Face Down

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Face Down

Emancipation.jpg
from the album Emancipation
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promo single art for Face Down

Song details


Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 19 November 1996 - Emancipation album
Album(s): Emancipation
Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Face Down is the fourth track on the third disc of Prince's 19th album Emancipation, the third album to be credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png, and, two and a half months after the album's release, a live version of Face Down was included as the second track on the NYC cassette. Five months after the album's release, Face Down was available as a promo single, but soon afterwards the division of EMI Records that handled the promotion of Emancipation was shut down as part of a restructuring of the whole entertainment conglomerate, and the commercial single was canceled as a result.

Initial tracking dates are unknown, but it is likely that the track was recorded in late 1995 or early 1996 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA. It is very possible the track was recorded in 1993-4, though, based on the use of the sampled phrase "Dead like Elvis" by Ninety-9 from her song Stained Glass (Prince used other sampled phrases by Ninety-9 on Space and Days Of Wild, and from the very same song on Love Sign, all recorded in 1993-4, although samples also appear on The Good Life (Bullets Go Bang Remix) and Right Back Here In My Arms, possibly recorded later). Remixes for the Face Down single were likely recorded in late 1996.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late 1995 - early 1996 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Late 1996 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Remixes
Recording Personnel
  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Ninety-9 - vocal sample ("Dead like Elvis")
  • Steve Parke - jeep horn

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Face Down 3:16 Emancipation Studio
Face Down (Clean Version) 3:16 Emancipation (clean version) Edit Edited to delete curse words
Face Down (A Capella) 2:21 Face Down promo Remix vocals, vocal samples and guitar only
Face Down (Instrumental Mix) 3:58 Face Down promo Remix Instrumental version of X-tended Rap Money Mix
Face Down (X-tended Rap Money Mix) 4:56 Face Down promo Remix Rap includes sections of 18 & Over
Face Down (Live) 8:26 NYC single Live 11 January 1997, Roseland, New York, NY, USA
Face Down (Per4mance) 3:08 NPG Music Club Edition # 12 .mp3 download Live remix 11 January 1997, Roseland, New York, NY, USA edited, with new audience noise from 7 February 1997, Chris Rock Show, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York, NY, USA
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Face Down 3:18 Promotional release only Studio See Face Down for more details
Face Down (Per4mance) 3:08 NPG Music Club Edition # 12 .mov download Live 7 February 1997, Chris Rock Show, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York, NY, USA performance (lip-synched to 11 January 1997, Roseland, New York, NY, USA edited recording)


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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