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The Family – The Screams Of Passion (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on May 10th, 2016


A. Front


“The Screams Of Passion” is a song by The Family a band formed by Prince, and one of the first signed to his record label, Paisley Park Records. “The Screams of Passion” was released as the first single from their self titled debut album. The song was written by Prince, but credited to St. Paul Peterson and Susannah Melvoin. The single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1985 peaking at #63 after spending six weeks on the survey. “The Screams Of Passion” became a top ten single on the U.S. R&B chart peaking at #9.

The Family consisted of St. Paul (vocals, keyboards), Susannah Melvoin (vocals), Jellybean Johnson (drums) and Eric Leeds (saxophone and flute).

The Screams Of Passion (Extended Version) 6:45
Written-By – St. Paul, Susannah

Yes (LP Version) 4:25
Written-By – Jellybean*, Jerome*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1985 The Screams Of Passion U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #63
1985 The Screams Of Passion U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles #9
1985 The Screams Of Passion U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #10


Label: Paisley Park ‎– 0-20360, Warner Bros. Records ‎– 9 20360-0 A
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: Synth-pop, Funk, Soul

Orchestra [Produced, Composed & Arranged By] – Clare Fischer
Photography By – Horst*
Producer, Arranged By – David Z., The Family (2)

Original versions available on the Paisley Park album “THE FAMILY”.
Made in U.S.A.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

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
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

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

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

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16 Responses to “The Family – The Screams Of Passion (US 12″)”

  1. Carty Says:

    Stunning! Thank you Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Carty 🙂


  2. Jeff Says:

    What a great education of Prince’s prolific-ness you’re offering Paul. The man did so much and it’s great that you’re exposing us to so much of his body of work. I do remember this band but not sure of the song. I already love the name of the song, so I’m expecting to sing along with it (so great lyrics are presented too!). Oh and Paul, another reason I flip over your site is the many new discoveries I make. Thank you and your readers for letting me know about the Age of Chance’s version of “Kiss” as I think it is most superb. So looking forward to the day when you post that song here in all of that grand fidelity you’re known for. You are extraordinary and I love everything about you.

    High Regards,



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff for all the praise I appreciate it so much. I hope that you enjoy this record 🙂


  3. Thomas Says:

    Thanks so much for doing this one Paul:) Wonderful to have this in 24 bit perfection! A little history for anyone interested and not familiar. This band formed in the ashes of the split-up of The Time. Following the departure a year earlier of former band mates and (now) super producers – Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis, in ’84 Morris Day and Jesse Johnson decided to go their separate ways and Prince formed The Family with some of the remaining pieces of that side project. (Jesse Johnson formed Jesse Johnson’s Revue with 2 other former Time members). Prince wanted a female co-lead for the Family so he brought in Wendy’s (the Revolution) sister Susannah to round out the line-up. The Family were the first to record the Prince penned Nothing Compares 2 U, which would later be covered by and become the mega-hit signature song for Sinead O’Connor.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you for sharing all of the info Thomas very interesting 🙂


  4. Daniel Says:

    Thank you Paul for this rip. When I hear this song I think of “When doves cry”. It has a similar beat. It’s great to get it in perfect sound.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Daniel it does have a similar sound 🙂


  5. David Says:

    Thank you.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome David 🙂


  6. John Says:



  7. tmthydunne Says:

    can NOT thank you enough.


  8. musicdivaSF Says:

    Oh em Gee!! I remember this now.. after looking it up and seeing the video. This brought so much good memories. I also remember watching this and thinking at that time.. they sure make wearing pajamas in a video so cool. 😀

    Thank you for this share DJ PaulT. 🙂


  9. VanceMan Says:

    Such a great single. I didn’t realize it charted so low on the pop charts because, at the time, I remember hearing it quite a lot.


  10. Modernaire Says:

    Fantastic, thank you Paul! Very much!

    High Fashion was remixed and ready to go as a single also but never was released. I believe St. Paul offered a taste, was incredible.

    Full Family album with Prince on lead vocals exists also. These are but small purple factoids.

    I’d really welcome your vinyl rip take on the WHOLE Family album also!

    You have Madhouse? Jill Jones? Mazarati? The Time? 12 inch singles?


  11. Jasons2 Says:

    Thank you very much Paul.


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