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Come

Warner Bros. Records

“Prince 1958-1993”

Come is the album in which Prince ‘killed’ off his persona (the cover picturing him standing outside a church – which is actually the La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona) to highlight his embittered dispute with Warner Brothers over the ownership of his past music and to symbolise the closure by Warner Brothers of his label Paisley Park Records.

From now on, Warner only get old songs out of the vault.

Come (certified Gold by the RIAA) would in the wreckage of Prince’s dispute with Warner Brothers become his last album under their label both as ‘Prince’ and containing newly recorded material. Henceforth, until 16 May 2000, Prince would be known as The Artist Formally Known As Prince (or The Artist Formally Known As PrincePrince love symbol). Come went through many configuration changes and Prince hoped its release to coincide with that of The Gold Experience – an album he recorded simultaneously with Come – however that wish was denied and the latter album was postponed and a further nail in the coffin of Prince’s relationship with Warner Brothers.

Performers

All Instruments
Prince
Drums
Michael Bland Space, Papa, Dark
Keyboards
Tommy Barbarella Space, Papa, Dark
Ricky Peterson Letitgo
Bass Guitar
Sonny Thompson Space, Papa, Dark
Trombone
Michael B. Nelson
Hornz
NPG Hornz

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distributor
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art
Terry Gydesen and J.C. Munson
Released
24 years ago, on 15 August 1994
Running Time
48:45
US Chart Peak
15
UK Chart Peak
1
Prince Album
#15

Tracklist

  1. Come (11:13)
  2. Space (4:28) 1
  3. Pheromone (5:08)
  4. Loose! (3:27)
  5. Papa (2:48)
  6. Race (4:28)
  7. Dark (6:10)
  8. Solo (3:48) 2
  9. Letitgo (5:33) 1
  10. Orgasm [feat. Vanity] (1:39)

1 Released as singles.
2 Co-written with David Henry Hwang.

Singles from Come

Letitgo single from Come

Letitgo

Warner Bros. Records

Released
9 August 1994
US Chart Peak
31
UK Chart Peak
30
  1. Letitgo [Edit] (4:15)
  2. Solo (3:48)
  3. Alexa De Paris [Extended] (4:54)
  4. Pope (3:28)
Letitgo [Maxi Single] single from Come

Letitgo [Maxi Single]

Warner Bros. Records

Released
27 September 1994
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Letitgo [Caviar Radio Edit] (4:59)
  2. Letitgo [Cavi' Street Edit] (5:02)
  3. Letitgo [Instrumental] (5:02)
  4. Letitgo [On The Cool-Out Tip Radio Radio Edit] (4:34)
  5. Letitgo [Sherm Stick Edit] (5:42)
  6. (-) [Sherm Stick Edit] (5:42)
Space single from Come

Space

Warner Bros. Records

Released
1 November 1994
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Space [Universal Love Remix] (3:58)
  2. Space [Funky Stuff Remix] (5:41)
  3. Space [Funky Stuff Dub] (4:48)
  4. Space [Acoustic Remix] (4:41)
  5. Space (4:28)

Supporting tour

Act II Tour

Act II Tour

1993

  • 27 shows from 26 July to 7 September, 1993

Come – review

Always judge the quality of an album by the amount of times you play it, and this I play a lot. Come is the ‘Prince is dead. Long live Prince Symbol‘ album and that of the one-word titles, well, he did cheat a bit with Letitgo but appreciate themeing. Prince let’s slip a personal secret: that sex with him lasts ten minutes, and with the title track you live every second of it, which also makes for magnificent listening. He thumps through Pheromone, soars with Space and with Loose! he showcases his prowess with dance music. Come has great range, from the fantastic base line of Race and the grinding Come the album peaks at the wonderfully nasty Pheromone right down even to the much overlooked yet masterful Solo. Prince laments with Papa and Dark and it’s the latter that tops the album with true class, worthy of any Prince classic. The radio friendly tunes are Space and Letitgo and no surprising they were also the only singles from Come; the remixes on the EPs being some of his very best. The writing was on the wall with his relationship with Warner Brothers when Prince even killed off his birth name, which unfortunately for Prince Symbol the inharmonious wake of Prince’s ‘death’ was to linger for another three years.

Come

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