Wally

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Wally

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Song details
Performer: Prince (assumed)
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
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

Wally is an unreleased song originally recorded on 28 December 1986 at Prince's Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (two days after finishing a three-month stay in Los Angeles by recording Pony Ride).

After finishing the song Prince ordered engineer Susan Rogers to erase all channels on the the 24-stem recording. It is not clear if a cassette copy of the song was made prior to its erasing. A new version for which Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss added horns, was recorded a short while afterwards.

The original version was a solo recording dealing with Prince's break-up with Susannah Melvoin, and thanking Wally Safford for being his friend. He felt the song was too personal, however, and kept adding layers of percussion and changing the feel of the track.

At the end of the session, against engineer Susan Rogers pleas not to, he insisted to erase all 24 tracks. At a later time Prince re-cut the track from scratch.

The song is not known to have been considered for inclusion on any configuration of Crystal Ball, Sign O' The Times or any other project.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
28 December 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
shortly after 28 December 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Re-recording
Late December 1986 / Early January 1987 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Horn overdubs
Recording Personnel

Original version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted


Re-recording


Versions
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Wally Studio Recorded 28 December 1986, original 24-track stems were fully erased
Wally Studio Recorded shortly after 28 December.
Wally Studio Final version with overdubs


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This track is believed to be the only track Prince has ever deliberately erased the 24-track stems in full. A re-recording from scratch was done shortly after
  • This track is named after Wally Safford.

References
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