When You Were Mine

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When You Were Mine

Dirtymind.jpg
from the album Dirty Mind
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promo single sleeve for When You Were Mine
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 8 October 1980 - Dirty Mind album
Album(s): Dirty Mind

The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
One Nite Alone... Live!
4Ever

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

When You Were Mine is the second track on Prince's third album Dirty Mind, and, in late 1980, When You Were Mine was available as a promotional single (following the album's second single, Head), although this acted as more of an album sampler rather than a promo for this particular song. In 1993, the track was included as the sixth track on Prince's compilation album The Hits 1 (also included as the first disc of The Hits / The B-Sides). In 2002, a live version (titled When U Were Mine) was included as the ninth track on the first disc of Prince's first live album One Nite Alone... Live! (along with Anna Stesia from the same show).

While specific recording dates are not known, the album sessions took place from May to June 1980, in Prince's North Arm Drive Home Studio in Orono, Minnesota (credited as "Somewhere in Uptown"), and completed in June 1980 at Hollywood Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
May-June 1980 North Arm Drive Home Studio,
Orono, MN, USA
Basic tracking
June 1980 Hollywood Sound Recorders,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Overdubs, mixing
Recording Personnel

Studio version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments


One Nite Alone... Live! version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
When You Were Mine 3:44 Dirty Mind

When You Were Mine promo
Gotta Stop (Messin' About) promo
Controversy single
The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
4Ever

Studio
When You Were Mine 3:18 NPG Ahdio Show # 9 mp3 (not available as a separate track) Live 26 March 1993, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, USA
When U Were Mine 3:47 One Nite Alone... Live! Live 20 April 2002, Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, CA, USA
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
When You Were Mine 1:40 Lovesexy Live 2 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen (Halle 1), Dortmund, West Germany
When You Were Mine (coda) 1:24 Lovesexy Live 2 VHS Live 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen (Halle 1), Dortmund, West Germany


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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