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from the album Telepathy

single art for Telepathy
Song details
Performer: Deborah Allen; Mayte
First Released: 13 March 1987 - Telepathy single
Album(s): Telepathy


Writer(s): Prince (as Joey Coco)
Producer(s): Prince (as Joey Coco)
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

Telepathy is the first track on Deborah Allen’s fourth album Telepathy. A week before the album’s release, the song was issued as its first single. Telepathy was written and recorded by Prince (under the name Joey Coco).

In 1998, the single edit version was included as the sixteenth track on her first compilation album Anthology (marking its first appearance on CD).

Basic tracking took place on 6 October 1986 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (the same day as a re-recording of Witness 4 The Prosecution, on the same day as disbanding The Revolution, the day before recording Six And ½).

It is unclear exactly when Deborah Allen recorded her vocal overdubs.

In late 1993, the song was tried out during early sessions for Mayte’s first album at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and was included as the sixth track on an early version of the album, which was titled Latino Barbie Doll at the time. The track was removed when the album evolved into Child Of The Sun, however.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
6 & 7 October 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Tracking, overdubs, mix, instrumental mix (6th); Overdubs (including horns), mix (7th)
November 1986 (assumed) unknown studio Vocals overdubs by Deborah Allen
5 & 6 November 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Overdubs (horns), mix
17 December 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Mixing, edits
Late 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Vocal overdubs by Mayte
Recording Personnel

Deborah Allen version

Unreleased Prince version

Unreleased Mayte version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Telepathy 5:07 Telepathy Studio
Telepathy (Edit) 3:41 Telepathy single


Telepathy (Instrumental) 5:07 Telepathy single Instrumental
Telepathy (Club Mix) 7:55 Telepathy single Remix
Telepathy 5:07 Telepathy (Expanded Edition)

Telepathy EP

Studio Remastered (re-released in 2023); wrongly listed as Single version on the EP
Telepathy (Club Mix) 7:55 Telepathy EP Remix Remastered (re-released in 2023)
Telepathy (Instrumental) 5:07 Telepathy EP Instrumental Remastered (re-released in 2023)
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Telepathy 4:37 Promotional release only Promo video

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Telepathy Studio Prince’s original 1986 recording
Telepathy Studio Mayte’s 1993 recording
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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