God was released as the b-side of Purple Rain, the third single from Prince's seventh album Purple Rain. The UK 12" release of the single contained God (Love Theme From Purple Rain), a 7:54 instrumental version heard in the movie Purple Rain, but other worldwide releases contained a completely re-recorded vocal version, simply titled God.
In 1993, the vocal version was included as the 18th track on The B-Sides compilation (included as the third and final disc on The Hits / The B-Sides).
Initial tracking for God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) took place on 7 February, 1984 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (six days before Noon Rendezvous).
It is not known if this was a solo recording, although this is likely. The vocal version, God, was recorded on 20 August, 1984, at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN, USA. Prince recorded the track on his own. Live Appearances
First live appearance:
4 November, 1984, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI, USA
Performed regularly on tour:
Purple Rain Tour
Hit N Run Tour
Musicology Live 2004ever
Performed occasionally in shows:
2002, 2003 References
The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince (2004)
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