5 Women

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5 Women (a.k.a. Five Women)

from the album Night Calls

single art for Five Women

from the album The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale

promo art for 5 Women

Song details
Performer: Joe Cocker; Prince
First Released: 7 October 1991 - Night Calls album (Joe Cocker version)

24 August 1999 - The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale album (Prince version)

Album(s): Night Calls

The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): David Tickle; Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

5 Women was initially available (as Five Women) as the ninth track on Joe Cocker’s album Night Calls, and in 1992, Five Women was released as a single in Europe. In 1999, Prince’s original version was released as the fourth track on Prince’s 22nd album The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale, and at around the time of the album’s release, 5 Women was available as a promotional single (with no commercial release).

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking for Prince’s version were recorded in late August or early September 1990 at Warner Pioneer Studios, Tokyo, Japan, while in Tokyo for two dates on the Nude Tour (during the same set of sessions that produced Willing And Able, Strollin’, Money Don’t Matter 2 Night and Something Funky (This House Comes)). The track was sent to Joe Cocker for consideration in 1991, and Cocker re-recorded it with his band in 1991 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Cocker asked Prince to play guitar on this version, but Prince was busy at the time, and told Cocker that it was now "his baby".

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late August - early September 1990 Warner Pioneer Studios,
Tokyo, Japan
Late 1990 - 1991 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Horn overdubs
1991 A&M Studios,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Joe Cocker re-recording
Recording Personnel

Joe Cocker version

Prince version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Five Women 5:34 Night Calls

Now That The Magic Has Gone maxi-single

Studio Joe Cocker version (released first)
Five Women 3:59 Five Women single
Edit Joe Cocker version (edit by Chris Lord-Alge)
5 Women 5:12 The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale

5 Women promo

Studio Prince version

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
5 Women Studio Prince version prior to horn overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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