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Thunder


from the album Diamonds And Pearls


from the album
Diamonds And Pearls (Super) Deluxe Edition

single art for Thunder
Song details
Performer: Prince and the New Power Generation
First Released: 1 October 1991 - Diamonds And Pearls album
Album(s): Diamonds And Pearls

Diamonds And Pearls Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Thunder is the first track on Prince’s 13th album Diamonds And Pearls, the first album to be credited to Prince and the New Power Generation. Eight months after the album’s release, Thunder was released as a 12" single in the UK, as the album’s sixth and final single.

A tape photographed in Prince’s vault at Paisley Park Studios lists it as 24 January 1991, suggesting the exact date for the recording at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. This can not be correct, however, as Prince and the New Power Generation performed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Rock In Rio II festival that same day. However the song was apparently mislabled and actually recorded on 26 January 1991, after his return.

It was included as the first track on 1 March 1991, and 8 May 1991, configurations of Diamonds And Pearls, where it remained for release. However some keyboard- and vocal overdubs were added on 22 April 1991 before its release.

On 3 October 1991 (two days after the release of Diamonds And Pearls), Prince took the song to turn it into a suite suitable for ballet. This version, known as The Thunder Ballet was given to the Joffrey Ballet company for use in their Billboards production (which exclusively used Prince music), released on home video in 1994. This version was released in October 2023, on the Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
26 January 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Tracking
22 April 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Keyboard and vocal overdubs
3 October 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Thunder Ballet
6 October 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Mixing Thunder Ballet
Recording Personnel

Prince - all vocals and instruments (listed in liner notes as ‘Insatiable’)


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Thunder 5:45 Diamonds And Pearls

Thunder single

Studio
Thunder 5:45 Diamonds And Pearls (Super) Deluxe Edition Studio Remastered 2023
Thunder (DJ Fade) 3:20 Thunder promo Edit
Thunder (DJ Fade) 3:20 Diamonds And Pearls - The Singles (collection)

Diamonds And Pearls (Super) Deluxe Edition

Edit Remastered 2023
X-cerpts From The Songs: Thunder, Daddy Pop, Strollin’, Jughead, Money Don’t Matter 2 Night, Push, Live 4 Love 5:04 Diamonds And Pearls single Edits Edits of each song; Thunder edit is 0:15
Thunder (Live At Glam Slam 1992) 4:18 Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition Live 11 January 1992, Glam Slam, Minneapolis, MN, USA
The Thunder Ballet 10:56 Diamonds And Pearls (Super) Deluxe Edition Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Thunder 1:32 Diamonds And Pearls Video Collection VHS/DVD

Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition blu-ray

Live April / May 1992 (exact date unknown), Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia. See Diamonds And Pearls Video Collection video for more details
Thunder (Live At Glam Slam 1992) 4:18 Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition blu-ray Live 11 January 1992, Glam Slam, Minneapolis, MN, USA
The Thunder Ballet 10:50 Billboards VHS/laserdisc Studio
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Thunder Ballet ?? Act I TV-special Studio Excerpts used as background music
The Thunder Ballet 10:50 NPG Music Club Reflection Room stream Studio Taken directly from the Billboards video, including audience clapping and other noise


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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