I Wanna Be Your Lover

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I Wanna Be Your Lover

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from the album Prince
I Wanna Be Your Lover
single art for I Wanna Be Your Lover

Song details


Performer: Prince
First Released: 24 August 1979 - I Wanna Be Your Lover single
Album(s): Prince

The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
One Nite Alone... Live!
Ultimate
Prince 4ever

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


Performed occasionally in shows:

I Wanna Be Your Lover is the first track on Prince's second album Prince, and, two months prior to the album's release, I Wanna Be Your Lover was released as the album's first single. In 1993, the track was included as the third track on Prince's compilation album The Hits 2 (also included as the second disc of The Hits / The B-Sides). In 2001, the track was included as the first track on the compilation album The Very Best Of Prince. In 2006, the track was included as the first track on the first disc of the compilation album Ultimate. In 2002, a live version (titled Eye.png Wanna B Ur Lover) was also included as the seventh track on the second disc of One Nite Alone... Live!, Prince's first live album (along with Xenophobia, Extraordinary, Avalanche, Family Name, Raspberry Beret, The Everlasting Now, Diamonds & Pearls, The Beautiful Ones, Nothing Compares 2 U and How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore from the same show).

While specific recording dates are not known, the album sessions took place from late April to 13 June 1979 at Alpha Studios, Burbank, CA, USA. Overdubs and mixing took place at Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
April - 13 June 1979 Alpha Studios, Burbank, CA, USA Initial tracking
April - 13 June 1979 Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA Overdubs, mixing
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
I Wanna Be Your Lover 5:47 Prince album

I Wanna Be Your Lover single
Gotta Stop (Messin' About) single
Anotherloverholenyohead single
The Story So Far... promotional album

Studio
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) 2:57 I Wanna Be Your Lover single

Gotta Stop (Messin' About) single
Strange Tales From The Rain promo
Anotherloverholenyohead single
The Hits 2
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate
Prince 4ever

Edit
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) 2:57 I Wanna Be Your Lover promo Edit, mono version
Eye.png Wanna B Ur Lover 1:21 One Nite Alone... Live! Live 30 April 2002, Portland Center for the Performing Arts - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR, USA
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) 2:57 The Hits Collection VHS/DVD Promo video See I Wanna Be Your Lover video for more details
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) 2:57 Promotional release only Promo video Band performance; see I Wanna Be Your Lover video for more details
I Wanna Be Your Lover T.B.C. Lovesexy Live 2 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
I Wanna Be Your Lover T.B.C. Live TV broadcast Lip sync 16 December 1979, American Bandstand, Hollywood, CA, USA
I Wanna Be Your Lover T.B.C. Live TV broadcast Lip sync 8 January 1980, Midnight Special, Burbank, CA, USA
I Wanna Be Your Lover T.B.C. Live concert TV broadcast Live 7 June 1986, Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) 6:02 Partyman single Remix Remix by Femi Jiya and Prince; Includes sampled clips of Sexy Dancer, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Head, Partyup, Let's Work, 1999, Raspberry Beret, Erotic City, Kiss, U Got The Look, Housequake and Alphabet St.
Partyman (The Purple Party Mix) 5:58 The Scandalous Sex Suite EP Remix edit As above, missing The Joker's opening dialogue by Jack Nicholson
My Name Is Prince 6:37 SymbolSmallerBlue.png album Studio Includes samples of I Wanna Be Your Lover and Controversy in opening
My Name Is Prince 6:37 SymbolSmallerBlue.png album (clean version) Alternate Clean version
My Name Is Prince (Edit) 4:05 My Name Is Prince single Edit Alternate opening to album version (not a straightforward edit)
My Name Is Prince (Original Mix Edit) 8:06 My Name Is Prince single Remix Perhaps an original version edited for album release
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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