The Screams Of Passion

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The Screams Of Passion

Thefamily album.jpg
from the album The Family
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single art for The Screams Of Passion
Song details
Performer: The Family
First Released: 19 July 1985 - The Screams Of Passion single
Album(s): The Family

Girl 6

Writer(s): Prince (credited to St. Paul Peterson and Susannah Melvoin)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to David Z. Rivkin and The Family)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • 2011 (clip only during sampler set) , 2013 (clip only during sampler set) , 2014 (clip only during sampler set)

The Screams Of Passion is the third track on The Family's first and only album The Family, and, a month before the album's release, The Screams Of Passion was released as the album's first single. The song was written by Prince, but credited to St. Paul Peterson and Susannah Melvoin. In 1996, the song was also included as the fifth track on the soundtrack album Girl 6 (a compilation of music by Prince and associated artists for the movie Girl 6, directed by Spike Lee).

Basic tracking took place on 18 August 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie (the day after The Dance Electric and two days before God. St. Paul Peterson and Susannah Melvoin overdubbed vocals onto the track in late 1984, and Clare Fischer added orchestral overdubs during the same period.

Its release prior to the album mean that The Screams Of Passion was the first track to be credited to The Family; it was also the first Prince-related track to be released featuring string orchestration by Clare Fischer.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
18 August 1984 Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse,
Eden Prairie, MN, USA
Basic tracking
Late 1984 - early 1985 Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse,
Eden Prairie, MN, USA
Vocal overdubs
Late 1984 - early 1985 Unverified studio, CA, USA Orchestral overdubs
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Screams Of Passion 5:26 The Family

Girl 6

Studio
The Screams Of Passion (Edit) 3:10 The Screams Of Passion single Edit
The Screams Of Passion (Extended Version) 6:45 The Screams Of Passion single Extended version
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Screams Of Passion 3:36 Promotional release only Promo video See The Screams Of Passion for details


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Screams Of Passion Studio Prince's original studio version, missing strings
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The Screams Of Passion, released on a single a month before the The Family album, is the first Prince-related track to be released featuring string orchestration by Clare Fischer.

References
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