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The Voice

Warner Bros. Records

Cool went out the window.

The Voice was Mavis Staples’ follow-up album with Paisley Park Records, the first being Time Waits For No One released in 1989. Prince wrote all but four tracks on the album, which he based the on the long letters Mavis wrote him – “On every song on my album, I hear something out of my letters.” and contains the only studio release of The Undertaker, which Prince would only record and later release as a rehearsal for the video of the same name. He plays most of the instruments for the album.

Prince wrote Melody Cool in 1987 for his aborted 1988 album Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic. The recording process was done separately, and Mavis put her vocals to the track in 1989, in the same sessions as her previous album and was released as a single as part of Prince’s Graffiti Bridge soundtrack, not as a single for The Voice.

Prince was the producer for The Undertaker and Melody Cool only, although he does perform the instruments for four songs. The Voice was released in 1993 on Paisley Park Records, then again in 1995 under on NPG Records with a new song Come Home (5:29) – also written by Prince, added to the tracklist. Her intended third album with Prince never transpired, as their arrangement became a casualty of the dispute between Prince and Warner Brothers.


Prince and Ricky Peterson
Paisley Park Records
Warner Bros. Records
27 years, 5 months ago on 23 August 1993
Running Time
US Chart Peak
Not charted
UK Chart Peak
Not charted
Orig. Formats


  1. The Voice [feat. Tony M.] (4:14) 3 & 4
  2. House In Order (4:44) 1
  3. Blood Is Thicker Than Time (3:13) 1 & 4
  4. You Will Be Moved (4:12) 1
  5. All Because Of You (5:06)
  6. (7:26)
  7. (3:46) 1
  8. Kain't Turn Back (4:03)
  9. I'll Be Right There (4:03)
  10. A Man Called Jesus (3:56) 1
  11. Why (4:27)
  12. (4:34) 1

1 Written by Prince.
2 Co-written by Prince, Levi Seacer Jr. and Sonny Thompson.
3 Co-written by Prince, Rosie Gaines and Francis Jules.
4 Released as singles.

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