans

Here's one

When Prince focused his recording at Paisley Park and other residences, there are no longer records of his studio bookings etc. From what date does it get difficult to track his recording activities, and are there sources that you can use to track his recording activities in his later career?

Reply #19 posted 11/21/17 11:45pm

love2thenines2003

Are u aware of any unreleased Prince album from the eighties in the vault not even known by the fans? Thanx in advance Duane 4 the reply
Reply #20 posted 11/22/17 3:49am

bonatoc

What do the sound engineers think about his chops on the mixing board?
Did Prince just need them to work faster by avoiding going back and forth on the mixing desk?
Or did they actually influence or change his approach to sound?

The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
U No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailer sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
Reply #21 posted 11/22/17 4:31am

funkyfine

Why can't I buy your book? Release date on Amazon.co.uk says 15th November but its not in stock anywhere.

Reply #22 posted 11/22/17 9:24am

rwielink

Hello Duane,

every time, for the past 30+ years, whenever I hear the song Sex Shooter, it makes me wonder if this was originally meant as a song from a man's perspective. You know, shooting the love, kiss my gun, and even the lyrics sound like "come on play with my erection".

So since you are the number one 83/84 expert and this song is from almost exactly the middle of this period: my question is: is there a Prince version out there? Or was that ever the plan?

Thnx.

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Reply #23 posted 11/22/17 12:16pm

JoeyCococo

It is probably in the book and I should have that soon but I have always wondered about the guitar solo intro and the solo deep in the mix on the latter part of WHen Doves Cry. The song is so startling that your attention goes from that killer solo to the booming drum beat and skeletal instrumentation. Then you refocus on his deep voice...then the screams..then the music again etc. What is forgotten is that INCREDIBLE opening guitar line and the ending guitar is buried in the mix and covered up with all that awesome screaming.

After his passing, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) was interviewed who marvelled on the guitar parts. I never in all these years saw Prince play those solos nor have I heard much talk about them. Do you have any info on the recording of those guitar parts?

Like so much, it is yet another reminder of how talented he was that he could play like that, and purposely bury it in the mix.

Reply #24 posted 11/22/17 1:29pm

Loefie

Hi Duane,

Looking forward to your book. I would like to know, based on all the information you have gathered for writing your book, which (song) recording session would you have wanted to witness the most and what would be the main reason?

Thanks in advance!

Produced, Arranged, Composed & Performed by PRINCE


"Rotterdam, we come to jam!"
Reply #25 posted 11/22/17 5:45pm

bonatoc

rwielink said:

Hello Duane,

every time, for the past 30+ years, whenever I hear the song Sex Shooter, it makes me wonder if this was originally meant as a song from a man's perspective. You know, shooting the love, kiss my gun, and even the lyrics sound like "come on play with my erection".

So since you are the number one 83/84 expert and this song is from almost exactly the middle of this period: my question is: is there a Prince version out there? Or was that ever the plan?

Thnx.


Yuck.


The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
U No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailer sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
Reply #26 posted 11/22/17 5:48pm

bonatoc

Let's leave it with "affection" please.
And girls can shoot too, you know.

[Edited 11/22/17 17:49pm]

The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
U No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailer sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
Reply #27 posted 11/23/17 9:35am

datdude

Hi Duane. Did you choose PR because it is your personal favorite or Prince's commercial pinnacle? And did u discover a 'process' by which the rumored '100 song's ware whittled down to the classic we ultimately got?
Reply #28 posted 11/23/17 1:10pm

206Michelle

Was Prince able to read and write sheet music (notes, treble, bass, and so forth)? If not, did he maintain a record of the various melodies and harmonies of songs by audio recording everything or some other form of “memory”?
Live 4 Love ~ Love is God, God is love, Girls and boys love God above
Reply #29 posted 11/23/17 8:35pm

RUhapP2

I wish I could go back to when Lrince was playing at local clubs in his hometown- when he was just starting out.
My question would be: when he was just playing local gigs was he into groupies...was he a wild party kind of guy???
Reply #30 posted 11/23/17 10:25pm

databank

Hey Duane I thought of another one!

