Uptown

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Uptown

Dirtymind.jpg
from the album Dirty Mind
Uptown single.jpg
single art for Uptown
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 10 September 1980 - Uptown single
Album(s): Dirty Mind

The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides

Prince 4ever

Writer(s): Prince and André Cymone (credited to Prince)
Producer(s): Prince
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Uptown is the fifth track on Prince's third album Dirty Mind, and, a month prior to the album's release, Uptown was released as the album's first single (released in the USA, New Zealand and Holland).

In 1982, it was included as the second track on the Australian 12" of 1999, the first single from Prince's fifth album 1999.

In 1993, the track was included as the seventh track on Prince's compilation album The Hits 1 (also included as the first disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).

"Uptown" refers to the popular commercial district in southwestern Minneapolis, Minnesota, centered at the Uptown Theater (the former Lagoon) at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and Lagoon Avenue.

Of note is that the center of the "Uptown" area is Calhoun Square, about which Prince (while using the name SymbolSmallerBlue.png) wrote the song Calhoun Square. The area also includes the former site of SymbolSmallerBlue.png's New Power Generation Store.


Recording process

While specific recording dates are not known, the album sessions took place from May to June 1980, in Prince's Wayzata Home Studio, Wayzata, MN, USA (credited as "Somewhere in Uptown"), and completed in June 1980 at Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

The track was based around a bass line created by André Cymone, although he is uncredited.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
May-June 1980 Wayzata Home Studio, Wayzata, MN, USA Initial tracking
June 1980 Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA Overdubs, mixing
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Uptown 5:30 Dirty Mind

Uptown single
When You Were Mine promo
Gotta Stop (Messin' About) single
1999 single

Studio a.k.a. Uptown (Long Version)
Uptown (Edit) 4:09 Uptown single

Gotta Stop (Messin' About) single
Strange Tales From The Rain promo
The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
Ultimate
Prince 4ever

Edit a.k.a. Uptown (Short Version)
Uptown (Edit) 4:09 Uptown promo Edit, mono version a.k.a. Uptown (Short Version) (Mono)
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Uptown 4:09 The Hits Collection VHS/DVD Promo video See Uptown video for more details


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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