All The King’s Horses

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All The King’s Horses

Song details
Performer: Prince
Writer(s): Aretha Franklin
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
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

All The King’s Horses is an unreleased cover version of the track by Aretha Franklin (from her 1972 album Young, Gifted and Black).

Specific recording dates are not known, but the track is believed to have been recorded in 2002 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Clare Fischer recorded an orchestral part in September 2002. Following the song’s recording, Prince released three instrumental albums before returning to the commercial pop music scene; this track may simply have not fit thematically on any of Prince’s albums following its recording.

The song is called All The King’s Horses on the tape and went sent to Clare Fischer but the tape box list its title as All The King’s Men.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
2002 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
September 2002 Capitol Studios,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Orchestra recording by Clare Fischer
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted (assumed)
  • Clare Fischer - orchestration

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
All The King’s Horses Studio Recorded 2002, before orchestral overdubs
All The King’s Horses Studio Final version after orchestral overdubs

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This was one of the unreleased songs was played for VIP attendees of the Celebration event held at Paisley Park Studios in June 2023

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