Album: The Voice

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The Voice

The Voice (Front Cover)

Album details


Released: 24 August 1993
Length: 53:44 - 1993 release

59:13 - 1995 reissue

Label(s): Paisley Park Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
This album has not charted in in the USA
Certifications
This album has not received any certifications in in the USA
Awards
This album has not received any awards in in the USA

Singles released


The Voice
b/w Positivity
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Blood Is Thicker Than Time
b/w I'll Be Right There
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See also


    
The Voice is the eighth solo studio album by Mavis Staples (her second and final on Paisley Park Records), and her second to include input by Prince.

Eight of the album's twelve songs are written by Prince (two of which, Melody Cool and Positivity, had previously been included in different forms on albums released by Prince), and he appears as a musician to varying degrees on some of the tracks also. Ricky Peterson produced the five newly-written Prince tracks, and added production to the vault track A Man Called Jesus.

The album produced two singles, The Voice and Blood Is Thicker Than Time, but the album failed to chart.

In 1995, the album was re-released by NPG Records with a different sequence, including an additional track, Come Home, which was previously included in identical form on Mavis Staples' first Paisley Park Records release Time Waits For No One.


Recording process

Melody Cool was recorded in Summer, 1987 (and was at one point planned for the Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic album), before lead vocals by Mavis Staples were overdubbed in late 1989 (a remix by Ricky Peterson was made in 1992 for its inclusion on The Voice).

A Man Called Jesus was recorded in late December 1988, with saxophone by Candy Dulfer added in July 1989, and lead vocals by Mavis Staples added in Summer 1992. The Voice was recorded in April 1991, with vocal overdubs by Mavis Staples in late 1992 or early 1993.

House In Order, Blood Is Thicker Than Time, You Will Be Moved and The Undertaker were recorded in Summer 1992, without Prince's direct involvement. Positivity was recorded in 1992 or early 1993, reusing some tracks from the original December 1987, recording by Prince.



Track listing
CD MC

Details given for Prince-related tracks only:

  1. The Voice (4:14) 1
  2. House In Order (4:44) 2
  3. Blood Is Thicker Than Time (3:13) 2
  4. You Will Be Moved (4:12) 2
  5. All Because Of You (5:06)
  6. The Undertaker (7:26) 3
  7. Melody Cool (3:46) 2
  8. Kain't Turn Back (4:03)
  9. I'll Be Right There (4:03)
  10. A Man Called Jesus (3:56) 2
  11. Why (4:27)
  12. Positivity (4:34) 2


1995 NPG Records release

  1. Blood Is Thicker Than Time (3:13) 2
  2. I'll Be Right There (4:03)
  3. Why (4:27)
  4. House In Order (4:44) 2
  5. All Because Of You (5:06)
  6. A Man Called Jesus (3:56) 2
  7. Kain't Turn Back (4:03)
  8. Come Home (5:29) 2
  9. You Will Be Moved (4:12) 2
  10. The Voice (4:14) 1
  11. The Undertaker (7:26) 3
  12. Melody Cool (3:46) 2
  13. Positivity (4:34) 2
  • Side 1:
  1. The Voice (4:14) 1
  2. House In Order (4:44) 2
  3. Blood Is Thicker Than Time (3:13) 2
  4. You Will Be Moved (4:12) 2
  5. All Because Of You (5:06)
  6. The Undertaker (7:26) 3
  • Side 2:
  1. Melody Cool (3:46) 2
  2. Kain't Turn Back (4:03)
  3. I'll Be Right There (4:03)
  4. A Man Called Jesus (3:56) 2
  5. Why (4:27)
  6. Positivity (4:34) 2


1 Written by Prince, Rosie Gaines and Francis Jules
2 Written by Prince
3 Written by Prince, Tommy Barbarella, Michael B., Levi Seacer, Jr. and Sonny T.



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA CD 9 25049-2
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CAN Cassette 92 50494
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

CAN CD ACD 1419 Reissue distributed by Attic
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GER CD 0060542 Re-issued by NPG Records
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Additional Information

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References
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