The Sacrifice Of Victor

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The Sacrifice Of Victor

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from the album SymbolSmallerBlue.png
Song details
Performer: Prince and the New Power Generation
First Released: 13 October 1992 - SymbolSmallerBlue.png album
Album(s): SymbolSmallerBlue.png
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

The Sacrifice Of Victor is the 18th and final track (16th song) on Prince's 14th album SymbolSmallerBlue.png, the second album to be credited to Prince and the New Power Generation.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in early December 1991, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced Sexy M.F., Love 2 The 9's, The Morning Papers, And God Created Woman and Arrogance).

It was included as the 24th and final track (15th song) on a March 1992, configuration of the SymbolSmallerBlue.png album, and the 24th and final track (16th song) on a late-Summer, 1992, configuration, before many of the album's segues were removed for release.

The song's semi-autobiographical lyrics caused some confusion after Prince changed his name to SymbolSmallerBlue.png eight months after the album's release.

Since the album began with My Name Is Prince and ended with Prince stating: "...my name will be Victor", many media outlets reported that "SymbolSmallerBlue.png" could be referred to as "Victor", some fans even going so far as to show how the symbol could be broken to form the letters V-I-C-T-O-R.

SymbolSmallerBlue.png commented regularly on the Act II tour (which began shortly after the name change), following the main set consisting of "Prince" songs, making comments such as: "my name ain't Prince; and it damn well ain't Victor".

Strangely, the home video release The Sacrifice Of Victor does not contain a performance of the song, although it opens with SymbolSmallerBlue.png commenting on the name as above.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Early December 1991 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Basic tracking
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Sacrifice Of Victor 5:41 SymbolSmallerBlue.png Studio
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Sacrifice Of Victor' T.B.C. Delayed performance TV broadcast Live December 1992, Glam Slam, Minneapolis, Minnesota; see The Ryde Dyvine for details
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
2 Whom It May Concern 4:02 My Name Is Prince single

7 single
Damn U single

Studio medley See 2 Whom It May Concern for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Sacrifice Of Victor Studio Slightly longer version, edited for release
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • SymbolSmallerBlue.png album
  • The song contains a sample of God made Me Funky performed by The Headhunters, written by B. Maupin, B. Summers, P. Jackson, M. Clark and B. McKnight (from their 1975 album Survival Of The Fittest, also sampled in 2 Whom It May Concern).
  • In 1994, the same name was used for The Sacrifice Of Victor home video release.

References
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