Life Can Be So Nice

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Life Can Be So Nice

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:

Life Can Be So Nice is the sixth track on Prince's eighth album Parade, the third to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. The track is also played in Prince's second feature film, Under The Cherry Moon.

Basic tracking in the studio only took place on 21 April 1985 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (the day after Old Friends 4 Sale, Others Here With Us and Tibet, the same day as Sometimes It Snows In April, the day before the release of Around The World In A Day and two days before recording Evolsidog). Clare Fischer arranged and recorded orchestration for the song at some point in mid-late 1985 at Monterey Sound Studios in Glendale, California, but Prince preferred the track without orchestration, and chose to use the track without orchestration for the final release.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
21 April 1985 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking
Mid-late 1985 Monterey Sound Studios,
Glendale, CA, USA
Orchestra recording by Clare Fischer
Recording Personnel

Parade version

Unreleased version

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
Life Can Be So Nice 3:12 Parade Studio
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Life Can Be So Nice T.B.C. Live concert TV broadcast Live 7 June 1986, Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI, USA
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Life Can Be So Nice Studio Track with unused orchestral overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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