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Wow (a.k.a. The Unexpected)

from the album The Unexpected (as The Unexpected)

from the album Plectrumelectrum (as Wow)
Song details
Performer: Liv Warfield / Prince and 3rdEyeGirl
First Released: 11 February 2014 - VH-1 Artists The Unexpected album pre-release stream (Liv Warfield version: The Unexpected)

18 February 2014 - The Unexpected album (Liv Warfield version: The Unexpected)
30 September 2014 - Plectrumelectrum album

Album(s): The Unexpected


Writer(s): Prince (Wow credited to Prince and 3rdEyeGirl)
Producer(s): Liv Warfield (The Unexpected version), Prince (assumed, Wow version)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Wow is the first track on Prince’s 36th album Plectrumelectrum (the first by Prince and 3rdEyeGirl. The track was first released seven months earlier, however, as The Unexpected, the second track (first song) on Liv Warfield’s second album, The Unexpected. Basic tracking dates are not known, but the track is believed to have been recorded in 2013, most likely at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. According to an interview Liv Warfield gave to Oregon Live, Prince wrote the song for Warfield after she had decided on the album’s title; she did not have a title track for the album until that point. The lyrics of the song point to the track’s two titles, stating "u can call it the unexpected or u can call it... wow!" Although Liv Warfield’s version could be considered a cover version (since it does not include Prince as a musician), it was released before Prince’s own, so it is included here. While the Prince and 3rdEyeGirl version of the track shares a title with the unreleased 1992 track Wow, the tracks are otherwise unrelated.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
2013 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
2013 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Liv Warfield re-recording
Recording Personnel

The Unexpected version

  • Liv Warfield - lead vocals, background vocals
  • Tyrone Hendrix - drums
  • Eric 'Pik Fun Smith - bass guitar (assumed)
  • Ryan Waters - guitar
  • Chris Turner - keyboards
  • Roy Agee - trombone
  • Ashley Seamster - background vocals
  • Saeeda Wright - background vocals

Wow version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Unexpected 4:23 The Unexpected Studio Liv Warfield version
The Unexpected (Live at Blue Note Tokyo) 4:22 The Unexpected (Japanese edition) Live Liv Warfield version. Listed as 'Live In Los Angeles' in the booklet, and 'Live At Blue Note Tokyo' on the back cover of the CD.
Wow 4:27 Plectrumelectrum Studio Prince and 3rdEyeGirl version
The Unexpected (Live) 6:46 Live at Cafe Wha? Live Liv Warfield version. Recorded in July 2021 in New York, NY, USA.

Additional Information

See also Trivia

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