Cat (1989) Catwoman Promo UK 12″


Very Brief:
This Catwoman promo 12″ was released in 1989 without any listing for the record label that released it. It was most likely pressed for Red Dot Records since they published all of the other releases of “Catwoman” in the UK. The label was started up by Steve Fargnoli who served as Prince’s personal manager in the 80s. The mixes on this promo were produced and mixed by Tim Simenon, also known as Bomb The Bass.


Cat (1989) Catwoman 12" PromoThe Source:
Label: Red Dot Records
Catalog#: YZ441 SAM
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1989


Cat (1989) Catwoman 12" PromoThe A Side:
Catwoman (Endorphin Mix)

The B Side:
Catwoman (Mad Mix)

Wendy & Lisa (1989) Lolly Lolly UK 12″ Promo (William Orbit Remix)


Very Brief:
“Lolly Lolly” by Wendy & Lisa was released in 1989 as the third single from their ‘Fruit At The Bottom’ album. This UK promo 12″ features a William Orbit remix that was most likely released in 1991. The same mix is on both sides of the record and runs for approximately 5:28.


Wendy & Lisa (1989) Lolly Lolly UK 12" (William Orbit Remix)The Source:
Label: Deconstruction Records
Catalog#: WLLL 1
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1989/1991


The A Side:
Lolly Lolly (William Orbit Remix)

Wendy & Lisa (1989) Lolly Lolly UK 12" (William Orbit Remix)The B Side:
Lolly Lolly (William Orbit Remix)

Aretha Franklin (1989) Gimme Your Love UK 12″ Promo


Very Brief:
Aretha Franklin’s single release of “Gimme Your Love” brought the Queen of Soul together with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The track came from Aretha’s 1989 album ‘Through The Storm’.  It was co-written and produced by Narada Michael Walden. So, with 2 legends performing on the song, it doesn’t get any better, right? Well, a 3rd legend joined in later, Prince (he is credited on the record as “?”). He remixed the track and called it the “Purple Mix”. It appeared in several edits but, on this UK promo 12″ we get the full 10:44 “Parts 1&2” version.


Aretha Franklin (1989) Gimme Your Love UK 12" PromoThe Source:
Label: Arista Records
Catalog#: KISS 12 DJ
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1989


Aretha Franklin (1989) Gimme Your Love UK 12" PromoThe A Side:
Gimme Your Love Parts 1 & 2 (Purple Remix) 10:44

The B Side:
Gimme Your Love 5:18


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot Black Singles 10/14/89   48 8

The Family (1985) The Screams Of Passion 12″ Promo


Very Brief:
Here’s a promo 12″ from The Family that I have been holding back from posting for a while. There’s nothing really rare on it other than it contains the 3:10 edit version of “The Screams Of Passion” on both sides of this promo record. That edit has never been available on CD but, it was previously available on the blog from the 7″ rip I did back in 2010: here. Of course The Family is still recording and performing as a group today under the moniker fDeluxe because Prince would not give the rights to use The Family in their continuing efforts. You can visit fDeluxe at their website for tour info and to buy their latest releases.


The Family (1985) The Screams Of Passion 12" PromoThe Source:
Label: Warner Bros. / Paisley Park Records
Catalog#: PRO-A-2336
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985


The Family (1985) The Screams Of Passion 12" PromoThe A Side:
The Screams Of Passion (Edit) 3:10

The B Side:
The Screams Of Passion (Edit) 3:10


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot 100 9/28/85 75 63 6
Hot Black Singles 8/10/85   9 16
Hot Dance/Disco 8/24/85   10 10

Dez Dickerson (2008) Modernaire UK 12″


Very Brief:
That song in “Purple Rain”, that you only heard in the movie. It was by that guy that wore the headband. You know, the guy that played guitar for Prince. What was that song? Well, as we all know now, it was “Modernaire” by Dez Dickerson and The Modernaires. The song featured Prince on guitars, keyboards and backing vocals. Dickerson was the guitarist in Prince’s touring band from the beginning. He left in 1983 and was replaced by Wendy. Dickerson left the Prince camp to pursue his own career and to remove himself from the sexual overtones of Prince’s songs and performances. 21 years after the premiere of Purple Rain on the big screen, an official release of “Modernaire” appeared on Dez’s compilation ‘A Retrospective 1982-1987‘. In 2008 the original version appeared on 12″ vinyl along with remixes and “covers” of the tune by Egyptian Lover, Complexxion, Hot Persuasion, DMX Krew and Faceless Mind.


