Possessed

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Possessed

Princeandtherevolutiondoublelive vhs.jpg
from the home video Prince And The Revolution: Live
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from the album Purple Rain Deluxe
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: December 1985 - Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS
23 June 2017 - Purple Rain Deluxe album (studio version)
Album(s): Purple Rain Deluxe
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Possessed was released in a live version as the eighth track on the Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS in a double VHS case sometimes referred to as Double Live, (later re-released as a single VHS). No audio version of the track (as played live) had been released. A studio version was released as the sixth track on the From The Vault & Previously Unreleased disc of the Purple Rain Deluxe album in June 2017.

Basic tracking took place on 15 May 1983 by Prince alone at his Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota and was overdubbed a week later. This version remains unreleased.

A new version, started from scratch, was cut with The Revolution in August 1983 at The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. It was a hot day and they kept running into power outage problems while attempting to record. In the end the session was stopped. But it is likely the song was committed to tape in the same setting at a later date. This version however also remains unreleased. Yet another new version, recorded from scratch was tracked on 17 March 1984 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California for use in Purple Rain. A short instrumental portion of this version plays in the movie in the background of a scene in which Morris Day tries to seduce Apollonia. It was this 1984 studio version (incorrectly attributed as the 1983 version) that was released on the From The Vault & Previously Unreleased disc of the Purple Rain Deluxe album in June 2017.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
15 May 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
24 May 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Overdubs
August 1983 The Warehouse,
St. Louis Park, MN, USA
Basic tracking, second version (aborted)
August 1983 The Warehouse,
St. Louis Park, MN, USA
New attempt at second version
17 March 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking third version
21 March 1984; 25 April 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Editing (Instrumental) for use in Purple Rain)
Recording Personnel

Initial solo version

  • Prince – All vocals and instruments except where indicated
  • Jill Jones – background vocals


Warehouse version


Prince and the Revolution: Live version version


1984 studio version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Possessed 7:57 Purple Rain Deluxe (From The Vault & Previously Unreleased)
Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Possessed 4:24 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc

Purple Rain Deluxe – Live at the Carrier Dome (DVD)

Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Possessed Studio May 1983 'solo' recording
Possessed Studio August 1983 band recording
Possessed Instrumental Instrumental version of March 1984 re-recording
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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