Strange Relationship

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Strange Relationship

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from the album Sign O' The Times
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 30 March 1987 - Sign O' The Times album
Album(s): Sign O' The Times

One Nite Alone... Live!

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Strange Relationship is the third track on the second disc of Prince's ninth album Sign O' The Times.

In 2001, a 1987 live version was included as part of NPG Ahdio Show # 4, and the same version was offered as an individual download in 2005.

In 2002, a live version was also included as the sixth track on the second disc of One Nite Alone... Live!, Prince's first live album (along with Muse 2 The Pharaoh, Mellow and The Other Side Of The Pillow from the same show).

It is not known exactly when basic tracking for this song took, place, but the best estimate dates it to mid-January 1983 at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman reworked the track heavily in Summer 1985, adding sitar and other overdubs, most likely at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California. (the sitar sound is not a real sitar, but comes from the Fairlight CMI, a unit Prince did not have at the time, but was available at Sunset Sound.

This version was included as the seventh track on a late April 1986 configuration of Dream Factory, and as the album expanded, it was included as the sixth track on the first disc on the 3 June 1986 and 18 July 1986 configurations.

When the Revolution disbanded, Prince remixed the song at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, to minimize Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman's involvement. Eric Leeds recorded a saxophone overdub, but Prince removed it from the final mix, which was included as the third track on the 5 November 1986 configuration of the Camille album (to be credited to Camille).

A few weeks later, it was included as the sixth track on the second disc of the triple-album Crystal Ball on the 30 November 1986 configuration, which was eventually pared down and became Sign O' The Times.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Mid-January 1983 (estimate) Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA Basic tracking
Late April / early May Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA overdubbing
Summer 1985 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (assumed) Sitar overdubs and reworking by Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman
Late October - early November 1986 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Remix minimizing Wendy & Lisa contributions & recording of later discarded saxophone overdub
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Strange Relationship 4:04 Sign O' The Times Studio
Strange Relationship (Live '87) 4:41 NPG Music Club .wma download Live 21 March 1987, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota; edited from full live version
Strange Relationship 4:24 One Nite Alone... Live EP promo Live 11 March 2002, Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN, USA; longer version than below; begins with spoken intro from previous song, slightly longer audience noise at end without spoken transition
Strange Relationship 4:12 One Nite Alone... Live! Live 11 March 2002, Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN, USA; slightly alternate edit than above
Strange Relationship (Live In Las Vegas) 3:52 Live At The Aladdin Las Vegas promo Live 15 December 2002, Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Strange Relationship 2:30 Lovesexy Live 1 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
Strange Relationship T.B.C. Live At The Aladdin Las Vegas DVD Live 15 December 2002, Aladdin Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Strange Relationship Studio Original 1982 recording
Strange Relationship Studio 1985 recording with overdubs intended for Dream Factory
Strange Relationship Studio 1985 mix with saxophone by Eric Leeds (removed for release)
 
Additional Information

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References
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