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|song name                = Coco Boys
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|song name                = The Cocoa Boys
|single image              = [[File:Unreleasedsong.jpg|link=Unreleased Songs]]
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|single image              = [[File:sottDeluxe.jpg|100px|link= Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe'']]<br><small> from the album <br>[[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe'']]
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|first released            = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/September 25|25 September 2020]] – [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe'']]
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|album(s)                  = [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe'']]
 
|performer                = [[Prince]]
 
|performer                = [[Prince]]
|writer(s)                = [[Prince]] (assumed)
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|writer(s)                = [[Prince]]  
|producer(s)              = [[Prince]] (assumed)
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|producer(s)              = [[Prince]]  
 
|previous song            = [[Coca-Cola]]
 
|previous song            = [[Coca-Cola]]
 
|next song                = [[Coincidence Or Fate?]]
 
|next song                = [[Coincidence Or Fate?]]
|introduction              = '''Coco Boys''' is an unreleased track initially recorded during a soundcheck session on [[25 August 1986]] at Le Zénith, Paris, France, hours before the [[Parade Tour]] show there (along with recordings of [[Susannah's Blues]], [[Strange Relationship]], [[Last Heart]], a cover version of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Temptations The Temptations]' [[I Can't Get Next To You]] and a first run-through of [[It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night]], which was then recorded live at the show).  
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|introduction              = '''The Cocoa Boys''' (previously assumed to be titled '''Coco Boys''') is a track recorded by [[Prince]] alone on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/September 14|14 September 1986]] at his [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]] in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
  
It is likely that this version was instrumental, but this is unconfirmed.  
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The song was written specifically for the planned musical [[Musical: The Dawn|The Dawn]] (along with [[Crucial]] and [[When The Dawn Of The Morning Comes]]), but the musical was ultimately abandoned, and the song was never intended for any other of [[Prince]]’s many late-1986 album projects.  
  
[[Prince]] recorded a studio version of the track (with lyrics) on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/September 14|14 September 1986]] at his [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]], Chanhassen, Minnesota (the day after [[Crucial]], two days before [[Shockadelica]]).  
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Overdubs, including background vocals, horns and a bed of looped audiences, presumed to be from the [[25 August 1986]] show at Le Zénith, Paris, France, where [[It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night]] were added at a later session.  
  
The song was written specifically for the planned musical [[Musical: The Dawn|The Dawn]] (along with [[Crucial]] and [[When The Dawn Of The Morning Comes]]), but the musical was ultimately abandoned, and the song was never intended for any of [[Prince]]'s many late-1986 album projects.  
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The song also has the lines ''‘All the boys and all the girls, you are the new kings of the world’'', later reused in [[Positivity]], as well as a chant of ''‘We are beautiful, it’s gonna be beautiful night’'' from [[It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night]].  
  
The '''Coco Boys''' was the name of a band included as characters in the musical; while the band names changed, the idea of rival bands was reused in the [[Film: Graffiti Bridge|Graffiti Bridge]] movie.
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The '''Cocoa Boys''' was the name of a band of fictional brothers Joey and Frankie Coco, included as characters in the musical. The Cocoa in the band name is supposedly a play on words in the fictional story of the song. While the band names changed, the idea of rival bands was reused in the initial 1987 draft of the [[Film: Graffiti Bridge|Graffiti Bridge]] movie.
  
Of note is that the pseudonym [[Joey Coco]], used by [[Prince]] as the writer of [[You're My Love]], was intended to be one of the '''Coco Boys'''.
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In September 2020 the studio version of the song was released on one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe'']] set.
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It is unclear if, but alleged that, the song was played as an instrumental jam during a soundcheck session on [[25 August 1986]] at Le Zénith, Paris, France, hours before the [[Parade Tour]] show there (along with recordings of [[Susannah’s Blues]], [[Strange Relationship]], [[Last Heart]], a cover version of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Temptations The Temptations]’ [[I Can't Get Next To You]] and a first run-through of [[It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night]], which was then recorded live at the show).  
 
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|date                      = [[25 August 1986]]
 
|date                      = [[25 August 1986]]
|studio                    = [[25 August 1986|Le Zénith, Paris, France]]
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|studio                    = [[25 August 1986|Le Zénith,<br>Paris, France]]
|additional info          = Soundcheck recording
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|additional info          = ‘audience’ of main show (assumed)
 
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{{RecordingLine|
 
{{RecordingLine|
 
|date                      = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/September 14|14 September 1986]]
 
|date                      = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/September 14|14 September 1986]]
|studio                    = [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]], Chanhassen, MN, USA
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|studio                    = [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]],<br>Chanhassen, MN, USA
 
|additional info          = Basic tracking
 
|additional info          = Basic tracking
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{{RecordingLine|
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|date                      = September 1986
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|studio                    = [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]],<br>Chanhassen, MN, USA
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|additional info          = overdubs, including horns
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{{RecordingLine|
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|date                      = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/November 22|22 November 1986]]
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|studio                    = [[Galpin Blvd Home Studio]],<br>Chanhassen, MN, USA
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|additional info          = possible overdubs and mix
 
