Velvet Kitty Cat

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Velvet Kitty Cat

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from the album Purple Rain Deluxe
Song details
Performer: Prince (Prince and the Revolution)
First Released: 23 June 2017 - Purple Rain Deluxe album
Album(s): Purple Rain Deluxe
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Velvet Kitty Cat was released posthumously in 2017, as the eighth track on the second disc (titled From The Vault & Previously Unreleased) of Purple Rain Deluxe.

Basic tracking took place on 20 April 1983 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, three days after Chocolate, two days after Prince fired Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis from The Time, and the same day as recording My Love Belongs To You).

The track was long thought to have been recorded for possible use on The Time's third album Ice Cream Castle, but Morris Day never recorded vocals for it and the song was not included on any known configuration of the album. It was however considered initially for Vanity 6's aborted sophomore album and later for the Apollonia 6 album that came in its place.

In May 1985 Prince revised the track by recording a rockabilly version of it, not dissimilar sounding to the rendition of Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On as played live with The Revolution in 1986.

While a solo recording, it is listed here as a Prince and the Revolution track as it was released as a bonus track on the Purple Rain Deluxe album, which is credited to Prince and the Revolution.

It is unknown if the track has any link to Mink Kitty Cat, originally recorded in 1981, but it is possible this is simply an update of that song.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
20 April 1983 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking
Late April or early May 1983 (assumed) Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
overdubs (assumed)
Early May 1985 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking of new version
Recording Personnel

Released version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments (assumed)

1985 version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments (assumed)

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Velvet Kitty Cat 2:42 Purple Rain Deluxe (From The Vault & Previously Unreleased)
Studio


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Velvet Kitty Cat Studio Re-recording from early May 1985
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The drum machine used on Velvet Kitty Cat is the Roland TR-606, making it the only known song where Prince used this drum machine.

References
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