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I remember we once talked about it many years ago, but I'm still wondering how autonomous The Time, Vanity 6, Sheila, The Family and Madhouse were when it comes to live performances. I recently listened to the Family rehearsal for the first time (yeah, I know, why only now? lol ) and apparently Prince can be heard giving the band instructions. I've also read other reports that after rehearsing with the Revolution he would attend the Time, V6 and Sheila's rehearsals and give advice and/or instructions. I would assume he was also pretty involved with Madhouse's live performances.

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You once told me that those performances could be considered autonomous in the sense that the bands were pretty much left alone to perform the songs any way they wanted, but all of the above gives me the impression that Prince was definitely the musical director for those projects (at least The Time, V6, Madhouse and The Family's only gig: it's possible Sheila got more freedom as she was more of an artist in her own right as opposed to a Prince employee). So I wondered if further research changed your perspective on this, or if you still consider that those live gigs were autonomous. As you can guess, the heart of the matter is connected to my discography website, in the sense that I keep wondering whether those live performances (including TV appearances) should be considered as part of Prince's canon, which would make sense if he was responsible for most of the arrangements and making the calls on how the songs were to be played, or if they can be considered sufficiently autonomous to be considered "covers", like for example post 1995 Morris Day & The Time, who performed Prince compositions but without any Prince involvement.

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Thanks for sharing your perspective biggrin

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[Edited 11/23/17 22:28pm]

A COMPREHENSIVE PRINCE DISCOGRAPHY (work in progress ^^): https://sites.google.com/...iscog/home
Reply #31 posted 11/24/17 12:23am

2045RadicalMattZ

rwielink said:

Hello Duane,


every time, for the past 30+ years, whenever I hear the song Sex Shooter, it makes me wonder if this was originally meant as a song from a man's perspective. You know, shooting the love, kiss my gun, and even the lyrics sound like "come on play with my erection".


 


So since you are the number one 83/84 expert and this song is from almost exactly the middle of this period: my question is: is there a Prince version out there? Or was that ever the plan?


 


Thnx.


Interesting. Makes sense.
the one thing i didn't like about the PR film was the wack off jizz guitar on the audience. I thought it was tasteless and crude...AND out of place in a situational drama....why would THE KID have a whack off guitar set up slightly offstage at the club? Was it part of the club's "audience jizz nights"?
"Damn Dolores, pick another subject, please...introduce the carpet to something other than your knees...."
Reply #32 posted 11/24/17 12:27am

2045RadicalMattZ

Since this thread is short on questions: here's a frivolous useless one.


Were DORITOS chips part of Prince's life at the time or a concession *(pun intended) to movie marketing?

Also did Prince ever propose any artwork for the film release that v hasn't seen the light of day? Perhaps a movie poster/promotional work/theme.

I could imagine that not being featured on a promotional poster could've been great for acceptance as a serious film. Just wondering
"Damn Dolores, pick another subject, please...introduce the carpet to something other than your knees...."
Reply #33 posted 11/24/17 4:22am

Funk101

Hi Duane,

I enjoyed listening to your peach and black podcast, your passion, enthusiasm and thoughtfulness came across well. A few questions, mostly about the process of research and writing:

1 - How difficult was it to write the book, attempting to balance different information and perspectives given the necessary constraints of word limits and amount of space to devote to each recording?

2. How challenging was it to write the book knowing that you wouldn't directly have the perspective, insight, interpretation and memories of the central figure?

3. How did you handle incorporating the roles and influence of those associates who are no longer with us or who choose not to give interviews?

4. Did you have to revise the book after double-checking any details or contradictions which arose in interviews associates gave to others in 2016? Were there any details which came to light in 2016 relating to the period of the book which surprised you?

5. How tricky was it to provide the necessary background and context to certain songs or recordings without extending too far into other years or eras? E.g. the story of the time recordings and band.

6. Out of curiosity, how much material did you gather roughly for this project, e.g. in pages of notes, hours of interviews?

