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|song name                = Witness 4 The Prosecution
 
|song name                = Witness 4 The Prosecution
|album image              =[[File:sottDeluxe.jpg|100px|link= Album: Sign O' The Times Deluxe|Sign O' The Times ''Deluxe'']]<br><small> from the album [[Album: Sign O' The Times Deluxe|Sign O' The Times ''Deluxe'']]
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|single image              =[[File:sottDeluxe.jpg|100px|link= Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']]<br><small> from the album <br>[[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']]
|single image              = [[File:Witness4theprosecution single.jpg|100px|link=Single: Witness 4 The Prosecution|Witness 4 The Prosecution]]</small><br><small> from the single [[Single: Witness 4 The Prosecution|Witness 4 The Prosecution]]
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|first released            = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June 25|25 June 2020]] - ''streaming platforms'' (Version 1) <br>[[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August 14|14 August 2020]] - [[Single: Witness 4 The Prosecution|Witness 4 The Prosecution]] (Version 2)  
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|first released            = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June 25|25 June 2020]] - streaming & download platforms (Version 1) <br>[[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August 13|13 August 2020]] - streaming & download platforms (Version 2)
|album(s)                  = [[Album: Sign O' The Times Deluxe|Sign O' The Times ''Deluxe'']]
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|album(s)                  = [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']]  
 
|performer                = [[Prince]] ([[Prince and the Revolution]])
 
|performer                = [[Prince]] ([[Prince and the Revolution]])
 
|writer(s)                = [[Prince]]  
 
|writer(s)                = [[Prince]]  
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|previous song            = [[With You]]
 
|previous song            = [[With You]]
 
|next song                = [[Wonderful Ass]]
 
|next song                = [[Wonderful Ass]]
|introduction              = '''Witness 4 The Prosecution''' is a track initially recorded on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/March_14|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 [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/April 15|15 April 1986]] at [[Prince]]'s [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]] while [[Prince]] was en route returning from France shooting additional scenes for [[Film: Under The Cherry Moon|Under The Cherry Moon]].
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|introduction              = '''Witness 4 The Prosecution''' is a track initially recorded on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/March_14|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 [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/April 15|15 April 1986]] at [[Prince]]’s [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]] while [[Prince]] was en route returning from France shooting additional scenes for [[Film: Under The Cherry Moon|Under The Cherry Moon]].
  
 
While the track was not included on a late April 1986 configuration of the [[Album: Dream Factory|Dream Factory]] album, it was included as the 17th track (15th song) on the [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June 3|3 June 1986]] configuration, and as the 16th track on the [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/July 18|18 July 1986]] configuration.  
 
While the track was not included on a late April 1986 configuration of the [[Album: Dream Factory|Dream Factory]] album, it was included as the 17th track (15th song) on the [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June 3|3 June 1986]] configuration, and as the 16th track on the [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/July 18|18 July 1986]] configuration.  
  
[[Prince]] re-recorded the track completely on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/October 6|6 October 1986]] at [[Sunset Sound]] in Hollywood, California on the day before the official disbanding [[Prince and the Revolution|the Revolution]]. This re-recording was done with the intention to offer it to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deborah_Allen Deborah Allen], who would instead ultimately record and release [[Prince]]'s [[Telepathy]] (recorded by [[Prince]] on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/October 7|7 October 1986]]).
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[[Prince]] re-recorded the track completely on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/October 6|6 October 1986]] at [[Sunset Sound]] in Hollywood, California on the day before the official disbanding [[Prince and the Revolution|the Revolution]]. This re-recording was done with the intention to offer it to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deborah_Allen Deborah Allen], who would instead ultimately record and release [[Prince]]’s [[Telepathy]] (recorded by [[Prince]] on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/October 7|7 October 1986]]).
  
 
In late 1998 / 1999, the track was intended for inclusion on the [[Album: Roadhouse Garden|Roadhouse Garden]] album of [[Prince and the Revolution]]-era tracks (indicating that it would have been the [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/April 15|15 April 1986]] version of the song), but this album remains unreleased.
 
