Games

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Games

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from the album Minneapolis Genius

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from the album Symbolic Beginning
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from the album The Cookhouse Five
Song details
Performer: 94 East
First Released: 12 February 1986 - Minneapolis Genius album
Album(s): Minneapolis Genius

Symbolic Beginning
The Early Years
One Man Jam
94 East Featuring Prince
The Cookhouse Five

Writer(s): Pepé Willie
Producer(s): Pepé Willie and Tony Silvester / Pepé Willie, Tony Silvester and Ralph Moss (on Minneapolis Genius version)
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

Games is the third track on 94 East’s first collection of studio recordings Minneapolis Genius, featuring Prince on guitar.

Basic tracking took place on 4 December 1975, at Cookhouse Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions as I’ll Always Love You, If We Don’t, Better Than You Think and If You See Me), marking the earliest recording featuring Prince to have been released. As with the other tracks included on Minneapolis Genius, additional recording was done by Pepé Willie at Blue Wave Recording Studio, St. Philip, Barbados. Matt "Dr." Fink remixed the track in June 2010, at StarVu Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with the other Cookhouse Studios tracks from the same session.

In 1995, three versions (the Minneapolis Genius overdubbed version, the original from 1975 and the instrumental versions before overdubs) were included on Symbolic Beginning (re-released in 1999 as The Early Years, in 2000 as One Man Jam). The original version was also included on 94 East Featuring Prince released in 2020. In 2011, a remixed version by Matt "Dr." Fink was included as the fourth track on the digital collection The Cookhouse Five.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
4 December 1975 Cookhouse Studios,
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Basic tracking
1984 - 1985 Blue Wave Recording Studio,
St. Philip, Barbados
Additional recording by Pepé Willie
June 2010 StarVu Studios,
Minneapolis, MN USA
Remix by Matt "Dr." Fink
Recording Personnel

Minneapolis Genius version

  • Pepé Willie - synthesizer
  • Prince - guitar
  • Alvin Moody - bass guitar, guitar and keyboards
  • Mark Sullivan - keyboards (uncredited)
  • Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey - drums (uncredited)
  • Unidentified and uncredited horn players


Original version

  • Pepé Willie - vocals and synthesizer
  • Dale Alexander - drums
  • Wendell Thomas - bass guitar
  • Prince - guitar
  • Pierre Lewis - keyboards
  • Marcy Ingvoldstad - vocals
  • Kristie Lazenberry - vocals


Instrumental version



Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Games 5:01 Minneapolis Genius

Symbolic Beginning
The Early Years
One Man Jam

Studio Overdubbed version
Games (Original Version) 3:40 Symbolic Beginning

The Early Years
One Man Jam
94 East Featuring Prince

Studio Original 1975 version before overdubs
Games (Instrumental version) 3:43 Symbolic Beginning

The Early Years
One Man Jam

Studio Alternate version of the original 1975 version
Games 3:36 The Cookhouse Five

If You See Me single

Remix Remix by Matt "Dr." Fink
Games (Instrumental) 3:36 The Cookhouse Five Remix Remix by Matt "Dr." Fink



 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This track, recorded in December 1975, marks the earliest-recorded track featuring Prince to have been released.

References
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