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The Time – The Bird (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 29th, 2016

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

A. Front

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“The Bird” was the sixth and final track on The Time’s third album Ice Cream Castle, and, in the Summer/Fall of 1984, The Bird was released as the album’s second single. The Bird was written by Morris Day and Prince under the pseudonym Jamie Starr.

While reflecting on the track’s history on Facebook in 2014, Jesse Johnson wrote “I wrote a 4 track version on 1999 tour, Prince kinda like the hook, he threw the rest of what I did in the trash can as he commenced to write and performed a straight heater.” Johnson’s name was initially included in the credits when submitted for copyright in May 1984, but after he left the band, his name was removed from the credits when the track was released. It was co-produced by Morris Day and Prince under the name The Starr Company. The song also features in the movie Purple Rain.

The released recording is a live recording from The Time’s concert at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA, on 4 October 1983, and features no musical input by Prince; it is, in fact, the only track on the album to feature the entire line-up of The Time, as the studio tracks were recorded almost entirely by Prince and Morris Day.

Prince and Morris Day did record a studio version of this song also, however, three months after the live recording, on 4 January 1984 (three days after additional recording on We Can Fuck (later released as We Can Funk), and the day before Oliver’s House and The Belle Of St. Mark), but the decision was made to release the live version on the album instead, closing the album in a similar way to Purple Rain, perhaps because of the inclusion of the song in the movie Purple Rain.

The single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 23, 1985 spending thirteen weeks on the survey peaking at #36.

SIDE A:
The Bird (Remix) 6:25

SIDE B:
My Drawers (Edit) 3:43

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 The Bird U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #13
1985 The Bird U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles #11
1985 The Bird U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #10

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Warner Bros. Records ‎– 9 20315-0 A, Warner Bros. Records ‎– 0-20315
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Funk

CREDITS:
Producer [Produced By] – Morris Day, The Starr * Company
Written-By – Morris Day , Prince [Uncredited]

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B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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18 Responses to “The Time – The Bird (US 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    What a nice way to the end the week Paul with a Time classic!! It’s been such a long time since I’ve heard this track and I can’t wait for the time I’m home and can listen properly.

    Thanks for EVERYTHING Paul and have a great weekend.

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff. by the way there are some edits in this mix for your enjoyment lol. Have a nice weekend.

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    Jeff Reply:

    Really!?! Edits!! Boy, I’m excited!! Edits really get me going, as you know Paul. And you’ve amassed such an amazing collection of songs on your site that really showcase the art of the cut & splice by the Razor Blade Technicians of the past!! Thanks for all of these musical percussions that are sprinkled amongst so many 80’s records! You R-R-ROCK!!!

    Jeff

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  2. Jay65 Says:

    Fantastic 12″ Many thanks Paul. Is this the final Prince tribute, or is there more to come next week (I hope so) ??

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    A few more coming next week 🙂

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    Jay65 Reply:

    Thank you.. Thank you. 🙂

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  3. mothloop Says:

    this song ain’t for everybody, just the sexy people

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Then it must be for everyone reading this post 🙂

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  4. Thomas Says:

    Wow! This is fantastic! I consider myself a pretty big Prince/Prince-related enthusiast, but I never knew of this studio version remix. What a great discovery here today. This version has a great intro and break for mix sets that the live recording didn’t…and all in a, as usual, superb PaulT 24bit digital transfer. Thank You! Since you are on this Prince protégé tribute roll, a few suggestions for consideration (Some written/produced by Prince, some only inspired by or related to)…
    Jill Jones – G-Spot
    The Family – The Screams of Passion
    Madhouse – 6
    Tamara & The Seen – Thinking About You, Affection
    Jesse Johnson’s Revue – Be Your Man

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Thomas. I think I may have one of the artists in your list I will do my best.

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  5. Jasons2 Says:

    Thank you very much Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jasons2 🙂

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  6. AnthonyC Says:

    Such an awesome tune, from happier times!

    Thank you for such an amazing quality rip!

    🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome AnthonyC 🙂

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  7. Stephen Says:

    SQUARK!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    SQUARK! 🙂

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    Stephen Scott Reply:

    Just finished watching an 8 hour music video homage to Prince on ABC TVs “Rage” and they played Jungle Love (and André’s Dance Electric – which I’ve never seen). Terrible that it’s only because he’s passed away that there’s such a huge outpouring of attention. Here’s the playlist http://www.abc.net.au/rage/archive/s4450400.htm

    And as Morris & Jerome would say: Oh-e-oh-e-oh!

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  8. Andrew Says:

    IF…
    U ever feel like RE-ripping anything…
    Could you RE-Do the UK Purple Rain 12” with the Long Instrumental of ‘God’ on it ? xx

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