Dream Factory (album)

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Dream Factory
A cover designed by the Thunderball bootleg label.
Studio album by Prince and The Revolution
Released Cancelled
Recorded March – July 1986
Genre Rock, pop, funk
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Prince and The Revolution

Dream Factory was an unreleased double LP project recorded by Prince and The Revolution from 1986.

History[edit]

Unlike the three previous (Purple Rain has 5 out of 9 songs that the Revolution worked on and performed live) Prince and The Revolution albums, the entire band was invited to the studio to contribute to a majority of the album's material, with the notable exceptions of "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" and "Starfish & Coffee". By the end of June 1986, Dream Factory had expanded to a 19-track double album that now included solo recordings by Prince, while previously recorded tracks such as "Sexual Suicide", "Big Tall Wall", and "Teacher, Teacher" were removed.[1] After The Revolution was dissolved in October 1986, many of the album's tracks were incorporated into Prince's solo three LP project entitled Crystal Ball. However, Prince's record distributor at the time, Warner Bros., balked at a three LP release, so the project was reduced to a two LP set and retitled Sign o' the Times.

In March 2009, Vibe Magazine featured the album on its "51 Albums That Never Were," calling it a "coulda-been classic," and even streaming "All My Dreams" for a limited time.[2] Vibe also interviewed former Revolution members Wendy and Lisa on the project.[3]

Track configurations[4][edit]

April 1986 - Demonstration cassette[edit]

Side A

  1. "Visions" (piano solo by Lisa Coleman)
  2. "Dream Factory"
  3. "It's a Wonderful Day"
  4. "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker"
  5. "Big Tall Wall"
  6. "And That Says What?"

Side B

  1. "Strange Relationship"
  2. "Teacher, Teacher"
  3. "Starfish and Coffee"
  4. "A Place in Heaven"
  5. "Sexual Suicide"

June 3, 1986[edit]

Side A

  1. "Visions"
  2. "Dream Factory"
  3. "It's a Wonderful Day"
  4. "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker"
  5. "It"

Side B

  1. "Strange Relationship"
  2. "Teacher, Teacher"
  3. "Starfish and Coffee"
  4. "Interlude"
  5. "In a Large Room with No Light"
  6. "nevaeH ni ecalP A"
  7. "Sexual Suicide"

Side C

  1. "Crystal Ball"
  2. "Power Fantastic"

Side D

  1. "Last Heart"
  2. "Witness 4 the Prosecution"
  3. "Movie Star"
  4. "A Place in Heaven"
  5. "All My Dreams"

July 18, 1986 - Final configuration[edit]

Side A

  1. "Visions"
  2. "Dream Factory"
  3. "Train"
  4. "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker"
  5. "It"

Side B

  1. "Strange Relationship"
  2. "Starfish & Coffee"
  3. "Interlude"
  4. "Slow Love"
  5. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"

Side C

  1. "Sign 'O' the Times"
  2. "Crystal Ball"
  3. "A Place In Heaven"

Side D

  1. "The Cross"
  2. "Last Heart"
  3. "Witness 4 the Prosecution"
  4. "Movie Star"
  5. "All My Dreams"

Notes[edit]

Tracks[edit]

  • On the second configuration, "Movie Star" segues into "A Place in Heaven". Also, "Power Fantastic" contains a 90-second long introductory piece.
  • On the final configuration, "A Place in Heaven" is sung by Lisa; whereas the second configuration has it sung by Prince.
  • "nevaeH ni ecalP A" is an interlude containing backwards lyrics from "A Place in Heaven" and a skit piece involving an underage Wendy and Lisa trying to get into a club. On the final configuration, it is tacked on the beginning of "Dream Factory".
  • "Interlude" is a minute-long guitar solo by Wendy.

Release[edit]

  • "It," "Starfish and Coffee," "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker," "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," "Sign 'O' the Times," "Strange Relationship," "The Cross," and "Slow Love" were later released on 1987's Sign o' the Times, with "Strange Relationship" being significantly remixed.
  • "Visions" was later released as "Minneapolis #1" on the special edition of Wendy & Lisa's 1990 album Eroica.
  • "Power Fantastic" was later released (without its 90-second introduction) on 1993's The Hits/The B-Sides.
  • "Sexual Suicide," "Last Heart," "Movie Star," "Crystal Ball," and "Dream Factory" were later released on the 1997 compilation Crystal Ball.
  • "In A Large Room With No Light" was later re-recorded in 2009 and given away for free as promotion of Prince's performing of the Montreux Jazz Festival.[5]
  • "Train" was later released by Mavis Staples on her 1989 album "Time Waits for No One", released on Prince's Paisley Park label

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Draper (2008). "Prince: Life & Times". Jawbone Press. 
  2. ^ "51 Best Albums That Never Were, Part 4". Web.archive.org. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  3. ^ "What Had Happened Was: Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin". Web.archive.org. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  4. ^ Michaelangelo Matos (2004). "Thirty Three 1/3 Series: Sign 'O' The Times". Continuum. 
  5. ^ "Montreux Jazz Festival | 03-18 July 2009 | News > News > Prince offers an exclusive song to the Montreux Jazz". Montreuxjazz.com. Retrieved 2011-09-28.