Baby is the sixth track on on Prince's first album For You. In 1980, it was included as the b-side of Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?, the second single from Prince's second album Prince.
An early version of the song was recorded in Summer 1976 at Moonsound, Minneapolis, MN, USA (during the same set of sessions as Aces, Diamond Eyes, Don't Forget, Don't Hold Back, Fantasy, I'm Yours, Jelly Jam (which was later used as the instrumental portion of Just As Long As We're Together), Leaving For New York, Love Is Forever (later renamed My Love Is Forever), Make It Through The Storm, Since We've Been Together, Surprise and Soft And Wet). The early version was included as the first track on Prince's 1976 demo tape he took to various record companies in New York, NY, USA. Two more versions were recorded in 1976-1977 at Sound 80, Minneapolis, MN, USA, prior to Prince signing a contract or beginning work on his first album. An ensemble of musicians from a Minneapolis radio station, The WAYL Orchestra, was brought in to add strings to the song, but Prince didn’t like the end result, preferring synthetic strings instead. Specific recording dates for the album version of song are not known, but the album was recorded at the Record Plant, Sausalito, CA, USA, from 1 October 1977 to 22 December 1977, before overdubs and mixing took place, in early January 1978 at Sound Labs, Los Angeles, CA, USA. References
The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince (2004)
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