It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night

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It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night

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from the album Sign O' The Times
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 30 March 1987 - Sign O' The Times album
Album(s): Sign O' The Times
Writer(s): Prince (lyrics and music), Dr. Fink (music), Eric Leeds (music)
Producer(s): Prince
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It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night is the sixth track on the second disc of Prince's ninth album Sign O' The Times. The track was initially placed as the seventh and final track on the third disc of the triple-album Crystal Ball, which was eventually pared down and became Sign O' The Times, at which point its position was swapped with that of Adore. A live version was also included in the concert movie Sign O' The Times.

The basis for the track was recorded live on 25 August 1986 at Le Zénith, Paris, France, during a show on the Parade Tour (at the soundcheck earlier in the day, recordings were made of Coco Boys, Susannah's Blues, Strange Relationship, Last Heart, a cover version of The Temptations' I Can't Get Next To You and a first run-through of It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night). Significant overdubs, including Sheila E.'s "transmississippirap" (a partial reading of Edward Lear's "The Table And The Chair" poem, labeled the "transmississippirap" because Prince recorded Sheila E. reading it over the phone from the other side of the Mississippi river), took place on 22 November 1986 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA during Susannah Melvoin's final recording session with Prince (on the same day as Play In The Sunshine), just eight days before completion of the Crystal Ball album. Although recorded with the full Revolution band, the song is credited only to Prince. It was included as the sixth track on the third and final disc of the Crystal Ball album, and was kept for inclusion as the album developed into Sign O' The Times.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
25 August 1986 Le Zénith, Paris, France Live recording
22 November 1986 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Vocal and instrumental overdubs
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night 9:01 Sign O' The Times Studio Live recording with studio overdubs
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night T.B.C. Sign O' The Times VHS/DVD Live See Sign O' The Times for details
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night 3:54 Live radio broadcast Live 07 September 1993 (mat.), Simon Bates Show, BBC Broadcasting House, London, England; part of medley containing 1999 / Baby I'm A Star / America / D.M.S.R. / Pope / It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night Live recording Original 25 August 1986 recording
It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night Studio Crystal Ball album with clean fade-out ending (otherwise identical)
 
Additional Information

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