Love Symbol Album

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(Love Symbol Album)
Studio album by Prince and The New Power Generation
Released October 13, 1992
Recorded 1991–1992
Genre R&B, pop, soul, funk, rock[1]
Length 74:56
Label Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
Producer Prince and the New Power Generation; additional production by Keith "KC" Cohen; additional production on "I Wanna Melt with You" by George Black; strings produced by Clare Fischer
Prince chronology
Diamonds and Pearls
(1991)
Love Symbol Album
(1992)
Come
(1994)
Singles from Love Symbol Album
  1. "Sexy MF"
    Released: June 30, 1992
  2. "My Name Is Prince"
    Released: September 29, 1992
  3. "7"
    Released: November 17, 1992
  4. "Damn U"
    Released: November 17, 1992
  5. "The Morning Papers"
    Released: April 3, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Mojo (favorable)[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6][7]
Spin (7/10)[8]
Yahoo! Music (mixed)[9]

Prince logo.svg is the fourteenth studio album by American recording artist Prince, released October 13, 1992 on Paisley Park and Warner Bros. Records.[10] Due to its official title being an unpronounceable symbol, which Prince later adopted as his name, the album has been referred to as the Love Symbol Album, Symbol Album, or simply Symbol. It is Prince's second album to feature his backing group, The New Power Generation, which received co-billing for the release. The album contains elements of musical styles including funk, R&B, hip hop, jazz, reggae, and synthpop.[11] It has sold over five million copies worldwide.

The album's first two singles, "My Name Is Prince" and "Sexy MF", achieved modest success on the US pop charts, though both made the top ten in the UK. Conversely, the third single, "7", was not as successful as the first two singles in the UK, but was a top ten hit in the US. The album was originally conceived as a "fantasy rock soap opera" with various spoken segues throughout.[12] However, in a last-minute attempt to add an additional song ("I Wanna Melt with U", which was originally considered to be a B-side to the "7" maxi-single, and which contains several sampled sounds also present in "7"), most of the segues had to be cut for album length. The few that remained were somewhat confusing in context. The album debuts Mayte Garcia, who plays a part in the album's storyline and would become Prince's wife in 1996. Early pressings of the album featured an embossed gold love symbol on the jewel case, while later editions feature it printed on the booklet or not present on either.

3 Chains o' Gold, a direct-to-video film produced and directed by Prince, was released in 1994. The film is based on the plotline and songs of the Love Symbol Album and contained some of the original segues which were planned to be on the album.

Track listing[edit]

Produced, arranged and performed by Prince and The New Power Generation.
All songs composed by Prince, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "My Name is Prince"   6:39
2. "Sexy MF"   5:25
3. "Love 2 the 9's"   5:45
4. "The Morning Papers"   3:57
5. "The Max"   4:30
6. "Segue"   0:21
7. "Blue Light"   4:38
8. "I Wanna Melt with U"   3:50
9. "Sweet Baby"   4:01
10. "The Continental" (featuring Carmen Electra) 5:31
11. "Damn U"   4:25
12. "Arrogance"   1:35
13. "The Flow"   2:26
14. "7"   5:13
15. "And God Created Woman"    
16. "3 Chains o' Gold"   6:03
17. "Segue"   1:30
18. "The Sacrifice of Victor"   5:41

Alternate versions[edit]

Several special editions of this album were released; one boxed set came with a bonus "Sexy MF" CD single, another with a specially-created CD single of "My Name Is Prince" mixes.

Early configuration[edit]

Below is an early version of the album with all the original segues which help explain the album's storyline better.[13]

  1. "Intro"
  2. "My Name is Prince"
  3. "Sexy MF"
  4. "Segue"
  5. "Love 2 the 9's"
  6. "The Morning Papers"
  7. "The Max"
  8. "Segue"
  9. "Blue Light"
  10. "Segue"
  11. "Sweet Baby"
  12. "Segue"
  13. "The Continental"
  14. "Damn U"
  15. "Segue"
  16. "Arrogance"
  17. "The Flow"
  18. "Segue"
  19. "7"
  20. "Segue"
  21. "And God Created Woman"
  22. "3 Chains o' Gold"
  23. "Segue"
  24. "The Sacrifice of Victor"

This original version contained eight segues as well as an intro. When "I Wanna Melt with U" was added a lot of these segues had to be cut for album length; these segues have been bootlegged since. Also, "The Sacrifice of Victor" was slightly longer than the released version.

