International Lover

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International Lover

from the album 1999
1999 Deluxe.jpg
from the album 1999 Deluxe
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 27 October 1982 - 1999 album
Album(s): 1999
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,

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?.

It was intended to be sung by Morris Day, but Prince reclaimed the song to use on 1999 instead. It is unknown if Morris Day ever recorded his lead vocals for the song.

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.

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)
August 1983 (estimate) Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Rehearsal recording
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

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

Little Red Corvette single
1999 Deluxe

International Lover (Take 1) (Live In Studio) 7:19 1999 Deluxe Studio
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
Internatonal Lover 8:41 1999 Deluxe Live 1 December 1982 (a.m.): Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, MI, 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

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The released mix of International Lover (Take 1) (Live In Studio) was done by Nick Bolas specifically for this 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.

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