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|single image              = [[Image:Thevoice_album.jpg|100px|link=Album: The Voice]] <br><small> from the album [[Album: The Voice|The Voice]]</small>
 
|single image              = [[Image:Thevoice_album.jpg|100px|link=Album: The Voice]] <br><small> from the album [[Album: The Voice|The Voice]]</small>
 
|performer                = [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavis_Staples Mavis Staples]; [[Prince]]; [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]
 
|performer                = [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavis_Staples Mavis Staples]; [[Prince]]; [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]
|first released            = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August 24|24 August, 1993]] - [[Album: The Voice|The Voice]] album
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|first released            = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/August 24|24 August 1993]] - [[Album: The Voice|The Voice]] album
 
|album(s)                  = [[Album: The Voice|The Voice]]<br>
 
|album(s)                  = [[Album: The Voice|The Voice]]<br>
 
|writer(s)                = [[Prince]], [[Tommy Barbarella]], [[Michael B.]], [[Levi Seacer, Jr.]] and [[Sonny T.]]
 
|writer(s)                = [[Prince]], [[Tommy Barbarella]], [[Michael B.]], [[Levi Seacer, Jr.]] and [[Sonny T.]]
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|introduction              = '''The Undertaker''' is the sixth track on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavis_Staples Mavis Staples]' second [[Paisley Park Records]] album [[Album: The Voice|The Voice]], and was included as the eleventh track when the album was re-released by [[NPG Records]] in 1995. In 1995, it was included as the second track on the CD single of [[Single: Blood Is Thicker Than Time|Blood Is Thicker Than Time]] single, released in Europe to promote the reissue. Also in 1995, a rehearsal version of the track by [[Prince]] was included as the sixth track (and title track) on [[Prince]]'s VHS release [[Home Video: The Undertaker|The Undertaker]]. In 2001, the same recording of the track (although this time credited to [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]), was released on mp3 as part of [[NPG_Music_Club_Year_One_Releases#NPGMC_Edition_.23_10|NPG Music Club Edition # 10]], with an accompanying .mov video taken directly from [[Home Video: The Undertaker|The Undertaker]]. Unusually, writing credit is given to [[Prince]], [[Tommy Barbarella]], [[Michael B.]], [[Levi Seacer, Jr.]] and [[Sonny T.]].
 
|introduction              = '''The Undertaker''' is the sixth track on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavis_Staples Mavis Staples]' second [[Paisley Park Records]] album [[Album: The Voice|The Voice]], and was included as the eleventh track when the album was re-released by [[NPG Records]] in 1995. In 1995, it was included as the second track on the CD single of [[Single: Blood Is Thicker Than Time|Blood Is Thicker Than Time]] single, released in Europe to promote the reissue. Also in 1995, a rehearsal version of the track by [[Prince]] was included as the sixth track (and title track) on [[Prince]]'s VHS release [[Home Video: The Undertaker|The Undertaker]]. In 2001, the same recording of the track (although this time credited to [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]), was released on mp3 as part of [[NPG_Music_Club_Year_One_Releases#NPGMC_Edition_.23_10|NPG Music Club Edition # 10]], with an accompanying .mov video taken directly from [[Home Video: The Undertaker|The Undertaker]]. Unusually, writing credit is given to [[Prince]], [[Tommy Barbarella]], [[Michael B.]], [[Levi Seacer, Jr.]] and [[Sonny T.]].
  
While specific recording dates are not known for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavis_Staples Mavis Staples]' version, the track was recorded in Summer 1992 at [[Paisley Park Studios]], Chanhassen, MN, USA. [[Prince]]'s version was recorded as part of the session for the aborted [[Album: The Undertaker|The Undertaker]] album on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June_14|14 June, 1993]] at [[Paisley Park Studios]], Chanhassen, MN, USA (along with versions of [[The Ride]], [[Poorgoo]], [[Honky Tonk Women]], [[Bambi]], [[Zannalee]] and [[Dolphin]], the day before recording [[Calhoun Square]]), but no other studio version by [[Prince]] is known to exist.
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While specific recording dates are not known for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavis_Staples Mavis Staples]' version, the track was recorded in Summer 1992 at [[Paisley Park Studios]] in Chanhassen, Minnesota. [[Prince]]'s version was recorded as part of the session for the aborted [[Album: The Undertaker|The Undertaker]] album on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June_14|14 June 1993]] at [[Paisley Park Studios]] in Chanhassen, Minnesota (along with versions of [[The Ride]], [[Poorgoo]], [[Honky Tonk Women]], [[Bambi]], [[Zannalee]] and [[Dolphin]], the day before recording [[Calhoun Square]]), but no other studio version by [[Prince]] is known to exist.
  
 
The song title stems from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavis_Staples Mavis Staples]' six-year marriage to a mortician.
 
