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Katrina’s Paper Dolls

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from the album Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition
Song details
Performer: Prince (Prince and the Revolution)
First Released: 23 June 2017 - Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition album
Album(s): Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Katrina’s Paper Dolls was released posthumously in 2017, as the ninth track on the second disc (titled From The Vault & Previously Unreleased) of Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition.

The track was recorded on a day off on the 1999 Tour at Universal Recording Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, presumably on 1 March 1983 between shows in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Peoria, Illinois. It is unlikely that the song was initially intended for Purple Rain.

In an online Q&A in 2009, Lisa Coleman stated that she co-wrote the track with her sister Cole Ynda Coleman and Wendy Melvoin during the same few-day session as Power Fantastic (recorded 19 March 1986), but given that the track had been written and recorded by Prince three years earlier, it’s unclear what she meant by that. It’s possible the track was re-recorded with newly-written music, and is noted as such below, but this is unconfirmed.

During Prince: A Celebration in June 2000, computer screens at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, offered names of a selection of tracks which users could vote on for inclusion on Crystal Ball Volume II, and while Katrina’s Paper Dolls was chosen by fans, the project was ultimately abandoned.

While a solo recording, it is listed here as a Prince and the Revolution track as it was released as a bonus track on the Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition album, which is credited to Prince and the Revolution.

The Katrina name is possibly in reference to Vanity whose full name was Denise Katrina Matthews.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1 March 1983 Universal Recording Corporation (Studio B),
Chicago, IL, USA
Basic tracking
Mid-March 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Re-recording (assumed, most likely without Prince)
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Unreleased 1986 version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Katrina’s Paper Dolls 3:30 Purple Rain Deluxe (Expanded) Edition (From The Vault & Previously Unreleased)

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Katrina’s Paper Dolls Demo Recorded 1983; lengthy experimental demo with piano and layered vocals by Cole Ynda
Katrina’s Paper Dolls Demo Recorded 1983; edited and embellished version of demo above, with shared vocals by Prince and Cole Ynda
Katrina’s Paper Dolls Re-recording (assumed, most likely without Prince) Mid-March 1986, Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, MN, USA
Katrina’s Paper Dolls different from above (assumed, most likely without Prince) 1986
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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