Personnel[edit]

Prince and the New Power Generation[edit]

  • Prince: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Percussion
  • Mayte: Vocals
  • Tony M.: Raps
  • Damon Dickson: Dancer
  • Levi Seacer: Guitars
  • Tommy Barbarella: Keyboards
  • Sonny T.: Bass
  • Michael Bland: Drums
  • Kirk Johnson: Percussion

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Carmen Electra: Guest Rap on "The Continental"
  • The Steeles (Jevetta, Jearlyn, JD and Fred Steele): Vocal Backing on "The Sacrifice of Victor"
  • Eric Leeds: Saxophone on "Blue Light"
  • Michael Koppelman: Bass on "Blue Light"
  • DJ Graves: Scratching
  • Mike Nelson, Kathy J., Dave Jensen, Brian Gallagher and Steve Strand: Horns
  • Airiq Anest: Programming
  • Clare Fischer: String Arrangements

Production[edit]

  • Arranged by Prince and the New Power Generation
  • Produced by Prince and the New Power Generation; additional production by Keith Cohen; additional production on "I Wanna Melt with You" by George Black; strings produced by Clare Fischer
  • Recorded by Michael Koppelman, Dave Friedlander, Steve Noonan, Ray Hahnfeldt and Brian Poer; strings recorded by Larry Mann; Kirstie Alley's voice recorded by Peter Arata
  • Mixed by Keith Cohen, Michael Koppelman, Tom Garneau, Bob Rosa and Steve Beltran; additional mixing by Dave Aron, Airiq Anest, Steve Durkee, Biran Poer, Steve Noonan and Ray Hahnfeldt
  • Mastered by Brian Gardner and Steve Noonan

Publishing[edit]

  • All songs published by Controversy Music/WB Music Corp.; except:
    • Track 1 (Copyright NPG Music/Michael Anthony Music), track 15 (NPG Music)
    • Track 12 (Controversy Music/WB Music Corp; contains a sample of "I Know You Got Soul" by Eric B. & Rakim which is published by Songs of Polygram International Inc./Robert Hill Music; contains a sample of "Jazz It Up" originally by C.F.M. Band and also a sample of "Niggaz 4 Life" by N.W.A; copyright Ruthless Attack Muzik/Sony Songs/Bridgeport Music).
    • Track 14 published by Controversy Music; additional publishing by Powerforce Music/Budget Music; sample of "Tramp" by Lowell Fulsom published by Blues Interactions, Inc.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[14] 5
US Billboard R&B Albums[14] 8
UK Albums Chart[15] 1
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1

Singles and Hot 100 chart placings[edit]

  • "Sexy MF" maxi-single (#66 US, #76 R&B, #4 UK)
  • "7" maxi-single (#7 US, #3 R&B charts, #27 UK)
Preceded by
Automatic for the People by R.E.M.
UK number one album
October 17, 1992 – October 23, 1992
Succeeded by
Glittering Prize 81/92 by Simple Minds
Preceded by
Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
October 25, 1992 – October 31, 1992
Succeeded by
Erotica by Madonna

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Prince & the New Power Generation: The Love Symbol Album" at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Prince [extended]". Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Sandow, Greg (23 October 1992). "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince(1992): Prince". Entertainment Weekly (Time) (#141). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Simmons, Sylvie (1996). "Prince: The Best of the Patchy Years" (free registration required). Mojo (Bauer Media Group). ISSN 1351-0193. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Prince/Prince & the New Power Generation - Love Symbol Album CD Album". CDUniverse.com. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Prince: Album Guide". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Hoard (2004), p. 655.
  8. ^ Weisbard, Eric (10 October 1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide (1st ed.). Vintage. ISBN 978-0-679-75574-6. 
  9. ^ Clay, Jennifer (13 October 1992). "(Symbol)". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Prince & The New Power Generation Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 15 April 2009. 
  11. ^ "Prince And The New Power Generation* – Untitled (Symbol)". Discogs. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  12. ^ Willman, Chris (11 October 1992). "Prince's Latest Fleshed-Out Fantasy". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). ISSN 0458-3035. OCLC 3638237. 
  13. ^ "The lost album segues / original version". dawnation.com. 
  14. ^ a b "The Love Symbol Album > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  15. ^ "Symbol". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 

References[edit]

  • Nathan Brackett, Christian Hoard (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide: Completely Revised and Updated 4th Edition. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.