Games

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Games

Minneapolisgenius album.jpg
from the album Minneapolis Genius
Song details
Performer: 94 East
First Released: 12 February 1986 - Minneapolis Genius album
Album(s): Minneapolis Genius

Minneapolis Genius - Featuring Prince
Symbolic Beginning
The Legends Collection
94 East Featuring Prince
One Man Jam
If You Feel Like Dancin'
The Cookhouse Five

Writer(s): Pepé Willie
Producer(s): Pepé Willie and Tony Silvester
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Games is the third track on 94 East's first collection of studio recordings Minneapolis Genius, featuring Prince on guitar. The track has featured on every collection of 94 East's early recordings. In 1992, three versions were included on Minneapolis Genius - Featuring Prince. In 1995, the original, previously-unreleased, version was included as the fourth track on the first disc of Symbolic Beginning, along with two other versions (the set was re-released in 1999 as The Legends Collection). In 2000, two versions were included on 94 East Featuring Prince. Also in 2000, three versions were included on One Man Jam. In 2002, three versions were included on If You Feel Like Dancin'. In 2011, a remixed version by Matt "Dr." Fink was included as the first track on the digital collection The Cookhouse Five.

Basic tracking took place on 4 December 1975, at Cookhouse Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as I'll Always Love You, If We Don't, Better Than You Think and If You See Me), marking the earliest recording featuring Prince to have been released. As with the other tracks included on Minneapolis Genius, additional recording was done by Pepé Willie, for which details are not known. Matt "Dr." Fink remixed the track in June 2010, at StarVu Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with the other Cookhouse Studios tracks from the same session.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
4 December 1975 Cookhouse Studios,
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Basic tracking
1976 - 1985 Studio information needed Additional recording by Pepé Willie
June 2010 StarVu Studios,
Minneapolis, MN USA
Remix by Matt "Dr." Fink
Recording Personnel

Minneapolis Genius version

  • Pepé Willie - synthesizer
  • Prince - guitar
  • Alvin Moody - bass guitar, guitar and keyboards


Original version


Vocal version

  • Pepé Willie - vocals and synthesizer
  • Dale Alexander - drums
  • Wendell Thomas - bass guitar
  • Prince - guitar
  • Pierre Lewis - keyboards
  • Marcy Ingvoldstad - vocals
  • Kristie Lazenberry - vocals

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Games 5:01 Minneapolis Genius

Minneapolis Genius - Featuring Prince
94 East Featuring Prince
One Man Jam
If You Feel Like Dancin'

Studio a.k.a. Games (Inst.) and Games (Instrumental Version)
Games 4:59 Symbolic Beginning

The Legends Collection

Studio Original 1975 version before overdubs
Games (Vocal) 3:34 Minneapolis Genius - Featuring Prince

Symbolic Beginning
The Legends Collection
94 East Featuring Prince
One Man Jam
If You Feel Like Dancin'

Alternate version a.k.a. Games (Original Version) and Games
Games (Instr.) 3:35 Minneapolis Genius - Featuring Prince

Symbolic Beginning
The Legends Collection
One Man Jam
If You Feel Like Dancin'

Alternate version a.k.a. Games (Instrumental Version)
Games 3:36 The Cookhouse Five Remix Remix by Matt "Dr." Fink



 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This track, recorded in December 1975, marks the earliest-recorded track featuring Prince to have been released.

References
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