Check The Record

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Check The Record

Welcome 2 America album artwork
from the album Welcome 2 America
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 30 July 2021 - Welcome 2 America album
Album(s): Welcome 2 America
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince and Morris Hayes
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Check The Record is the seventh song of the tenth posthumous album Welcome 2 America (the first full previously-unreleased studio album of Prince material). Initial tracking took place on 10 March 2010 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (the day before Same Page, Different Book). It was one of the first songs recorded with drummer Chris Coleman and bassist Tal Wilkenfeld slated for release on the Welcome 2 America album. The track was worked on further the following months with Shelby J., Elisa Dease and Liv Warfield.

A tape photographed in Prince’s vault at Paisley Park Studios has the song listed as 'The Record' with two versions in it (labeled as track 1 take 2, and track 2 take 1). Other tracks on the same tape are Black Muse and 1000 Light Years From Here (later released as part of Black Muse), as well as a song called seemingly called Wud.

Check The Record was played live on 18 January 2013, Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Minneapolis, MN, USA with almost entirely new lyrics. It is not known if these verses were from one of two versions recorded in 2010 or if Prince re-recorded the song later with 3rdEyeGirl.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
10 March 2010 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
March - April 2010 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Vocal overdubs
Spring 2010 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional production by Morris Hayes
Late 2012 or early 2013 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Possible re-recording with 3rdEyeGirl
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Check The Record 3:28 Welcome 2 America Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Check The Record Studio Alternate take
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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