Dream Factory

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Dream Factory

from the album Crystal Ball
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 29 January 1998 - Crystal Ball album
Album(s): Crystal Ball

Anthology: 1995-2010

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Dream Factory is the second track on the first disc of Prince’s 20th album Crystal Ball (his fourth using the name ). The album is not clearly divided between Prince tracks and tracks, but the liner notes' discussion of this track say "Prince played all instruments", so it is credited to Prince in this entry.

Basic tracking took place on 30 November 1985 (on the same day as Mountains) at the Washington Avenue Warehouse in Edina, Minnesota). Dream Factory was not considered for Prince’s next album Parade, however.

It was included as the second track (first vocal track) on a late April 1986 configuration of the aborted album Dream Factory. It was kept as the second track (first vocal track) on the 3 June 1986 configuration and again on the 18 July 1986 configuration. It is possible that it was preceded by an unlisted segue including a bit of Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A and Prince introducing the song on all three configurations, like it was on the 18 July 1986 configuration, but this is unknown.

When Prince decided not to proceed with the album after disbanding the Revolution, and concentrated instead on Camille and Crystal Ball (both of which were also aborted), he decided not to include this song, even though it did not contain input from the Revolution.

A handwritten tracklist for The Time’s Corporate World on which Prince and Morris Day worked on in Summer 1989 shows that the song was, at one point, also considered for that album. But it is not known if an actual recording with Morris Day’s vocals took place.

A small sample of the song can be heard playing in a club scene on DJ Gets Jumped, a segue from the Exodus album by the New Power Generation released in 1995, indicating that Prince had not entirely forgotten about the track before its inclusion on Crystal Ball in 1998.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
30 November 1985 Washington Avenue Warehouse,
Edina, MN, USA
Tracking, overdubs, mix
1 December 1985 (estimate) Washington Avenue Warehouse,
Edina, MN, USA
possible overdubs, mix
11 December 1985 (estimate) Sunset Sound - Studio 3 (likely),
Hollywood, CA, USA
Edits, mix
17 & 18 April 1986) Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
possible edit, mix
20 or 21 April 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
recording of intro, using part of Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A, a sample of Witness 4 The Prosecution and a skit with Wendy & Lisa
Summer 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Possible recording or vocal overdubs with Morris Day (tentative)
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Dream Factory 3:06 Crystal Ball

Anthology: 1995-2010

Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Get Wild 7:10 Promotional release only Promo video As part of the DJ Gets Jumped segue included in the video
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
DJ Gets Jumped 0:22 Exodus Chorus sample played in the background of club scene on this segue
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Dream Factory Studio Alternate ending
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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