The Work Part 1

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The Work Part 1

Rainbowchildren album.jpg
from the album The Rainbow Children
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single art for The Work Part 1
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 6 April 2001 - Napster download
Album(s): The Rainbow Children
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
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The Work Part 1 is the fourth track (as The Work Pt. 1) on Prince's 24th album The Rainbow Children, his first album after reverting to the name Prince, but six months earlier, a slightly different mix of the track had been made available (as The Work Part 1) as an official free download from the file-sharing service Napster, before being made available as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 3 two weeks later. The following month, a live performance video of the song was included as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 4. In 2003, a 2002 live version was included as part of the third track (listed as Money Don't Matter 2 Night / The Work) on the Live At The Aladdin Las Vegas concert DVD.

Specific recording dates are unknown, but it is likely that basic tracking took place at a live in-studio recording in February 2001 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (possibly during the 8 February 2001 session where the Hornheadz added horns to the rest of the album's tracks). It was stated on the NPG Music Club at the time of the track's release that Prince played both the guitar solo and the piano solo at the same time in one take. The track was mixed slightly between its initial release in April and the final configuration of The Rainbow Children album in June 2001.

The album version also includes a segue prior to the beginning of the following track, Everywhere.

The Part 1 in the title is likely an homage to songs by artists like James Brown, whose tracks were often split into segments for single releases, rather than an indication of other parts to the song. There was a report in early 2001, however, before any public mention of The Work Part 1, of Prince introducing a new song at Paisley Park Studios and calling it The Work Part 2 (this report may have been in error, however).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
February 2001 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
April-June 2001 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional mixing
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Work Part 1 3:40 Napster mp3 download

NPG Music Club Edition # 3 mp3 download
The Work Part 1 single

Studio
The Work Pt. 1 4:27 The Rainbow Children Studio Slightly alternate mix, including segue following track
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Work Part 1 ?:?? NPG Music Club Edition # 4 .mov download Live 3 May 2001 (mat.), The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, NBC Studio 3, Burbank, CA, USA
The Work Pt. 1 (listed as Money Don't Matter 2 Night / The Work) 6:07 Live At The Aladdin Las Vegas DVD Live 15 December 2002, Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV, USA


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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