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|first released            = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/October 14|14 October, 1981]] - [[Album: Controversy|Controversy]] album
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|first released            = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/October 14|14 October 1981]] - [[Album: Controversy|Controversy]] album
 
|album(s)                  = [[Album: Controversy|Controversy]]<br>
 
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While specific recording dates are not known, the album sessions took place in Spring and Summer 1981, at [[Prince]]'s [[Kiowa Trail Home Studio]], Chanhassen, MN, USA and [http://hollywoodsoundstudios.com/ Hollywood Sound Recorders], Los Angeles, CA, USA. The track was originally recorded as '''Let's Rock''' (named after a dance called "The Rock" [[Prince]] had seen in clubs during the summer of 1981), and [[Prince]] wanted to release it as a single immediately after recording. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warner_Bros._Records Warner Bros.] declined, and while [[Prince]] liked the track, he felt it needed to be renamed when released to avoid it seeming dated.  
 
While specific recording dates are not known, the album sessions took place in Spring and Summer 1981, at [[Prince]]'s [[Kiowa Trail Home Studio]], Chanhassen, MN, USA and [http://hollywoodsoundstudios.com/ Hollywood Sound Recorders], Los Angeles, CA, USA. The track was originally recorded as '''Let's Rock''' (named after a dance called "The Rock" [[Prince]] had seen in clubs during the summer of 1981), and [[Prince]] wanted to release it as a single immediately after recording. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warner_Bros._Records Warner Bros.] declined, and while [[Prince]] liked the track, he felt it needed to be renamed when released to avoid it seeming dated.  
  
The song was completed at [[Sunset Sound]], Hollywood, CA, USA, between [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August_14|14]] and [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August_23|23 August, 1981]]. [[Prince]] and [[Morris Day]] worked on the '''Dance Remix''' of the track on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/December_8|8 December, 1981]], two months after the track's initial release, also at [[Sunset Sound]].  
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The song was completed at [[Sunset Sound]], Hollywood, CA, USA, between [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August_14|14]] and [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August_23|23 August 1981]]. [[Prince]] and [[Morris Day]] worked on the '''Dance Remix''' of the track on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/December_8|8 December 1981]], two months after the track's initial release, also at [[Sunset Sound]].  
  
 
It was revealed in November 2003 on the [[NPG Music Club]] website that [[Morris Day]] plays drums on the extended portion of the '''Dance Remix''', and that [[Prince]] and [[Morris Day]] switched drumming duties live as the tape was running. The '''Dance Remix''' contains sampled clips from [[Private Joy]], [[Annie Christian]] and [[Controversy]], the first time a [[Prince]] song sampled another of his songs (something he has done often ever since).
 
It was revealed in November 2003 on the [[NPG Music Club]] website that [[Morris Day]] plays drums on the extended portion of the '''Dance Remix''', and that [[Prince]] and [[Morris Day]] switched drumming duties live as the tape was running. The '''Dance Remix''' contains sampled clips from [[Private Joy]], [[Annie Christian]] and [[Controversy]], the first time a [[Prince]] song sampled another of his songs (something he has done often ever since).
  
Various loops from the song were included in the [[NPG Music Club]]'s short-lived [[NPG Music Club#Musicology Control Room Mixer|Musicology Control Room Mixer]], opened on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June 3|3 June, 2003]], which appeared to be alternate recordings, but it is unclear when these were made. Since these are short loops lasting no more than a few seconds, they are not listed below.
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Various loops from the song were included in the [[NPG Music Club]]'s short-lived [[NPG Music Club#Musicology Control Room Mixer|Musicology Control Room Mixer]], opened on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June 3|3 June 2003]], which appeared to be alternate recordings, but it is unclear when these were made. Since these are short loops lasting no more than a few seconds, they are not listed below.
  