The song title stems from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavis_Staples Mavis Staples]' six-year marriage to a mortician.
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{{RecordingLine|
 
{{RecordingLine|
 
|date                      = Summer 1992
 
|date                      = Summer 1992
|studio                    = [[Paisley Park Studios]], Chanhassen, MN, USA
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|studio                    = [[Paisley Park Studios]],<br>Chanhassen, MN, USA
|additional info          = Initial tracking (Mavis Staples version)
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|additional info          = Basic tracking (Mavis Staples version)
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{RecordingLine|
 
{{RecordingLine|
|date                      = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June_14|14 June, 1993]]
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|date                      = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June_14|14 June 1993]]
|studio                    = [[Paisley Park Studios]], Chanhassen, MN, USA
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|studio                    = [[Paisley Park Studios]],<br>Chanhassen, MN, USA
 
|additional info          = Rehearsal recording
 
|additional info          = Rehearsal recording
 
}}
 
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*[[Ricky Peterson]] - organ
 
*[[Ricky Peterson]] - organ
 
<br>
 
<br>
'''Prince/[[Image: SymbolSmaller.png]] version'''
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'''[[Image: SymbolSmaller.png]] version'''
*[[Prince]]/[[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]] - vocals and guitar
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*[[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) - vocals and guitar
 
*[[Michael B.]] - drums
 
*[[Michael B.]] - drums
 
*[[Sonny T.]] - bass
 
*[[Sonny T.]] - bass
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*[[Scott Baldwin]] (as Scottie Pakulski) - percussion
 
|released versions        =
 
|released versions        =
 
{{Songchart|
 
{{Songchart|
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|3= [[NPG_Music_Club_Year_One_Releases#NPGMC_Edition_.23_10|NPG Music Club Edition # 10]] mp3 download
 
|3= [[NPG_Music_Club_Year_One_Releases#NPGMC_Edition_.23_10|NPG Music Club Edition # 10]] mp3 download
 
|4= Rehearsal
 
|4= Rehearsal
|5= [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June_14|14 June, 1993, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]
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|5= [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June_14|14 June 1993, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]
 
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}}
 
{{Songline|
 
{{Songline|
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[[NPG_Music_Club_Year_One_Releases#NPGMC_Edition_.23_10|NPG Music Club Edition # 10]] .mov download
 
[[NPG_Music_Club_Year_One_Releases#NPGMC_Edition_.23_10|NPG Music Club Edition # 10]] .mov download
 
|4= Rehearsal
 
|4= Rehearsal
|5= [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June_14|14 June, 1993, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]
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|5= [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/June_14|14 June 1993, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Songline|
 
{{Songline|
 
|1= '''The Undertaker'''
 
|1= '''The Undertaker'''
|2= T.B.C.
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|2= 6:59
 
|3= [[Home Video: The Sacrifice Of Victor|The Sacrifice Of Victor]] VHS/laserdisc
 
|3= [[Home Video: The Sacrifice Of Victor|The Sacrifice Of Victor]] VHS/laserdisc
 
|4= Live
 
|4= Live
|5= [[08 September, 1993-am|8 September, 1993 am, Bagley's Warehouse, London, England]]
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|5= [[08 September 1993-am|8 September 1993 am, Bagley's Warehouse, London, England]]
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Songline|
 
{{Songline|
 
|1= '''The Undertaker (Sax Solo)'''
 
|1= '''The Undertaker (Sax Solo)'''
|2= T.B.C.
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|2= 1:06
 
|3= [[Home Video: Rave Un2 The Year 2000|Rave Un2 The Year 2000]] VHS/DVD
 
|3= [[Home Video: Rave Un2 The Year 2000|Rave Un2 The Year 2000]] VHS/DVD
 
|4= Live
 
|4= Live
|5= [[18_December,_1999|18 December, 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]; saxophone by [[Kathy Jensen]]
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|5= [[18_December 1999|18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]; saxophone by [[Kathy Jensen]]
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Songline|
 
{{Songline|
 
|1= '''The Undertaker (Harmonica Solo)'''
 
|1= '''The Undertaker (Harmonica Solo)'''
|2= T.B.C.
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|2= 1:04
 
|3= [[Home Video: Rave Un2 The Year 2000|Rave Un2 The Year 2000]] VHS/DVD
 
|3= [[Home Video: Rave Un2 The Year 2000|Rave Un2 The Year 2000]] VHS/DVD
 
|4= Live
 
|4= Live
|5= [[18_December,_1999|18 December, 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]; saxophone by Jimmy Russell
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|5= [[18_December 1999|18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]; saxophone by Jimmy Russell
 
}}
 
}}
 
}}
 
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{{Songline|
 
{{Songline|
 
|1= '''The Undertaker (Sax Solo)'''
 
|1= '''The Undertaker (Sax Solo)'''
|2= T.B.C.
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|2= 1:06
 
|3= [[NPGOnlineLtd.com]] audio stream
 
|3= [[NPGOnlineLtd.com]] audio stream
 
|4= Live
 
|4= Live
|5= [[18_December,_1999|18 December, 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]; saxophone by [[Kathy Jensen]]; audio of [[Home Video: Rave Un2 The Year 2000|Rave Un2 The Year 2000]] version
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|5= [[18_December 1999|18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]; saxophone by [[Kathy Jensen]]; audio of [[Home Video: Rave Un2 The Year 2000|Rave Un2 The Year 2000]] version
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Songline|
 
