Jungle Love

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Jungle Love

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from the album Ice Cream Castle
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single art for Jungle Love
Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 9 July 1984 - Ice Cream Castle album
Album(s): Ice Cream Castle
Writer(s): Jesse Johnson (uncredited), Morris Day, Prince (credited as Jamie Starr),
Producer(s): Morris Day, The Starr Company (official credit)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Jungle Love is the fourth track on The Time's third album Ice Cream Castle, and, five months after the album's release, Jungle Love was released as the album's third single. The song also features in the movie Purple Rain.

Jungle Love was written by Morris Day and Prince under the pseudonym Jamie Starr. It was co-produced by Morris Day and Prince using the name The Starr Company.

A 1998 live version recorded by Morris Day was released in 2004 on his album It's About Time, but this has no input by Prince and is not included here, as it is considered a cover version.

Initial tracking took place on 26 March 1983 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (the day before My Summertime Thang and Cloreen Bacon Skin).

While reflecting on the track's history on Facebook in 2014, Jesse Johnson wrote:
Jungle Love- Saved my food $the 1999 Tour came home bought a Tascam reel to reel 8 track recorder and came up with music for JUNGLE! Prince [wrote?] every word+melody and kilted it (...) I used Prince's Hohner Tele to play the rhythm guitar part ... Did the solo at a later date in LA @ Sunset Sound using the Pink G&L prototype + my fawn colored 1979 Marshall JCM 800.
Indicating that a second recording date took place. He continued:
Foster Sylvers was sitting next to me ... with Peggy M. as I laid the solo. I didn't put much into it because I knew from how LOW the volume was on my solo on "My Drawers" i[t] wasn't really going to get heard very well anyway (unless you laid on the speakers).

Since My Drawers was recorded in January 1984, it seems likely his solo was recorded around the same time. Jesse Johnson was initially included in the credits when submitted for copyright in May 1984, but after he left the band, his name was removed from the credits when the track was released.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
26 March 1983 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Initial tracking
Early 1984 (assumed) Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA Guitar solo overdubs by Jesse Johnson
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Jungle Love 5:29 Ice Cream Castle

Jungle Love single

Jungle Love (Edit) 3:27 Jungle Love single

Strange Tales From The Rain promo

Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Jungle Love 3:17 Purple Rain 20th Anniversary DVD Promo video See Jungle Love video for more details
Jungle Love 4:33 Rave Un2 The Year 2000 VHS/DVD Live 17 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA - performed by Morris Day and The Time with Prince (asSymbolSmallerBlue.png) appearing as a guest

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Jungle Love Studio Original 1983 recording before Jesse Johnson's 1984 lead guitar overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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