“Madhouse” was a jazz fusion group concept created by Prince. Two Madhouse albums (“8”,”16” and several singles) were released in 1987
Initially, Prince had considered the idea of an instrumental jazz-funk album ever since he recorded his first tracks with Eric Leeds for his 1985 side-project, The Family. In late 1985-early 1986, he recorded hours of instrumental music with Leeds and other musicians from his band, Sheila E. and musicians from her own band, as well as members from Wendy & Lisa's families. From these sessions, Prince compiled an album called The Flesh, was to be released by an eponymous pseudo-band, but the project was abandoned, but its concept was later lightly modified to what would ultimately become Madhouse.
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