Computer Blue

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Computer Blue

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from the album Purple Rain
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from the album Purple Rain Deluxe
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 25 June 1984 - Purple Rain album
Album(s): Purple Rain

Purple Rain Deluxe

Writer(s): John L. Nelson, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and Prince
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Computer Blue is the fourth track on Prince's sixth album Purple Rain, the first album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. The song also features in the movie Purple Rain.

Before a studio recording was made, Prince and the Revolution recorded the song live on 3 August 1983 at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA (during the same concert where I Would Die 4 U, Baby I'm A Star and Purple Rain were also recorded).

Soon after its live-recording a studio version was recorded at The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, MN, USA, with The Revolution (during the same set of sessions that produced Let's Go Crazy). The track was then further worked on on 15 August 1983 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA, with only Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman participating.

The song, ultimately clocking in at over 14 minutes would be edited down for the album. It remained largely similar at the beginning and end of the song - differences are noticeable in the middle of the track. A longer version of the track was included as the third track on the 7 November 1983 and 23 March 1984 configurations of the album, but this was edited down for the final 14 April 1984 configuration to make room for the inclusion of Take Me With U.

The song contains a segment of the track Father's Song during one of the instrumental breaks. It is likely that John L. Nelson's credit on the track comes from this inclusion.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
3 August 1983 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA Live recording
August 1983 The Warehouse, St. Louis Park, MN, USA Initial tracking of first version
15 August 1983 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Computer Blue 3:59 Purple Rain

Strange Tales From The Rain promo

Studio
Computer Blue 3:59 Purple Rain Deluxe
Remastered 2015
Computer Blue ('Hallway Speech' Version) 12:19 Purple Rain Deluxe (From The Vault & Previously Unreleased)
'Hallway Speech' title was attributed for this release
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Computer Blue 4:30 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc

Purple Rain Deluxe – Live at the Carrier Dome (DVD)

Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Computer Blue Live recording 3 August 1983, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Computer Blue Studio Full band recording at The Warehouse, St. Louis Park, MN, USA
Computer Blue Studio Overdubbed with Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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