Cause And Effect

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Cause And Effect

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streamed on 89.3 The Current website
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screencap from (no official artwork)
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 26 February 2010 - 89.3 The Current website audio stream and website
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Cause And Effect was first available as an audio stream on Minnesota public radio station 89.3 The Current’s website on 26 February 2010 (it was played simultaneously on the station’s Steve Seel and Jill Riley’s morning show, and a 15-second clip was added to their website the previous day - the song was offered to the station the previous week). Cause And Effect was also made available to download on the same day.

On 7 January 2014, a live video of Cause And Effect from 17 August 2013, Coliseu dos Recreios - Sala Principal, Lisbon, Portugal was put on 3rdEyeGirl YouTube account.

A tape photographed in Prince’s vault at Paisley Park Studios lists the song as 27 January 2010 alluding the exact date for the recording at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The song includes a repeated sample of Prince shouting "I am here... Where are you?" taken from his second 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival show, 18 July 2009 (2nd show) (immediately following WhenEyeBlue.png Lay My Hands On U, the performance of which was streamed as a video on in 2009).

One section of the song’s lyrics mention four track titles which later appeared on the 20Ten album: Laydown, Beginning Endlessly, Compassion and Future Soul Song. While this was almost certainly a conscious choice on Prince’s behalf, it is unlikely that Cause And Effect was considered for inclusion on the album due to the difference in style and the presence of Chris Coleman on drums (marking his first known appearance on a Prince-related track). The song was included on a configuration of the Welcome 2 America album in 2010 but not kept on the version released in 2021.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
27 January 2010 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted (assumed)
  • Chris Coleman - drums
  • Larry Graham - bass
  • No other recording personnel information is known at this time.

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Cause And Effect 5:01 download Studio
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Cause And Effect 5:01 89.3 The Current audio stream
Studio Identical to the version above
Cause And Effect 3:32 3rdEyeGirl You Tube account
mp4 video stream
Live 17 August 2013, Coliseu dos Recreios - Sala Principal, Lisbon, Portugal
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Cause And Effect Studio 11 minutes version
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This track marks the first known appearance of drummer Chris Coleman on a Prince-related track.

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