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Batman

Warner Bros. Records

Having wanted to include 1999 and Baby I’m A Star in his new movie Batman, director Tim Burton asked Prince to re-record these songs or provide entirely new replacements for the soundtrack.

He had a vision for what the music should sound like … he had captured the mood of the film perfectly.

Following his meeting with Burton at Pinewood Studios in London, Prince wrote two replacement tracks, Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic and 200 Balloons, but recorded an entire album instead – neither of the new songs appearing on the final album. Much of the album was written during the Japan leg of the Lovesexy Tour, which he could not wait to wrap up and return to Paisley Park Studios to record. Batman is an entirely solo project, and became at the time of its release the fastest selling album in history, selling 1 million copies in its first week – eventually million in total.

Batman became Prince’s biggest success since Purple Rain, being certified double Plantinum by the RIAA, yet despite this licensing constraints with the character’s trademark dictate no songs from the Batman soundtrack can be included in other compilation releases. The album is considered to have revived Prince’s career in America due to the muted success of the previous release, Lovesexy.

Performers

All Instruments
Prince
Choir
Sounds Of Blackness The Future
Orchestration
Clare Fischer The Future
Saxophone
Eric Leeds
Trumpet
Atlanta Bliss

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distributor
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art
Anton Furst and Tom Recchion
Released
29 years ago, on 19 June 1989
Running Time
42:34
US Chart Peak
1
UK Chart Peak
1
Prince Album
#11

Tracklist

  1. The Future (4:08) 1
  2. Electric Chair (4:13)
  3. The Arms Of Orion [duet with Sheena Easton] (5:03)
  4. Partyman (3:11) 1
  5. Vicki Waiting (4:47)
  6. Trust (4:24)
  7. Lemon Crush (4:15)
  8. Scandalous! [feat. Kim Basinger] (6:15) 1
  9. Batdance (6:13) 1

Singles from Batman

Batdance single from Batman

Batdance

Warners Bros. Records

Released
6 June 1989
US Chart Peak
1
UK Chart Peak
2
  1. Batdance (6:13)
  2. Batdance [Vicky Vale Mix] (5:55)
  3. 200 Balloons (5:05)
Partyman single from Batman

Partyman

Warners Bros. Records

Released
18 August 1989
US Chart Peak
18
UK Chart Peak
14
  1. Partyman [The Purple Party Mix] (6:02)
  2. Partyman [Partyman Music Mix] (4:31)
  3. Partyman [The Video Mix Edit] (5:40)
  4. Feel U Up [Short Stroke] (3:44)
The Arms Of Orion single from Batman

The Arms Of Orion

Warners Bros. Records

Released
17 October 1989
US Chart Peak
36
UK Chart Peak
27
  1. The Arms Of Orion [duet with Sheena Easton] (5:03)
  2. I Love U In Me (4:12)
  3. The Arms Of Orion [Edit] [duet with Sheena Easton] (3:52)
Scandalous! single from Batman

Scandalous!

Warners Bros. Records

Released
28 November 1989
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Scandalous! [Edit] [feat. Kim Basinger] (4:12)
  2. When 2 R In Love (3:58)
The Scandalous Sex Suite single from Batman

The Scandalous Sex Suite

Warners Bros. Records

Released
1 December 1989
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. The Crime [feat. Kim Basinger] (6:24)
  2. The Passion [feat. Kim Basinger] (6:17)
  3. The Rapture [feat. Kim Basinger] (6:39)
  4. Sex (7:02)
  5. When 2 R In Love (4:02)
  6. Partyman [The Purple Party Mix] (5:58)
  7. Partyman [Music Mix] (4:34)
  8. Partyman [Video Mix] (6:12)
  9. Feel U Up [Short Stroke] (3:45)
The Future single from Batman

The Future

Warners Bros. Records

Released
18 May 1990
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. The Future [Remix] (6:25)
  2. Electric Chair [Remix] (5:36)

Supporting tour

Nude Tour

Nude Tour

1990

  • 56 shows from 2 June to 10 September, 1990

Batman – review

Overlook this album at your peril. It never ceases to surprise that Batman (the sound track) hails from the 1980s. This is the album Prince recorded entirely on his own and thank god that he did. The quality of Batman is its diversity; fusing funk (The Future, Vicki Waiting, Partyman and Electric Chair) with sensitivity (Arms of Orion and Scandalous). Topped off by the terrific all-time sampler classic Batdance, which includes some of the strongest guitar Prince put on a record, bass too is excellent throughout and hard hitting. Batman is well ahead of its time and will fool you to believe this could date back to the 1980’s at all. Batman didn’t become the fastest selling album of its day for nothing. It is Scandalous! that due to licensing restrictions the album is denied the recognition it deserves on Prince’s later greatest hits releases.

Batman

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