Keep It Together

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Keep It Together

Likeaprayer album.jpg
from the album Like A Prayer
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single art for Keep It Together
Song details
Performer: Madonna
First Released: 21 March 1989 - Like A Prayer album
Album(s): Like A Prayer
Writer(s): Madonna and Stephen Bray
Producer(s): Stephen Bray
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

Keep It Together is the ninth track on Madonna's fourth album Like A Prayer. The track contains guitar by Prince, who was not credited. Ten months after the album's release, Keep It Together was released as the album's sixth single.

Prince’s contribution was recorded in mid-November 1988, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince’s guitar part on this song is borrowed from Sly And The Family Stone’s track Family Affair to stick with the thematic of Madonna’s lyrics. Madonna usually also included the chorus and verses of Family Affair during her live renditions of Keep It Together.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1988 Studio information needed Basic tracking (Madonna demo; no Prince input)
Mid-November 1988 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Guitar solo recording by Prince
Recording Personnel
  • Madonna - lead vocals, background vocals, additional synthesizer
  • Prince - guitar solo (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Moffett - drums
  • Chester Kamen - guitar
  • Paulinho Da Costa - percussion
  • David Boruff - saxophone
  • Steven Madaio - saxophone
  • Niki Haris - background vocals
  • Donna DeLory - background vocals
  • Other personnel unknown (see the album page for possible involvement by other musicians)

Versions
Released Versions

Information is given for Prince-related versions only

Title Length Released Version Additional info
Keep It Together 5:03 Like A Prayer Studio
Keep It Together (Single Remix) 4:32 Keep It Together single Remix Additional production and remix by Shep Pettibone
Keep It Together (7" Remix) 4:45 Keep It Together promo single Remix Remix by Shep Pettibone
Keep It Together (12" Remix) 7:50 Keep It Together single Remix Additional production and remix by Shep Pettibone
Keep It Together (Dub) 7:00 Keep It Together single Remix Additional production and remix by Shep Pettibone
Keep It Together (12" Mix) 6:50 Keep It Together single Remix Remix by Stephen Bray & The 45 King
Keep It Together (Bonus Beats) 3:27 Keep It Together single Remix Remix by Stephen Bray & The 45 King



 
Additional Information

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References
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