In late 1998 / 1999, the track was intended for inclusion on the [[Album: Roadhouse Garden|Roadhouse Garden]] album of [[Prince and the Revolution]]-era tracks (indicating that it would have been the [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/April 15|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 [[Album: Sign O' The Times Deluxe|Sign O' The Times ''Deluxe'']]. Version 1 was released on streaming platforms on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June 25|25 June 2020]], while Version 2 was also released as b-side of a 2020 promotional single of the two version of the song on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August 14|14 August 2020]].
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In September 2020, the original version as well as the re-recording version were released with previously unreleased tracks included with the [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|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 [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June 25|25 June 2020]], while '''Version 2''' was released on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August 13|13 August 2020]]. Both versions were included on as the a- and b-side of the 7th single on [[Collection:_Sign_O’_The_Times_-_The_Singles|Sign O’ The Times - The Singles]] in 2020.
  
 
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'''Dream Factory version'''
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'''Version 1'''
 
*[[Prince]] - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
 
*[[Prince]] - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
 
*[[Wendy Melvoin]] - guitar and background vocals
 
*[[Wendy Melvoin]] - guitar and background vocals
 
*[[Lisa Coleman]] - organ and background vocals
 
*[[Lisa Coleman]] - organ and background vocals
 
*[[Eric Leeds]] - saxophone
 
*[[Eric Leeds]] - saxophone
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*[[Atlanta Bliss]] - trumpet
 
*[[Susannah Melvoin]] - background vocals
 
*[[Susannah Melvoin]] - background vocals
 
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<br>
'''Re-recorded version'''
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'''Version 2'''
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*[[Prince]] - all vocals and instruments
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*[[Eric Leeds]] - saxophone
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*[[Atlanta Bliss]] - trumpet
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'''Unreleased version'''
 
*[[Prince]] - all vocals and instruments
 
*[[Prince]] - all vocals and instruments
 
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|3= [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']] <br>
[[Single: Witness 4 The Prosecution|Witness 4 The Prosecution]] single
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[[Collection:_Sign_O’_The_Times_-_The_Singles|Sign O’ The Times - The Singles]]
 
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|3= [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']] <br>
[[Single: Witness 4 The Prosecution|Witness 4 The Prosecution]] single
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|2= Studio
 
|2= Studio
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|first live appearance    = This track is not believed to have been performed live by [[Prince]].
 
|first live appearance    = This track is not believed to have been performed live by [[Prince]].
 
|performed regularly on    = none
 
|performed regularly on    = none
 
|performed occasionally in = none
 
|performed occasionally in = none
|trivia                    = The crowd noise loop at the beginning and end of the song is a sample from the Fairlight CMI sample-synthesizer.
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|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.
|see also                  = [[Album: Sign O' The Times Deluxe|Sign O' The Times ''Deluxe'']] album
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|see also                  = [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe Edition'']] album
 
*[[Album: Dream Factory|Dream Factory]] unreleased album
 
*[[Album: Dream Factory|Dream Factory]] unreleased album
 
*[[Album: Roadhouse Garden|Roadhouse Garden]] unreleased album
 
*[[Album: Roadhouse Garden|Roadhouse Garden]] unreleased album
*[[Single: Witness 4 The Prosecution|Witness 4 The Prosecution]] single
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*Limited Edition 7" Vinyl Singles Box Set
 
|references                = ''[[Book:_The_Vault|The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince (2004)]]''
 
|references                = ''[[Book:_The_Vault|The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince (2004)]]''
|categories                = [[Category:1986]][[Category:Songs (Prince)]] [[Category:Released Songs (Prince)]] [[Category:Recorded 1986]]
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|categories                = [[Category:2020]][[Category:Songs (Prince)]] [[Category:Released Songs (Prince)]][[Category:Songs (Prince and the Revolution)]][[Category:Recorded 1986]]
 
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Latest revision as of 17:57, 29 September 2020

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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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