Private Joy

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Private Joy

from the album Controversy
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 14 October 1981 - Controversy album
Album(s): Controversy
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Private Joy is the fourth track on Prince’s fourth album Controversy, and, nine months after the album’s release, it was included as the b-side of Do Me, Baby, the album’s third single.

The song’s music was re-used (and possibly re-recorded) from the unreleased track Dear Uncle George, recorded earlier in 1981. Basic tracking for Private Joy took place on 16 August 1981 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, during a week of final work on the Controversy album, following some equipment problems at nearby Hollywood Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, California, where he had been working previously. This marks the first Prince track recorded at Sunset Sound, therefore (Prince would continue to work there throughout the 1980s, and return again in 2008). It;s also the first song Prince used the Linn LM-1 drum machine on, that would be a staple in his sound for many years to come.

Prince later reused the guitar solo in the track Poem (later edited to become Orgasm). Orgasm’s inclusion on Come marked the first time a substantial musical segment had been used on more than one studio album.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
16 August 1981 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Private Joy 4:25 Controversy

Do Me, Baby single
Prince Sampler promotional album


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Let’s Work (Dance Remix) 8:02 Let’s Work single


Extended version a.k.a. Let’s Work (Xtended); see Let’s Work for more details
Come 3:42 Come promo Studio Track is titled Come, but is actually Poem; Original full-length version of Orgasm before editing for album
Orgasm 1:39 Come See Orgasm for more details
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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