|The Flesh is an unreleased EP by The Flesh (essentially made up of Prince and Eric Leeds, as a precursor to Madhouse, with other musicians on three of the four tracks). It was recorded in two sessions, on 26 December 1985 and 5 January 1986. The EP was compiled on 22 January 1986, but the idea of a release as or by The Flesh was abandoned completely when Under The Cherry Moon and other projects demanded Prince’s full attention.
The tracks included were all jazz-funk instrumentals, and were mostly improvised during the sessions. Eric Leeds was featured prominently, and the plan was to not include mention of Prince’s input upon the EP’s release (as was the case with the later Madhouse albums).
Sessions and compiling
A Couple Of Miles was recorded on 26 December 1985.
Junk Music, Up From Below and Y'All Want Some More? (in fact the latter two titles are part of the over an hour long Junk Music) were recorded on 5 January 1986, during a seven-hour session that was known by band members as the "Everybody’s Jam" session (which also included Groove In C Minor, Slow Groove In G Major and Groove In G Flat Minor, which may have also been considered for the project).
It is likely that tracks from the so-called "Paisley Jam" session on 28 December 1985, which was similarly-improvised and focused on instrumental jazz-funk, may have also been considered for the project; these tracks were Slaughterhouse, U Just Can’t Stop, Run Amok, Mobile, Madrid, Breathless, High Calonic and 12 Keys.
None of the tracks from the EP have been released, although 30 seconds of Junk Music can be heard in Under The Cherry Moon, in the scene where Christopher Tracy races against Mary Sharon on the horse race track.