Donald Trump (Black Version)

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Donald Trump (Black Version)

from the album Pandemonium
Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 10 July 1990 - Pandemonium album
Album(s): Pandemonium
Writer(s): Prince (credited to The Time)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to The Time)
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

Donald Trump (Black Version) is the seventh track (fifth song) on The Time’s fourth and final album Pandemonium. Donald Trump (Black Version) was written and produced by Prince, but was credited to The Time. Prince plays most instruments on the track.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking likely took place in Summer 1989, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Candy Dulfer recorded saxophone overdubs at Paisley Park in late July 1989 (during the same set of sessions where saxophone overdubs were recorded for Love Machine, My Summertime Thang, Release It, Murph Drag, The Latest Fashion, Data Bank, My Baby Knows and A Man Called Jesus). It was included as the third track on the planned 1989 album Corporate World. The Time made slight changes to the mix in late 1989 for inclusion on Pandemonium.

The song is named after American business magnate, socialite, author and television personality Donald Trump. The parenthetical part of the title does not indicate that more than one "version" of the song exists; it refers to the singer being the "black version" of Donald Trump.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Summer 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking by Prince
Late July 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Saxophone overdubs by Candy Dulfer
Late 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Slight alterations by The Time
Recording Personnel

Released version

  • Morris Day - lead vocals (credited for lead vocals and "cool")
  • Prince - all instruments, except where noted (uncredited)
  • Candy Dulfer - saxophone
  • Jellybean Johnson - drums and backing vocals (credited, but not involved)
  • Jesse Johnson - guitar, backing vocals (credited, but not involved)
  • Jimmy Jam - keyboards, backing vocals (credited, but not involved)
  • Monte Moir - keyboards, backing vocals (credited, but not involved)
  • Terry Lewis - bass guitar, backing vocals (credited, but not involved)
  • Jerome Benton - percussion, "mirror and holler" (credited, but not involved)

Unreleased version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Donald Trump (Black Version) 4:33 Pandemonium Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Donald Trump (Black Version) Studio Original version planned for Corporate World
Donald Trump (Black Version) Studio After saxophone overdubs by Candy Dulfer before final changes in mix
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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