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Release It

from the album Graffiti Bridge
Song details
Performer: The Time
First Released: 20 August 1990 - Graffiti Bridge album
Album(s): Graffiti Bridge
Writer(s): Prince and Levi Seacer, Jr.
Producer(s): Prince and Levi Seacer, Jr.
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Release It is the third track on Prince’s twelfth album Graffiti Bridge (the first 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 between June and early September 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), Love Machine, Shake!, Corporate World and The Latest Fashion). The song was included as the ninth track on the 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. It was included as the third track on a late 1989 configuration of Graffiti Bridge, where it stayed on the 1990 configuration and on the final release.

The song contains an uncredited sample of "Squib Cakes" by Tower Of Power (written by Chester Thompson, from their 1974 album Back To Oakland), which was later also sampled on Sleep Around, Prince sampled a brief portion of drums from that track and looped it to create the drum backing.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
June - early September 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Late July - early September 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Saxophone overdubs by Candy Dulfer
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Release It 3:54 Graffiti Bridge Studio

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Shake! (Boom Mix) 5:05 Shake! single Remix Remix by Levi Seacer, Jr.
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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