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On this day in music history: July 2, 1984 - “Ice Cream Castle”, the third album by The Time is released. Produced and arranged by Prince (aka “The Starr Company”), it is recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA, First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, and The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, MN from March 26, 1983 – January 1984. The third studio album by the Minneapolis based R&B/Funk band features The Time in their newly configured line up. With original members Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Monte Moir having departed a year earlier, they are replaced by bassist Gerry Hubbard, and keyboardists Paul Petersen and Mark Cardenas. Like the previous two Time albums, it actually features Prince playing nearly all of the instruments, with the exception of “The Bird” which is recorded live at the First Avenue nightclub. The album spins off three hit singles including the title track (#11 R&B, #106 Pop), “Jungle Love”(#6 R&B, #20 Pop) and “The Bird”(#33 R&B, #36 Pop), the latter two which are featured in the film “Purple Rain”. The album is released with two slight cover variations with the title graphics being printed in different positions on the front cover. A few months after the album is released, both Morris Day and Jesse Johnson quit the band for solo careers effectively ending The Time. The band reunite in 1990 for the album “Pandemonium” featuring the original line up from the first two albums (plus Jerome Benton). In 2001, Morris Day & The Time appear in the film “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back”, performing a newly recorded version of “Jungle Love” at the end of the film. Originally released on CD in the early 90’s, “Ice Cream Castle” is remastered and reissued in 2015 in Japan as part of  the Warner 80’s Soul Classics Best Collection 1000 Series. “Ice Cream Castle” peaks at number two on the Billboard R&B album chart, number twenty four on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

FLYTE TYME - THE HISTORY MIX

Alexander O'Neal - A Broken Heart Can Mend*+ (1985)
Ralph Tresvant - Sensitivity*+ (1990)
Human League - Human*+ (1986)
The S.O.S. Band - Just Be Good To Me*+ (1983)
Change - Change Of Heart*+ (1984)
Cherrelle - Will You Satisfy*+ (1985)
Vanessa Williams - Happiness+ (1997)
Janet Jackson - If*+ (1993)
The S.O.S. Band - Just The Way You Like It*+ (1984)
Cherrelle & Alexander O'Neal - Saturday Love*+ (1985)
The S.O.S. Band - The Finest*+ (1986)
Cheryl Lynn - Encore*+ (1983)
Gladys Knight & The Pips - When You’re Far Away= (1983)
Alexander O'Neal - Fake*+ (1987)
Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately*+ (1986)
Cherrelle - Artificial Heart*+ (1986)
Cherrelle - New Love*+ (1986)
Klymaxx - Lock And Key*+ (1984)
Janet Jackson - Miss You Much*+ (1989)
Cherrelle - You Look Good To Me*+ (1986)
Herb Alpert - Keep Your Eye On Me*+ (1987)
Cherrelle - I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On*+ (1984)
Alexander O'Neal ft. Cherrelle - Innocent*+ (1985)
Thelma Houston - I’d Rather Spend The Bad Times With You Than
Spend The Good Times With Somebody New*+ (1984)
Janet Jackson - Someone To Call My Lover+ (2001)
Jordan Knight - Give It To You+ (1999)
Mariah Carey ft. Joe & 98 Degrees - Thank God I Found You+ (1999)


* recorded in minneapolis/edina, mn
+ produced & mixed by jimmy jam & terry lewis for flyte tyme
= remixed by jimmy jam & terry lewis for flyte tyme

djDannyShaffer presents Flyte Tyme - The History Mix

Recorded with Love, Respect & Nostalgia for David Koch
Live at Bottineau Studios & The Panic Room
Minneapolis January 2012

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