Cosmic Day

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Cosmic Day

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 6 August 2020 - Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition pre-release download
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

Cosmic Day is a song recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California on 15 November 1986 (ten days after Prince had completed the Camille album and shortly before he began to compile the Crystal Ball album). It was released in 2020 on the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition set, and was made available seven weeks beforehand as the album’s third pre-release download.

The song is recorded with the sped up Camille voice, and while this is unconfirmed, it’s possible the song was initially considered for Crystal Ball, but never made it on a configuration, because a week later Prince recorded Play In The Sunshine, which has a similar feel, and perhaps works better on the collection of songs that ultimately became Sign O’ The Times

It was sent to Clare Fischer for an orchestral treatment in early December 1986, after the Crystal Ball 3LP was already pared down to Sign O’ The Times and finalized, indicating that at that point Prince no longer considered it for inclusion. The standalone Fischer orchestration was later re-used to create Intermission.

The early version of the song (without Clare Fischer’ arrangement) was released in September 2020 as the third track of Vault Tracks part 3, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
15 November 1986 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking
5 December 1986 Mad Hatter Studios,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Orchestral overdubs by Clare Fischer’s orchestra
Recording Personnel

Released version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments


Unreleased version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Cosmic Day Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition Studio


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Intermission n/a n/a Studio There have been no audio-only releases of this track.
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Cosmic Day Studio with Clare Fischer arrangement
 
Additional Information

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References
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