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For You

Warner Bros. Records

If I didn’t make music, I’d die.

Prince was aged just 18 at time of the release of For You his debut album, and was the youngest all-in-one, producer, composer, and performer, in the history of major music labels. Like many of his later albums Prince not only wrote, provided all vocals, but played every instrument on the entire album.

For You contains mostly re-recorded songs from earlier demos dating from 1976/7 and the shortlist of the 20 tracks Prince had written to put on it. The album was recorded at Record Plant in Sausalito, California between October and December 1977 and went on to sell 150,000 copies in the US. Patrice Rushen plays the keyboards on Baby, more famous for her 1982 hit single Forget Me Nots. For You peaked in Billboard’s charts at 163 and although is subsequent albums improved, Prince would not find true chart success until his fifth album 1999. Warner Brothers felt Prince and his band were not ready to tour this album, his first tour, therefore, began with his second album.

Performers

All Instruments
Prince
Keyboards
Patrice Rushen Baby

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distributor
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art
Joe Giannettii and Jeff Farmakes
Released
40 years ago, on 7 April 1978
Running Time
33:26
US Chart Peak
163
UK Chart Peak
-
Prince Album
#1

Tracklist

  1. For You (1:06)
  2. In Love (3:38)
  3. Soft And Wet (3:01) 1 2
  4. Crazy You (2:17)
  5. Just As Long As We're Together (6:24) 1
  6. Baby (3:09)
  7. My Love Is Forever (4:09) 2
  8. So Blue (4:26)
  9. I'm Yours (5:01)

1 Released as singles.
2 Co-written with Chris Moon.

Singles from For You

Soft And Wet single from For You

Soft And Wet

Warner Bros Records

Released
7 June 1978
US Chart Peak
92
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Soft And Wet (3:01)
  2. So Blue (4:26)
Just As Long As We're Together single from For You

Just As Long As We're Together

Warner Bros. Records

Released
21 November 1978
US Chart Peak
91
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Just As Long As We're Together [Edit] (3:25)
  2. In Love (3:38)

For You – review

Pop royalty is born and For You is an album that provides our young Prince a palace built on a solid foundation. For You also sets the familiar credit: produced, arranged, performed and composed by Prince – at the tender age of 19 at the time of its release. Still, all later sexual fascinations, frustrations and conquests are kept under wraps as Prince puts on his best behavior for this his first solo outing. For You – named after the title of the opening song – begins in a soft acapella then slides into to the funky but low key In Love. The gentile ballads continue, all sung in falsetto, safely picking up pace with Soft And Wet. The intent of For You is to serve and an introducer to Prince’s broad creative talent in song writing, musicianship, studio craft and vocals. This is not better demonstrated with I’m Yours which you not only get a perfect guitar track and a perfect drum track, but you then get vocals of matching quality. The standard of musicianship for a young artist given free range in the studio gives portent to the fantastic hits that was to come and produce some of the most memorable albums of the 1980s. The highlights are Soft And Wet and the indulgent Just As Long As We’re Together and for the latter, few jams has passed six minutes this confidently. You need to remember Prince was a teenager when he recorded these and this is his portfolio album. It seems all was ordained from this album that Prince was simply destined to become the lifelong artist – for you.

For You

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