{{Songline|
 
|1= '''The Undertaker (Harmonica Solo)'''
 
|1= '''The Undertaker (Harmonica Solo)'''
|2= T.B.C.
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|2= 1:04
 
|3= [[NPGOnlineLtd.com]] audio stream
 
|3= [[NPGOnlineLtd.com]] audio stream
 
|4= Live
 
|4= Live
|5= [[18_December,_1999|18 December, 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]; saxophone by Jimmy Russell; audio of [[Home Video: Rave Un2 The Year 2000|Rave Un2 The Year 2000]] version
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|5= [[18_December 1999|18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA]]; saxophone by Jimmy Russell; audio of [[Home Video: Rave Un2 The Year 2000|Rave Un2 The Year 2000]] version
 
}}
 
}}
 
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|unreleased versions      =  
 
|unreleased versions      =  
 
|sampled in                =
 
|sampled in                =
|first live appearance    = [[23_August,_1993-am|23 August, 1993 (am), Estandard, Barcelona, Spain]]
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|first live appearance    = [[23_August 1993-am|23 August 1993 (a.m.): Estandard, Barcelona, Spain]]<br>
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* [[17 November 1999-m2|17 November 1999 (mat.): Studios Canal+, Paris, France]]; [[09 September 2000-am|9 September 2000 (a.m.): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA]] <small> (lyrics only) </small>
 
|performed regularly on    = none
 
|performed regularly on    = none
 
|performed occasionally in = [[All Concerts#1993|1993]], [[All Concerts#1998|1998]], [[All Concerts#1999|1999]]
 
|performed occasionally in = [[All Concerts#1993|1993]], [[All Concerts#1998|1998]], [[All Concerts#1999|1999]]

Latest revision as of 06:51, 30 June 2020

Underneath The Cream   < < < Non-Prince Songs All Prince Songs Unreleased Songs > > >   Undisputed
The Undertaker

Thevoice album.jpg
from the album The Voice
Song details
Performer: Mavis Staples; Prince; SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 24 August 1993 - The Voice album
Album(s): The Voice
Writer(s): Prince, Tommy Barbarella, Michael B., Levi Seacer, Jr. and Sonny T.
Producer(s): Ricky Peterson; Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

The Undertaker is the sixth track on Mavis Staples' second Paisley Park Records album The Voice, and was included as the eleventh track when the album was re-released by NPG Records in 1995. In 1995, it was included as the second track on the CD single of Blood Is Thicker Than Time single, released in Europe to promote the reissue. Also in 1995, a rehearsal version of the track by Prince was included as the sixth track (and title track) on Prince's VHS release The Undertaker. In 2001, the same recording of the track (although this time credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png), was released on mp3 as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 10, with an accompanying .mov video taken directly from The Undertaker. Unusually, writing credit is given to Prince, Tommy Barbarella, Michael B., Levi Seacer, Jr. and Sonny T..

While specific recording dates are not known for Mavis Staples' version, the track was recorded in Summer 1992 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Prince's version was recorded as part of the session for the aborted The Undertaker album on 14 June 1993 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (along with versions of The Ride, Poorgoo, Honky Tonk Women, Bambi, Zannalee and Dolphin, the day before recording Calhoun Square), but no other studio version by Prince is known to exist.

The song title stems from Mavis Staples' six-year marriage to a mortician.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Summer 1992 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking (Mavis Staples version)
14 June 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Rehearsal recording
Recording Personnel

Mavis Staples version


SymbolSmaller.png version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Undertaker 7:26 The Voice

Blood Is Thicker Than Time single

Studio
The Undertaker 9:44 NPG Music Club Edition # 10 mp3 download Rehearsal 14 June 1993, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA
The Undertaker 5:48 NPG Ahdio Show # 11 mp3 (not available as a separate track) Rehearsal Unknown rehearsal date and location; instrumental version including clips of Groove On
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Undertaker 9:44 The Undertaker VHS/laserdisc

NPG Music Club Edition # 10 .mov download

Rehearsal 14 June 1993, Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA
The Undertaker 6:59 The Sacrifice Of Victor VHS/laserdisc Live 8 September 1993 am, Bagley's Warehouse, London, England
The Undertaker (Sax Solo) 1:06 Rave Un2 The Year 2000 VHS/DVD Live 18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA; saxophone by Kathy Jensen
The Undertaker (Harmonica Solo) 1:04 Rave Un2 The Year 2000 VHS/DVD Live 18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA; saxophone by Jimmy Russell
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Undertaker (Sax Solo) 1:06 NPGOnlineLtd.com audio stream Live 18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA; saxophone by Kathy Jensen; audio of Rave Un2 The Year 2000 version
The Undertaker (Harmonica Solo) 1:04 NPGOnlineLtd.com audio stream Live 18 December 1999, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA; saxophone by Jimmy Russell; audio of Rave Un2 The Year 2000 version


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
Underneath The Cream   < < < All Songs Unreleased Songs > > >   Undisputed