A Place In Heaven

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A Place In Heaven
(Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A)

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Prince (Prince and the Revolution)
First Released: 25 September 2020 - Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition album
Album(s): Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
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

A Place In Heaven is a track recorded on 27 March 1986 at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (two days after Love And Sex, on the same day as Movie Star and Witness 4 The Prosecution). A month after initial tracking Lisa Coleman recorded lead vocals for the track

Lisa Coleman’s vocal version of the track was included as the tenth track on a late April 1986 configuration of the Dream Factory album. It was then included as the eighteenth track (sixteenth song) on the 3 June 1986 configuration (segueing directly from Movie Star, and includes the final line of dialogue from that track in its opening bars) and as the twelfth track on the 18 July 1986 configuration. It was dropped, however, when the Revolution disbanded and the project evolved into the Crystal Ball triple LP, which itself was pared down to become Sign O’ The Times.

A segue, titled Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A (“A Place In Heaven” spelled backwards), utilizing Lisa’s vocal version of the song and a new backing music, was created in late April 1986 at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota and was included as included as such as the eleventh track on the 3 June 1986 configuration of Dream Factory.

The segue was also included, this time as an uncredited segue, between the first and second tracks, Visions and Dream Factory, at least on the third (18 July 1986) configuration, but possibly also on the two earlier configurations.

By this time a skit featuring Wendy and Lisa being carded at a club had been added to it, as well as a sample of ‘Witness!’ (taken from Witness 4 The Prosecution) and a spoken intro by Prince introducing Dream Factory.

Both the version with Prince’s and with Lisa’s lead vocal, as well as the full length Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A were released in September 2020 on two of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe (Prince’s vocal version and Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A as the thirteenth and seventeenth track of Vault Tracks part 1 respectively and Lisa’s vocal version as the eleventh track of Vault Tracks part 3).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
15 March 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
20 April 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Lisa Coleman lead vocal recording
20 April 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
creating Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A
June – Mid July 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
overdubbing Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A as segue between Visions and Dream Factory
Recording Personnel

Prince Vocal version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments


Lisa Vocal version and Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
A Place In Heaven (Prince Vocal) 2:57 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition Studio (Prince Vocals)
A Place In Heaven (Lisa Vocal) 2:45 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition Studio (Lisa Vocals)
Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A 2:33 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition Studio


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Dream Factory 0:51 part of Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A is used in an untitled segue played before Dream Factory on at least the third and possibly earlier configurations of the unreleased Dream Factory album.
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
A Place In Heaven Studio different intro with Prince talking about environmental records
Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A Studio segue version with Wendy & Lisa skit, segueing into Dream Factory
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • If it had been released as intended on Dream Factory, this would have marked the first released track to feature Lisa Coleman on lead vocals.
  • The released mix of the Prince Vocal version was done by Niko Bolas specifically for the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition release. It was made to replicate an original mix from the time the song was initially tracked, as much as possible. So even when a slightly different mix of this track might exist (besides the one with a different intro listed above), the now released version is not considered a true alternate mix of the track.

References
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