(Theme Song From) Which Way Is Up?

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(Theme Song From) Which Way Is Up?

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logo from 3rdEye TV (no official artwork)
Welcome 2 America album artwork
from the Blu-Ray included on the
Deluxe Edition of Welcome 2 America
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 30 June 2013 - 3rdEye TV Show # 7 video stream
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Norman Whitfield
Producer(s): Prince (assumed, no official credits given)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

(Theme Song From) Which Way Is Up?, a live performance cover version of the track by Stargard, was streamed during 3rdEye TV Show # 7 in 2013, as the leading track in a medley with Dancing Machine, Partyman and It’s Alright. The track originally appeared in the 1977 comedy movie Which Way Is Up?, starring Richard Pryor (a scene from the film is sampled on Return Of The Bump Squad). (Theme Song From) Which Way Is Up? was released as a single the following year and appearing on Stargard’s debut album Stargard (1978).

The track was written by Norman Whitfield. The version streamed was a live version from 30 June 2013 (a.m.) City Winery Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, with lead vocals by Shelby J., who had sung the track live regularly since joining Prince’s band in late 2006. A live version of the song (from the show given on 28 April 2011 at The Forum, Inglewood, California, USA) was included on the Blu-ray of the deluxe edition of the posthumous Welcome 2 America album released in 2021.

No studio version by Prince of (Theme Song From) Which Way Is Up? is believed to exist.



Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
n/a n/a This track is not believed to have been recorded in the studio by Prince
Recording Personnel

N.B. - recording personnel below refer to streamed versions; this track is not known to have been recorded in the studio by Prince

Live version from 2013


Live version from 2011


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
n/a n/a n/a n/a There have been no audio-only releases of this track on 'hard-format'.
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Brown Skin ?:?? Welcome 2 America Deluxe edition Live 28 April 2011, The Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
(Theme Song From) Which Way Is Up? / Dancing Machine / Partyman / It’s Alright 4:52 3rdEye TV Show # 7 live video stream Live 30 June 2013 (a.m.) City Winery Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Dancing Machine / Partyman / It’s Alright 4:48 3rdEye TV Show # 5 performance audio stream Rehearsal Late June 2013, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed); snippet of (Theme Song From) Which Way Is Up? included in opening
 
Additional Information

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References
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