Love Machine

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Love Machine

from the album Graffiti Bridge
Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 20 August 1990 - Graffiti Bridge album
Album(s): Graffiti Bridge
Writer(s): Prince, Levi Seacer, Jr. and Morris Day
Producer(s): Prince and Levi Seacer, Jr.
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Love Machine is the ninth track on Prince’s twelfth album Graffiti Bridge (the second track on the album to be credited to The Time). The track is also featured in the movie Graffiti Bridge.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place between late July and mid August 1989 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota for The Time’s Corporate World album (during the same sessions that produced Murph Drag, Nine Lives, Donald Trump (Black Version), Release It, Shake!, Corporate World and The Latest Fashion).

Candy Dulfer added saxophone overdubs in August 1989, also at Paisley Park Studios (during the same set of sessions where she added saxophone overdubs to My Summertime Thang, Release It, Murph Drag, The Latest Fashion, Donald Trump (Black Version), Data Bank and My Baby Knows).

The song was included as the fourth track on the Corporate World album in early September 1989, as planned for release in November 1989. The album was abandoned when Warner Bros. wanted to involve the other original members of The Time, but many of the tracks were saved for Pandemonium and Graffiti Bridge.

Love Machine was included as the eighth track on a late 1989 configuration of Graffiti Bridge. An edited version was included as the ninth track on the 1990 configuration, where it remained for the final release.

The female part on it was originally sung by Jill Jones but later overdubbed by Elisa Fiorillo

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late July - mid August 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
Late July - mid August 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
vocal overdubs by Elisa Fiorillo
August 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Saxophone overdubs by Candy Dulfer
August 1989 (estimate) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Vocal overdubs by Morris Day
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Love Machine 3:34 Graffiti Bridge Studio

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Glam Slam '91 n/a 'radio broadcast only' Studio
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Love Machine Studio Original 1989 version with Prince and Jill Jones vocals; some more explicit lyrics than released
Love Machine Studio 1989 version intended for Corporate World, edited down for final release
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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