The Undertaker

Release date
14 Jun 1993
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
70:09

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Ride 5:13 3,073
2 Poor Goo 4:22 503
3 Honky-Tonk Woman 3:07 39
4 Bambi 4:22 16,732
5 The Undertaker 9:38 580
6 Dolphin 4:59 7,109
7 Billy Jack Bitch 5:32 6,871
8 The Most Beautiful Girl in the World 4:36 45,766
9 Loose 5:03 245
10 Shoop 12:38 29
11 It's Alright 2:24 185
12 I Believe in You 3:39 86
13 Maybe Your Baby (feat. Stevie Wonder) (live) 4:36 0

About this album

The Undertaker
Paisley Park • June 14, 1993

As Prince and his record label Warner Bros.’ tumultuous relationship started coming to a head, the man behind the hits began looking for alternative ways to distribute his music. Circumventing his corporate partners in Los Angeles altogether seemed to be a creative, though perhaps ill-conceived and thus a short-lived exercise in futility. The reigns that were perceived to be holding back Prince’s artistic labors turned out to be tighter than he may have imagined, inevitably irreparably straining and breaking the long-standing Prince/Warner Bros. collaboration. A week after Prince lobbed the first volley by changing his public name to an unpronounceable symbol in an attempt to sever Warner Bros.’ ownership ties to his work, he conceptualized a roots-style reinvention of his band and the album making process. This group would be dubbed The Paisley Park Power Trio and the resulting music is what would become The Undertaker CD. The Paisley Park Power Trio consisted of Prince on guitar and vocals, Sonny Thompson on bass and Michael Bland at work behind the drum kit.

“A DAT machine, a 32-channel board, two techs and three players. It was about three o’clock in the morning. We got our sounds together and just let the DAT roll. We took about an hour to make that record, from start to finish, playing straight through with no overdubs. The sequence of songs on the record is exactly the way we played it.” - Michael Bland

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