Temptation is the ninth and final track on Prince's seventh album Around The World In A Day, the second album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution.
Basic tracking was done during a one-day session on 7 December 1984 at the Capitol Records in Hollywood, California, (the unusual location was because engineer David Leonard was now working there). The session was with only Prince and Eddie M. on saxophone.
The song was tried out with the band the day prior, during sound check at the Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, initially as a rock blues number, nearly twice as fast in pace as the eventual session. Although this sound check session on 6 December 1984 was recorded as well, Prince decided to not use any of it, but instead start on a much slower version from scratch the next day, with just him and Eddie M. participating in the session.
Additional recording took place on 24 December 1984, when Prince recorded the 'god dialogue' at the Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, immediately following his matinee show at Saint Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, Minnesota, as the final recording made for Around The World In A Day. Since at this point there was no console, the home studio was not fully operational. Prince used the rented Record Plant Remote - Mobile Truck that he had on tour, parked in his driveway to record it.