Girls & Boys is the fifth track on Prince's eighth album Parade, the third to be credited to Prince and the Revolution, and, four months after the album's release, Girls & Boys was released as the album's third single in the UK and Europe. The track was included as a b-side on the corresponding US single release, Anotherloverholenyohead.
In 1989, it was included as the second track on a CD re-release of Kiss, the album's first single.
In 1996, the song was also included as the fourth track on the soundtrack album Girl 6 (a compilation of music by Prince and associated artists for the movie Girl 6, directed by Spike Lee).
In 2002, a live version was included as the eighth track on the live album One Nite Alone... The Aftershow: It Ain't Over!.
In 2008, a 2007 live version was included as the second track on the live album Indigo Nights (beginning a medley which continues with The Song Of The Heart, Delirious and Just Like U (Monologue)).
Initial tracking took place on 8 July 1985 at the Crosstown Circle Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA. Clare Fischer arranged and recorded orchestration for the song at some point in mid-late 1985 at Monterey Sound Studios, Glendale, CA, USA, but Prince preferred the track without orchestration, and chose to use the track without orchestration for the final release.
Girls & Boys is the first track released by Prince (under his own name) to contain musical contributions by Eric Leeds who would become long-term musical collaborators (Eric Leeds had previously contributed to The Family side-project).
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