When Doves Cry

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When Doves Cry

Purplerain.jpg
from the album Purple Rain
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single art for When Doves Cry
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 16 May 1984 - When Doves Cry single
Album(s): Purple Rain
The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate
Prince 4ever
Purple Rain Deluxe
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:

When Doves Cry is the sixth track on Prince's sixth album Purple Rain, the first album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution and, five weeks prior to the album's release, When Doves Cry was released as the album's first single (credited only to Prince). The track is also featured in the movie Purple Rain.

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

In 2001, the track was included as the fourth track on the compilation album The Very Best Of Prince.

In 2006, the track was included as the sixth track on the first disc of the compilation album Ultimate.


Recording process

Initial tracking took place on 1 March 1984 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (two days after Traffic Jam and Love And Sex), as the final track recorded for Purple Rain. The track's ascending synth-string ending is almost identical to that of Traffic Jam, recording only three days earlier.

It was included as the fifth song on the 23 March 1984 configuration of the album (before Take Me With U was added for the final configuration, compiled on 14 April 1984).

The single version of the track was included as the tenth track on the first disc of an early configuration of the compilation album Ultimate before the album was reworked for release.

The track is included here as credited to Prince and the Revolution due to its inclusion on the Prince and the Revolution album Purple Rain, although the single release When Doves Cry was credited only to Prince, and the credits, on both the single and the Purple Rain album, show that Prince is the only performer on the track.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1 March 1984 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
When Doves Cry 5:52 Purple Rain album

When Doves Cry single
His Majesty's Pop Life promotional album

Studio a.k.a. When Doves Cry (Long Version) and When Doves Cry (Album Version)
When Doves Cry 5:52 Purple Rain Deluxe
Remastered 2015
When Doves Cry (Edit) 3:49 When Doves Cry single

Strange Tales From The Rain promo
Let's Go Crazy Back To Back Hits re-issue single
The Story So Far... promotional album
The Crown Jewels promotional album
The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate
Prince 4ever Purple Rain Deluxe

Edit a.k.a. When Doves Cry (Short Version)
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
When Doves Cry 5:54 Purple Rain 20th Anniversary DVD Promo video See When Doves Cry video for more details
When Doves Cry 3:49 Promotional release only Promo video (edit) See When Doves Cry video for more details
When Doves Cry 8:15 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
When Doves Cry 2:42 Lovesexy Live 1 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
When Doves Cry T.B.C. Live concert radio broadcast Live 22 July 1990, Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
When Doves Cry 6:04 Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 August 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan
When Doves Cry T.B.C. Live concert online stream Live 10 May 2015, Baltimore, MN, USA, Royal Farms Arena; sampler set version
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Purple Medley 11:03 Purple Medley single Studio medley See Purple Medley for more details
Purple Medley (Edit) 3:14 Purple Medley single Edit See Purple Medley for more details
Kirk J's B Sides Remix 7:00 Purple Medley single Edit See Kirk J's B Sides Remix for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
When Doves Cry Studio Includes bassline, later removed by Prince
When Doves Cry Remix Remixed version of the track by Kirk Johnson containing new beats and keyboard lines. Remixed in 1994.
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • When played live on the Parade Tour, When Doves Cry utilized the (Fairlight CMI) drum beat of It. It was triggered on stage by a Simmons SDS-6 sequencer.

References
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