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 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (during the same concert where I Would Die 4 U, Baby I'm A Star and Purple Rain were also recorded).

On 8 August 1983 (five days after its live-recording at First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, a day after Let's Go Crazy) a studio version was recorded at The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, with The Revolution (a day after Let's Go Crazy). The track was then further worked on on 15 August 1983 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, 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.

A slightly edited down version from the longest as the snog got, omitting only guitar feedback at the beginning and end was released as Computer Blue' ('Hallway Speech' Version) on the From The Vault & Previously Unreleased disc of the Purple Rain Deluxe album in 2017.

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. The composition Father's Song however was not yet recorded as a separate song when Computer Blue was conceived.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
3 August 1983 First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota Live recording
8 August 1983 The Warehouse, St. Louis Park, MN, USA Basic tracking
15 August 1983-19 August 1983; 20 August 1983; 29 August 1983-31 August 1983 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Overdubs
21 March 1984-22 March 1984 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Edit/Crossfade
14 April 1984-22 March 1984 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Edit
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, Minnesota
Computer Blue Studio Full band recording at The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Computer Blue Studio Overdubbed with Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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