International Lover

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International Lover

1999.jpg
from the album 1999
Piano&amicrophone1983.jpg
from the album Piano & A Microphone 1983
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 27 October 1982 - 1999 album
Album(s): 1999

Piano & A Microphone 1983
1999 Deluxe
Prince And The Revolution: Live

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

International Lover is the eleventh and final track on Prince's fifth album 1999, and in 1983 it was included as a b-side on some versions of the single Little Red Corvette, the album's second single.

A brief solo piano rehearsal of the track was released on the 2018 posthumous album Piano & A Microphone 1983.

It was intended for The Time's second album What Time Is It?. A version with Morris Day on vocals was recorded but Prince didn't like the result and reclaimed the song to use on 1999 instead.

Basic tracking took place on 14 January 1982 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California three days after and Gigolos Get Lonely Too, two days after Bold Generation, the same day as The Walk, and the day before Colleen), during sessions for The Time's second album What Time Is It?.


Prince recorded an initial version on this day with Morris Day on drums. This version was released as Take 1 (Live In Studio) as the eighth track on the Vault Tracks part 1 disc of a Deluxe edition of the 1999 album. The version was worked on further on the same day and possibly at a later date, so that almost none of the elements of this 'take 1' version can be heard in the track as it was released on 1999 in 1982. Morris Day's version was recorded most likely shortly after at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The Take 1 version was released as a single to streaming platforms on 11 October 2019.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
14 January 1982 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking (Take 1)
14 January 1982 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking (Take 2)
January 1982 (estimate) Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
With Morris Day on lead vocals
August 1983 (estimate) Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Rehearsal recording
Recording Personnel

1999 version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

1999 Deluxe version (as Take 1 (Live In Studio))

The Time version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
International Lover 6:35 1999

Little Red Corvette single

Studio
International Lover 6:35 1999 Deluxe Studio Remastered in 2019
International Lover (Take 1) (Live In Studio) 7:19 1999 Deluxe Studio
Internatonal Lover 8:41 1999 Deluxe Live 1 December 1982 (a.m.): Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, MI, USA
International Lover 3:48 Piano & A Microphone 1983 'Rehearsal' a.k.a. International Lover (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version); contains instrumental interpolation of Do Me, Baby
International Lover 2:01 Prince And The Revolution: Live Live 30 March 1985, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, USA
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
International Lover 1:00 Prince And The Revolution: Live VHS/laserdisc

Purple Rain Deluxe – Live at the Carrier Dome (DVD)

Live 30 March 1985: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Internatonal Lover 9:50 1999 Deluxe DVD Live 29 December 1982: The Summit, Houston, TX, USA


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
International Lover Studio Lead vocals by Morris Day for What Time Is It?.
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The released mix of International Lover (Take 1) (Live In Studio) was done by Nick Bolas specifically for the 1999 Deluxe release. It was made to replicate the original mix from the time the song was initially tracked, as much as possible. So even when a slightly different mix of this track might exist, the now released version is not considered a true alternate mix of the track.

References
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