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from the album Emancipation
Slave single.jpg
single art for Slave
Song details
Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 9 December 1995 - Slave single
Album(s): Emancipation
Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
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

Slave, previously titled Slowly Candle Burns, is the first track on the third disc of Prince’s 19th album Emancipation, the third album to be credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png, and, eleven months before the album’s release, Slave was given out as a cassette single at a Paisley Park Studios show on 9 December 1995 (the same show where the Crystal Ball version of Days Of Wild was recorded and the studio version of One Of Us was premiered).

Basic tracking dates are unknown, but it is likely that the track was recorded in mid-1995 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It was included as the third track on a July 1995, configuration of Emancipation, and as the fourth track on another 1995 configuration. The released version contains a drum pattern during the chorus that is sampled directly from Ain’t No Place Like U, which was not included on an earlier, unreleased version of the song. The song contains some lyrical and musical similarities to Slave 2 The System, but the two are otherwise different songs.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Mid-1995 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) - all vocals and instruments

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Slave 4:51 Emancipation

Slave single


Additional Information

See also Trivia

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