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Times Squared

Warner Bros. Records

It was jazz, but wasn’t

Much of the material for this album was recorded between 1985 and 1988 and intended for release as 24, the third album of Prince’s spin-off jazz project Madhouse. But at Prince’s request the work evolved instead into Times Squared, a solo album for Eric Leeds. The eight Madhouse tracks were consequently renamed, of which Prince either wrote1 or co-wrote every one on the album (with the exception of Kenya, and Lines2 – a late addition) and plays the drums on most of its tracks.

Prince first met Eric in 1984, introduced by his brother, Alan who was Prince’s tour manager since 1983. Prince immediately recruited Eric, a maestro saxophonist, for his new project The Family and in 1985 Eric joined Prince’s band, the Revolution for their Purple Rain Tour. It was Eric who introduced Prince to jazz, and their last collaboration together was the N.E.W.S. album, in 2003.

Data

Producer
Prince and Eric Leeds
Label
Paisley Park Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Released
29 years, 8 months ago on 19 February 1991
Running Time
51:43
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. Lines (6:30) 2
  2. Andorra (3:31)
  3. Night Owl (4:00)
  4. Overnight, Every Night (4:10)
  5. Cape Horn (4:10) 1
  6. Little Rock (3:41)
  7. Easy Does It (2:22)
  8. The Dopamine Rush (7:36) 1
  9. Kenya (2:40) 2
  10. Times Squared (5:44)
  11. Once Upon A Time (7:19)

1 Written by Prince.
2 Written by Eric Leeds.

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