Alexa De Paris

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Alexa De Paris

single art for Mountains
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 7 May 1986 - Mountains single
Album(s): None
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:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Alexa De Paris was released as the b-side of Mountains, the second single from Prince's eighth album Parade, the third to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. Unusually, the extended version was also included as a b-side on the European CD single of Letitgo eight years later. The track is also heard in Prince's second film Under The Cherry Moon.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in July 1985 at the Washington Avenue Warehouse in Edina, Minnesota.

Clare Fischer arranged and recorded orchestration for the song at some point in late 1985 at Monterey Sound Studios in Glendale, California.

The track was not included on the The B-Sides collection in 1993, one of only two b-sides not included from the 1978-1989 era.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
July 1985 Washington Avenue Warehouse,
Edina, MN, USA
Intitial tracking
Late 1985 Monterey Sound Studios,
Glendale, CA, USA
Orchestra recording by Clare Fischer
Recording Personnel
  • Violins - Isabelle Daskoff, Francine Walsh, Mari Botnik, Pam Gates, Janice Gower, Karen Jones, Betty Moor, Irma Neumann, Assa Drori, Bill Hymanson, Oscar Chasow, Ron Clark, Henry Ferber, Erne Granat, Ed Green, Bill Hybel, Reggie Hill, Pat Johnson, Don Palmer, Sheldon Sanov, Joe Schonbrun, Terry Schonbrun and Harold Wolf.
  • Violas - Pam Goldsmith, Margot Maclaine, Carol Mukagawa, Myer Bello, Alan Deverich, Norman Forrest, Alan Harshman, Jorge Moraga and David Stock.
  • Cellos - Jim Arkatoff, Ray Kelley, Ray Kramer and Fred Seykora.
  • Basses - Chuck Dominico and Arni Egilsson.
  • Woodwinds - Gene Cipriano, Don Ashworth, John Clarke, Dave Edwards, Gary Foster, Jim Kanter, John Lowe, Dick Mitchell, Jack Nimitz, Joe Soldo and Bob Tricarico.
  • Trumpets - Ray Brown, Rich Cooper, Bob Findley, Larry Ford, Bob O'Donnell and Al Vizutti.
  • Trombones - Garnett Brown, Charles Loper, Morris Repass and Bill Watrous.
  • French Horns - Marni Johnson, David Duke, Joe Myer, Brian O'Connor, Calvin Smith and Jim Thatcher.
  • Tuba - Tommy Johnson.
  • Tympani and percussion - Brent Fischer.

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Alexa De Paris 3:20 Mountains single Studio
Alexa De Paris (Extended Version) 4:54 Mountains single

Letitgo single

Extended Version
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Alexa De Paris 2:09 Under The Cherry Moon DVD Studio Edited version different from the Mountains single
Christopher And Couples 1:32 Under The Cherry Moon DVD Performance See Under The Cherry Moon cues for details
Mary And Tricky Dance 1:13 Under The Cherry Moon DVD Performance See Under The Cherry Moon cues for details

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The song is titled after dancer Alexa Fioroni. She was trained at the Paris Opera Ballet school and is credited in Under The Cherry Moon as 'The Dancer', possibly appearing as the balletic dancer in the film's opening sequence, during the instrumental performance of An Honest Man.

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