The Holy River

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The Holy River

Emancipation.jpg
from the album Emancipation
The Holy River
single art for The Holy River
Song details
Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 19 November 1996 - Emancipation album
Album(s): Emancipation
Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

The Holy River is the eighth track on the second disc of Prince's 19th album Emancipation, the third to be credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png, and, two months after the album's release, The Holy River was released as the album's second commercially-released single, released in the UK and Japan (a free promo cassette was made available in the Summer of 1997 in the US through the Borders bookstore chain).

In 2001, a track titled Instrumental was released as part of the NPG Music Club Edition # 6 as an mp3 download; it was essentially an instrumental re-recording of The Holy River, but not credited as such.

Initial tracking dates are unknown, but lyrics refer to Prince proposing to Mayte, making it likely the track was recorded in late 1995 or 1996, most likely at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA.

The instrumental version was most likely recorded in late 1996 for potential inclusion on a proposed 1997 maxi-single of Face Down, but this maxi-single was canceled when EMI Records folded, along with The Holy River (Remix) and The Holy River (Dirtyhousemix), which were included as the seventh and eighth tracks respectively on an April 1997, configuration of the maxi-single.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late 1995-1996 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Late 1996 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Remixes and re-recordings
Recording Personnel
  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) - all vocals and instruments, except where noted

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Holy River 6:55 Emancipation

The Holy River promo

Studio
The Holy River (Radio Edit) 4:00 The Holy River single Edit
Instrumental 3:05 NPG Music Club Edition # 6 mp3 download Re-recording Edited instrumental version of The Holy River (Remix) (not officially given The Holy River title)
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Holy River 4:07 Promotional release only Promo video See The Holy River video for more details
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Holy River ?:?? Live performance TV broadcast Live 7 January 1997 (mat.), Rosie O'Donnell Show, NBC-TV Studios, GE Building, New York, NY, USA
The Holy River ?:?? Delayed performance TV broadcast Live 26 February 1997, Top Of The Pops, BBC Elstree Centre, Borehamwood, England
The Holy River ?:?? Live performance TV broadcast Live 10 April 1997, 4th Annual VH-1 Honors, Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA, USA
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Holy River (Dirtyhousemix) Studio Re-recorded version. Intended for inclusion on the Face Down maxi-single
The Holy River (Remix) Studio Re-recorded version. Intended for inclusion on the Face Down maxi-single
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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