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from the album Lovesexy

included on The Voice
Song details
Performer: Prince; Mavis Staples
First Released: 10 May 1988 - Lovesexy album
Album(s): Lovesexy

The Voice

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince; Ricky Peterson
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Positivity is the ninth and final song on Prince’s tenth album Lovesexy. In 1993, a newly-recorded version by Mavis Staples was included as the twelfth and final track on her second Paisley Park Records album The Voice, and was included as the 13th and final track when the album was re-released by NPG Records in 1995.

Basic tracking took place on 11 December 1987 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN (the same day as No). An unreleased version contains a rap by Cat which was held over (and adapted) from Cindy C. when “The Black Album” was aborted. The rap was taken from J.M. Silk’s 1985 track Music Is The Key, although Prince was unaware of this at the time, and he removed it when he found out.

While specific recording dates are not known for Mavis Staples’ version, it is likely the track was recorded in late 1992 or early-mid 1993 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, re-using some tracks from the original 1987 recording.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
11 December 1987 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
9 January 1988 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Late 1992 - early-mid 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking (Mavis Staples version)
Recording Personnel

Prince version

Mavis Staples version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Positivity 7:15 Lovesexy Studio
Positivity 4:34 The Voice Studio Mavis Staples version

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Intermission ?:?? Lovesexy Live 1 VHS Studio Studio version played during show; 9 September 1988, Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, West Germany; uncredited on artwork
Intermission Studio Recorded 12-15 June 1988; full version of above without audience noise
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Positivity Studio more sparse early version
Positivity Studio includes Cat’s "Music Is The Key" rap from Cindy C., edited out for release
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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