Open Book

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Open Book

Hereitis album.jpg
from the album Here It Is
Song details
Performer: Jevetta Steele
First Released: 10 August 1993 - Here It Is album (re-issue)
Album(s): Here It Is
Writer(s): Martika, Levi Seacer, Jr., Prince
Producer(s): Prince (as Paisley Park)
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

Open Book is the tenth and final track on the worldwide re-issue of Jevetta Steele’s first solo album Here It Is (Jevetta Steele is also part of the group The Steeles). The song was written by Martika, Levi Seacer, Jr. and Prince, and was produced by Prince under the pseudonym Paisley Park.

Although specific recording dates are unknown, basic tracking took place in December 1990 - early 1991 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced Spirit, Don’t Say U Love Me, Martika’s Kitchen and Go On (Witcha Bad Self)). Open Book was intended for the Martika’s Kitchen album (where the other four songs recorded during the sessions were released), and was written as a response to Martika’s song Safe In The Arms Of Love, which also appears on the album. Open Book quotes passages from this song - it is likely that Martika’s writing input in the song is limited to those passages. It is not known when Jevetta Steele overdubbed her vocals.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
December 1990 - early 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
1991 - Summer, 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Jevetta Steele vocal overdubs
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Open Book 5:09 Here It Is re-issue Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Open Book Studio 1990-1 version with Prince on lead vocals
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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