Dez Dickerson (2008) Modernaire UK 12"The Source:
Label: Citinite Records
Catalog#: NITE-10
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 2008


Dez Dickerson (2008) Modernaire UK 12"The A Side:
(I Want 2 B A) Modernaire (Dez Dickerson Original)
Modernaire (Hot Persuasion Remix)
Modernaire (Egyptian Lover Remake)

The B Side:
(I Need A) Modernaire Lover (Complexxion Version)
Modernaire (DMX Krew Remix)
Modernaire (Faceless Mind Remix)

Tyka Nelson (1988) L.O.V.E. 12″ Promo


Very Brief:
Since Prince’s death earlier this year, Tyka Nelson has been, more or less, for better or worse, the face of his estate. She is Prince’s sister, born two years after Prince. In the late 80s, she attempted to start a music career of her own. Tyka Nelson released the album ‘Royal Blue’ in 1988. Three tracks were released either commercially or promotionally in support of the album: “L.O.V.E.”, “Marc Anthony’s Tune” and “This Girl’s Gonna Fall In Love”. Two of the singles charted on Billboard’s R&B singles chart, “Marc Anthony’s Tune” reached #33 and “L.O.V.E.” peaked at #52. They were the only two singles she ever charted with.  Today’s record is “L.O.V.E.”, it was co-written by Tyka and produced by David Z. with Ricky Peterson. Shep Pettibone was brought in for the remixes and he contributed the Dance Mix and Dub Version.


Tyka Nelson (1988) L.O.V.E. 12" PromoThe Source:
Label: Cooltempo/Chrysalis Records
Catalog#: 4V9 43293
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1988


Tyka Nelson (1988) L.O.V.E. 12" PromoThe A Side:
L.O.V.E. (Dance Mix) 8:32

The B Side:
L.O.V.E. (Dub Version) 6:22
L.O.V.E. (LP Version) 5:19


The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot Black Singles 10/8/88   52 7

Jordan Knight (1999) I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 12″ Promo


Very Brief:
This promo 12″ from Jordan Knight features his cover of Prince’s “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” with remixes by Soul Solution and CZR.


Jordan Knight (1999) I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 12" PromoThe Source:
Label: Interscope Records
Catalog#: INT8P 6686
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1999


Jordan Knight (1999) I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man 12" PromoI Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man: The A Side:
Soul Solution Ext. Vox 10:31
Soul Solution Radio Edit 4:05

I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man: The B Side:
CZR’s Funk Parlor Remix 8:13
Soul Solution Dub 7:48

Rosie Gaines (1995) Are You Ready 12″


Very Brief:
In 1992, Rosie Gaines departed Prince’s New Power Generation to resume her solo career. Material was recorded for release on Paisley Park Records but, never materialized due to the contract battles between Prince and Warner Bros. Records. Eventually, Gaines would sign with Motown Records and release her third solo album ‘Closer Than Close’ in 1995. The album produced two singles; “I Want U (Inner City Blue)” and today’s record “Are You Ready”. This 12″ promo release features remixes by Rosie Gaines with Francis Jules. Rosie also co-wrote and produced the track.


Rosie Gaines (1995) Are You Ready 12"The Source:
Label: Motown Records
Catalog#: 374631318
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1995


Rosie Gaines (1995) Are You Ready 12"Are You Ready: The A Side:
Chickhaboom 5:25
Dredlixious 6:57
Move Your Body 7:06

The B Side:
Are You Reggae 6:34
Are You Bassy 6:57
A cappella 5:45

Rosie Gaines (1987) Crazy 12″


Very Brief:
Before joining Prince’s New Power Generation band in 1990, Rosie Gaines was a member of various bands in the early/mid 80s including The Curtis Ohlson Band that also included Levi Seacer, Jr. on guitar. It was through Seacer that Gaines met Prince. In addition to her work with those early bands, Gaines recorded 2 albums for Epic Records; 1985’s ‘Caring’ and ‘No Sweeter Love’ that was shelved in 1987. It was later released on Expansion Records in 2000. Despite the album not being released in 1987, a 7″ and 12″ record was pressed for “Crazy”. The 7″ was available commercially and as a promo but, the 12″ was promo only. It features the Single and Album versions of “Crazy”.


Rosie Gaines (1987) Crazy 12"The Source:
Label: Epic Records
Catalog#: EAS 20608
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1987


Rosie Gaines (1987) Crazy 12"The A Side:
Crazy (Single Version) 3:58

The B Side:
Crazy (Album Version) 5:57

Sue Ann Carwell (1992) Sex Or Love 12″ Promo


Very Brief:
“Sex Or Love” was the first track on Sue Ann Carwell’s 1992 album ‘Painkiller’. This promo 12″ features the 12″ Extended Vocal Version.

Tomorrow brings those of in the US to the holiday of Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of you that have supported me over the years in my efforts to run this crazy little blog and share records with all of you that I have found interesting over the years. Gonna take a brief day off from posting tomorrow, I will see ya’ll back here on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!


Sue Ann Carwell (1992) Sex Or Love 12" PromoThe Source:
Label: MCA Records
Catalog#: MCA8P 2347
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 1/3 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1992


Sue Ann Carwell (1992) Sex Or Love 12" PromoSex Or Love: The A Side:
12″ Extended Vocal Version 5:43

Sex Or Love: The B Side:
Radio Edit 4:59
Instrumental 3:37
Suite 3:37

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