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Empty Room


included on the album C-Note

Song details


Performer: Prince and the New Power Generation
First Released: 4 January, 2003 - NPG Music Club mp3 download
Album(s): C-Note
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Empty Room was initially released as a members-only download from the NPG Music Club on 4 January, 2003 (the day after similar downloads were made available of Copenhagen, Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo). As an "experiment", the song was released by an e-mailed link to European members only, as the track was recorded during the European leg of the One Nite Alone... Tour (during a NPG Music Club members-only soundcheck on 25 October, 2002, where Copenhagen was also recorded). The same version was later included as the fifth and final track on Prince's third live album C-Note (a compilation of these five soundcheck tracks).

Two studio versions of the track exist. Initial tracking took place on 4 August, 1985 at the Washington Avenue Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA (three days after Splash, six days before Sexual Suicide). It was recorded with the Revolution, following an argument with Susanna Melvoin.

In mid-late March, 1992, Prince re-recorded the song at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA, as a quieter piano track for the James L. Brooks movie I'll Do Anything (during the same set of sessions as I'll Do Anything, Make Believe and My Little Pill), but the track is not known to have been considered for the movie, and was not included on a planned I'll Do Anything album. In late 1994, Prince made a video for the song, using the original 1985 music. (see Empty Room for details).

It is possible the song was considered for inclusion on the Chaos And Disorder album at this point, although this has not been verified. No studio version of the track has been released.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
4 August, 1985 Washington Avenue Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA Initial tracking
Mid-late March, 1992 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Re-recording
25 October, 2002 Falconer Salen, Frederiksberg, Denmark Live recording
Recording Personnel

Released version


Unreleased 1985 version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Bobby Z. - drums
  • Other Revolution members and other musicians unconfirmed


Unreleased 1992 version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Empty Room 4:01 C-Note Live 25 October, 2002, Falconer Salen, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Empty Room 3:23 Promotional video only Promo video 1994 version; see Empty Room video for more details
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Empty Room 2:15 Andy Allo Facebook video stream Live (excerpt) 12 August, 2011: Hallenstadion , Zürich, Switzerland.
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Empty Room Studio 1985 version
Empty Room Studio 1992 version
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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