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Prince

Warner Bros. Records

It was for radio rather than for me, but it got a lot of people interested in my music.

Often mistaken as his debut album because it is eponymous Prince is in fact Prince’s second studio album. Like his first album, For You, Prince wrote every song, as well performed every instrument on the album. It was also his first album supported by a tour; during which, and unusually, he performed every song from the album.

Prince was recorded at Alpha Studios in Burbank, California within a mere six weeks, between April and June 1979. The album explores many themes (funk, soul, to even heavy metal) song I Feel For You was later re-recorded by and became a number one hit for Chaka Khan. Her version of the song would win Prince a Grammy in 1984 for Best R&B Song. Notably, during the recording of this album the song Purple Rain was also conceived. Prince sold 500,000 copies in the US on its release in April 1980 and the song I Wanna Be Your Lover became a breakthrough hit and responsible for pushing sales of the album to 1,000,000, the benchmark for Platinum accreditation, and reach number 22 on the Billboard charts and remained in the black Top 100 for 23 weeks.

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All Instruments
Prince

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distributor
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art
Jurgen Reisch and Terry Taylor
Released
39 years ago, on 19 October 1979
Running Time
40:54
US Chart Peak
22
UK Chart Peak
-
Prince Album
#2

Tracklist

  1. I Wanna Be Your Lover (5:47) 1
  2. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? [feat. André Cymone] (3:49) 1
  3. Sexy Dancer (4:18) 1
  4. When We're Dancing Close And Slow (5:18)
  5. With You (3:59)
  6. Bambi (4:22)
  7. Still Waiting (4:24) 1
  8. I Feel For You (3:24)
  9. It's Gonna Be Lonely (5:30)

1 Released as singles.

Singles from Prince

I Wanna Be Your Lover single from Prince

I Wanna Be Your Lover

Warner Bros. Records

Released
24 August 1979
US Chart Peak
11
UK Chart Peak
41
  1. I Wanna Be Your Lover (5:47)
  2. Just As Long As We're Together (6:24)
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? single from Prince

Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

Warner Bros. Records

Released
23 January 1980
US Chart Peak
13
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? [feat. André Cymone] (3:49)
  2. Baby (3:09)
Still Waiting single from Prince

Still Waiting

Warner Bros. Records

Released
25 March 1980
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Still Waiting [Edit] (3:48)
  2. Bambi (4:22)
Sexy Dancer single from Prince

Sexy Dancer

Warner Bros. Records

Released
1 April 1980
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Sexy Dancer (4:18)
  2. Bambi (4:22)
Bambi single from Prince

Bambi

Warner Bros. Records

Released
19 September 1980
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Bambi (4:22)
  2. Still Waiting [Edit] (3:48)

Supporting tour

Prince Tour

Prince Tour

1979/80

  • 14 shows from 26 November 1979 to 17 February 1980
  • 42 shows as support act for Rick James ‘Fire It Up Tour’, from 22 February to 3 May, 1980

Prince – review

Prince is the eponymous album and the one that would also provide Prince the fledgling pop star, his springboard hit: I Wanna Be Your Lover and starts off a surprisingly solid album for what was then the youngest record producer in history. Naming the album after his own name confuses many to believe that his was his debut, which in a kind of way it is, as many of the songs on it was out takes from the first album For You. Prince – the album – reminds us how the soulful dude Prince – the man – really is. Unlike his following albums although the narrative is focused on sex, Prince keeps proceedings refined and allows the music wallow in the foreplay. Bambi is quite possibly Prince’s best guitar riffs on any of his later releases and single-handedly elevates Prince to Platinum selling standard. I Feel For You is be the track everyone knows better as Chaka Khan’s version, which she rebooted it in 1984, but it’s the original on this album that gives the greater impact. It’s Gonna Be Lonely remains a personal favorite as it is true as the old adage advises, the old ones are the best. With songs like these that’s impossible to disagree.

Prince

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