Around the World in a Day

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Around the World in a Day
Studio album by Prince and The Revolution
Released April 22, 1985
Recorded January–December 1984
Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse
(Eden Prairie, Minnesota)
Sunset Sound
(Hollywood, California)
Mobile Audio Studio
(outside St. Paul Civic Center Arena, St. Paul, Minnesota and Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, for "The Ladder")
Capitol Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Neo-psychedelia,[1] pop-rock,[2] psychedelic pop[3]
Length 42:33
Label Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
25286
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
Purple Rain
(1984)
Around the World in a Day
(1985)
Parade
(1986)
Singles from Around the World in a Day
  1. "Raspberry Beret"
    Released: May 15, 1985
  2. "Paisley Park"
    Released: May 24, 1985 (UK only)
  3. "Pop Life"
    Released: July 10, 1985
  4. "America"
    Released: October 2, 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Blender 2/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau B–[6]
Entertainment Weekly C[7]
The New York Times favorable[2]
Q 3/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[3]
Spin (4/10)[9]
Stylus Magazine favorable[1]
Yahoo! Music unfavorable[10]

Around the World in a Day is the seventh studio album by American recording artist Prince and The Revolution. It was released on April 22, 1985 by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records. In compliance with Prince's wishes, the record company released the album with minimal publicity, not even releasing an accompanying single until almost a full month after the album's release. Prince made the request because he preferred the public to first experience the record in its entirety rather than through any particular song.[11]

Album Development[edit]

The album overall was an important step in Prince's musical evolution, incorporating new instruments and musical styles. This, taken together with the psychedelic vibe that pervades much of the record, drew numerous comparisons to The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.[2][11] In an interview, Prince once spoke on the album's cover art, psychedelic vibe, and the Sgt. Pepper comparison:

"The influence wasn't the Beatles. They were great for what they did, but I don't know how that would hang today. The cover art came about because I thought people were tired of looking at me. Who wants another picture of him? I would only want so many pictures of my woman, then I would want the real thing. What would be a little more happening than just another picture would be if there was some way I could materialize in people's cribs when they play the record. I don't mind the [album being called psychedelic], because that was the only period in recent history that delivered songs and colors. Led Zeppelin, for example, would make you feel differently on each song."[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Prince except where indicated. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Around the World in a Day"   Prince, John L. Nelson, David Coleman 3:28
2. "Paisley Park"     4:42
3. "Condition of the Heart"     6:48
4. "Raspberry Beret"     3:33
5. "Tamborine"     2:47
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "America"   Prince and The Revolution 3:42
7. "Pop Life"     3:43
8. "The Ladder"   Prince, John L. Nelson 5:29
9. "Temptation"     8:18

Personnel[edit]

[13]

Album Reception[edit]

Despite the low-key promotion and the material on the album being overall not as radio-friendly as Purple Rain, it still had two American top 10 hits, went double platinum.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 1
US Billboard R&B Albums 4
UK Albums Chart 5

Singles and Hot 100 chart placings[edit]

  1. "Paisley Park"
  2. "She's Always in My Hair"
  1. "Raspberry Beret"
  2. "She's Always in My Hair" (US)
  3. "Hello" (UK)
  1. "Pop Life"
  2. "Hello" (US)
  3. "Girl" (UK)
  • "America" (#46 US, #35 US R&B) No UK release
  1. "America"
  2. "Girl"
Preceded by
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 1–21, 1985
Succeeded by
Beverly Hills Cop (soundtrack) by Various artists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Drimmer, Josh (30 November 2004). "Prince - Around The World In A Day". Stylus6. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Palmer, Robert (22 April 1985). "Records: Prince's 'Around the World'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Prince: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Prince & the Revolution: Around the World in a Day > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  5. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 30, 1985). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  7. ^ Browne, David (21 September 1990). "Purple Products". Entertainment Weekly (#32). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Prince/Prince & The Revolution - Around the World in a Day CD Album". cduniverse.com. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Weisbard, Eric (10 October 1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide (1st ed.). Vintage. ISBN 978-0-679-75574-6. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Clay, Jennifer (1 January 1985). "Around The World In A Day". Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Freeman, Kim (May 4, 1985). Radio Is Mixed On Prince Album 97 (18). New York: Billboard Publications, Inc. pp. 1, 72. 
  12. ^ http://princetext.tripod.com/i_stone85.html
  13. ^ http://www.princevault.com/index.php/Album:_Around_The_World_In_A_Day