The Ball

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The Ball

Song details
Performer: Prince
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

The Ball is an unreleased track recorded on 26 July, 1986 at Prince's Galpin Blvd Home Studio (four days after Soulpsychodelicide and instrumental later released as Easy Does It, the day before Adonis And Bathsheba).

It was included as the fourth track on the second disc on the 30 November, 1986 configuration of the Crystal Ball triple LP (completely separate from the 1998 release of the same name), segueing directly into Joy In Repetition.

When the album developed into Sign O' The Times, the track was removed (along with Crystal Ball), and 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).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
26 July, 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocal and instruments, except where noted (assumed)
  • Eric Leeds - saxophone and spoken voice ('party' segue)
  • Atlanta Bliss - trumpet and spoken voice ('party' segue)
  • Wally Safford - spoken voice ('party' segue)
  • Greg Brooks - spoken voice ('party' segue)

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Ball Studio

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Eye No No 5:47 Lovesexy Studio Reuses music from The Ball
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.

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