With This Tear

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With This Tear

Celinedion album.jpg
from the album Celine Dion
Song details
Performer: Celine Dion
First Released: 31 March 1992 - Celine Dion album
Album(s): Celine Dion
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Walter Afanasieff
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This song is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

With This Tear is the 13th track (twelfth song) on Celine Dion’s 17th album (second English-language album) Celine Dion. The track was written by Prince, but was re-recorded by Dion’s own musicians for release.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in January 1992 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced Born 2 B.R.E.E.D., In A Word Or 2, The Continental, Damn U, The Flow, Qualified and a revamped version of Sex). Clare Fischer arranged and recorded orchestration for the song, at Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, California. The song was initially intended for Jevetta Steele, but it is not known if she recorded a version of the track. It was submitted to Celine Dion soon afterwards, and she recorded her own version at some point between January and early March 1992, produced by Walter Afanasieff.

In 1993, a brief sample of With This Tear was used in a Segue from Carmen Electra’s album Carmen Electra, as if heard while scanning through a radio dial (clips of Hit U In The Socket, In A Word Or 2, The Voice, Sexy M.F. and Goldnigga are also heard).

Prince re-recorded the song with the group Milenia in Summer 2001 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. This version of With This Tear was intended for Milenia’s first album, but it was ultimately not included when it evolved into Our Story released in 2002.

Prince’s version (guide vocal) of With This Tears was one of the Vault tracks recorded between 1990 and 1992 slated to appear on the planned Diamonds & Love expected to be released by The Prince Estate in the summer of 2022. That project, which consisted of material spanning both the Diamonds And Pearls and SymbolSmallerBlue.png eras, was reduced to the Diamonds And Pearls era, excluding songs recorded after October 1991 (and this track as a result).

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
January 1992 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
January - early March 1992 Mad Hatter Studios,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Orchestral overdubs by Clare Fischer
January - early March 1992 Record Plant,
Sausalito, CA, USA and

Studio Morin Heights,
Morin-Heights, Québec, Canada.

Re-recording (Celine Dion version)
Summer 2001 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Re-recording with Milenia
Recording Personnel

Celine Dion version

  • Celine Dion - vocals
  • Walter Afanasieff - keyboards, synth, bass, synclavier, acoustic guitar
  • Ren Klyce - Synclavier, sampler
  • Gary Cirimelli - Synclavier, programming
  • Dan Shea - keyboards, programming
  • Clare Fischer - orchestral arrangement
Orchestral Players:
  • Violins - Israel Baker, Russ Cantor, Ron Clark, Edward Green III, Harry Scorzo, Francine Walsh, Pamela Gates, Bruce Dukov, Norma Leonard, Teruko Brooks, Paul Shure, Pamela Thompkins, Gary Gertzweig, Davida Johnson, Ralph Morrison, Betty Moor
  • Violas - Alan de Veritch, Jorge Moraga, Michael Nowak, David Stenske, Margot MacLaine, Marilyn Baker
  • Cellos - Fred Seykora, Earl Madison, Nils Oliver, Judith Johnson
  • Contrabass - James Hughart, Robert Stone

Prince version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments
  • Other recording personnel not known

Milenia version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
With This Tear 4:12 Celine Dion

The Collector’s Series, Volume One


Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Segue [# 1] 0:29 Carmen Electra Segue See Segue for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
With This Tear Studio Prince’s original recording, recorded January 1992
With This Tear Studio Milenia version, recorded in 2001
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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