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|recording personnel      =  
 
|recording personnel      =  
'''Soundcheck version'''
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*[[Prince]] - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
 
*[[Prince]] - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
 
*[[Bobby Z.]] - drums
 
*[[Bobby Z.]] - drums
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*[[Wally Safford]] - background vocals (unknown participation)
 
*[[Wally Safford]] - background vocals (unknown participation)
 
*[[Greg Brooks]] - background vocals (unknown participation)
 
*[[Greg Brooks]] - background vocals (unknown participation)
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'''Studio version'''
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*[[Prince]] - all vocals and instruments
*[[Prince]] - all vocals and instruments (assumed)
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*[[Eric Leeds]] - saxophone
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*[[Atlanta Bliss]] - trumpet
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|1= '''The Cocoa Boys'''
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|2= 6:06
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|3= [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe'']]
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|1= '''Coco Boys'''
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|1= '''The Cocoa Boys'''
 
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|2= Soundcheck
|3= Recorded [[25 August 1986]]; most likely instrumental
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|3= Recorded [[25 August 1986]] (instrumental jam)
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|1= '''Coco Boys'''
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|1= '''The Cocoa Boys'''
 
|2= Studio
 
|2= Studio
|3= Recorded [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/September 14|14 September 1986]]
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|3= Version, before background vocals, horns and other overdubs
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|performed regularly on    = none
 
|performed regularly on    = none
 
|performed occasionally in = none
 
|performed occasionally in = none
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|trivia                    = The intro of [[The Cocoa Boys]] opens with the same Sequential Circuits Prophet VS, FILMUSIC (patch 69) preset synth opening heard in [[U Got The Look]] and [[Nine]].
|see also                  = [[Unreleased Songs]]
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* The pseudonym [[Joey Coco]] was used by [[Prince]] as the writer of of at least eight songs for other artists: [[101]], [[Baby Go-Go]], [[Cool Love]], [[Neon Telephone]]), [[Telepathy]] and [[You’re My Love]], with [[Jill Jones]]' [[My Man]] and [[Violet Blue]] listed as [[Prince]] compositions on her [[Album: Jill Jones| album]], but registered to [[Joey Coco]] at the Library of Congress.
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*It is unclear why the character in the song and planned musical [[Musical: The Dawn|The Dawn]] was Joey Coco but used as a writing synonym as [[Joey Coco]].
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|see also                  = [[Album: Sign O’ The Times Deluxe|Sign O’ The Times ''Super Deluxe'']] album
 
* [[Musical: The Dawn|The Dawn]] musical
 
* [[Musical: The Dawn|The Dawn]] musical
|references                = ''[[Book:_The_Vault|The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince (2004)]] ''
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|references                = ''[[Book:_The_Vault|The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince (2004)]]''
|categories                = [[Category:1986]][[Category:Songs (Prince)]][[Category:Unreleased Songs]][[Category:Recorded 1986]]
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|categories                = [[Category:2020]] ]][[Category:Released Songs (Prince)]] [[Category:Songs (Prince)]] [[Category:Recorded 1986]]
 
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Latest revision as of 20:35, 22 September 2020

Coca-Cola   < < < Non-Prince Songs All Prince Songs Unreleased Songs > > >   Coincidence Or Fate?
The Cocoa Boys

Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe
from the album
Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 25 September 2020Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe
Album(s): Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe
Writer(s): Prince
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

The Cocoa Boys (previously assumed to be titled Coco Boys) is a track recorded by Prince alone on 14 September 1986 at his Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The song was written specifically for the planned musical The Dawn (along with Crucial and When The Dawn Of The Morning Comes), but the musical was ultimately abandoned, and the song was never intended for any other of Prince’s many late-1986 album projects.

Overdubs, including background vocals, horns and a bed of looped audiences, presumed to be from the 25 August 1986 show at Le Zénith, Paris, France, where It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night were added at a later session.

The song also has the lines ‘All the boys and all the girls, you are the new kings of the world’, later reused in Positivity, as well as a chant of ‘We are beautiful, it’s gonna be beautiful night’ from It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night.

The Cocoa Boys was the name of a band of fictional brothers Joey and Frankie Coco, included as characters in the musical. The Cocoa in the band name is supposedly a play on words in the fictional story of the song. While the band names changed, the idea of rival bands was reused in the initial 1987 draft of the Graffiti Bridge movie.

In September 2020 the studio version of the song was released on one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe set.

It is unclear if, but alleged that, the song was played as an instrumental jam during a soundcheck session on 25 August 1986 at Le Zénith, Paris, France, hours before the Parade Tour show there (along with recordings of Susannah’s Blues, Strange Relationship, Last Heart, a cover version of The TemptationsI Can't Get Next To You and a first run-through of It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night, which was then recorded live at the show).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
25 August 1986 Le Zénith,
Paris, France
‘audience’ of main show (assumed)
14 September 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
September 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
overdubs, including horns
22 November 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
possible overdubs and mix
Recording Personnel



Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
The Cocoa Boys 6:06 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Studio


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The Cocoa Boys Studio Version, before background vocals, horns and other overdubs
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
Coca-Cola   < < < All Songs Unreleased Songs > > >   Coincidence Or Fate?
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