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Promise To Be True

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 25 September 2020 - Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Album(s): Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
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

Promise To Be True (also known as Promise 2 Be True) is a song recorded on 30 April 1983 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the same day as basic tracking for Sex Shooter. It was initially intended for Vanity 6’s planned second album, although it is unclear if Vanity ever recorded vocals for it. Dez Dickerson worked on it in May 1983, but when Vanity decided in August not to participate in the Purple Rain movie, the song was shelved for the time being.

The track was re-recorded on 25 January 1987, at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio,Chanhassen, MN, USA, for use by American blues singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, during a short-lived planned collaboration between the two artists, where Prince offered four songs to her (I Need A Man, Jealous Girl, Promise To Be True and There’s Something I Like About Being Your Fool).

Prince’s version of the song was released in 2020 as the seventh track of Vault Tracks part 3, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
30 April 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
May 1983 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
vocal and guitar overdubs by Dez Dickerson
25 January 1987 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Re-tracking and saxophone overdubs
Recording Personnel

Released version


Unreleased Vanity 6 version

Unreleased Dez Dickerson version

  • Dez Dickerson - vocals, guitar (and possibly keyboard) overdubs
  • Prince - all instruments except where noted (assumed)

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Promise To Be True 3:37 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition Studio


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Promise To Be True Studio 'Vanity 6' version
Promise To Be True Studio Dez Dickerson version
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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