7. Lastly, did you get a feel for when / how Prince managed to fit in eating and sleeping during this period? Did he take breaks during recording sessions or tend to work continuously once he started?

Thank you for your time.
[Edited 11/26/17 11:54am]
Reply #34 posted 11/27/17 8:42am

madhouseman

Hi everyone. I am looking forward to answering questions, but it would be best to wait until some of you have read the book so I can answer questions about it and hear your thoughts. The first wave of arrivals from the publisher have started delivering today (YES!) and hopefully Amazon will be delivering the physical book very quickly as well. The ebooks have been delivered, and I'm looking forward to everyone getting their orders filled and getting to talk to you about it.

Thank you for the questions. Some of them are going to be fun to answer and thank you again for your interest in this book and the potential book series!

Duane

My book PRINCE and The Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions 1983-1984 comes out in November 2017. For more info go to https://www.facebook.com/...104195943/ and join the conversation.
Reply #35 posted 11/27/17 3:55pm

bonatoc

2045RadicalMattZ said:

rwielink said:

Hello Duane,

every time, for the past 30+ years, whenever I hear the song Sex Shooter, it makes me wonder if this was originally meant as a song from a man's perspective. You know, shooting the love, kiss my gun, and even the lyrics sound like "come on play with my erection".

So since you are the number one 83/84 expert and this song is from almost exactly the middle of this period: my question is: is there a Prince version out there? Or was that ever the plan?

Thnx.

Interesting. Makes sense. the one thing i didn't like about the PR film was the wack off jizz guitar on the audience. I thought it was tasteless and crude...AND out of place in a situational drama....why would THE KID have a whack off guitar set up slightly offstage at the club? Was it part of the club's "audience jizz nights"?


I find it so funny. It's like the music is too good, he just has to come.
It's a very last short glimpse at the bare honesty of Dirty Mind and its underground formative years.
He also knows this is ReaganLand. He's obviously going for shock.

If he insisted more on it, I would agree.
But it's really just a few seconds in the movie,
it's preceded by an unequivocable mischievous funny grin,
and it comes at the end (orgasm!). What an hilarious way to close a show.

OK, maybe it's too much of "When Man Is Happy, Man Comes",
but it's a funny way to sexualize the male figure,
especially in 1984, and bring it back to its... errr... rightful position.


[Edited 11/27/17 15:56pm]

The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
U No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailer sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
Reply #36 posted 11/27/17 7:23pm

williamb610

SchlomoThaHomo said:

Morris Hayes mentioned in a recent interview that Prince pulled him aside to play 5 unreleased tracks from the Purple Rain era, and that they were better than than what was on Purple Rain. Were you able to find any information on what those tracks might be?

Awesome question Schlomo! I'm intrigued as to what these songs are. I mean, shit! I like all of the tracks on Purple Rain. Heaven, 7 out of the 9 tracks are top tier shit, lyrically and musically! There are 5 songs BETTER THAN THOSE?!

I'd love to hear them!!!

Reply #37 posted 11/28/17 2:33am

rwielink

bonatoc said:

Let's leave it with "affection" please.
And girls can shoot too, you know.

[Edited 11/22/17 17:49pm]

is that Vanity on the left and Appolonia on the right? smile

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Reply #38 posted 11/28/17 4:47am

bonatoc

rwielink said:

bonatoc said:

Let's leave it with "affection" please.
And girls can shoot too, you know.

[Edited 11/22/17 17:49pm]

is that Vanity on the left and Appolonia on the right? smile



"Quick, Vanity! Attack this storm of bland FM muzak stations! I'll handle Hollywood! Full thrusters!"


The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
U No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailer sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
Reply #39 posted 11/30/17 10:06am

purplemist7777

madhouseman said:

Hi everyone. I am looking forward to answering questions, but it would be best to wait until some of you have read the book so I can answer questions about it and hear your thoughts. The first wave of arrivals from the publisher have started delivering today (YES!) and hopefully Amazon will be delivering the physical book very quickly as well. The ebooks have been delivered, and I'm looking forward to everyone getting their orders filled and getting to talk to you about it.


