Sweet Thing

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Sweet Thing

HomeVideoBeautifulStrange.jpg
from the home video Beautiful Strange
Song details
Performer: Prince; SymbolSmallerBlue.png with Chaka Khan
First Released: 24 August 1999 - Beautiful Strange home video
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Chaka Khan, Tony Maiden
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Sweet Thing is a cover version of the track by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (from the 1975 album Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, also released as a single in 1975). SymbolSmallerBlue.png released a live version of the track, featuring Chaka Khan on lead vocals, on the 1999 Beautiful Strange home video (which had been broadcast in full almost a year earlier, however, on the UK TV channel Channel 4).

Prince had, however, recorded a studio version of the track, as a home recording, in early-to-mid 1976 (within months of the song's initial release), at the Russell Ave, Anderson house, Minneapolis, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as Don't You Wanna Ride?, Hey Lover, I Spend My Time Loving You, nine untitled Instrumentals, Leaving For New York, Nightingale and Rock Me, Lover).

The home recording of the song remains unreleased, but Prince has performed the song live many times, including on some TV broadcasts.

In 2004 Prince performed a live version of this song on The Art Of Musicology TV special, and in 2012 as a guest appearance with Mary J. Blige, who had released her own version of the song on her 1992 debut album What's The 411? (also released as a single in 1993).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Early-mid 1976 Russell Ave, Anderson house, Minneapolis, MN, USA Basic tracking
Recording Personnel

Beautiful Strange version

Unreleased version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
n/a n/a n/a n/a There have been no audio-only releases of this track.
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Sweet Thing T.B.C. Beautiful Strange home video Live 28 August 1998 (a.m.): Cafe De Paris, London, England; with Chaka Khan; see Beautiful Strange for more details
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Sweet Thing T.B.C. The Art Of Musicology performance broadcast Live 20 April 2004, Webster Hall, New York, NY, USA
Sweet Thing T.B.C. iHeartRadio Music Festival video stream Live 22 September 2012, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA; guesting with Mary J. Blige
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Sweet Thing Home recording Recorded early-to-mid 1976
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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