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U

Spellbound album.jpg
from the album Spellbound
Song details
Performer: The Rebels; Paula Abdul
First Released: 14 May 1991 - Spellbound album
Album(s): Spellbound
Writer(s): Prince (as Paisley Park)
Producer(s): Prince (as Paisley Park), Peter Lord (vocal production), V. Jeffrey Smith (vocal production)
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

U (a.k.a. You) is the sixth track on Paula Abdul's second album Spellbound (seventh track on the UK and Japanese editions), and was written, produced, and largely recorded by Prince (credited to Paisley Park).

The track was initially recorded (as You) between 10-21 July 1979 at Mountain Ears Sound Studio in Boulder, Colorado, during sessions for The Rebels album, with Gayle Chapman singing lead vocals (the same set of sessions that produced Too Long, Disco Away, Thrill You Or Kill You, If I Love You Tonight, The Loser, Hard To Get, an untitled instrumental by Dez Dickerson and an untitled instrumental by André Cymone ).

This version, a hard rock track, contained many different lyrics.

While specific recording dates for the released version are not known, basic tracking took place in October 1987, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It was sent to Paula Abdul at some point between 1988 and 1990, when she added her vocals at Studio Masters, Los Angeles, California; her vocals were produced by Peter Lord and V. Jeffrey Smith; who produced much of the album.

Background vocals on her version of the song were performed by Sandra St. Victor, with whom Prince would work in Summer 1995 (co-writing Sanctuary (later renamed Soul Sanctuary), Love Is (later renamed Van Gogh), I'll Never Open My Legs Again (later renamed EyeBlue.png'll Never B Another Fool), How We Livin' (renamed Livin' 2 Die) and Nothing Left To Give).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
10-21 July 1979 Mountain Ears Sound Studio,
Boulder, CO, USA
Basic tracking
October 1987 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Re-recording
1990 (assumed) Studio Masters,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Lead vocal overdubs by Paula Abdul
Recording Personnel

Paula Abdul version


The Rebels version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
U 4:05 Spellbound Studio


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
You Studio 1979 recording by The Rebels
 
Additional Information

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References
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