Witness 4 The Prosecution

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Witness 4 The Prosecution

Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
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

Witness 4 The Prosecution is an unreleased track initially recorded on 27 March 1986 at Prince's Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (two days after Love And Sex, on the same day as Movie Star and A Place In Heaven). Further recording was done by Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Susannah Melvoin and Eric Leeds on 15 April 1986 at Prince's Galpin Blvd Home Studio while Prince was en route returning from France shooting additional scenes for Under The Cherry Moon (on the same day Lisa Coleman recorded Visions).

While the track was not included on a late April 1986 configuration of the Dream Factory album, it was included as the 17th track (15th song) on the 3 June 1986 configuration, and as the 16th track on the 18 July 1986 configuration.

Prince re-recorded the track completely on 6 October 1986 (the day after Rescue Me and the day before disbanding the Revolution and recording Telepathy) at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California. It is not known if this re-recording was intended for any specific project.

In late 1998 / 1999, the track was intended for inclusion on the Roadhouse Garden album of Prince and the Revolution-era tracks (indicating that it would have been the 15 April 1986 version of the song), but this album remains unreleased.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
27 March 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
15 April 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Band overdubs (without Prince)
6 October 1986 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Recording Personnel

Dream Factory version

Re-recorded version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Witness 4 The Prosecution Studio Prince's original version, recorded 27 March 1986
Witness 4 The Prosecution Studio Original version after overdubs, intended for Dream Factory
Witness 4 The Prosecution Studio Re-recording, recorded 6 October 1986

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The crowd noise loop at the beginning and end of the song is a sample from the Fairlight CMI sample-synthesizer.

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