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from the album 16
Song details
Performer: Madhouse
First Released: 18 November 1987 - 16 album
Album(s): 16
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Madhouse)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Madhouse)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Nine' is the first track on Madhouse’s second and final album 16. Nine was written and performed by Prince (credited as Madhouse), with saxophone by Eric Leeds.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in March 1987, at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as Cindy C. and Dead On It). The rest of the album was recorded in late July and early August 1987; it is likely that the title was assigned only after the final sequence had been arranged for the album.

The track contains interpolations of Euphemia Allen’s 1877 piano composition Chopsticks and Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1959 composition The Sound Of Music (originally from the stage musical The Sound Of Music, as well as opening with Sequential Circuits Prophet VS, FILMUSIC (patch 69) pre-set synth, previously used on U Got The Look and The Cocoa Boys.

Although sharing a name and both being attributed to Madhouse, the track is different to the track Nine, an unreleased track recorded during the 8 sessions in October 1986 (see Nine for details).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
March 1987 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
Recording Personnel
  • Eric Leeds – baritone saxophone
  • Prince – all other instruments, except where noted (uncredited)
  • Dr. Fink - credited for keyboards, but does not appear
  • Levi Seacer, Jr. - credited for bass guitar, but does not appear
  • John Lewis - credited for drums, but does not appear

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Nine 2:06 16 Studio

Additional Information

See also Trivia

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