New Position

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New Position

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:

New Position is the second track on Prince’s eighth album Parade, the third to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. The track also is also played in Prince’s second feature film, Under The Cherry Moon.

Basic tracking took place in Spring-Summer 1982 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, along with several other tracks that would re-appear over the next several years. This original 1982 recording remains unreleased. The track was re-recorded on 17 April 1985 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, with Prince recording the drum track in sequence of Wendy’s Parade, New Position, I Wonder U and Under The Cherry Moon, all in one take. He then layered other instruments over all four tracks. 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. A short portion of the discarded Fischer arrangement was later sampled by Prince in Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Spring-Summer 1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
17 April 1985 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Mid-late 1985 Monterey Sound Studios,
Glendale, CA, USA
Orchestra recording by Clare Fischer
Recording Personnel

Parade version

Unreleased 1982 version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments (assumed)

Unreleased 1985 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
New Position 2:21 Parade Studio
New Position 2:07 NPG Ahdio Show # 4 mp3 (not available as a separate track) Live 31 August 1986, Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, West Germany
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
New Position T.B.C. Live concert TV broadcast Live 7 June 1986, Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Mary On Drums - Planet Rock 0:47 Under The Cherry Moon DVD Performance see Under The Cherry Moon cues for details
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic 4:18 Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic
Studio See Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
New Position Studio Original 1982 recording
New Position Studio 1985 recording with unused orchestral overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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