International Lover

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International Lover

from the album 1999
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 27 October 1982 - 1999 album
Album(s): 1999
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

International Lover is the eleventh and final track on Prince's fifth album 1999, and in 1983 it was included as a b-side on some versions of the single Little Red Corvette, the album's second single.

A brief solo piano rehearsal of the track was released on the 2018 posthumous album Piano & A Microphone 1983,

Basic tracking took place on 14 January 1982 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (three days after Bold Generation and Gigolos Get Lonely Too, the same day as The Walk, and the day before Colleen), during sessions for The Time's second album What Time Is It?.

It was intended to be sung by Morris Day, but Prince reclaimed the song to use on 1999 instead. It is likely that Morris Day recorded vocals for the song during these sessions, but this is unconfirmed.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
14 January 1982 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking
August 1983 (estimate) Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Rehearsal recording
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
International Lover 6:35 1999

Little Red Corvette single

International Lover 3:48 Piano & A Microphone 1983 'Rehearsal' a.k.a. International Lover (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version); contains instrumental interpolation of Do Me, Baby
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
International Lover 1:00 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc

Purple Rain Deluxe – Live at the Carrier Dome (DVD)

Live 30 March 1985: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY

Additional Information

See also Trivia

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