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)

The Equipment:
Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable
Audio Technica AT440MLa Phono Cartridge
Yamaha RX-Z1 A/V Receiver
Sony PCM-R300 DAT Deck
Turtle Beach Catalina sound card
Mustek Scan Express A3 1200 Scanner
Spin Clean Record Washer MKII

The Software:
Cool Edit Pro
Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
Microsoft ICE

The Links:


Modernaire FLAC

Modernaire MP3

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6 Responses to “Dez Dickerson (2008) Modernaire UK 12″”

  1. Modernaire says:

    Isn’t this still available for download or purchase from Dez through Bandcamp or something?

    I bought the FLAC version a few years ago, I took the name as you can see for my Prince super fan online activity.

    Brilliant track, an example of ‘truth thinking’ and encouragement of being modern and current and progressing, evolving. Sung with confidence, and a kind of solid new wave futurism in the instrumentation that states what it believes and moves forward. That’s my take on it.

  2. Ronald says:

    Thanks. Let’s see if we will be able to find it on disk 7 of the SuperDeluxeEdition Extended Remastered release of Purple Rain next year…

  3. AnthonyC says:

    Simply put this is a classic!

    I didn’t realise this was re-issued in 2008.

    Thanks for the post.

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