Under The Cherry Moon

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Under The Cherry Moon

from the album Parade
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 31 March 1986 - Parade album
Album(s): Parade
Writer(s): Prince and John L. Nelson
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Under The Cherry Moon is the fourth track on Prince's eighth album Parade, the third to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. Four months after the album's release, the track was also included as a b-side on the album's third single in the UK and Europe, Girls & Boys (not released in North America). In 1989, the track was included as the third and final track on a CD re-release of Kiss, the album's first single. The track also serves as the title track of Prince's second feature film, Under The Cherry Moon, although Prince chose to give the soundtrack album the title Parade, with the subtitle "Music from the motion picture Under The Cherry Moon".

Although Under The Cherry Moon was played live as an instrumental on occasional dates during the Purple Rain Tour, initial tracking in the studio only took place after the tour ended, on 17 April 1985 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA, with Prince recording the drum track in sequence of Wendy's Parade, New Position, I Wonder U and Under The Cherry Moon, all in one take. He then layered other instruments over all four tracks. Clare Fischer arranged and recorded orchestration for the song at some point in mid-late 1985 at Monterey Sound Studios, Glendale, CA, USA, but Prince preferred the track without orchestration, and chose to use the track without orchestration for the final release. Prince's father, John L. Nelson, receives co-writing credit, although his input is uncertain.

Prince re-used some of the song's melody in The Question Of U, recorded three months later.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
17 April 1985 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Initial tracking
Mid-late 1985 Monterey Sound Studios, Glendale, CA, USA Orchestra recording by Clare Fischer
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
Orchestral Players:
  • Violins - Isabelle Daskoff, Francine Walsh, Mari Botnik, Pam Gates, Janice Gower, Karen Jones, Betty Moor, Irma Neumann, Assa Drori, Bill Hymanson, Oscar Chasow, Ron Clark, Henry Ferber, Erne Granat, Ed Green, Bill Hybel, Reggie Hill, Pat Johnson, Don Palmer, Sheldon Sanov, Joe Schonbrun, Terry Schonbrun and Harold Wolf
  • Violas - Pam Goldsmith, Margot Maclaine, Carol Mukagawa, Myer Bello, Alan Deverich, Norman Forrest, Alan Harshman, Jorge Moraga and David Stock
  • Cellos - Jim Arkatoff, Ray Kelley, Ray Kramer and Fred Seykora
  • Basses - Chuck Dominico and Arni Egilsson.
  • Woodwinds - Gene Cipriano, Don Ashworth, John Clarke, Dave Edwards, Gary Foster, Jim Kanter, John Lowe, Dick Mitchell, Jack Nimitz, Joe Soldo and Bob Tricarico
  • Trumpets - Ray Brown, Rich Cooper, Bob Findley, Larry Ford, Bob O'Donnell and Al Vizutti
  • Trombones - Garnett Brown, Charles Loper, Morris Repass and Bill Watrous
  • French Horns - Marni Johnson, David Duke, Joe Myer, Brian O'Connor, Calvin Smith and Jim Thatcher
  • Tuba - Tommy Johnson
  • Tympani and percussion - Brent Fischer

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Under The Cherry Moon 2:57 Parade

Girls & Boys single
Kiss single re-issue

Under The Cherry Moon 1:31 Under The Cherry Moon Studio Part of version with Clare Fischer orchestral overdubs
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Under The Cherry Moon ?:?? Live concert radio broadcast Live 22 July 1990, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Under The Cherry Moon ?:?? Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 August 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Under The Cherry Moon Studio Full 1985 recording with unused orchestral overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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