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|single image              = [[File:sottDeluxe.jpg|100px|link= Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']]<br><small> from the album <br>[[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']]
 
|song name                = The Ball
 
|song name                = The Ball
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|first released            = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/September 25|25 September 2020]] - [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']] album
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|album(s)                  = [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']]
 
|performer                = [[Prince]]
 
|performer                = [[Prince]]
|writer(s)                = [[Prince]] (assumed)
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|writer(s)                = [[Prince]]
|producer(s)              = [[Prince]] (assumed)
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|producer(s)              = [[Prince]]  
 
|previous song            = [[Bada Boom]]
 
|previous song            = [[Bada Boom]]
 
|next song                = [[The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker]]
 
|next song                = [[The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker]]
|introduction              = '''The Ball''' is an unreleased track recorded on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/July 26|26 July 1986]] at [[Prince]]’s [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]] (four days after [[Soul Psychodelicide]] and [[Easy Does It|instrumental]] later released as [[Easy Does It]], the day before [[Adonis & Bathsheba]]).  
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|introduction              = '''The Ball''' is a track recorded by [[Prince]] on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/July 25|25 July 1986]] at the [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]], with horn overdubs done a few days later. The party segue was likely recorded during rehearsals at the [[Washington Avenue Warehouse]],Edina, Minnesota. It was included as the fourth track on the second disc on the [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/November 30|30 November 1986]] configuration of the [[Album: Crystal Ball 1986|Crystal Ball]] triple LP, segueing directly into [[Joy In Repetition]].  
  
It was included as the fourth track on the second disc on the [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/November 30|30 November 1986]] configuration of the [[Album: Crystal Ball 1986|Crystal Ball]] triple LP (completely separate from the 1998 release of the same name), segueing directly into [[Joy In Repetition]].  
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When the album developed into [[Album: Sign O’ The Times|Sign O’ The Times]], the track was removed (along with [[Crystal Ball]]). On [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/December 11|11 December 1987]], [[Prince]] re-recorded the track with new lyrics as [[file:Eye88.png‎|15px|Eye No]][[Eye No| No]] (see [[file:Eye88.png‎|15px|Eye No]][[Eye No| No]] for details), but kept the original segue ending the track (which was also used at the beginning of the released version of [[Joy In Repetition]]).
  
When the album developed into [[Album: Sign O’ The Times|Sign O’ The Times]], the track was removed (along with [[Crystal Ball]]), and on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/December 11|11 December 1987]], [[Prince]] re-recorded the track with new lyrics as [[file:Eye88.png‎|15px|Eye No]][[Eye No| No]] (see [[file:Eye88.png‎|15px|Eye No]][[Eye No| No]] for details), but kept the original segue ending the track (which was also used at the beginning of the released version of [[Joy In Repetition]]).
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In September 2020 the song was as the seventh track of ''Vault Tracks part 2'', one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']].
 
|recording info            =
 
|recording info            =
 
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{{RecordingLine|
|date                      = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/July 26|26 July 1986]]
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|date                      = between [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/July 21|20]] & [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/July 31|31 July 1986]] (assumed)
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|studio                    = [[Washington Avenue Warehouse]],<br>Edina, MN, USA
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|additional info          = 'party' coda
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|date                      = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/July 25|25 July 1986]]
 
|studio                    = [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]],<br>Chanhassen, MN, USA
 
|studio                    = [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]],<br>Chanhassen, MN, USA
 
|additional info          = Basic tracking
 
|additional info          = Basic tracking
 
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|recording personnel      =  
 
|recording personnel      =  
*[[Prince]] - all vocal and instruments, except where noted (assumed)
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*[[Prince]] - all vocal and instruments, except where noted
 
*[[Susannah Melvoin]] - background vocals
 
*[[Susannah Melvoin]] - background vocals
*[[Eric Leeds]] - saxophone and spoken voice ('party' segue)
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*[[Eric Leeds]] - saxophone and spoken voice ('party' coda)
*[[Atlanta Bliss]] - trumpet and spoken voice ('party' segue)
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*[[Atlanta Bliss]] - trumpet and spoken voice ('party' coda)
*[[Wally Safford]] - spoken voice ('party' segue)
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*[[Wally Safford]] - spoken voice ('party' coda)
*[[Greg Brooks]] - spoken voice ('party' segue)
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*[[Greg Brooks]] - spoken voice ('party' coda)
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*[[Jerome Benton]] - spoken voice ('party' coda - assumed)
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|1= '''The Ball'''
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|2= 4:34
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|3= [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']]
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|3= version seguing into [[Joy In Repetition]], unlike the version released on [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']], that fades out.
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|performed occasionally in = [[All Concerts#1987|1987]]
 
|performed occasionally in = [[All Concerts#1987|1987]]
 
|trivia                    = The song reuses the line "All for one, one for all, fun for everyone," from the track [[Romance 1600]] (the line is a paraphrase of the motto "All for one, one for all" from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Musketeers The Three Muskateers]). The same line in Spanish ''(Una para todos, y todos para uno)'' is also said by [[Mayte]] at the beginning of [[We March]].
 
|trivia                    = The song reuses the line "All for one, one for all, fun for everyone," from the track [[Romance 1600]] (the line is a paraphrase of the motto "All for one, one for all" from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Musketeers The Three Muskateers]). The same line in Spanish ''(Una para todos, y todos para uno)'' is also said by [[Mayte]] at the beginning of [[We March]].
|see also                  = [[Unreleased Songs]]
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|see also                  = [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']] album
 
|references                = ''[[Book:_The_Vault|The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince (2004)]] ''
 
|references                = ''[[Book:_The_Vault|The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince (2004)]] ''
|categories                = [[Category:1986]][[Category:Songs (Prince)]][[Category:Unreleased Songs]][[Category: Recorded 1986]]
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|categories                = [[Category:2020]][[Category:Songs (Prince)]] [[Category:Released Songs (Prince)]] [[Category: Recorded 1986]]
 
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Latest revision as of 09:14, 8 October 2020

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The Ball

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 25 September 2020 - Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition album
Album(s): Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

The Ball is a track recorded by Prince on 25 July 1986 at the Galpin Blvd Home Studio, with horn overdubs done a few days later. The party segue was likely recorded during rehearsals at the Washington Avenue Warehouse,Edina, Minnesota. It was included as the fourth track on the second disc on the 30 November 1986 configuration of the Crystal Ball triple LP, segueing directly into Joy In Repetition.

When the album developed into Sign O’ The Times, the track was removed (along with Crystal Ball). On 11 December 1987, Prince re-recorded the track with new lyrics as Eye No No (see Eye No No for details), but kept the original segue ending the track (which was also used at the beginning of the released version of Joy In Repetition).

In September 2020 the song was as the seventh track of Vault Tracks part 2, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
between 20 & 31 July 1986 (assumed) Washington Avenue Warehouse,
Edina, MN, USA
'party' coda
25 July 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Ball 4:34 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition Studio


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Eye No No 5:47 Lovesexy Studio Reuses music from The Ball
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Ball Studio version seguing into Joy In Repetition, unlike the version released on Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition, that fades out.
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The song reuses the line "All for one, one for all, fun for everyone," from the track Romance 1600 (the line is a paraphrase of the motto "All for one, one for all" from The Three Muskateers). The same line in Spanish (Una para todos, y todos para uno) is also said by Mayte at the beginning of We March.

References
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