17 Days

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17 Days

Whendovescry single.jpg
single art for When Doves Cry
included on The Hits / The B-Sides
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 16 May 1984 - When Doves Cry single
Album(s): The Hits / The B-Sides
Writer(s): Prince, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, Wendy Melvoin (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

17 Days (full title as copyrighted 17 Days (The Rain Will Come Down, Then U Will Have 2 Choose If U Believe. Look 2 The Dawn And U Shall Never Lose)) was released as the b-side of the single When Doves Cry, the first single to be released from Purple Rain, released worldwide. In 1993, it was included as the 15th track on The B-Sides compilation (included as the third and final disc on The Hits / The B-Sides).

While specific recording dates for 17 Days are not known, it was initially recorded during the summer of 1983 with Brenda Bennett on vocals, with the intention of placing it on the second album by Vanity 6 (which later became the Apollonia 6 album). It was re-recorded on 8 January 1984 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (three days after Oliver's House and The Belle Of St. Mark), with Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman providing some background vocals. While the When Doves Cry single was credited only to Prince, 17 Days was credited to Prince and the Revolution, marking it the earliest release of a track containing this credit.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Summer 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
8 January 1984 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Re-recording
Recording Personnel

Vanity 6/Apollonia 6 version

Prince and the Revolution version

Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
17 Days 3:54 When Doves Cry - single

Girls & Boys single
The Hits / The B-Sides
Purple Rain Deluxe - Single Edits & B-Sides

Studio a.k.a. B-Side Edit

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Musicology 4:26 Musicology Studio Brief clip heard 'on radio' during segue following Musicology
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
17 Days Studio Version with Brenda Bennett on lead vocals
17 Days Studio Full length version
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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