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Strange Relationship


from the album Sign O' The Times

Song details


Performer: Prince
First Released: 30 March, 1987 - Sign O' The Times album
Album(s): Sign O' The Times

One Nite Alone... Live!

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Strange Relationship is the third track on the second disc of Prince's ninth album Sign O' The Times.

In 2001, a 1987 live version was included as part of NPG Ahdio Show # 4, and the same version was offered as an individual download in 2005.

In 2002, a live version was also included as the sixth track on the second disc of One Nite Alone... Live!, Prince's first live album (along with Muse 2 The Pharaoh, Mellow and The Other Side Of The Pillow from the same show).

Initial tracking took place in Spring-Summer 1982 at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA, along with several other tracks that would re-appear over the next several years. Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman reworked the track heavily in Summer, 1985, adding sitar and other overdubs, most likely at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA. (the sitar sound is not a real sitar, but comes from the Fairlight CMI, a unit Prince did not have at the time, but was available at Sunset Sound.

This version was included as the seventh track on a late April 1986 configuration of Dream Factory, and as the album expanded, it was included as the sixth track on the first disc on the 3 June, 1986 and 18 July, 1986 configurations.

When the Revolution disbanded, Prince remixed the song at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA, to minimize Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman's involvement. Eric Leeds recorded a baritone saxophone part, but Prince removed it from the final mix, which was included as the third track on the 5 November, 1986 configuration of the Camille album (to be credited to Camille).

A few weeks later, it was included as the sixth track on the second disc of the triple-album Crystal Ball on the 30 November, 1986 configuration, which was eventually pared down and became Sign O' The Times.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Spring-Summer 1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Summer, 1985 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (assumed) Sitar overdubs and reworking by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman
Late October - early November, 1986 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Remix and recording of discarded baritone saxophone part
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Strange Relationship 4:04 Sign O' The Times Studio
Strange Relationship (Live '87) 4:41 NPG Music Club .wma download Live 21 March, 1987, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA; edited from full live version
Strange Relationship 4:24 One Nite Alone... Live EP promo Live 11 March, 2002, Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN, USA; longer version than below; begins with spoken intro from previous song, slightly longer audience noise at end without spoken transition
Strange Relationship 4:12 One Nite Alone... Live! Live 11 March, 2002, Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN, USA; slightly alternate edit than above
Strange Relationship (Live In Las Vegas) 3:52 Live At The Aladdin Las Vegas promo Live 15 December, 2002, Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Strange Relationship T.B.C. Lovesexy Live 1 VHS Live 9 September, 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
Strange Relationship T.B.C. Live At The Aladdin Las Vegas DVD Live 15 December, 2002, Aladdin Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Strange Relationship Studio Original 1982 recording
Strange Relationship Studio 1985 recording with overdubs intended for Dream Factory
Strange Relationship Studio 1986 recording with additional baritone saxophone part by Eric Leeds (removed for release)
 
Additional Information

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References
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