April 21, 2016

20,000 Vinyl LPs 54: Prince ~ Around The World In A Day

vinyl LP front cover
Illustration by Doug Henders
 art direction by Prince
photo by Styrous®

This is the second part of my tribute to Prince who died today (link to first part below). This is another of my favorite albums by Prince. It was his seventh studio album and it was released a few weeks after his Purple Rain Tour on April 22, 1985, thirty years ago, tomorrow, by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records. Prince wanted the record company to release the album with minimal publicity, not even releasing an accompanying single until almost a full month after the album's release. He made the request because he wanted the public to experience the record in its entirety rather than through any particular song.       

vinyl LP back
Illustration by Doug Henders
 art direction by Prince
photo by Styrous®

This album has some terrific dance songs, Paisley Park, my favorite, and Raspberry Beret being at the very top of my list.    

The lyrics to Paisley Park describe a Utopia where one can feel in their heart, despite the chaos of the world around them. It was recorded before Purple Rain was completed, indicating the new direction Prince wanted to take after the success of that album and film. The violin on the song was played by Novi Novog, and Wendy & Lisa provide backing vocals. The song reached the Top 40 in all of the countries in which it was released. It peaked within the Top 20 in both Ireland (No. 11) and the UK (No. 18).    

side 1 record label detail
art director - Prince
detail photo by Styrous®

Raspberry Beret is one of the most delightful songs I think I've ever heard. The sound of the song was different from any previous Prince track, incorporating Middle Eastern finger cymbals, stringed instruments, and even a harmonica on the extended version. The string section had Novi Novog again on violin, Suzie Katayama and David Coleman on cello. Wendy & Lisa composed and conducted the strings and provided backing vocals. The song tells of a teenage romance and the first sexual experience with a girl who wears the beret. Aside from the technical, historical or whatever information, it is a phenomenal tune that you just can't help getting up and dancing to with lighthearted abandon.        

The song hit number 1 in Cash Box and reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, it only reached number 25 on the UK Singles Chart.  


side 2 record label detail
art director - Prince
detail photo by Styrous®

Prince And The Revolution ‎– Around The World In A Day


Side 1: 

A1 - Around The World In A Day
Backing Vocals – David Coleman (2), Jonathan Melvoin, Susannah, The RevolutionCello, Oud, Finger Cymbals, Goblet Drum [Darbuka] – David Coleman (2)Composed By – David Coleman (2), John L. Nelson, PrinceRecorded By – David Leonard, Susan RogersTambourine – Jonathan Melvoin

A2 - Paisley Park
Recorded By – David Leonard, Peggy Mac*, Susan RogersViolin – Novi Novog

A3 - Condition Of The Heart
Instruments [All], Voice [All Voices] – PrinceRecorded By – Peggy Mac*

A4 - Raspberry Beret
Cello – David Coleman (2), Suzie KatayamaRecorded By – Susan RogersViolin – Novi Novog

A5 - Tamborine
Instruments [All], Voice [All Voices] – PrinceRecorded By – David Leonard

Side 2: 

B1 - America
Recorded By – Susan RogersTambourine – Brad Marsh

B2 - Pop Life
Cello – David Coleman (2), Suzie KatayamaComposed By [String Interlude] – Lisa & Wendy*Double Bass [Stand Up] – Annette Atkinson*, Tim BarrDrums – Sheila E.Recorded By – Peggy Mac*Viola – Denyse Buffum, Laury WoodsViolin – Marcy Dicterow Vaj, Sid Page

B3 - The Ladder
Backing Vocals – Susannah, Taj*, Wendy & LisaComposed By – John L. Nelson, PrinceRecorded By – David TickleSaxophone – Eddie M (2)

B4 - Temptation
Recorded By – David LeonardSaxophone – Eddie M (2)

Companies, etc.



Issued in a gatefold sleeve with a perforated flap.

Sealed copies have a sticker on the cellophane wrapping. The sticker features a little boy being carried away by a balloon that reads "Prince And The Revolution Around the World In a Day" and the cat# 1-25286.

Cat # on vinyl label: 1-25286
Cat # on sleeve (perforated flap): 9 25286-1

Tracks A1, A2, A4, A5 & B1 recorded at Paisley Park.
Tracks A3 & B2 recorded at Sunset Sound.
Track B3 recorded at Mobile Audio.
Track B4 recorded at Capitol Records.

All songs © 1985 Controversy Music ASCAP.
Paisley Park, manufactured and distributed by Warner Bros. Records Inc., a Warner Communications Company.
© 1985 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
℗ 1985 Warner Bros. Records Inc. for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S.
Made in U.S.A.
Printed in U.S.A.

Net links:     
Prince ~ Purple Rain             
Prince Discography          
YouTube links:              
Raspberry Beret        
Paisley Park         

"Music is music, ultimately. 
If it makes you feel good, cool." 
                                             -  Prince

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I started the Vinyl LP series because I have a collection of over 20,000 vinyl record albums I am selling; each blog entry is about an album from my collection. Inquire for information here.   

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Styrous® ~ Thursday, April 21, 2016

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