I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man

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I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man

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from the album
Sign O’ The Times

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe
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single art for
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 30 March 1987 - Sign O’ The Times album
16 July 2020 - '’streaming & download platforms (1979 Version)
Album(s): Sign O’ The Times

The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
Ultimate
4Ever

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man is the fourth track on the second disc of Prince’s ninth album Sign O’ The Times, and, seven months after the album’s release, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man was released as the album’s fourth single.

A live version was also included in the concert movie Sign O’ The Times.

In 1993, the single edit was included as the tenth track on Prince’s first compilation album The Hits 1 (also included as the first disc of The Hits / The B-Sides).

Basic tracking took place on 23 May 1979, at Hollywood Sound Recorders (Studio A), Los Angeles, California, during sessions which focused on overdubs and mixing the Prince album. It is unclear if the track was worked on further in 1982 (the year it was previously thought to be first recorded in), but it was re-recorded from scratch on 16 July 1986 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California. It was included as the the tenth track on the 18 July 1986 configuration of Dream Factory.

When the album developed into the triple-album Crystal Ball, the song was included as the seventh and final track on the second disc on the 30 November 1986 configuration, which was eventually pared down and became Sign O’ The Times.

The original 1979 Version was released in September 2020, on one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe set. It was released as a preview for the album on 16 July 2020 (on the 34th anniversary of the re-recording), along with a photo of Prince’s original handwritten lyrics, written on a 12" record sleeve.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
23 May 1979 Hollywood Sound Recorders (Studio A),
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Basic tracking
16 July 1986 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Reworking and additional recording
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments (on both versions)

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 6:31 Sign O’ The Times

I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man single

Studio
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Edit) 3:39 I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man single

The Crown Jewels promo
The Hits 1
The Hits / The B-Sides
Ultimate
4Ever

Edit
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (1979 Version) 3:12 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 3:57 Sign O’ The Times DVD Live promo video See I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man video for details
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 8:27 Sign O’ The Times VHS/DVD Live See Sign O’ The Times for details
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 6:37 NPG Music Club Edition # 4 .mov download Live 8 December 2000, San Jose State University - Event Center Arena, San Jose, CA, USA; includes interpolation of Summertime (uncredited)
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Eye.png Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 3:37 Love4OneAnother.com Real Audio stream Live 28 December 1998, Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man T.B.C. The Art Of Musicology performance broadcast Live 20 April 2004, Webster Hall, New York, NY, USA
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 7:56 3rd Eye Girl YouTube Stream Live 25 September 2012, United Center, Chicago, IL, USA
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 5:42 3rd Eye Girl YouTube Stream Live 25 May 2014, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man Studio 1986 version for Dream Factory, slightly longer than released version
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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References
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