17 Days

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17 Days

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single art for When Doves Cry
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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:
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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). A 1983 piano rehearsal of the track was also included on the 2018 posthumous release Piano & A Microphone 1983, and released two weeks prior to the album as a pre-release download. The same version was released as the A-side of a 7" vinyl 17 Days (Piano Version) single distributed as cover mount with the October 2018 edition of Rolling Stone magazine in Germany in September 2018.

While specific recording dates for 17 Days are not known, it was initially recorded at The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, Minnesota in August 1983, likely a couple of days after Let's Go Crazy and Computer Blue, with Brenda Bennett on vocals. By this time Vanity had just left the Prince camp and Apollonia was yet to be cast as her replacement. So it was never really intended for either Vanity 6 or Apollonia 6, but perhaps Prince had a solo project with Brenda Bennett in mind.

The song was later re-recorded on 8 January 1984 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (three days after Oliver's House) with Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman providing some background vocals and worked on further in March. 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
August 1983 The Warehouse,
St. Louis Park, MN, USA
Basic tracking, Brenda Bennett vocals
8 January 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Re-recording
18 March 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Overdubs
21 March 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Edits
Recording Personnel

Vanity 6/Apollonia 6 version


Prince and the Revolution version


Versions
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
17 Days 6:22 Piano & A Microphone 1983
'Rehearsal' a.k.a. 17 Days (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
17 Days (Piano Version) 3:14 17 Days (Piano Version) single 'Rehearsal' edit of the above


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

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