Empty Room

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Empty Room

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NPG Music Club download
- no official artwork created

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included on the album C-Note
Song details
Performer: Prince and the New Power Generation
First Released: 4 January 2003 - NPG Music Club mp3 download
Album(s): C-Note

Anthology: 1995-2010

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

Empty Room was initially released as a members-only download from the NPG Music Club on 4 January 2003 (the day after similar downloads were made available of Copenhagen, Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo).

As an "experiment", the song was released by an e-mailed link to European members only, as the track was recorded during the European leg of the One Nite Alone... Tour (during a NPG Music Club members-only soundcheck on 25 October 2002, where Copenhagen was also recorded).

The same version was later included as the fifth and final track on Prince’s third live album C-Note (a compilation of these five soundcheck tracks).

Two studio versions of the track exist.

Original recording

Basic tracking took place in the evening and night of 3 and 4 August 1985, at the Washington Avenue Warehouse in Edina, Minnesota.

It was recorded with the Revolution after a party for the wedding of Bobby Z. And Vicky Rivkin, and following an argument with Susannah Melvoin at that party. Prince left the party and then called the band in to record.


In March 1992, Prince re-recorded the song at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, as a quieter piano track for the James L. Brooks movie I’ll Do Anything (during the same set of sessions as I’ll Do Anything, Make Believe and My Little Pill), but the track is not known to have been considered for the movie, and was not included on a planned I’ll Do Anything album.

In late 1994, Prince made a video for the song, using the original 1985 music (see Empty Room for details).

It is possible the song was considered for inclusion on the Chaos And Disorder album at this point, although this has not been verified. It was however slated to be the fourth track on the 1995 New World album project, a precursor to what became the album Emancipation.

In 1999, the same original 1985 recording was intended for inclusion on the Prince and the Revolution album Roadhouse Garden, but this album was ultimately left unreleased.

No studio version of the track has been released.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
3 into 4 August 1985 Washington Avenue Warehouse,
Edina, MN, USA
Tracking, mix
25 September 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Mix (Susan Rogers & Coke Johnson, Prince not present)
18 March 1992 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
25 October 2002 Falconer Salen,
Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Live recording
Recording Personnel

Released (live) version

Unreleased 1985 version

Unreleased 1992 version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Empty Room 4:01 C-Note

Anthology: 1995-2010

Live 25 October 2002, Falconer Salen, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Empty Room 3:23 Promotional video only Promo video 1994 version; see Empty Room video for more details
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Empty Room 2:15 Andy Allo Facebook video stream Live (excerpt) 17 August 2011: Hallenstadion , Zürich, Switzerland.
Empty Room 4:19 3rdEyeGirl YouTube audio stream Rehearsal 27 October 2014: Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Empty Room Studio 1985 version
Empty Room Studio 1992 version
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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