Train

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Train

Timewaitsfornoone album.jpg
from the album Time Waits For No One
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Mavis Staples; Prince
First Released: 24 May 1989 - Time Waits For No One album
25 September 2020 - Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition album (Prince version)
Album(s): Time Waits For No One

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince; Mavis Staples, Al Bell, Homer Banks and Lester Snell (lead vocal producers)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Train is the fifth track on Mavis Staples' first Paisley Park Records album Time Waits For No One. In September 2020, Prince’s original version as the first track of Vault Tracks part 2, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition.

Basic tracking for Prince’s original version took place on 7 July 1986 at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (on the same day as Eggplant).

Prince’s version was included as the third track on the 18 July 1986 configuration of the album Dream Factory. When Prince decided not to proceed with the album after disbanding the Revolution, and concentrated instead on Camille and Crystal Ball (both of which were also aborted), he decided not to include this song, even though it did not contain input from the Revolution.

Prince revised the song in late June 1988, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as recording Time Waits For No One and revising Come Home and I Guess I’m Crazy). The song was then sent (along with Time Waits For No One, Come Home, I Guess I’m Crazy and Interesting) to Mavis Staples in Memphis, Tennessee, where she recorded lead vocal overdubs with producers Al Bell, Homer Banks and Lester Snell at Ardent Studios.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
7 July 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
8 July 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Overdubs
27 June 1988 Paisley Park Studios (Studio A),
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recording, mixing
Summer 1988 (assumed) Ardent Studios,
Memphis, TN, USA
Vocal overdubs by Mavis Staples
Recording Personnel

Mavis Staples version


Prince version



Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Train 4:27 Time Waits For No One Studio
Train 4:22 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition Studio


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Train Studio Version with Susannah Melvoin singing lead
Train Studio Prince’s updated version after overdubs
 
Additional Information

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References
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