Open Book

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Open Book

from the album Here It Is

from the album
Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Jevetta Steele;Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
First Released: 10 August 1993 - Here It Is album (re-issue)
Album(s): Here It Is
Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition
Writer(s): Martika, Levi Seacer, Jr., Prince
Producer(s): Prince (as Paisley Park)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Open Book is the tenth and final track on the worldwide re-issue of Jevetta Steele’s first solo album Here It Is (Jevetta Steele is also part of the group The Steeles). The song was written by Martika, Levi Seacer, Jr. and Prince, and was produced by Prince under the pseudonym Paisley Park.

Tracking took place on 11 January 1991 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (on the same day as Martika’s Kitchen and Spirit). It was intended for the Martika’s Kitchen album, and was written as a response to Martika’s lyrics for Safe In The Arms Of Love, which also appears on the album. Open Book quotes passages from this song - it is likely that Martika’s writing input in the song is limited to those passages. It is unclear if Martika recorded her lead vocals on the song. It is also not known when Jevetta Steele overdubbed her vocals.

The original 1991 version with Prince’s vocals was released in October 2023 as the fourth track of Vault Tracks part 2, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
11 January 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
13 January 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Mix of Prince vocal version
1991 - Summer, 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Jevetta Steele vocal overdubs
Recording Personnel

Jevetta Steele version

Prince version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Open Book 5:09 Here It Is re-issue Studio Jevetta Steele version
Open Book 4:59 Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition Studio Prince version

Additional Information

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