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from the album Diamonds And Pearls
Thunder single.jpg
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
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. It is likely the track was recorded in late January after their return (possibly even on January 25) and simply mislabeled. Alternatively, it could have been recorded prior to the South America trip, and only filed on January 24.

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.

Additional recording took place on 5 October 1991 (four days after the release of Diamonds And Pearls and the recording of Do U Wanna Rock?, Sweet Baby and Allegiance), to turn the song 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.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Mid to Late January 1991 (see notes above) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
5 October 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recording
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

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

Thunder single

Thunder (DJ Fade) 3:20 Thunder promo Edit
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
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Thunder 1:32 Diamonds And Pearls Video Collection VHS/DVD Live April / May 1992 (exact date unknown), Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia. See Diamonds And Pearls Video Collection video for more details
The Thunder Ballet 10:50 Billboards VHS/laserdisc Ballet video
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

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