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God


single art for Purple Rain

included on The Hits / The B-Sides
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 10 September 1984 - Purple Rain UK single
Album(s): The Hits / The B-Sides

Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition
Prince And The Revolution: Live

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:
Performed occasionally in shows:

God was released as the b-side of Purple Rain, the third single from Prince’s seventh album Purple Rain. The UK 12" release of the single contained God (Love Theme From Purple Rain), a 7:54 instrumental version heard in the movie Purple Rain, but other worldwide releases in 1984 contained a completely re-recorded vocal version, simply titled God.

In 1993, the vocal version was included as the 18th track on The B-Sides compilation (included as the third and final disc on The Hits / The B-Sides). The instrumental “Love Theme From Purple Rain” version was included on Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition Single Edits & B-Sides.

Basic tracking for God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) took place on 7 February 1984 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (the same day as the version of Father’s Song and Wendy & Lisa ’rehearsal' version of Purple Rain used in Purple Rain).

The vocal version, God, was recorded six months later, on 19 August 1984, at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
7 February 1984 Sunset Sound - Studio 2,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Tracking of God (Love Theme From Purple Rain)
19 August 1984 Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse,
Eden Prairie, MN, USA
Tracking of God
Recording Personnel

God a.k.a. God (Vocal)

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments


God (Love Theme From Purple Rain)

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Sheila E. - drums (uncredited)

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
God 4:02 Purple Rain single

Strange Tales From The Rain promotional album
The Hits / The B-Sides

Studio a.k.a. God (Vocal) & 7" B-Side Edit
God (7" B-Side Edit) 4:02 Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition - Single Edits & B-Sides
Studio Remastered 2017
God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) 7:54 Purple Rain single Studio a.k.a. God (Instrumental) & Instrumental U.K. 12" B-Side
God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) (UK 12" B-Side Edit) 7:54 Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition - Single Edits & B-Sides Studio Remastered 2017
God 7:46 Prince And The Revolution: Live Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA
God 7:43 Prince And The Revolution: Live (2022 re-release) Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA. Remastered
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
God 8:30 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc

Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition – Live at the Carrier Dome (DVD)
Prince And The Revolution: Live (2022 re-release)

Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The outro of the "vocal version" of God contains the line "Wake up, children, dance the electric dance, there's not much time" which echoes the intro The Dance Electric recorded two days earlier ("Good morning children / Take a look out your window / Our world is falling / It's almost time to go / Dance the Dance Electric / The rhythm is love and love is blind / Love your enemies / There isn't much time, there isn't much"). A variation of this phrase will be used for Rosario: 1999 ("Open your mind, there’s not much time) recorded in 1998 and released in 1999.

References
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