All My Dreams

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All My Dreams

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe
Song details
Performer: Prince (Prince and the Revolution)
First Released: 25 September 2020 - Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe album
Album(s): Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

The basic recording of All My Dreams took place on 28 April 1985 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (four days after Holly Rock, the same day as Kiss).

It was included as the ninth and final track on a 1 May 1985 configuration of Parade, but was removed before the album’s release. The track was later included as the nineteenth and final track on a 3 June 1986 configuration of the album Dream Factory, and kept as the eighteenth and final track on the 18 July 1986 configuration of the album.

When Prince decided not to proceed with the album after disbanding the Revolution, and concentrated instead on Camille and Crystal Ball (both of which were also aborted), he decided not to include the song. It was then shelved until it was released in September 2020 on one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe set.

The track was mentioned as a possible track for the 1998/1999 album of Revolution-era tracks, Roadhouse Garden, but this remains unreleased. Artwork has been posted online for an NPG Music Club album titled All My Dreams, which likely includes this track, but nothing else is known about this album.

A portion of a distorted spoken section of this song was later reused in Acknowledge Me.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
28 April 1985 - 1 May 1985 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking (28th), vocal overdubs (29th, 30th), mix (30th), crossfade & mix (1st)
August 1985 (estimate) Monterey Sound Studios,
Glendale, CA, USA (assumed)
Orchestra recording by Clare Fischer
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted (assumed)
  • Wendy Melvoin - guitar (unconfirmed) and vocals
  • Lisa Coleman - keyboards and vocals
  • Other recording personnel unknown

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
All My Dreams 7:23 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Studio


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Acknowledge Me 5:26 Crystal Ball Studio
Acknowledge Me Studio Original 1993 recording edited for release; contains longer spoken segment from All My Dreams
Acknowledge Me Studio re-recording New Power Generation version; Sonny T. on vocals
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The whispered lyrics in the bridge segment before the song returns to the final verse contains part of one of the 'Morning Verse' by Rudolf Steiner, as used in Waldorf/Steiner schools, like the one in Northridge, California where Wendy and Lisa attended.
  • The "Bizarre!" sample used in this song is originally from Our Bizarre Relationship by Frank Zappa’s band The Mothers of Invention (from Uncle Meat 1969). It was one of the preset samples in the Fairlight CMI sample-synthesizer and Prince took it from there. It was utilized in quite a few songs recorded between 1985 and 1987: All My Dreams, Bob George, Christopher Tracy’s Parade, Lovesexy, and Madhouse songs Nine and 6 (The End Of The World Mix) all contain this sample.

References
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