Brick House

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House Of Brick (Brick House)

from the album Child Of The Sun

promo label for House Of Brick (Brick House)

Song details
Performer: Mayte
First Released: 27 November 1995 - Child Of The Sun album
Album(s): Child Of The Sun
Writer(s): William King, Thomas McClary, Walter Orange, Lionel Richie, Milan Williams and Ronald La Pread (as Brick House), /Prince (additional rap lyrics - uncredited)
Producer(s): Prince (uncredited)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

House Of Brick (Brick House), a cover version of the Commodores’ song Brick House (from their 1977 album Commodores, also released as a single) is the sixth track on Mayte’s first and only album Child Of The Sun. A few months after the album’s release, House Of Brick (Brick House) was available as a promo single in Germany only. The song was written by William King, Thomas McClary, Walter Orange, Lionel Richie, Milan Williams and Ronald La Pread (as Brick House), and produced by Prince (although no production credit is given).

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in 1993 or 1994, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It was included, in a slightly different mix than released (including an extra keyboard part and with additional lyrics), as the sixth track on a 5 May 1995 configuration of Child Of The Sun, where it remained for release, although it was worked on further in Summer 1995 before release, where an opening sample from the 1985 movie Back To The Future, spoken by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly (in the movie, McFly is introducing an "oldie" before playing Johnny B. Goode, which was played live regularly by Prince from 2006-7). House Of Brick (Brick House) also includes a short rap by Mayte over an instrumental part reminiscent of The Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight and therefore from Chic’s 1979 song Good Times.

It is not known if the track was included on Mayte’s album Scorpio, which included some tracks from Child Of The Sun.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1993-1994 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Summer 1995 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recording
Recording Personnel
  • Mayte - lead vocals
  • – all other instruments and background vocals, except where noted
  • Eric Leeds - alto, baritone and tenor saxophone
  • Kathleen Bradford - background vocals

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
House Of Brick (Brick House) 3:19 Child Of The Sun

House Of Brick (Brick House) promo


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
House Of Brick Studio Slightly longer than released, with some musical changes
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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