I Wonder U

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I Wonder U

from the album Parade
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 31 March 1986 - Parade album
Album(s): Parade
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:

I Wonder U is the third track on Prince’s eighth album Parade, the third to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. The track also is also played in Prince’s second feature film, Under The Cherry Moon. Lead vocals are sung by Wendy Melvoin, marking the first time lead vocals were not sung by Prince on a Prince/Prince and the Revolution album.

Basic tracking of the track took place on 17 April 1985 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, with Prince recording the drum track in sequence of Wendy’s Parade, New Position, I Wonder U and Under The Cherry Moon, all in one take. He then layered other instruments over all four tracks. The song was initially recorded with Prince and Wendy Melvoin both singing lead and Lisa Coleman doing a harmony background vocal. That version was placed on an early configuration of Parade (before it even had that title), compiled on 1 May 1985. The song was sent to Clare Fischer in June 1985 for his input. Fischer did two different orchestral arrangements; one with full orchestration and, after a later request of Prince, one with only 'flute family' orchestration, much like the finally released version. These versions had Prince’s lead vocal mixed in loudest, mostly obscuring Wendy’s vocals. Before release Prince then omitted his own voice, so that Wendy was now singing the lead.

Clare Fischer’s full orchestration arrangement remains unreleased although Prince did use some of it as incidental music in Under The Cherry Moon.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
17 April 1985 - 19 April 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Tracking (17th), overdubs (18th), overdubs and mix (19th)
22 April 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Vocal overdubs by Wendy and Lisa and mix
24 June 1985 Monterey Sound Studios,
Glendale, CA
Orchestra recording by Clare Fischer
11 or 12 November 1985 (estimate) Advision Studios,
London, England
Mix (Wendy & Lisa with Prince)
18 November 1985 (estimate) Pumacrest Mobile Recording Unit (from Advision Studios)
in Nice, France
Mix (Wendy & Lisa, probably with Prince)
Selected_anniversaries/December 16 & 17 December 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Strings only mix (16th), Instrumental mix (17th)
27 January 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Orchestra only mix for Under The Cherry Moon (Susan Rogers, sans Prince)
Recording Personnel
Orchestral Players:
  • Violins - Isabelle Daskoff, Francine Walsh, Mari Botnik, Pam Gates, Janice Gower, Karen Jones, Betty Moor, Irma Neumann, Assa Drori, Bill Hymanson, Oscar Chasow, Ron Clark, Henry Ferber, Erne Granat, Ed Green, Bill Hybel, Reggie Hill, Pat Johnson, Don Palmer, Sheldon Sanov, Joe Schonbrun, Terry Schonbrun and Harold Wolf
  • Violas - Pam Goldsmith, Margot Maclaine, Carol Mukagawa, Myer Bello, Alan Deverich, Norman Forrest, Alan Harshman, Jorge Moraga and David Stock
  • Cellos - Jim Arkatoff, Ray Kelley, Ray Kramer and Fred Seykora
  • Basses - Chuck Dominico and Arni Egilsson.
  • Woodwinds - Gene Cipriano, Don Ashworth, John Clarke, Dave Edwards, Gary Foster, Jim Kanter, John Lowe, Dick Mitchell, Jack Nimitz, Joe Soldo and Bob Tricarico
  • Trumpets - Ray Brown, Rich Cooper, Bob Findley, Larry Ford, Bob O’Donnell and Al Vizutti
  • Trombones - Garnett Brown, Charles Loper, Morris Repass and Bill Watrous
  • French Horns - Marni Johnson, David Duke, Joe Myer, Brian O’Connor, Calvin Smith and Jim Thatcher
  • Tuba - Tommy Johnson
  • Tympani and percussion - Brent Fischer

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
I Wonder U 1:40 Parade Studio
I Wonder U 2:46 NPG Ahdio Show # 4 mp3 (not available as a separate track) Live 31 August 1986, Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, West Germany
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
I Wonder U 1:32 Under The Cherry Moon DVD Studio Part of version with Clare Fischer orchestral overdubs
Jonathan On The Phone 1:25 Under The Cherry Moon DVD Studio See Under The Cherry Moon cues for details

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
I Wonder U Studio 1985 recording, before orchestral overdubs, Prince & Wendy Melvoin lead vocals
I Wonder U Studio Version with full orchestration, Prince lead vocals
I Wonder U Studio Version with orchestral overdubs like released version, Prince lead vocals
I Wonder U Studio Strings only mix
I Wonder U Studio Instrumental mix
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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