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Rough (1980)Rough is an unreleased song originally recorded in May - June 1980 at Prince's Wayzata Home Studio, Wayzata, MN, USA during recording sessions for the Dirty Mind album. At some point between June 1980 and April 1981, he recorded a new version with Alexander O'Neal, but recording details are not known. In 1984, the song was considered for The Family, but no new recording was done on the track at the time, as it seemed inappropriate for the group's style. It was later considered for Jill Jones' first album Jill Jones, and her vocals were recorded on 8 January 1986, along with saxophone overdubs by Eric Leeds (four days before recording Conversation Piece and Last Heart). It was rejected from the album, however, and Prince later offered it to Joyce Kennedy of the band Mother's Finest, who turned the song down without recording a version.
The lyrics describe a tough girl, who will take your money, your self respect and your personality. "She keeps her money in a garter belt. Next to a .38. If you get the chance to take her out. You better not be late."
The song is commonly incorrectly referred to as Too Rough, Tough or Too Tough.
The Glamorous LifeThe Glamorous Life Studio Original 1983 version with Prince vocals
The Glamorous Life is the sixth and final track on Sheila E.'s first album The Glamorous Life, and, four weeks before the album's release, The Glamorous Life was released as the album's first single; it was, therefore, the first song to be credited to Sheila E.. The Glamorous Life was written by Prince, but credited to Sheila E..
In 1986, the Club Edit was included as the second track on The Glamorous Club Dance EP, a Japan-only EP of extended versions of Sheila E.'s singles.
On 19 June 2013, an instrumental rehearsal of The Glamorous Life was streamed live on 3rdEyeGirl LiveStream TV for 3 minutes.
Initial tracking took place on 27 December 1983 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (the day before In A Spanish Villa and Next Time Wipe The Lipstick Off Your Collar), and the song was originally intended for Apollonia 6 until Prince began to work with Sheila E. in February 1984, at which time he set the song aside for her.
Sheila E.'s vocals were recorded in the first few days of April 1984, also at Sunset Sound. The Glamorous Life is notable for featuring the first use of saxophone on a Prince-related track, played by Larry Williams.
The track also features the first released appearance of David Coleman (Lisa Coleman's brother) on a Prince-related track, playing cello.
Come Elektra TuesdayCome Elektra Tuesday is an unreleased song recorded on 26 May 1985 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (two days after Hello, the same day as Heaven and Stella And Charles, two days before Polka-Dot Tiger).
The song features Jill Jones on background vocals.
It is unknown if this song was intended for any project at the time, but during Prince: A Celebration in June 2000, computer screens at Paisley Park Studios offered names of a selection of tracks which users could vote on for inclusion on Crystal Ball Volume II, but Come Elektra Tuesday was not chosen by fans, and the project was ultimately abandoned.
Can I Play With U (Long Version)Can I Play With U? is an unreleased song recorded on 26 December, 1985 (the same day as A Couple Of Miles, two days before Slaughterhouse, U Just Can't Stop, Run Amok, Mobile, Madrid, Breathless, High Calonic and 12 Keys) at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA, with saxophone overdubs by Eric Leeds on 27 December, 1985.
The track was sent to Miles Davis (in both instrumental and vocal versions) in January, 1986, following a request from Warner Bros. for Prince to contribute to Davis' first Warner Bros. album (called The Perfect Way at the time, before being renamed Tutu). It was accompanied by a note from Prince, reading:
"Miles, even though we have never met, I can tell just from listening to your music that you and I are so exactly alike that I know whatever you play would be what I'd do. So if this tape is of any use to you, please go ahead and play whatever you feel over it. Because I trust what you hear and play."
Miles Davis added trumpet to the song on 1 March, 1986 at Capitol Recording Studio, Los Angeles CA, USA.
Prince contributed additional material to the track to extend it in 1986, but neither Davis nor Prince were very excited by the final result, and after hearing the rest of the finished album, Prince asked that his track be removed, as it didn't fit in with the style of the rest of the album.
After Davis died in 1991, Warner Bros. asked Prince to add some post-production to this track (as well as Penetration, Jail Bait and A Girl And Her Puppy) to include on his first posthumous album, Doo-Bop, but Prince was not interested in contributing to tracks that he felt didn't show Davis at his best.
The longer version of the track was planned for release (credited to "Miles Davis with Prince") as the twelfth track on a 2001 box-set of Miles Davis's Warner Bros. work, entitled The Last Word, but the track was not included on the eventual 2-disc 2010 release, titled Perfect Way.
Can I Play With U? remains unreleased.
Voodoo Who (Villanova Junction - Jimi Hendrix Cover)Voodoo Who (also sometimes listed as simply Voodoo) is an unreleased cover version of Villanova Junction by Jimi Hendrix. Prince's version was recorded on 30 December, 1985 (the same day Eric Leeds added overdubs to A Couple Of Miles and that Most Strongest Whiskey and U Gotta Shake Something were recorded) at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA. Prince adds some lyrics from Is It A Crime by Sade, written by Sade, Stuart Matthewman and Andrew Hale (included on her 1985 album Promise). It is unknown if this track was intended for The Flesh album or any other project.
Feel GoodFeel Good is an unreleased song recorded in early 1995 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA. It was included as the sixth track on a July, 1995, configuration of Emancipation, and was included as the seventh track on another 1995 configuration. The track was removed as the album underwent many changes, however.
The track's slow groove is reminiscent of Johnny, and lyrics from Feel Good were occasionally sung over the beat of Johnny in 1995 live shows. The song's lyrics state "come to the show and bring your tape recorder, cause you ought to have a copy of the... yo, wait a minute, no! In 1999, I'll be free, so..."
Good ManGood Man is an unreleased song recorded in early July, 1989, at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (during the same set of sessions as Whistlin' Kenny and Bed Of Roses). It was intended for use by Flash / MC Flash (both band names were used), and Billy Franze recorded lead vocal overdubs (replacing Prince's own) fairly soon after the initial recording, while Margie Cox added background vocals on 9 July, 1989, also at Paisley Park Studios. It was included as the fifth track on the Flash album as the only track on the album to feature lead vocals by someone other than Margie Cox, but the album was ultimately abandoned.
The track is an upbeat stripped-down track featuring a more electronic sound than the rest of the album, with a drum machine, keyboard motifs and hard electric guitar.
GlasscutterPrince - all vocals and instruments - Glasscutter (a.k.a. GlassCutter) was initially streamed in the NPG Music Club's Glam Slam VIP room on 30 October, 2004 (along with San Jose Jam) before being released as an mp3 download from the NPG Music Club on 5 April, 2005 (labeled GlassCutter on the download page's image, but Glasscutter everywhere else).
While specific recording dates and studio information are not known, the track was likely recorded in September or October, 2004 (following the end of the Musicology Live 2004ever tour) at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA.