Just As Long As We’re Together is the fifth track on the album For You, and, seven months after the album’s release, Just As Long As We’re Together was released as the album’s second single using an edit of the track (released only in the USA).
In 1979, it was included as the b-side on some versions of I Wanna Be Your Lover, the first single from Prince’s second album Prince.
The track was tried out several times during Prince’s early career. Basic tracking of the instrumental segment (then known as Jelly Jam) took place in Summer 1976 at Moon Sound in Minneapolis, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as Aces, Baby, Diamond Eyes, Don’t Forget, Don’t Hold Back, Fantasy, I’m Yours, Leaving For New York, Love Is Forever (later renamed My Love Is Forever), Make It Through The Storm, Since We’ve Been Together, Surprise and Soft And Wet).
In 1976-1977, before the album sessions began, both Just As Long As We’re Together and Jelly Jam were cut as separate tracks at Sound 80 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They were the first at fifth track of a tape made of the sessions, that otherwise contained Baby, Soft And Wet, My Love Is Forever and We’ll Make It Through The Storm.
On 8 April 1977, Prince recorded the song from scratch in front of CBS Records executives in Los Angeles to show that he could play all the instruments and produce himself. Later in 1977 he did the same again in front of Warner Bros. executives, also in Los Angeles.
Recording dates for the album version of the song are not known, but the album was recorded at the Record Plant in Sausalito, California, from 1 October 1977 to 22 December 1977, before overdubs and mixing took place, in early January 1978 at Sound Labs in Los Angeles, California.