Bambi

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Bambi

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from the album Prince
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single art for Bambi
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 19 October 1979 - Prince album
Album(s): Prince
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Bambi is the sixth track on Prince's second album Prince, and, eleven months after the album's release, Bambi was released as the album's fifth worldwide single, only available in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Earlier in 1980, the track was released as as the b-side of some versions of Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?, the album's second single (released in the USA and New Zealand).

Two months later it was included as the b-side of Still Waiting, the album's third single (released in the USA and New Zealand). The following month it was released as the b-side of Sexy Dancer, the album's fourth single, only on the UK release.

In 1991, a re-recorded rap version (titled Bambi (Rap)) by T.C. Ellis was included as the eleventh track on T.C. Ellis' first and only album True Confessions. Although the track was authorized by Prince, the track had no input by him and is considered a cover version.

While specific recording dates are not known, the album sessions took place from late April to late May 1979 at Alpha Studios, Burbank, CA, USA. Overdubs and mixing took place at Hollywood Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California.

Bambi was re-recorded on 14 June 1993 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (along with versions of The Ride, Poorgoo, Honky Tonk Women, Zannalee, The Undertaker and Dolphin, the day before recording Calhoun Square), as part of the session for the aborted The Undertaker album released on film in 1995 as The Undertaker.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
April - May 1979 Alpha Studios,
Burbank, CA, USA
Basic tracking
May - 13 June 1979 Hollywood Sound Recorders,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Overdubs, mixing
14 June 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Studio rehearsal
Recording Personnel

Prince version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments


The Undertaker version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Bambi 4:22 Prince

Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? single
Still Waiting single
Sexy Dancer single
Bambi single

Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Bambi 4:05 The Undertaker VHS/laserdisc Studio rehearsal See The Undertaker for more details
Bambi (Live) 3:09 NPG Music Club Edition # 7 premium members .mov download Live 28 June 2001, Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, WI, USA, includes clips of Family Name and And God Created Woman
Bambi Live 3:21 3rdEyeGirl.com .mov download Rehearsal Recorded December 2012 Paisley Park, Chanhassen, Minnesota (assumed), previously available as 3rd Eye Girl YouTube Stream
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Bambi T.B.C. Delayed concert TV broadcast Live 31 August 1990, Tokyo
Bambi T.B.C. 3rdEye TV Show # 20 concert video stream Live 11 August 2013 (show 2): Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Bambi 2:31 3rdEyeGirl's YouTube account Live 17 August 2013, Coliseu dos Recreios - Sala Principal, Lisbon, Portugal
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Bambi Rehearsal The Undertaker version; 14 June 1993, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; same recording as video recording above
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The live versions of Bambi played by Prince in concert between 1990 -2001 and 2005 - 2014 regularly contained a part from the song "Grip It" by the go-go band Trouble Funk, released only in live version on their 1983 Saturday Night Live album. This same part was sampled as the intro of Fight The Power by Public Enemy, which was included on Spike Lee's film Do The Right Thing, its soundtrack, as a single (all released in 1989) and on Public Enemy's album Fear Of A Black Planet released in April 1990. Prince also covered this song in 1999 and played it live a few times between 1999 and 2002. Fight The Power also appears in The WNPG Origin Playlist (xcerpt) (see the trivia section of the WNPG Radio page). It is unclear if Prince included this part in reference to the Trouble Funk song or in reference to Fight The Power which was popular at the time and has been seen as an anthem since the summer of 1989. Because of this uncertainty, this interpolation of the Trouble Funk song and/or its sample by Public Enemy as a part of their song is therefore not mentioned as interpolation on the pages of the concerned shows between 1990 and 2014.

References
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