Purple House

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Purple House (a.k.a. Red House)

Powerofsoul album.jpg
from the album Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 4 May 2004 - Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix
Album(s): Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix
Writer(s): Jimi Hendrix
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • 1986 (as Purple House), 1987 (as Purple House), 1992 (as Purple House), 1997 (as Purple House), 1999 (as Purple House), 2002 (as Purple House), 2008 (as Purple House)

Purple House is the fourth track (third song) on the 2004 tribute album Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix. The track is a cover version of the 1967 track Red House by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (written by Jimi Hendrix), which first appeared on Are You Experienced (1967).

The name of the track was changed by Prince to mirror his famous association with the color purple.

Recording dates and studio are unknown, but it is likely that basic tracking took place in 1999 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The track features Larry Graham (who had turned down an offer to play with Hendrix at the 1969 Woodstock festival, but played as bass player of Sly and the Family Stone) on bass guitar.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1999 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Basic tracking
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Larry Graham - bass guitar
  • Other musical personnel (if any) are unknown

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Purple House 3:39 Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Purple House titled "Blues Medley" 9:27 Rave Un2 The Year 2000 VHS/DVD Live 18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA; see Rave Un2 The Year 2000 for details


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Prince had previously released Habibi, which was essentially a cover version of Jimi Hendrix's Machine Gun
  • This song is a cover version of another artist's song. As such, any cover version of this song should not be considered a cover version of Prince's version (unless performed as Purple House), but of the original, and so these are not listed here.

References
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