Parade is Prince's eighth album. It is the last album co-credited to the Revolution and is the soundtrack album to the film "Under The Cherry Moon". It saw another change in Prince's style, with a more prominent funk influence alongside jazz and orchestral elements.
The album saw Prince move away from his last four records, with less prominent guitars, synths and drum machines. Instead, the album features live drumming, acoustic and orchestral elements, horns and new synthesizers like the Fairlight and Roland G-707. The Revolution appear on three songs, with Wendy and Lisa appearing on several others.
Prince and the Revolution toured Parade throughout 1986, with a series of dates in the United States in the spring and summer, followed by the Parade Tour in August and September.
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The Revolution Live
Prince In The Studio
Parade was recorded between April and December 1985 at Sunset Sound studios and Prince's Washington Avenue warehouse studio.
The Revolution appear on "Girls & Boys", "Mountains" and "Anotherloverholenyohead". For details of the equipment used by the Revolution, see the live section above.
Amps were recorded through Shure SM57 or Sennheiser MD421 microphones. Guitars were also recorded direct using a Countryman 85 DI
Basses were recorded direct with a Countryman 85 DI
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The Steinway Model B was recorded with AKG C414 microphones.
Drums were probably recorded with the following microphones - Kick Drum: Sennheiser MD 421; Snare: Shure SM57; Toms: Sennheiser MD 441/MD 421; HiHat: Neumann KM84; Overheads: AKG C414
See the Around The World In A Day and Sign O The Times pages for recording equipment lists at Sunset Sound and the warehouse studios.
- Tudahl, Duane (2021) Prince and the Parade and Sign O The Times Era Studio Sessions 1985 and 1986
- Ronin, Ro Prince: Inside The Music And The Masks
- Brown, Jake (2010) Prince 'in the Studio' 1975 - 1995