Feel U Up

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Feel U Up

single art for Partyman

from the album 1999 Super Deluxe Edition

single art for The Hits / The B-Sides
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 18 August 1989 - Partyman single
Album(s): The Hits / The B-Sides

1999 Super Deluxe Edition

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

Feel U Up was released as the b-side of Partyman, the second single from Prince’s eleventh album Batman. In 1993, it was included as the sixth track on The B-Sides compilation (included as the third and final disc on The Hits / The B-Sides).

In 2019, the original 1981 recording (mixed together with Irresistible Bitch) was released as the first track on the Vault Tracks part 1 disc of a Super Deluxe Edition edition of the 1999 album.

While specific recording dates are not known, Feel U Up was initially recorded around the same time but in a different session from Irresistible Bitch in November 1981 (estimate) at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA.

The song was then completely re-recorded on 27 October 1986 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (the day after overdubs on Housequake, the day before Rebirth Of The Flesh and Rockhard In A Funky Place), as the earliest recorded song that ended up on the scrapped Camille album. This new version was included as the fourth track on the 5 November 1986 configuration of the album Camille, but it was discarded when that album evolved into the Crystal Ball triple-album.

The 1986 version as slated for the Camille album (dubbed Feel U Up (Long Stroke), but would have been on the Camille as just Feel U Up), was subsequently released when it was included on the Partyman single in 1989. A shorter edit (now dubbed Feel U Up (Short Stroke), but not previously slated for any specific release, was also on the Partyman single. The song was now simply credited to Prince, rather than the pseudonym Camille as it would have been in 1986.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
November 1981
Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA Tracking
15 April 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, USA Mixing, creating including creating an instrumental mix of 1981 version
27 & 28 October 1986
(session started on the 26th; tracking of Feel U Up after midnight )
Sunset Sound - Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, USA Tracking, overdubs including horns, mix (27th a.m.); mix, edit (27th); mix (28th)
22 November 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3, Hollywood, CA, USA mix
Recording Personnel

Initial Version & 1985 Mix

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

October 1986 Version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Feel U Up 3:44 Partyman single

The Hits / The B-Sides

Studio a.k.a. Feel U Up (Short Stroke)
Feel U Up (Long Stroke) 6:27 Partyman single Extended version Original version before edit above
Feel U Up 6:24 1999 Super Deluxe Edition

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
( Like) Funky Music 4:31 Newpower Soul Studio Synth line from Feel U Up used as horn line; see ( Like) Funky Music for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Feel U Up Studio 1985 Mix, with strong AMS RMX-16 reverb and lead line omitted
Feel U Up (instrumental) Studio 1985 instrumental mix
Feel U Up Studio longer version of the released 1986 song
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The released mix of the November 1981 version was done by Niko Bolas specifically for the 1999 Super Deluxe Edition release. It was made to replicate the original mix from the time the song was initially tracked, as much as possible. So even when a slightly different mix of this track might exist, the now released version is not considered a true alternate mix of the track.

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