International Lover

International Lover

(Featured Image: “There’s never been more love in the air!” Early 1970s Southwest Airlines ad; stolen from Flashbak.)

Following a month and a half of dates in the Mid-Atlantic, South, and Midwest, Prince took a break from the Controversy tour in mid-January 1982. He spent the majority of this time in Los Angeles: attending the American Music Awards and laying down tracks at his new favorite studio, Sunset Sound. Most of the songs he recorded in these weeks were intended for his protégés (and budding rivalsthe Time: “Gigolos Get Lonely Too,” “The Walk,” and “Wild and Loose” would all end up on their second album, What Time is It? But the sessions also yielded what would become the closing track on Prince’s fifth album: a seductive ballad in the “Do Me, Baby” vein called “International Lover.”

In fact, according to Per Nilsen’s studio sessions Bible The Vault, “International Lover” very nearly ended up on What Time is It? as well. Recorded just a few days after “Gigolos Get Lonely Too” (January 11) and on the same day as overdubs for “The Walk” (January 14), its place in the chronology clearly suggests Prince had it in mind as a Time song; there’s very likely a tape somewhere with vocals by Morris Day. But in what would become a pattern for Prince with his spinoff acts, he ended up liking the song so much that he took it back for himself.

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Andresmusictalk: The 8 Records I’m Most Excited about Not Buying for Record Store Day 2017

Andresmusictalk: The 8 Records I’m Most Excited about Not Buying for Record Store Day 2017

(Featured Image: Christopher Tracy’s word game in Under the Cherry Moon, 1986; © Warner Bros.)

It’s been a while since I made a Prince-related guest post on Andresmusictalk–and, to be honest, this one stretches the definition of “Prince-related.” But with Record Store Wrecka Stow Day coming up in two weeks, and at least two Prince-related exclusives on the list of releases, maybe at least a few of my readers will be interested. I’m not making it this year (hence the eight records I’m excited about “not” buying), but if anybody out there is lucky enough to snag that “Little Red Corvette” picture disc, let me know so I can froth with the appropriate amount of jealousy:

The 8 Records I’m Most Excited about Not Buying for Record Store Day 2017

I’ll be back Monday with a review of the new memoir by Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia (spoiler alert: I liked it). The next “real” post should be going up Wednesday or Thursday. And I have some other exciting stuff planned, so stay tuned!