Live 4 Love

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Live 4 Love


from the album
Diamonds And Pearls

from the album
Diamonds And Pearls (Super) Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Prince and the New Power Generation
First Released: 1 October 1991 - Diamonds And Pearls album
Album(s): Diamonds And Pearls

Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition

Writer(s): Prince and Tony M. (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Live 4 Love (full title in the booklet Live 4 Love (Last Words From The Cockpit)) is the 13th and final track on Prince’s 13th album Diamonds And Pearls, the first album to be credited to Prince and the New Power Generation.

In 1993, the track was included as the b-side of The Morning Papers, the fifth and final single from Prince’s 14th album .

In 2001, a 1992 live version was released as a video and audio download as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 10.

Original tracking of this song was at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota, most likely on 20 November 1990 after midnight, continuing the session tracking Diamonds And Pearls. The original recording was over 7 and a half minutes long, and did not yet feature Tony M.’s rap. An edit of this version, made its way to the 27 November 1990 configuration of Diamonds And Pearls as the tenth track.

The song was worked on further in early December, when Prince added rapped the lyrics from the pre-existing The Flow (recorded as a stand alone track on 11 September 1990), and incorporating a bassline that would later be included on the released 1992 version of The Flow. This different 7:30 ‘Early Version’ with Prince’s The Flow rap was featured on the early December 1990 configuration of the Diamonds And Pearls album, and was released on 28 September 2023 as Live 4 Love (Early Version), as a preview for the Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition, where it was featured as the ninth track of Vault Tracks part 1, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the box-set.

After further work and replacing the The Flow rap with something Tony M. came up with specifically for the song, it became the final track on a January 1991 configuration. It continued its life as the last track on the subsequent 1 March 1991 and 8 May 1991 configurations, and remained there for the released version of the album.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
20 November 1990 (a.m.) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking
November 1990 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Editing
5 December 1990 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recording
Late January 1991 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Additional recording, editing
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted (listed in liner notes as ‘Insatiable’)
  • Michael B. - drums
  • Sonny T. - bass guitar (credited for "bass and backing vox")
  • Tommy Barbarella - keyboards
  • Tony M. - rap (credited for "lead raps and backing vox")
  • Tim Penn - vocals (uncredited)

Live 4 Love (Early version)


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Live 4 Love 6:58 Diamonds And Pearls album

The Morning Papers single

Studio
Live 4 Love 6:58 Diamonds And Pearls (Super) Deluxe Edition Studio Remastered 2023
X-cerpts From The Songs: Thunder, Daddy Pop, Strollin’, Jughead, Money Don’t Matter 2 Night, Push, Live 4 Love 5:04 Diamonds And Pearls single Edits Edits of each song; Live 4 Love edit is 0:37
Live 4 Love (Live) 6:52 NPG Music Club Edition # 10 mp3 download Live Late April (exact date unknown), Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
Live 4 Love (Early Version) 7:33 Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Live 4 Love (Live) 6:38 Diamonds And Pearls Video Collection VHS/DVD

Diamonds And Pearls (Super) Deluxe Edition blu-ray

Live 24 June 1992: Earls Court, London, England
Live 4 Love (Live) 6:52 NPG Music Club Edition # 10 .mov download Live Late April 1992: Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Live 4 Love Studio Shorter edit of the so called ‘Early Version’
Live 4 Love Studio Fewer sound effects than released version, with falsetto vocal and slightly different lyrics in places
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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