Graffiti Bridge

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Graffiti Bridge

from the album Graffiti Bridge
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 20 August 1990 - Graffiti Bridge album
Album(s): Graffiti Bridge
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
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

Graffiti Bridge is the 16th track on Prince’s twelfth album Graffiti Bridge. The song also features in the movie Graffiti Bridge.

Basic tracking took place on 11 July 1987 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, two days after Melody Cool and No Changes, and around the same time as a re-recording of If I Love You Tonight, now titled If I Love U 2 Nite). Graffiti Bridge therefore marks the earliest recording from Paisley Park Studios to be released with Prince vocals. An early version of the song was included as the third track on a 25 September 1988 configuration of Graffiti Bridge. It was included as the 13th track on a late 1989 configuration. Vocal and instrumental overdubs took place in late 1989 or early 1990 at Paisley Park Studios.

In February 1990 Clare Fischer recorded string overdubs at Mad Hatter Studios in Los Angeles, California, but this string arrangement was not used on the song. The short Fischer orchestration that begins the track is in fact not from the arrangement made for it, but from an arrangement Fischer did for the unreleased (Jill Jones song) Killin’ At The Soda Shop.

The movie Graffiti Bridge was developed starting in September 1987, indicating that the theme of Graffiti Bridge was conceived to some degree before the movie itself.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
11 July 1987 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Late 1989 - early 1990 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Vocal overdubs
February 1990 Mad Hatter Studios
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Orchestra overdubs by Clare Fischer
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Graffiti Bridge 3:51 Graffiti Bridge Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Graffiti Bridge 1:35 Graffiti Bridge DVD Studio Edit of the album version
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Soul Psychodelicide Studio Unreleased 1989 track
Shake! (Boom Mix) 5:05 Shake! single Remix Remix by Levi Seacer, Jr.
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Graffiti Bridge Studio Original 1987 version, before vocal overdubs
Graffiti Bridge Studio 1990 version with Clare Fischer Orchestra overdubs, not used on the album
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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