Love 89

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Love 89

Be Yourself
from the album Be Yourself
Song details
Performer: Patti LaBelle
First Released: 26 June 1989 - Be Yourself album
Album(s): Be Yourself
Writer(s): Prince, Sheena Easton
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

Love 89 is the sixth track on Patti LaBelle’s second MCA Records album Be Yourself. The song was co-written (with Sheena Easton), produced, and largely performed by Prince.

Basic tracking took place on 18 April 1988 at Paisley Park Studios (three days after Fuchsia Light). Initially the song leaned heavily on The Line and uses many of the same samples. The sound of it was changed before release and Patti LaBelle’s vocal overdubs, which she recorded with Prince on 21 May 1988 at Paisley Park Studios (on the same day she recorded lead vocal overdubs for Yo Mister).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
18 April 1988 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
21 May 1988 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Patti LaBelle vocal overdubs
Recording Personnel

Patti LaBelle version

Unreleased version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Love 89 5:09 Be Yourself Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Love 89 studio Prince’s version including original guide vocals
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • It is likely the track was tentatively titled Love 88 until a release was solidified, but this is speculative.

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