Thieves In The Temple

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Thieves In The Temple

Graffitibridge.jpg
from the album Graffiti Bridge
Thievesinthetemple single.jpg
single art for Thieves In The Temple

Song details


Performer: Prince
First Released: 17 July 1990 - Thieves In The Temple single
Album(s): Graffiti Bridge

The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate
Prince 4ever

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

Thieves In The Temple is the twelfth track on Prince's twelfth album Graffiti Bridge, and, six weeks prior to the album's release, Thieves In The Temple was released as the album's first single. The track is also featured in the movie Graffiti Bridge. In 1993, the track was included as the 16th track on Prince's first compilation album The Hits 1 (also included as the first disc of The Hits / The B-Sides). In 2001, the track was included as the 13th track on the compilation album The Very Best Of Prince. Also in 2001, Thieves In The Temple (Remix) was released as part of the NPG Music Club Edition # 8 as an mp3 download. In 2006, Thieves In The Temple (Remix) was included as the tenth track on the second disc of the compilation album Ultimate.

The track was the last to be recorded for Graffiti Bridge, on 11 February 1990 at the Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (five days after Move Me). The harmonica is sampled from I Can't Stand It by The Chambers Brothers (from The Time Has Come, 1967, written by Lester Chambers, also released as a single in 1968), which is also sampled on Black M.F. In The House. The Thieves In The House Mix and Temple House Dub also include samples from Batdance and Eye No No, as well as Dish & Tell by House Of Venus (released as a single in 1990, written by Eddie de Clerq, Erik van Putten and Gert Van Veen).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
11 February 1990 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Thieves In The Temple 3:20 Graffiti Bridge

Thieves In The Temple single
The Crown Jewels promo
The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Prince 4ever

Studio
Thieves In The Temple (Part II) 1:41 Thieves In The Temple single Studio Additional instrumental coda
Thieves In The Temple (Remix) 8:03 Thieves In The Temple single

NPG Music Club Edition # 8 mp3 download
Ultimate

Remix Extended version with slight remix, including main track and Part II; remix credited to Paisley Park
Thieves In The House Mix 6:50 Thieves In The Temple single Remix Remix by Junior Vasquez; engineered and programmed by Mark Plati; contains samples of Batdance, Eye No No and Dish & Tell by House Of Venus
Temple House Dub 5:06 Thieves In The Temple single Remix Remix by Junior Vasquez; engineered and programmed by Mark Plati; contains samples of Batdance, Eye No No and Dish & Tell by House Of Venus
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Thieves In The Temple 4:06 Graffiti Bridge DVD Promo video See Thieves In The Temple video for details
Thieves In The Temple 8:34 Promo video Uses long Remix version; See Thieves In The Temple video for details
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Purple Medley 11:03 Purple Medley single Studio medley See Purple Medley for more details
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The concert at which Thieves In The Temple was first played in full is also the concert at which Prince first met his future-wife Mayte.

References
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