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Intermission


from the home video Lovesexy Live 1

Song details


Performer: Prince
First Released: 19 April, 1989 - Lovesexy Live 1 home video
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • This track is not known to have been included in shows other than on the Lovesexy Tour

Intermission was released as a studio track, played over the PA in a live setting, as the uncredited opening track on the Lovesexy Live 1 home video (from the 9 September, 1988, Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany live broadcast). No audio version of the track has been released.

Initial tracking took place over the course of four days, 12-15 June, 1988 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA. The track is, in essence, a sound collage, rather than a song, and was recorded specifically to be played during the Lovesexy Tour shows, as the intermission piece (hence the name) between the first and second halves of the show. As such, it was never intended for inclusion on any studio project.

Intermission includes many elements from other tracks, as well as many unique parts. It opens with deep synth notes and some classical-sounding synth work, before a female voice recites a portion of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet (Act 2, Scene 2). This was originally recorded for Modernaire and it's possibly the voice of Jill Jones. The background contains some strings sampled from Crystal Ball (which was unreleased at the time). Ingrid Chavez's poem Cross The Line is then sampled in full, with new classical-style musical accompaniment by Prince. This is followed by Marie France's French dialogue from Girls & Boys, along with sampled instruments from Positivity, Lovesexy and Condition Of The Heart. The closing portion, which is used to begin the next live track of the show, Eye No No, is sampled directly from the opening of the song on the Lovesexy album (the atmospheric music of which is in fact a sample from a sound library, although it also appeared as a composition titled Passing Clouds, credited to Roger Limb, originally on the album Out Of This World a 1976 compilation of atmospheric sounds and effects from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
12-15 June, 1988 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Recording Personnel



Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
n/a n/a n/a n/a There have been no audio-only releases of this track.
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Intermission ?:?? Lovesexy Live 1 home video Live Studio version played during show; 9 September, 1988, Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany; uncredited on artwork


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Intermission Studio Recorded 12-15 June, 1988; full version of above without audience noise
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This track is not related to the track Intermission by The Horneadz, often called out by name and played as part of other tracks in 1993. See Intermission for details of that track.

References
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