 


Thank you for the questions. Some of them are going to be fun to answer and thank you again for your interest in this book and the potential book series!


 


Duane


Hi any update from Amazon on US deliveries? I ordered mine on 11/17/17 and Amazon is still showing “we’ll email you when we have a delivery date.” Thx
Reply #40 posted 11/30/17 7:51pm

madhouseman

purplemist7777 said:

madhouseman said:

Hi everyone. I am looking forward to answering questions, but it would be best to wait until some of you have read the book so I can answer questions about it and hear your thoughts. The first wave of arrivals from the publisher have started delivering today (YES!) and hopefully Amazon will be delivering the physical book very quickly as well. The ebooks have been delivered, and I'm looking forward to everyone getting their orders filled and getting to talk to you about it.

Thank you for the questions. Some of them are going to be fun to answer and thank you again for your interest in this book and the potential book series!

Duane

Hi any update from Amazon on US deliveries? I ordered mine on 11/17/17 and Amazon is still showing “we’ll email you when we have a delivery date.” Thx

I wish I knew more about this. I keep getting told it is in the next day or two, but that has been going on for over two weeks so I am obviously not happy with how Amazon has been doing with this. They've had the books supposedly for a week and a half but I've been told that because of the holiday rush (Black Friday, etc.) smaller orders have gotten pushed aside, which is really unfortunate.


I hope they go out soon. The people who've gotten theirs seem very happy with them and I'm looking forward to answering these questions. Thanks!

My book PRINCE and The Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions 1983-1984 comes out in November 2017. For more info go to https://www.facebook.com/...104195943/ and join the conversation.
Reply #41 posted 12/01/17 9:22pm

FunkyStrange

For those that missed it Peach And Black Podcast had a long chat with Duane about his book - listen here - http://peachandblack.podb...interview/

Reply #42 posted 12/02/17 3:03pm

purplemist7777

madhouseman said:

 



purplemist7777 said:


madhouseman said:

Hi everyone. I am looking forward to answering questions, but it would be best to wait until some of you have read the book so I can answer questions about it and hear your thoughts. The first wave of arrivals from the publisher have started delivering today (YES!) and hopefully Amazon will be delivering the physical book very quickly as well. The ebooks have been delivered, and I'm looking forward to everyone getting their orders filled and getting to talk to you about it.


 


Thank you for the questions. Some of them are going to be fun to answer and thank you again for your interest in this book and the potential book series!


 


Duane



Hi any update from Amazon on US deliveries? I ordered mine on 11/17/17 and Amazon is still showing “we’ll email you when we have a delivery date.” Thx

 


I wish I knew more about this. I keep getting told it is in the next day or two, but that has been going on for over two weeks so I am obviously not happy with how Amazon has been doing with this. They've had the books supposedly for a week and a half but I've been told that because of the holiday rush (Black Friday, etc.) smaller orders have gotten pushed aside, which is really unfortunate. 



I hope they go out soon. The people who've gotten theirs seem very happy with them and I'm looking forward to answering these questions.  Thanks!


Update amazon expected delivery is 12/8. Can’t wait!
Reply #43 posted 12/03/17 7:59am

Funkpocket

Was wondering if Prince ever made sincere attempts to become performance proficient playing brass and/or woodwind instruments?

Second question: with the massive body of work in Prince's career, the amount of lyrical content is mind boggling. could you provide insight on the process of how these lyrics were written, and what happened to (if any) of the lyrics that were never used in a song?
[Edited 12/3/17 14:03pm]
Reply #44 posted 12/05/17 10:42am

littlemissG

Two questions:

What is you favorite Prince memory?

Back in the days when Prince did a very atheletic show, dancing and jumping off of things, what type of warm up did or exerise routine did he do?

No More Haters on the Internet.
Reply #45 posted 12/15/17 1:05pm

IRockThere4IAm

Duane --

1. Have you parsed through Purple Rain Deluxe? I love disc 2 especially, but I know it's by no means a definitive take on the music that resulted from the period. For instance, a few of the tracks come from something closer to the Around the World in a Day sessions. And obviously there's some good stuff missing, and all the side-project material, for the most part.

