River Run Dry

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River Run Dry

from the album The Family
Song details
Performer: The Family
First Released: 19 August 1985 - The Family album
Album(s): The Family
Writer(s): Bobby Z.
Producer(s): Prince (credited to David Z. Rivkin and The Family)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • 13 August 1985, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota (first performance by The Family)
  • This song is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

River Run Dry is the sixth track on The Family’s first and only album The Family. The song was written by Bobby Z., but Prince performed all of the instruments, other than Clare Fischer’s string orchestration.

Bobby Z. had originally written and demoed the track in late 1983, but basic tracking for the recording (with Bobby Z. on drums and Dr. Fink on keyboards) took place 5 August 1984 (the same day as Yes – initially titled Lisa), at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

The track is notable as the first song sent by Prince to Clare Fischer for orchestral overdubs. Prince was so happy with the results that he sent other tracks from the album also, and Prince worked with Clare Fischer occasionally ever since, until the orchestrator’s death in 2012.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
5 August 1984 Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse,
Eden Prairie, MN, USA
October 1984 (estimate) Monterey Studios,
Glendale, CA, USA
Clare Fischer Orchestral overdubs
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
River Run Dry 3:31 The Family Studio

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Bobby Z. released his own version of the song, recorded with The Steeles on his eponymous titled album 'Bobby Z.' in 1989.

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