Venus De Milo

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Venus De Milo

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

Venus De Milo is the seventh track on Prince's eighth album Parade, the third to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. The track is also played in Prince's second feature film, Under The Cherry Moon.

Although Venus De Milo had existed for a few years as an untitled piano instrumental, basic tracking in the studio only took place in mid-July 1985 at the Washington Avenue Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as Neon Telephone, Do U Lie? and Alexa De Paris). Clare Fischer arranged and recorded orchestration for the song at some point in January 1986 at Monterey Sound Studios in Glendale, California.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Mid-July 1985 Washington Avenue Warehouse,
Eden Prairie, MN, USA
Basic tracking
January 1986 Monterey Sound Studios,
Glendale, CA, USA
Orchestra recording by Clare Fischer
Recording Personnel
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 on Version Additional info
Venus De Milo 1:54 Parade Studio
Venus De Milo 1:21 Under The Cherry Moon Studio Different ending from album release.
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Venus De Milo 1:41 Lovesexy Live 1 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Venus De Milo ?:?? Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 August 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Venus De Milo Studio Track before orchestral overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This is the earliest release of an instrumental track under Prince's own name.

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