2. What are some of the glaring omissions from Purple Rain Deluxe, in your opinion?

3.. If WB or someone else were to attempt a reasonably-curated Purple Rain Deluxe Complete, including studio work, demos, interesting rehearsals, side-project work, notable live stuff, and miscellanea, how many hours of music do you estimate could potentially be included? A fear of mine is that there is just TOO MUCH music for anything resembling "the complete Prince recordings" to ever even be attempted by an archival enterprise.

And a related question:

4. A lot of legacy artists have dedicated archival teams. For instance, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis have teams that are still going through things, but basically everything in the archives is catalogued well, and in most cases already mixed and mastered, waiting for the right opportunity for commercial release. How close is the Prince catalog from the 1980s to being properly catalogued and/or backed-up? I've heard that things are still in disarray, but I've also heard that things are well-catalogued and backed-up. I'd hate for any music to get lost! What exposure do you have to this situation currently?

Thanks for your time and research!

Reply #46 posted 12/15/17 2:35pm

love2thenines2003

IRockThere4IAm said:

Duane --


 


1. Have you parsed through Purple Rain Deluxe? I love disc 2 especially, but I know it's by no means a definitive take on the music that resulted from the period. For instance, a few of the tracks come from something closer to the Around the World in a Day sessions. And obviously there's some good stuff missing, and all the side-project material, for the most part.


 


2. What are some of the glaring omissions from Purple Rain Deluxe, in your opinion?


 


3.. If WB or someone else were to attempt a reasonably-curated Purple Rain Deluxe Complete, including studio work, demos, interesting rehearsals, side-project work, notable live stuff, and miscellanea, how many hours of music do you estimate could potentially be included? A fear of mine is that there is just TOO MUCH music for anything resembling "the complete Prince recordings" to ever even be attempted by an archival enterprise.


 


And a related question:


 


4. A lot of legacy artists have dedicated archival teams. For instance, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis have teams that are still going through things, but basically everything in the archives is catalogued well, and in most cases already mixed and mastered, waiting for the right opportunity for commercial release. How close is the Prince catalog from the 1980s to being properly catalogued and/or backed-up? I've heard that things are still in disarray, but I've also heard that things are well-catalogued and backed-up. I'd hate for any music to get lost! What exposure do you have to this situation currently?


 


Thanks for your time and research!



I heard from a close source that tapes and archives have begun to be catalogued and preserved in 1987 with the beginning of Paisley Park as official place for Prince's Studio....before this date a lot of masters and 1St generation tapes pre 1987 have been lost...erased or destroyed....a part of these archives are copies and mix down in WB's Vault!

Maybe Duane will be able to confirm unfortunately what I heard?
[Edited 12/15/17 14:35pm]
Reply #47 posted 12/15/17 4:37pm

herb4

How often did any of these tracks start as simple organic riffs or melodies? Like on an acoustic guitar or piano or something without any layers of technology such as synths and linn drums. Were any of them born from a sort of "campfire" style or was everything built with the overdubs he liked?

Where did he tend to start? With the beat, the melody, the riff, the lyrics or did it vary from song to song?

Reply #48 posted 12/15/17 5:12pm

bonatoc

love2thenines2003 said:

I heard from a close source that tapes and archives have begun to be catalogued and preserved in 1987 with the beginning of Paisley Park as official place for Prince's Studio....before this date a lot of masters and 1St generation tapes pre 1987 have been lost...erased or destroyed....a part of these archives are copies and mix down in WB's Vault! Maybe Duane will be able to confirm unfortunately what I heard? [Edited 12/15/17 14:35pm]


Did Prince always (or usually) leave Sunset Sound with the master tape under his arms?
Or were they temporarily stocked there?

Susan Rogers told that when she started the Vault, she spent a great deal of time calling studios to get back the masters and/or the multi-track tapes back to PP.

It's to me the most obvious origin for leaks and subsequential bootlegs. An assistant comes across stuff when cataloguing, et voilà, a K7 copy is discreetly made...

The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
U No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailer sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
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