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Guitar

Planetearth album.jpg
from the album Planet Earth
Guitar single.jpg
single art for Guitar
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 2 February 2007 - 3121.com mp3 download
Album(s): Planet Earth
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Guitar is the second track from Prince's 32nd album Planet Earth, and a week prior to the album's initial release (with the Mail on Sunday newspaper in the UK and Ireland), Guitar was released as the album's first single in Europe.

Five and a half months prior to the album's release, however, a completely different version of Guitar (often described as a demo, although not officially labeled as such and most likely recorded years after the version as it would appear on Planet Earth), was available for purchase as an mp3 download from 3121.com to coincide with Prince's appearance on the Superbowl Half-Time show on 4 February 2007.

Additionally, six weeks prior to the album's release, the album version of Guitar was available for download on Verizon Wireless in the USA, and a short promotional clip of Prince and his band performing the song was used in TV advertisements.

In 2011, new bandmember Andy Allo posted on her Facebook page the track Guitar (Acoustic), seemingly a rehearsal take of the track, recorded only with Prince and Allo (complete with Prince giving direction to Allo). Interestingly, the meta-data of the track gives the artist credit as "Prince/Allo", and gives an album title of "The L/C", about which nothing is known. The artwork embedded in the track also gives the credit "Prince/Allo", while the artwork's photo is a picture of Prince lifting up Allo's guitar (see artwork below).

The song was also offered as a free download at ThisIsRealMusic.com.

Tracking dates are uncertain, but although album credits are not split up by track, Michael B. has confirmed that both he and Sonny T. appear on the album Planet Earth version, which indicates basic tracking of that version took place in November 2004, during the three-and-a-half hour session that also yielded 3121, From The Lotus..., ...Back 2 The Lotus, Colonized Mind, Love Like Jazz, Wall Of Berlin, Planet Earth and a song titled Shameless as well as two or three others.
A tape photographed in Prince's vault at Paisley Park Studios lists Wall Of Berlin as 19 November 2004, which alludes this is the exact date for all of the songs in this sessions.
In an August 2006 interview, Michael B. said [they recorded] eleven or twelve tracks in three and a half hours that night. On a different occasion he has later indicated that this was the last recording sessions they did with Prince for a while after that. The Prince solo version is believed to have been recorded in early 2007 at either Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota or at 3121 at The Rio Las Vegas, NV, USA. A recording date for the 2011 rehearsal between Prince and Allo is not known, but assumed to be in July 2011, while on the Welcome 2 America Euro 2011 Tour in Europe.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
19 November 2004 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
Early 2007 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
or
3121 at The Rio,
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Basic tracking (solo version)
July 2011 (assumed) Studio or venue unknown Acoustic version by Prince and Andy Allo
Recording Personnel

3121.com download version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments (assumed)


Planet Earth album version


Acoustic version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Guitar 3:28 3121.com mp3 download Studio
Guitar 3:45 Planet Earth

Guitar single

Studio
Guitar (Acoustic) 4:36 ThisIsRealMusic.com mp3 download Rehearsal Credited to Prince/Allo in meta-data
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Guitar 1:21 Promotional release only Promo video Short clip only; see Guitar for details
Guitar 3:44 3rdEyeGirl.com video download Promo video Filmed in 2008; released in 2013; see Guitar for details
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Guitar 5:15 Lotusflow3r.com video stream Live 25 April 2008, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Burbank, CA, USA; not broadcast on TV
Guitar 4:01 3rdEyeGirl's YouTube account Live 17 August 2013, Coliseu dos Recreios - Sala Principal, Lisbon, Portugal
Guitar T.B.C. Prince3EG Soundcloud concert online stream Live 3 May 2015 (a.m.): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The initially-released version of Guitar is the only track to have been offered for download by 3121.com, for the price of $1.99. Promotional artwork for the track:
    Guitar 3121 advertisement.jpg
  • Artwork included in Andy Allo Facebook page audio stream:
    Guitar Acoustic download.jpg

References
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