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Cream

Diamondsandpearls.jpg
from the album Diamonds And Pearls
Cream single.jpg
single art for Cream
Song details
Performer: Prince and the New Power Generation
First Released: 9 September 1991 - Cream single
Album(s): Diamonds And Pearls

The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate
Prince 4ever

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Cream is the fourth track on Prince's 13th album Diamonds And Pearls (the first album to be credited to Prince and the New Power Generation), and, three weeks before the album's release, Cream was released as the album's second single, released worldwide, with a maxi-single following two months later. In 1993, it was included as the 16th track on The Hits 2 (which was also included as the second disc of The Hits / The B-Sides). In 2001, it was included as the 15th track on The Very Best Of Prince. In 2006, the Cream (N.P.G. Mix) was included as the 11th and final track on the second disc of the compilation Ultimate in 2006.

Specific recording dates are unknown, but initial tracking took place in late 1990 - early 1991 at Paisley Park Studios (during the same set of sessions as Thunder, Jughead and Push). An early mix of the track was intended initially as the first track on a Gett Off EP also containing Gett Off, Horny Pony and Money Don't Matter 2 Night, but this EP was aborted. The track was not included on the December 1990, configuration of Diamonds And Pearls, indicating that it had not yet been recorded, but was included as the fourth track on the 1 March 1991 and 8 May 1991 configurations, where it remained for release.

Remixes were made of the track for a single release, which gradually moved further away from the original track and were considered independent enough to warrant their own track names. These could be considered remixes of Cream, but here are given their own entries: see Things Have Gotta Change (Tony M. Rap), 2 The Wire (Creamy Instrumental), Get Some Solo, Do Your Dance (KC's Remix), Housebangers, Q In Doubt and Ethereal Mix for details of each track.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late 1990 - early 1991 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted (liner notes state "insatiable")
  • Michael B. - drums
  • Sonny T. - bass guitar (credited for "bass and backing vox")
  • Tommy Barbarella - keyboards (liner notes state "Purpleaxxe™ sampler, other various keys and sex symbol")
  • Levi Seacer, Jr. - rhythm guitar (credited for "rhythm guitar and backing vox")
  • Rosie Gaines - vocals, keyboards (liner notes state "co-lead backing vox, Purpleaxxe™ sampler and organ")

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Cream 4:12 Diamonds And Pearls

Cream single
The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Prince 4ever

Studio
Cream 4:44 Cream single Alternate version Studio version as above with telephone segue # 1 added to end
Cream (N.P.G. Mix) 5:44 Cream single Remix Contains telephone segue # 2
Cream (N.P.G. Mix) 4:50 Ultimate Remix edit As above without telephone segue # 2
Cream (N.P.G. Mix) 6:16 Diamonds And Pearls Alternate version As above telephone segue # 1, 2, 3 added to end
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Cream ?:?? Diamonds And Pearls Video Collection VHS/DVD

The Hits Video Collection VHS/DVD

Studio See Cream video for details
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Cream ?:?? Live performance TV broadcast Live 4 September 1991, Arsenio Hall Show, Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA, USA
Cream ?:?? The Art Of Musicology concert broadcast Live 20 April 2004, Webster Hall, New York, NY, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Things Have Gotta Change (Tony M. Rap) 3:57 Cream single Studio Track largely a remix of Cream; see Things Have Gotta Change (Tony M. Rap) for more details
2 The Wire (Creamy Instrumental) 3:13 Cream single Studio Track largely a remix of Cream; see 2 The Wire (Creamy Instrumental) for more details
Get Some Solo 1:31 Cream single Studio Track largely a remix of Cream; see Get Some Solo for more details
Do Your Dance (KC's Remix) 5:58 Cream single Studio Track largely a remix of Cream; see Do Your Dance (KC's Remix) for more details
Housebangers 4:23 Cream single Studio Track largely a remix of Cream; see Housebangers for more details
Q In Doubt 4:00 Cream single Studio Track largely a remix of Cream; see Q In Doubt for more details
Ethereal Mix 4:43 Cream single Studio Track largely a remix of Cream; contains telephone segue # 3 added to end; see Ethereal Mix for more details
Purple Medley 11:03 Purple Medley single Studio medley See Purple Medley for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Cream Studio Slightly longer intro than released version, with less reverb on production throughout the song
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • At the 11th annual Minnesota Music Awards ceremony, held at Glam Slam, Minneapolis, MN, USA, on 10 May 1992, Cream was named Best Song (and Diamonds And Pearls was named Best Album).

References
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