51 Hours

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51 Hours

Song details
Performer: Lori Elle (Werner) (as 'Diamond') and Robia LaMorte (as 'Pearl')
Writer(s): Mark Forrester (music) and Prince (lyrics)
Producer(s): Mark Forrester (music) and Prince (vocals)
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

51 Hours is an unreleased track recorded in mid-April 1992, by Lori Elle (Werner) (as 'Diamond') and Robia LaMorte (as 'Pearl'), at Platinum Studios, Melbourne, Australia (while also on the Diamonds And Pearls Tour, during the same set of sessions as Don’t Talk 2 Strangers, Poor Little Bastard, The Rest Of My Life, There Is Lonely, Be My Mirror, Wow, and re-recordings of Make Believe and I’ll Do Anything).

The music for the track was written and recorded by Australian techno producer Mark Forrester.

Prince heard the track while working in the studio and added to the track by having his background dancers Lori Elle (Werner) and Robia LaMorte add a rap. Carmen Electra is also believed to appear on the track’s vocals. Prince appears only briefly on vocals.

The track was played on a Spanish radio station during the Summer of 1992, and was said to be due for release after the Diamonds And Pearls Tour.

Prince had around 20 copies of an in-house 12" vinyl, 51 Hours, pressed, containing a longer version of the track, but the copies were not officially distributed, and both the single and the track remain unreleased.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Early 1992 (assumed) Platinum Studios,
Melbourne, Australia
Basic tracking (Mark Forrester instrumental, no Prince input)
Mid-April 1992 Platinum Studios,
Melbourne, Australia
Vocal overdubs and additional recording
Recording Personnel

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
51 Hours Included on 51 Hours in-house test pressing
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
51 Hours 3:23 Studio recording radio broadcast Studio Edit of full version, played on Spanish radio in Summer 1992
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Mark Forrester passed away on 19 November, 1995, in a car accident.

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