Standing At The Altar was the fifth and final single to be released from the album 1-800 New Funk (a compilation of mostly-unreleased music largely written and produced by Prince/ , recorded by other Paisley Park Records/ NPG Records artists), although it was the only single to receive a wide commercial release.
It was released six months after the album in the UK and Europe, with a promotional release only in the USA. The b-side, 17 (by Madhouse), was also taken from the album.
The promotional 12" and cassette in the USA included the previously-unreleased track Whistlin’ Kenny, which has not been made available on any other release.
The single did not enter the charts.