MPLS

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MPLS

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from the album 1-800 New Funk
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single art for MPLS
Song details
Performer: Minneapolis
First Released: 12 August 1994 - 1-800 New Funk album
Album(s): 1-800 New Funk
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

MPLS, by Minneapolis, is the first track on the album 1-800 New Funk (a compilation of mostly-unreleased music largely written and produced by Prince/SymbolSmallerBlue.png, recorded by other Paisley Park Records artists), and, later in 1994, MPLS was available as a limited edition single, available from The New Power Generation Store and the phone service 1-800 New Funk only. A reprise of the song is also included as the album's eleventh and final track. The song is credited to Sonny T. on the album but is registered at the ASCAP as having been written solely by Prince.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in late 1989 - early 1990 with lead vocals by Jana Anderson (as "Jana Jade"). The track was worked on further in August 1992, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, with Sonny T. adding co-lead vocals. The Steeles are also heard in the song (crediting themselves: We're the S-T-E-E-L-E-S). The track was intended for a planned project titled MPLS, but this project remained unfinished.

Confusingly, the track is mis-credited on the album as "Minneapolis" by "MPLS" - as clearly heard in the song's lyrics, however, the band is named Minneapolis.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late 1989 - early 1990 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
July/August 1990 Mad Hatter Studios
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Orchestral overdubs
August 1992 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recording and vocal overdubs by Sonny T.
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
MPLS 4:26 1-800 New Funk

MPLS single

Studio Mislabeled "Minneapolis" on album sleeve
MPLS (Reprise) 0:48 1-800 New Funk Edit Mislabeled "Minneapolis Reprise" on album sleeve
MPLS (12 Inch Mix) 7:00 MPLS single Extended version
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
MPLS 4:15 Promotional release only Promo video See MPLS video for more details


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
MPLS Studio Original 1989 - 1990 recording before vocal overdubs
MPLS Studio Version with Clare Fischer orchestra overdubs
MPLS Studio Alternate mix used in promotional video, containing sample from Powerline and other differences
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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