I Need A Man

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I Need A Man

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Song details
Performer: The Hookers; Bonnie Raitt; Prince
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
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

I Need A Man is an unreleased song recorded in Summer 1981 at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced Make-Up, Wet Dream and Drive Me Wild). The track contained lead vocals by Jamie Shoop, and was intended for an album by The Hookers, but was abandoned when The Hookers developed into Vanity 6.

The track was worked on further (or perhaps re-recorded) in early 1987, at Prince's Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, with lead vocals by American blues singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, during a short-lived collaboration between the two artists. Eric Leeds recorded saxophone overdubs on 21 January 1987 (the same day Madhouse's first album 8 was released, four days before saxophone overdubs on There's Something I Like About Being Your Fool). Although Prince offered four songs to Bonnie Raitt (I Need A Man, Jealous Girl, Promise To Be True and There's Something I Like About Being Your Fool), it is unclear whether this collaboration was intended to lead to an album or to a particular project.

Prince worked on the track again, possibly re-recording it entirely, on 31 May 1988, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The track remains unreleased, however.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1981 (assumed) Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking ( The Hookers version)
Late '86/Early 1987 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking of new version
21 January 1987 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Saxophone overdubs by Eric Leeds
21 January 1987 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
vocal overdubs by Bonnie Raitt
31 May 1988 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recording or re-recording
Recording Personnel

The Hookers version

Bonnie Raitt version

Unreleased 1988 version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted (assumed)
  • Eric Leeds - saxophone (assumed)


Versions
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
I Need A Man Studio Recorded 1981; The Hookers version
I Need A Man Studio Recorded 1987; Bonnie Raitt version before saxophone overdubs
I Need A Man Studio Recorded 1987; Bonnie Raitt version after saxophone overdubs
I Need A Man Studio Recorded 1988; Prince version (assumed)


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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