Machine

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Machine

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Song details
Performer: Grand Central / Grand Central Corporation
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): David Rivkin (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is known to have been performed live by Grand Central from 1973 onward, but no other details are known.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Machine, initially likely called Sex Machine, is an unreleased track performed live, and perhaps first recorded at the Russell Ave, Anderson house, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1973 by Grand Central, a band consisting of Prince, André Anderson and Charles 'Chazz' Smith. It is one of the few original compositions known to be played by the band at the time (along with Do You Feel Like Dancing?, Danger Lover and Funk It Up). The group had been playing the track live since at least 1973 although details of Grand Central’s live shows are not well known (the band mostly played cover versions of current hits).

Do You Feel Like Dancing?, Danger Lover and Funk It Up were written with or by other members of Grand Central (André Anderson, Charles 'Chazz' Smith and/or Morris Day). Machine is one of the earliest known solo composition by Prince (when he was 16). He once said that he wrote his first song at the age of 7 (1965-1966) called Funk Machine, but it is not known if this is the same track.

Machine was later recorded, in early 1976, by Grand Central Corporation (with Morris Day replacing Charles 'Chazz' Smith on drums), at ASI Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as 39th St. Party, Lady Pleasure, You’re Such A Fox, Grand Central and Whenever). The sessions were engineered and overseen by David Rivkin (who is assumed to have produced the tracks as well).

It is not known if the track was considered for inclusion on any project.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1973 Russell Ave, Anderson house,
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Rehearsals and basic tracking (if recorded)
Early 1976 ASI Studio,
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Tracking
Recording Personnel

Versions
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Machine (or Sex Machine) Rehearsal 1973 rehearsal (if recorded)
Machine Studio Recorded early 1976


 
Additional Information

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References
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