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Crystal Ball


from the album Crystal Ball

Song details


Performer: Prince
First Released: 29 January, 1998 - Crystal Ball album
Album(s): Crystal Ball
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Crystal Ball is the first track on the first disc of Prince's 20th album Crystal Ball (his fourth under the name ). The album is not clearly divided between Prince tracks and tracks, but the liner notes' discussion of this track discuss "Prince" making this track, and says "all other noizes are made by Prince", so it is credited to Prince in this entry.

Initial tracking took place on 17 April, 1986 at Galpin Blvd Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA (two days after band overdubs on Witness 4 The Prosecution and the recording of Visions, both without Prince, and three days before recording Starfish And Coffee). Although this track was not included on a late April, 1986 configuration of the aborted album Dream Factory, a full length version without Clare Fischer's contribution was included, on the 3 June, 1986 configuration and again on the 18 July, 1986 configuration, now omitting a minute and a half of the intro that was obsolete as in this incarnation without orchestration it was only a beat of the left channel. In late November, 1986, Prince began to compile the Crystal Ball triple LP (completely separate from the 1998 release of the same name), and Crystal Ball was included as the first track on the third side of the album in its 30 November, 1986 configuration. This was the version with the Clare Fischer orchestration added, but edited down by a minute from the previous version. In the days preceding the release of Emancipation in 1996, thedawn.com teased the next release, Crystal Ball as a 3CD set of previously-unreleased material, so it was assumed immediately that Crystal Ball would be included. The version featured on the release is identical to the version that was to be on the Crystal Ball 3-LP release from 1986.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
17 April, 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
4 August, 1986 Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA, USA String overdubs by Clare Fischer's orchestra
Recording Personnel




Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Crystal Ball 10:28 Crystal Ball Studio


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Future 4:07 Batman Studio
Intermission n/a n/a Studio There have been no audio-only releases of this track.
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Crystal Ball Studio Original full length version without Clare Fischer orchestra, as placed on the 3 June, 1986 configuration of Dream Factory
Crystal Ball Studio Version with a minute and a half of intro missing, still without Clare Fischer orchestra, as placed on the 18 July, 1986 configuration of Dream Factory
Crystal Ball Studio Full length version with Clare Fischer orchestra.
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
Crucial All Songs Unreleased Songs Crystal City Cry
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