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Wonderful Day

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Prince (Prince and the Revolution)
First Released: 25 September 2020 - Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition album
Album(s): Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
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

Wonderful Day (previously known as It’s A Wonderful Day) is a song recorded on 30 January 1986 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California. The title was likely inspired by a quote from a scene that was cut from Under The Cherry Moon, where Prince says 'It’s a Wonderful Day' to a Venus de Milo statue. He was working on scoring the scene in the days prior to this session.

The song was initially included as the third track on the late April 1986 configuration of Dream Factory, and was kept as the third track on the 3 June 1986 configuration, but was replaced by Train on the 18 July 1986 configuration. Engineer Susan Rogers has stated that Prince may have always planned on replacing the track before release, and used it as a placeholder to find a track with a similar feel.

An instrumental portion of the track was included as background music in the Under The Cherry Moon movie, in a scene where Tricky and Christopher Tracy are arguing (See Under The Cherry Moon cues for details). The full version remains unreleased, however.

In September 2020, both the edit that was on the early of Dream Factory configurations and an extended version of song were released on two of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition (Prince’s Original version as the fifth track of Vault Tracks part 1 and the 12" Mix as the twelfth track of Vault Tracks part 3).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
30 January 1986 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking
31 January 1986 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Wendy & Lisa overdubs & instrumental mix
Recording Personnel

Wonderful Day

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Wonderful Day (12" Mix)


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Wonderful Day 3:47 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition Studio Listed as Wonderful Day (Original Version)
Wonderful Day (12" Mix) 7:34 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Chris And Tricky Discuss Mary 0:30 Under The Cherry Moon DVD Studio See Under The Cherry Moon cues for details
Butterscotch 0:57 Under The Cherry Moon DVD Studio See Under The Cherry Moon cues for details


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Wonderful Day Studio Wendy & Lisa’s version included on the first and second configurations of Dream Factory (shorter than the 12" Mix)
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The sung phrase of "wonderful day / wonderful night" is sung in the same way as "beautiful day / beautiful night" on It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (recorded later in 1986), but this is not a direct reference to this song.

References
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