Witness 4 The Prosecution

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Witness 4 The Prosecution

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Song details
Performer: Prince (Prince and the Revolution)
First Released: 25 June 2020 - streaming & download platforms (Version 1)
13 August 2020 - streaming & download platforms (Version 2)
Album(s): Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
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

Witness 4 The Prosecution is a track initially recorded on 14 March 1986 at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Further recording was done by Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Susannah Melvoin and Eric Leeds on 15 April 1986 at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio while Prince was en route returning from France shooting additional scenes for Under The Cherry Moon.

While the track was not included on a late April 1986 configuration of the Dream Factory album, it was included as the 17th track (15th song) on the 3 June 1986 configuration, and as the 16th track on the 18 July 1986 configuration.

Prince re-recorded the track completely on 6 October 1986 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California on the day before the official disbanding the Revolution. This re-recording was done with the intention to offer it to Deborah Allen, who would instead ultimately record and release Prince’s Telepathy (recorded by Prince on 7 October 1986).

In late 1998 / 1999, the track was intended for inclusion on the Roadhouse Garden album of Prince and the Revolution-era tracks (indicating that it would have been the 15 April 1986 version of the song), but this album remains unreleased.

In September 2020, the original version as well as the re-recording version were released with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition (as the ninth track of Vault Tracks part 1 and the thirteenth track of Vault Tracks part 2 respectively). Witness 4 The Prosecution (Version 1) was released on streaming platforms on 25 June 2020, while Version 2 was released on 13 August 2020. Both versions were included on as the a- and b-side of the 7th single on Sign O’ The Times - The Singles in 2020.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
14 March 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking of version 1
15 March 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Overdubs and mix
15 April 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Band overdubs (without Prince)
20 April 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
mix
4 or 5 June 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
mix
6 October 1986 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking of version 2
Recording Personnel

Version 1


Version 2


Unreleased version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Witness 4 The Prosecution 3:59 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

Sign O’ The Times - The Singles

Studio Version #1
Witness 4 The Prosecution 5:03 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

Sign O’ The Times - The Singles

Studio Version #2


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Dream Factory 0:51 ‘Witness!’ sample included in an unreleased untitled segue played before Dream Factory on at least the third and possibly earlier configurations of the unreleased Dream Factory album.
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Witness 4 The Prosecution Studio Original version before overdubs
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The crowd noise loop at the beginning and end of Version 1 of the song is a sample from the Fairlight CMI sample-synthesizer.

References
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