Here’s an early outtake from around 1985 (supposedly during the ‘Parade’ sessions). “Old Friends 4 Sale” is rumored to be about Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, two members of The Time that went on to much success as producers (Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’), and Big Chick Huntsberry, his former bodyguard. It’s a slow, somber, bluesy tune, one of my many favorites.
Old Friends 4 Sale (#2) (mp3)
- A reworked 1991 version was released on ‘The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale‘
- Neal Karlen’s Rolling Stone story & interview from 1985.