Don’t Say U Love Me

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Don’t Say U Love Me


from the album Martika’s Kitchen

from the album
Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Martika; Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
First Released: 27 August 1991 - Martika’s Kitchen album
Album(s): Martika’s Kitchen

The Best Of Martika: More Than You Know
Toy Soldiers: The Best Of Martika
Martika’s Kitchen [Reheated Edition]
Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition

Writer(s): Prince and Martika
Producer(s): Prince (as Paisley Park)
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

Don’t Say U Love Me is the tenth track on Martika’s second album Martika’s Kitchen. In 1997, it was included as the eleventh track on the compilation album The Best Of Martika: More Than You Know. In 2005, it was included as the fifth track on the compilation album Toy Soldiers: The Best Of Martika.

Tracking took place on 13 February 1991 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The working title for the track was Martika Jam (or Martika Jam Groove as listed on a tape photographed in Prince’s vault). In the liner notes for the expanded 2018 re-release of Martika’s Kitchen [Reheated Edition], Martika discussed the song’s recording: "This was one of the songs which morphed from one version to another. Prince liked my lyrics on this, and decided to funktify it on his unique way. Our basic contact throughout my L.A. & N.Y. sessions was over the phone."

In Spring 1991, Martika overdubbed her lead vocals and her musicians and vocalists added overdubs to the track, in New York and Los Angeles.

Prince’s version of Don’t Say U Love Me was released in October 2023 as the eleventh track of Vault Tracks part 2, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition. This version was sourced from a cassette copy (his original voice was wiped from the master).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
13 February 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking
Spring 1991 Electric Lady Studios,
New York, NY, USA
Additional recording and/or Martika vocal overdubs
Spring 1991 Trax Recording Studios,
Los Angeles, CA, USA or
Additional recording and/or Martika vocal overdubs
Recording Personnel

Martika version


Prince version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments (assumed)

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Don’t Say U Love Me 4:24 Martika’s Kitchen

The Best Of Martika: More Than You Know
Toy Soldiers: The Best Of Martika

Studio Martika version
Don’t Say U Love Me 4:23 Martika’s Kitchen [Reheated Edition] Studio Remastered version
Don’t Say U Love Me 4:23 Martika’s Kitchen [Reheated Edition] Studio Remastered version
Don’t Say U Love Me 4:20 Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition Studio Original version with Prince on vocals



 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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