Electric Intercourse

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Electric Intercourse

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from the album Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition
Song details
Performer: Prince (Prince and the Revolution)
First Released: 28 April 2017 - Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition preview download
Album(s): Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Electric Intercourse was released posthumously in 2017, as the fourth track on the second disc (titled From The Vault & Previously Unreleased) of Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition. Six weeks before the album’s release, the track was released for download as a preview of the album.

While specific recording dates have not been confirmed, basic tracking took place in July 1983, most likely at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

A live version was recorded on 3 August 1983 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota (during the same concert where live versions of Let’s Go Crazy, Computer Blue, I Would Die 4 U, Baby I’m A Star and Purple Rain were also recorded). Prince used this live version when adding overdubs to the track in mid-September 1983 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California.

It is likely the track was originally planned to be included on the album Purple Rain (and in the movie Purple Rain) as either the ’studio version' or in the same overdubbed-live format as I Would Die 4 U, Baby I’m A Star and Purple Rain. A few days after recording overdubs however, Prince recorded The Beautiful Ones, which replaced Electric Intercourse.

During Prince: A Celebration in June 2000, computer screens at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, offered names of a selection of tracks which users could vote on for inclusion on Crystal Ball Volume II, and while Electric Intercourse was chosen by fans, the project was ultimately abandoned.

While a solo recording, it is listed here as a Prince and the Revolution track as it was released as a bonus track on the Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition album, which is credited to Prince and the Revolution.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
14 January 1983 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking and overdubs
3 August 1983 First Avenue,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Live recording
12 September 1983 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Overdubs and mixing
Recording Personnel

Released version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Live version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Electric Intercourse (Studio Version) 4:57 Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded) Edition (From The Vault & Previously Unreleased)

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Electric Intercourse Live Live version before studio overdubs
Electric Intercourse Live with overdubs Final version of live recording after studio overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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