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The Time

Warner Bros. Records

Jamie Starr’s a thief

Prince formed a spin-off act The Time in 1981, a funk/rock group headed by childhood friend Morris Day. In fact, it was only after this debut album was complete that the other band members were hired. Morris assembled the band, which largely comprised of members from a group that took its name from jazz legend Donald Byrd’s song Flyte Time. The new band was named The Time and would serve as an outlet for Prince to continue writing more playful funk rock while his solo career concentrated on more serious material.

Prince wrote all the tracks for the band’s self-titled debut album The Time, with some co-written by Prince under the name of Jamie Starr. Despite not being credited Prince also performed most of the instruments on the album, which was recorded at his Kiowa Trail Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minneapolis. The album is certified Gold by the RIAA.

The Time was Prince’s first side project to his own solo career; using a pseudonym to shield himself should the project fail. Luckily, The Time in fact became a commercial success, spawning four well-received albums and several hit singles, they joined Prince on tour as his support act during the 1999 Triple Threat Tour in 1982. Although The Time’s band did not perform on the album, their live shows were extremely well received and a rivalry with Prince’s band ensued.

Key Performers

All Instruments
Prince
Vocals
Morris Day
Keyboards
Dr. Fink

The Time

Vocals
Morris Day
Drums
Jellybean Johnson
Guitar
Jesse Johnson
Bass Guitar
Terry Lewis
Keyboards
Jimmy Jam
Keyboards
Monte Moir

Data

Producer
Jamie Starr (Prince) and Morris Day
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Released
39 years, 1 months ago on 29 July 1981
Running Time
42:25
US Chart Peak
50
UK Chart Peak
-
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. Get It Up (9:05) 1
  2. Girl (5:34) 1
  3. After Hi School (4:20) 4
  4. Cool (10:06) 1 2
  5. Oh, Baby (4:57)
  6. The Stick (8:23) 3

1 Released as singles.
2 Co-written by Prince and Dez Dickerson.
3 Co-written by Prince and Lisa Coleman.
4 Written by Dez Dickerson.

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