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Madhouse 16

Warner Bros. Records

Prince is playing drums on the title track 16 and he kills it.

The second album for Prince’s jazz side-project Madhouse, named 16 which was recorded at Paisley Park Studios between 30 July and 2 August 1987 right after the shooting of the Sign O’ The Times movie. The album was preceded by Madhouse 8 and by the release of Madhouse’s second album, the musicians contributing to the project had broadened from just Prince and Eric Leeds, to now also include Sheila E, Levi Seacer and Matt Fink. Leeds Seacer and Fink, plus Dale Alexander (94 East) as guest drummer, was Prince’s opening act for the Sign O’ The Times Tour.

This follow up album continues the tradition begun by the first, naming it tracks numerically and so begins where the previous eight track debut album left off, thereby comprising tracks Nine to Sixteen, the last of which gives the name of the album, 16. Prince’s involvement on Madhouse 16 is credited under the pseudonym John Lewis.

Madhouse 24

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Madhouse 24

The third Madhouse album was completed in December 1988 and following the nomenclature of previous Madhouse releases the third album was named 24. Prince co-wrote the material with Eric Leeds but the work was rejected by Warner Brothers in 1989 and was given to Leeds to re-work and evolve into his debut solo album released via Prince’s Paisley Park label in 1991, under the name Times Squared – Prince again co-writing and performing almost every track on that album. The third Madhouse album was revived with the recording of new material on 7 July 1993 and was intended for release during 1994/5, however for reasons unknown Prince pulled the project. 17 was to be the only track from 24 released in its original form, appearing in NPG Records 1994 compilation 1-800 NEW FUNK.

Madhouse

Sax/Flute/Keys
Eric Leeds
Drums
Sheila E.
Bass Guitar
Levi Seacer Jr.
Keyboards
Matt "Dr." Fink
All other instruments
Prince (credited as John Lewis)

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Paisley Park Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Released
32 years, 10 months ago on 18 November 1987
Running Time
36:42
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. Nine (2:06) 1
  2. Ten (5:04) 2 3
  3. Eleven (6:13) 2
  4. Twelve (5:15) 1
  5. Thirteen (4:46) 1 3
  6. Fourteen (5:12) 1
  7. Fifteen (3:48) 2
  8. Sixteen (4:17) 2

1 Written by Prince.
2 Co-written by Prince and Eric Leeds.
3 Released as Singles.

Singles from Madhouse 16

(The Perfect) 10 single from Madhouse 16, Paisley Park Records (1987)

(The Perfect) 10

Paisley Park Records

Released
28 September 1987
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
Format
  1. 10 [The Perfect Mix] (7:13)
  2. (The Perfect) 10 (3:51)
  3. Ten And ½ (3:18)
  4. Two (5:29)
13 single from Madhouse 16, Paisley Park Records (1988)

13

Paisley Park Records

Released
18 March 1988
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
Format
  1. Thirteen [The Paisley Park Mix] (7:49)
  2. Thirteen And ¼ (5:47)
  3. Thirteen (4:46)
  4. Four (2:24)

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Madhouse 8

Madhouse 8

Warner Bros. Records (1987)

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