Love Machine is the ninth track on Prince’s twelfth album Graffiti Bridge (the second track on the album to be credited to The Time). The track is also featured in the movie Graffiti Bridge.
While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in August 1989 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota for The Time’s Corporate World album (during the same sessions that produced Murph Drag, Nine Lives, Donald Trump (Black Version), Release It, Shake!, Corporate World and The Latest Fashion).
The released version of Love Machine is sung by Morris Day and Elisa Fiorillo while the initial version was sung by Prince and Jill Jones. This version contained the line "When I need trombone my dog is handy, when I need sax, I call Candy" also used for the Video Mix version of Partyman (slightly changed to "When I need trombone my dog is handy, but when I want sax, I call Candy"). Candy Dulfer added saxophone overdubs in August 1989, also at Paisley Park Studios (during the same set of sessions where she added saxophone overdubs to My Summertime Thang, Release It, Murph Drag, The Latest Fashion, Donald Trump (Black Version), Data Bank and My Baby Knows).
The song was included as the fourth track on the Corporate World album in early September 1989, as planned for release in November 1989. The album was abandoned when Warner Bros. wanted to involve the other original members of The Time, but many of the tracks were saved for Pandemonium and Graffiti Bridge.
Love Machine was included as the eighth track on a late 1989 configuration of Graffiti Bridge. An edited version was included as the ninth track on the 1990 configuration, where it remained for the final release.