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from the album 16

single art for 10
Song details
Performer: Madhouse
First Released: 28 September 1987 - 10 single
Album(s): 16
Writer(s): Prince, Eric Leeds, Levi Seacer, Jr. and Sheila E. (credited to Madhouse)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Madhouse)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince or Madhouse
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Ten is the second track on Madhouse’s second and final album 16, and, seven weeks before the album’s release, 10 (written numerically) was released as the album’s first single. The track was written and performed by Prince, Eric Leeds, Levi Seacer, Jr. and Sheila E. (credited as Madhouse).

Basic tracking took place on 30 July 1987, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (the day after The Sex Of It, during the same one-day session that produced Eleven, Fifteen, Ten And ½, and three instrumentals later named Night Owl, Overnight, Every Night and Andorra, and the day before Twelve and another instrumental later named Kenya); it is likely that the title was assigned only after the final sequence had been arranged for the album. Other than the similarity in numbering and in music style, Ten is not related musically to the single b-side Ten And ½.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
30 July 1987 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Eric Leeds - baritone saxophone
  • Prince - all other instruments, except where noted (uncredited)
  • Sheila E. - drums
  • Levi Seacer, Jr. - bass guitar
  • Dr. Fink - credited for keyboards, but does not appear
  • John Lewis - credited for drums, but does not appear

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Ten 5:04 16 Studio
(The Perfect) 10 3:51 10 single Edit a.k.a. (The Perfect) 10 (7" Version)
10 (The Perfect Mix) 7:13 10 single Remix
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
10 4:10 Promotional release only Promo video See 10 video for more details

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • It is notable that while the track’s title is Ten (written), the single’s title is 10 (numeric).
  • The track features the infamous Fairlight ORCH5 sample, taken from the 1965 Josef Krips and Philharmonia Orchestra rendition of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite/ Song of the Nightingale: IV - ‘Infernal Dance of All the Subjects of Kastchei’, also used in Sign O’ The Times, It, Koo Koo and If I Could Get Your Attention.

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