The Bird

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The Bird

Icecreamcastles album.jpg
from the album Ice Cream Castle
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single art for The Bird
Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 9 July 1984 - Ice Cream Castle album
Album(s): Ice Cream Castle
Writer(s): Morris Day, Jamie Starr (uncredited), Jesse Johnson (uncredited)
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:

The Bird was the sixth and final track on The Time's third album Ice Cream Castle, and, in the Summer/Fall of 1984, The Bird was released as the album's second single. The Bird was written by Morris Day and Prince under the pseudonym Jamie Starr.

While reflecting on the track's history on Facebook in 2014, Jesse Johnson wrote "I wrote a 4 track version on 1999 tour, Prince kinda like the hook, he threw the rest of what I did in the trash can as he commenced to write and performed a straight heater." Johnson's name 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. It was co-produced by Morris Day and Prince under the name The Starr Company. The song also features in the movie Purple Rain.

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

The released recording is a live recording from The Time's concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 4 October 1983, which was overdubbed by Prince in the studio. If not for these overdubs it would be the only track on the album to feature the entire line-up of The Time, as the studio tracks on Ice Cream Castle were recorded almost entirely by Prince and Morris Day.

Prince (with Jesse Johnson and Morris Day) did record a studio version of this prior to the live version, possibly in April 1983 at the at Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. But the decision was made to release the live version on the album, closing the album in a similar way to Purple Rain, perhaps because of the inclusion of the song in the movie. Purple Rain.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
12 April 1983 (estimate) Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking (studio version)
4 October 1983 First Avenue,
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Live recording
4 January 1984-5 January 1984; 10 January 1984; 18 January 1984-19 January 1984 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
overdubs & mixing live recording
Recording Personnel

Unreleased studio version



Ice Cream Castle version



Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Bird 7:40 Ice Cream Castle Live 4 October 1983, First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Bird (Edit) 3:41 The Bird single

Strange Tales From The Rain promo

Edit Edit of live version above, Edited by Victor Flores
The Bird (Remix) 6:25 The Bird single Remix Remix of live version above
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Bird 3:41 Purple Rain 20th Anniversary DVD Promo video See The Bird video for more details
The Bird 4:45 Rave Un2 The Year 2000 VHS/DVD Live 17 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA - performed by Morris Day and The Time with SymbolSmallerBlue.png appearing as a guest
Vanguard Jam 12:18 NPG Music Club .wmv download Awards Show performance video 19 March 2005, 36th NAACP Image Awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California; part of medley containing D.M.S.R. / We're A Winner / I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) / Satisfied / I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself) / Housequake / The Jam / The Bird / The Glamorous Life / Santana Medley
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Bird TBC Jesse Johnson MySpace page stream Studio Studio version recorded 12 April 1983 made available from 30 April 2007
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Latest Fashion 4:02 Graffiti Bridge Studio Includes lyrical interpolation from The Bird
The Latest Fashion (Remix) 6:15 Shake! single Remix Remix by Michael Koppelman, Prince and Sylvia Massy; includes lyrical interpolation from The Bird
Title Version Additional Info
The Latest Fashion Studio Original 1987 version; includes lyrical interpolation from The Bird
The Latest Fashion Studio 1989 version before saxophone overdubs; includes lyrical interpolation from The Bird
The Latest Fashion Studio Original Corporate World version; completely different music; includes lyrical interpolation from The Bird
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Bird Studio
The Bird 4 October 1983 Live recording version without Prince overdubs
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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