Stained Glass

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Stained Glass (a.k.a. Give God A Try)

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Song details
Performer: Ninety-9
Writer(s): Ninety-9 and Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) (assumed)
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

Stained Glass (a.k.a. Give God A Try) is an unreleased track by poet/rapper Ninety-9 (real name : Dietra Moses) Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) worked on in late-Spring – early Summer 1993, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as 40 Ounces, Simlac, The Mood For Love and Three Shots). There might be other versions of the song with her own backing music as the five tracks known to have been worked or re-worked by Prince were registered on September 1st 1993 as musical compositions by Dietra Moses alone at the Library Of Congress.

It is unclear whether this short-lived collaboration between Prince and Ninety-9 was intended to lead to an album or to a particular project. Prince sampled the tracks heavily in 1993-5 recordings, however. A looped sample of "time is passing, passing is time" and "2 signs of the times" was used on Love Sign. Additionally, a looped sample of "Dead like Elvis" from the track was used in studio and live versions of Face Down. The song quotes Mothership Connection (Star Child) by Parliament ("swing low swing low, like sweet chariot – let me ride").

The song remains unreleased.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Early 1993 (assumed) Unknown studio, USA Tracking (no Prince input)
Late spring – Early summer 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Re-working by Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Recording Personnel
  • Ninety-9 - vocals
  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) – backing vocals and all instruments (assumed)

Versions
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Stained Glass Studio Recorded 1993


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Love Sign 4:31 1-800 New Funk Studio Credited to "Nona Gaye & SymbolSmallerBlue.png"
Love Sign (Radio Edit) 3:23 Love Sign promo Edit
Love Sign (Remix by Shock G.) 3:52 Crystal Ball Remix Contains looped sample of D.M.S.R.; remix by Shock G., drum programming and turntable by DJ-Fuze
Love Sign (The Storyboard Video Mix) 5:36 Love Sign promo Remix
Love Sign (Ted’s Funky Chariot Remix) 2:58 NPG Ahdio Show 1 mp3 (not available separately) Remix edit Excerpt of unreleased remix
Face Down 3:16 Emancipation Studio
Face Down (Clean Version) 3:16 Emancipation (clean version) Edit Edited to delete curse words
Face Down (A Capella) 2:21 Face Down promo Remix vocals, vocal samples and guitar only
Face Down (Instrumental Mix) 3:58 Face Down promo Remix Instrumental version of X-tended Rap Money Mix
Face Down (X-tended Rap Money Mix) 4:56 Face Down promo Remix Rap includes sections of 18 & Over
Face Down (Live) 8:26 NYC single Live 11 January 1997, Roseland, New York, NY, USA
Face Down (Per4mance) 3:08 NPG Music Club Edition # 12 .mp3 download Live remix 11 January 1997, Roseland, New York, NY, USA edited, with new audience noise from 7 February 1997, Chris Rock Show, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York, NY, USA
Love Sign (Mack Attack Message Mix) Remix Unreleased remix intended for single release
Love Sign (Shock’s Silky Smooth Int’s) Remix Unreleased instrumental of Remix by Shock G.
Love Sign (Ted’s Double Trouble Mix) Remix Unreleased remix by Teddy Riley intended for single release
Love Sign (Ted’s Funky Chariot Mix) Remix Unreleased remix by Teddy Riley intended for single release; excerpted on NPG Ahdio Show 1
Love Sign (Ted’s Get ’Em Up Mix) Remix Unreleased remix by Teddy Riley intended for single release
Love Sign (Ted’s Love Sign Radio Mix) Remix Unreleased remix by Teddy Riley intended for single release
 
Additional Information

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References
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