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Girl

America single.jpg
single art for America
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included on The Hits / The B-Sides
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 2 October 1985 - America single
Album(s): The Hits / The B-Sides
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Girl was released as the b-side of America, the fourth single (third in North America) from Prince’s eighth album Around The World In A Day, the second album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. Concurrently, it was included as the b-side of the third single in Europe, Pop Life.

In 1993, it was included as the seventh track on The B-Sides compilation (included as the third and final disc on The Hits / The B-Sides). Although credited to Prince and the Revolution, the track is a solo recording by Prince.

Basic tracking (as Boy) took place in between Spring 1982 and Mid-1983 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The song was originally Boy and was intended for Vanity 6. In a later session Vanity recorded a lead vocal on the track (which actually still can be heard played backward on the revised and released version). Prince changed the perspective of the song in Fall 1984 when he re-recorded his vocals and retitled it Girl.

Girl made its first live appearance over 22 years after its initial release (and over 25 years after its initial recording), on 25 June 2007 (a.m.) (Show 1) at the Roosevelt Hotel, Blossom Room, in Hollywood, California.

The track is not related to the Prince-written track of the same name, Girl, recorded by The Time. See Girl for details of that track.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Spring 1982 - Mid-1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking (as Boy)
Spring 1982 - Mid-1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Vocal overdubs by Vanity (as Boy)
Fall 1984 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Vocal re-recording by Prince (as Girl)
22 July 1985 (estimate) Washington Avenue Warehouse,
Edina, MN, USA
Overdub and mix
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all other vocals and instruments
  • Vanity - background vocals (played in reverse)

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Girl 3:47 America single

Pop Life single
The Hits / The B-Sides

Edit
Girl (Extended Version) 7:35 America single

Pop Life single

Studio Full version


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Boy Studio 1982-1983 version
Boy Studio 1982-1983 Vanity -lead vox
Girl Studio 1984 version
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Girl is not related to the Prince-written track of the same name, Girl, recorded by The Time. See Girl for details of that track.
  • Girl was the first known instance of Prince re-using a song title for a completely different track.

References
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