Well Done

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Well Done

Heavenhelpusall album.jpg
from the album Heaven Help Us All
Song details
Performer: The Steeles
First Released: 8 June 1993 - Heaven Help Us All album
Album(s): Heaven Help Us All
Writer(s): Prince, David Z. Rivkin and Levi Seacer, Jr. (credited to Prince)
Producer(s): Ricky Peterson
Live Appearances
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  • None
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Well Done is the fourth song on The Steeles' first album Heaven Help Us All. Well Done was written by Prince, David Z. Rivkin and Levi Seacer, Jr., but Prince submitted a re-recorded version for use that he felt was different enough for him to receive sole credit; David Z. Rivkin, Levi Seacer, Jr. and J.D. Steele all preferred the original version, so this was used, but credit was still only given to Prince. It was produced by Ricky Peterson.

While specific recording dates are not known, initial tracking took place in November 1990, at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (during the same set of sessions where David Z. Rivkin and Levi Seacer, Jr. re-recorded And How, and Prince also recorded Hey, Louie Louie and Get Blue). Prince later re-worked the song at some point between late 1990 and early 1993, most likely at Paisley Park Studios, but this version remains unreleased.

Of note is that the track was released on 8 June 1993, just one day after Prince announced his name change to SymbolSmallerBlue.png, but the track is credited to Prince - this was the first of several times credits were given to Prince during the "SymbolSmallerBlue.png" era of 1993-2000.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
November 1990 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Late 1990 - early 1993 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed) Reworking and additional recording
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Well Done 3:36 Heaven Help Us All Studio


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Well Done Studio Reworked version, originally submitted for the album
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • According to engineer Steve Noonan, the song began with the title, after Prince had seen the saying "Well done is much better than well said" on a church marquee and liked it. It's a famous quote from one of the Founding Fathers of the USA, Benjamin Franklin.

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