On [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June 21|21 June, 2013]], an instrumental rehearsal of [[Let's Work]] featuring [[Prince]] (bass, [[Donna Grantis]] (guitar) and [[Hannah Ford]] (drums) was streamed live on [http://new.livestream.com/3RDEYEGIRL/events/2174650 3rdEyeGirl LiveStream TV] for 1:35 minutes.
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On [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June 21|21 June 2013]], an instrumental rehearsal of [[Let's Work]] featuring [[Prince]] (bass, [[Donna Grantis]] (guitar) and [[Hannah Ford]] (drums) was streamed live on [http://new.livestream.com/3RDEYEGIRL/events/2174650 3rdEyeGirl LiveStream TV] for 1:35 minutes.
 
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|studio                    = [[Sunset Sound]], Hollywood, CA, USA
 
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|studio                    = [[Sunset Sound]], Hollywood, CA, USA
 
|studio                    = [[Sunset Sound]], Hollywood, CA, USA
 
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|5= [[24 March, 2011|24 March, 2011, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC, USA]]
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|5= Recorded [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June_21|21 June, 2013]], Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA
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|first live appearance    = [[05_October,_1981|5 October, 1981, Sam's, Minneapolis, MN, USA]]
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|performed regularly on    = [[Controversy Tour]]
 
|performed regularly on    = [[Controversy Tour]]
 
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Revision as of 20:02, 27 February 2016

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Let's Work

Controversy.jpg
from the album Controversy
Letswork single.jpg
single art for Let's Work
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 14 October 1981 - Controversy album
Album(s): Controversy

Ultimate

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

Let's Work is the sixth track on Prince's fourth album Controversy, and, three months after the album's release, Let's Work was released as the album's second single.

While specific recording dates are not known, the album sessions took place in Spring and Summer 1981, at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA and Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA. The track was originally recorded as Let's Rock (named after a dance called "The Rock" Prince had seen in clubs during the summer of 1981), and Prince wanted to release it as a single immediately after recording. Warner Bros. declined, and while Prince liked the track, he felt it needed to be renamed when released to avoid it seeming dated.

The song was completed at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA, between 14 and 23 August 1981. Prince and Morris Day worked on the Dance Remix of the track on 8 December 1981, two months after the track's initial release, also at Sunset Sound.

It was revealed in November 2003 on the NPG Music Club website that Morris Day plays drums on the extended portion of the Dance Remix, and that Prince and Morris Day switched drumming duties live as the tape was running. The Dance Remix contains sampled clips from Private Joy, Annie Christian and Controversy, the first time a Prince song sampled another of his songs (something he has done often ever since).

Various loops from the song were included in the NPG Music Club's short-lived Musicology Control Room Mixer, opened on 3 June 2003, which appeared to be alternate recordings, but it is unclear when these were made. Since these are short loops lasting no more than a few seconds, they are not listed below.

On 21 June 2013, an instrumental rehearsal of Let's Work featuring Prince (bass, Donna Grantis (guitar) and Hannah Ford (drums) was streamed live on 3rdEyeGirl LiveStream TV for 1:35 minutes.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Spring-Summer 1981 Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA or Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA (unverified) Initial tracking of Let's Rock
Spring-Summer 1981 Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA or Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA (unverified) Re-recording as Let's Work
14 - 23 August 1981 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Overdubs, mixing
8 December 1981 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Additional recording creating Dance Remix
Recording Personnel

Album version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments


Dance Remix

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments
  • Morris Day - drums on extended portion only (uncredited)

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Let's Work 3:52 Controversy Studio
Let's Work (Edit) 2:56 Let's Work single Edit
Let's Work (Edit) 2:56 Let's Work promo Edit, mono version
Let's Work (Dance Remix) 8:02 Let's Work single

Ultimate

Extended version a.k.a. Let's Work (Xtended); drums on extended portion by Morris Day
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Let's Work T.B.C. Delayed performance TV broadcast Live 8 June 1998, Vibe, CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Let's Work 2:10 Prince! Behind The Symbol TV broadcast Live 24 March 2011, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC, USA
Let's Work Instrumental 1:35 3rdEyeTV Show # 2 live video stream Rehearsal Recorded 21 June 2013, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA
Let's Work Instrumental 4:10 3rdEyeTV Show # 3 live video stream Rehearsal Recorded 21 June 2013, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released 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
Purple Medley 11:03 Purple Medley single Studio medley See Purple Medley for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Let's Rock Studio Original version
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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