Wally

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Wally

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Song details
Performer: Prince (assumed)
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
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

Wally is an unreleased song originally recorded on 28 December 1986 at Prince's Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (two days after finishing a three-month stay in Los Angeles by recording Pony Ride).

After finishing the song Prince ordered engineer Susan Rogers to erase all channels on the the 24-stem recording, against her pleas not to. A new version for which Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss added horns, was then recorded two days afterwards.

The original version was a solo recording dealing with Prince's break-up with Susannah Melvoin, and thanking Wally Safford for being his friend. He felt the song was too personal, however, and kept adding layers of percussion and changing the feel of the track.

The song is not known to have been considered for inclusion on any configuration of Sign O' The Times or any other project at the time.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
28 December 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
shortly after 28 December 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Re-recording
Late December 1986 / Early January 1987 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Horn overdubs
Recording Personnel

Original version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted


Re-recording


Versions
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Wally Studio Recorded 28 December 1986, original 24-track stems were fully erased
Wally Studio Recorded shortly after 28 December.
Wally Studio Final version with overdubs


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This track is believed to be the only track Prince has ever deliberately erased the 24-track stems in full. Susan Rogers has suggested that a cassette copy might have been made prior to its erasing, but this seems unlikely, as he would have been the only one in a position to make this copy, and she has no recollection of doing so. In 2020, the Estate archivist Michael Howe also stated in an interview that no such cassette was located in the vault.
  • This track is named after Wally Safford.

References
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