If I Had A Harem was released in a live version (as Blues In C (If I Had A Harem) in 1989, as the twelfth track on the Lovesexy Live 2 home video (from the 9 September 1988, Westfallenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany live broadcast). No audio version of the track has been released.
Basic tracking of the studio version of the track with its original title, If I Had A Harem, took place in Spring or early Summer 1988 (likely around May/June). While the released live version contains blues and jazz elements (including horn interpolations of Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra’s Things Ain’t What They Used To Be and Charlie Parker’s Re-Bopper’s Billie’s Bounce), the studio version is quite different, as a solo rockabilly-style recording containing some keyboard riffs which were not included in the live version, as well as a few minor lyrical differences. The studio version was included on the 27 October 1988 configuration of Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic. It was also included as the second track on a late 1988 or early 1989 configuration of Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic, but the album was ultimately abandoned.