Diamonds and Pearls

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This article is about the album. For the song, see Diamonds and Pearls (song). For the video album, see Diamonds and Pearls Video Collection. For the Pokémon games, see Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
Diamonds and Pearls
Studio album by Prince and The New Power Generation
Released October 1, 1991
Recorded 1989–1991
Paisley Park Records & London
Genre R&B, pop, soul, funk, new jack swing
Length 65:45
Label Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
Graffiti Bridge
(1990)
Diamonds and Pearls
(1991)
Love Symbol Album
(1992)
International Release
Singles from Diamonds and Pearls
  1. "Gett Off"
    Released: June 7, 1991
  2. "Cream"
    Released: September 9, 1991
  3. "Insatiable"
    Released: November 4, 1991
  4. "Diamonds and Pearls"
    Released: November 25, 1991
  5. "Money Don't Matter 2 Night"
    Released: March 3, 1992
  6. "Thunder"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Blender 3/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) [3]
Entertainment Weekly C [4]
Mojo (favorable) [5]
The New York Times (favorable) [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[7]
Spin (favorable) [8]
Trouser Press (favorable) [9]
Yahoo! Music (favorable) [10]

Diamonds and Pearls is the thirteenth studio album by American recording artist Prince, released October 1, 1991, on Paisley Park Records. It is his first album to have the New Power Generation, his backing band at the time, receive co-billing. The album produced several hit singles, including "Gett Off", "Cream", "Money Don't Matter 2 Night", "Insatiable", and the title track. Dancers Lori Werner (then dancing under the stage name of Lori Elle) and Robia LaMorte, known as "Diamond" and "Pearl" respectively, are featured on the holographic cover (re-pressings of the album are non-holographic). Diamond and Pearl also appeared in the music videos for "Cream", "Strollin'", "Gett Off", and the title track, and also participated in Prince's Diamonds and Pearls tour.

Diamonds and Pearls featured a hybrid of music styles, from the funk of "Daddy Pop", "Jughead", and first single "Gett Off", to some of the more mainstream pop/rock songs Prince had recorded in some time, such as "Cream", "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" and the title song. "Willing and Able" was used in a video montage during the closing credits of CBS coverage of Super Bowl XXVI.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Prince, all music composed by Prince and The New Power Generation except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Thunder"   5:45
2. "Daddy Pop"   5:17
3. "Diamonds and Pearls"   4:45
4. "Cream"   4:13
5. "Strollin'"   3:47
6. "Willing and Able" (Prince, Levi Seacer, Jr., Tony Mosley) 5:00
7. "Gett Off"   4:31
8. "Walk Don't Walk"   3:07
9. "Jughead" (Prince, Tony Mosley, Kirk Johnson) 4:57
10. "Money Don't Matter 2 Night"   4:46
11. "Push" (Prince, Rosie Gaines) 5:53
12. "Insatiable"   6:39
13. "Live 4 Love" (Prince, Tony Mosley) 6:59

Album evolution[edit]

One of the earliest songs that ended up on Diamonds and Pearls was "Live 4 Love", a track from 1989.[11] The bulk of the material would be composed in 1990, however. A few songs evolved during Prince's Nude Tour in 1990, notably "The Flow", and "Schoolyard". Prince decided to place an emphasis on rap with this album, handing the reins over to Nude Tour dancer, Tony M. An early version of the album from November 1990 [12] consisted of the following:

  1. "The Flow"
  2. "Daddy Pop"
  3. "Diamonds and Pearls"
  4. "Cream"
  5. "Strollin'"
  6. "Willing and Able"
  7. "Violet the Organ Grinder"
  8. "Walk Don't Walk"
  9. "Horny Pony"
  10. "Money Don't Matter 2 Nite"
  11. "Something Funky (This House Comes)"
  12. "Schoolyard"
  13. "Live 4 Love"

Most of these songs went through minor to major revisions before being released, and four of them didn't make the cut at all. The fours songs that were omitted from the album are "The Flow", Violet the Organ Grinder", "Horny Pony", and "Schoolyard." "The Flow" would be revised for the Love Symbol Album album. A later version of the album, closer to the actual release date was identical to the official album, but still had "Horny Pony" in the place of "Gett Off", a newly written track which ended up replacing "Horny Pony" at the last minute. In fact, "Horny Pony" still exists on the track listing, written in red over "Gett Off", and is mentioned in the lyrics to "Push".

Personnel[edit]

  • Rosie Gaines - keyboards (on #2), co-lead vocals (3, 11), backing vocals and keyboards (4, 6, 7-9)
  • Tommy Barbarella - keyboards (2-4, 6-8)
  • Levi Seacer, Jr. - bass (2, 5, 6, 8-10), rhythm guitar (4, 7)
  • Sonny T. - bass (3, 4, 7, 13)
  • Michael B. - drums (2-8, 10, 13)
  • Sheila E. - synth drum fills (3)
  • Damon Dickson, Kirk Johnson - percussion (6, 7, 9)
  • Eric Leeds - flute (7)
  • Tony M. - rap (2, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13)
  • Elisa Fiorillo - additional vocals (2, 8)
  • Clare Fischer - sampled orchestration (11)
  • All other vocals and instruments performed by Prince.

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Production[14][edit]

  • Arranged and produced by Prince and The New Power Generation
  • Engineered by Keith "KC" Cohen, David Friedlander, Michael Koppelman, Matt Larson, Sylvia Massy, Steve Noonan, Tim Penn and Brian Poer
  • Mixed by Michael Koppelman, Keith Cohen and Tom Garneau
  • Mastered by Michael Koppelman
  • All songs published[15] by Controversy Music-WB Music, except "Willing & Able" (Controversy Music-WB Music-Michael Anthony Music-Mac Dog Productions), "Jughead" (Controversy Music-WB Music-Mac Dog Music-Kinky J. Music) and "Push" (Controversy Music-WB Music-Mattie Lucille Publishing).

Singles and Hot 100 chart placings[edit]

  • "Gett Off" maxi-single (#21 US, #6 R&B, #4 UK, #8 AUS)
  1. "Gett Off"
  2. "Horny Pony"
  • "Cream" maxi-single (#1 US, #15 UK, #2 AUS)
  1. "Cream"
  2. "Horny Pony"
  1. "Insatiable"
  2. "I Love U in Me"
  1. "Diamonds and Pearls"
  2. "Q in Doubt"
  1. "Money Don't Matter 2 Night"
  2. "Call the Law"
  3. "Push" (UK)
  1. "Thunder"
  2. "Violet the Organ Grinder"
  3. "Gett Off" (Thrust Dub)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[37] Platinum 50,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[38] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[39] Platinum 610,100[40]
Germany (BVMI)[41] Gold 250,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[42] Platinum 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[43] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[44] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[46] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Blender review[dead link]
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  6. ^ Watrous, Peter (1 January 1992). "The Pop Life; Top 12's, or So". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
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Preceded by
Soul Deep by Jimmy Barnes
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
January 26 - February 1, 1992
Succeeded by
Baby Animals by Baby Animals