Prince (album)

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Prince
Studio album by Prince
Released October 19, 1979
Recorded April–June 1979 at Alpha Studios, Burbank, California
Genre R&B, pop, rock, funk, disco
Length 40:52
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
For You
(1978)
Prince
(1979)
Dirty Mind
(1980)
Singles from Prince
  1. "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
    Released: August 24, 1979
  2. "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"
    Released: January 23, 1980
  3. "Still Waiting"
    Released: March 25, 1980
  4. "Sexy Dancer"
    Released: 1980 (non-US single)
  5. "Bambi"
    Released: 1980 (non-US single)

Prince is the eponymous second studio album by Prince, released on October 19, 1979. The album was written, arranged, composed, produced and performed entirely by Prince, with the only known contribution from another person being "some vocal harmony" added by close friend/bassist André Cymone on Track 2.[1]

Prince recorded the album in just a few weeks after Warner Bros. asked for a follow-up to his 1978 debut, For You. Prince had used twice his initial recording advance on the album, and it had failed to generate a pop hit (although "Soft and Wet" became a No. 12 R&B hit). Displeased at his lack of success, Prince quickly recorded the follow-up. The album begins with the disco-influenced pop tune "I Wanna Be Your Lover", and is followed by "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?", a rock song reminiscent of "I'm Yours" from his debut. The pace quickens with the sexually charged dance funk number "Sexy Dancer", but slows for the sweet romantic "When We're Dancing Close and Slow". Another ballad, "With You" follows, and then the blazing hard rock of "Bambi". "Still Waiting" is a country/western-tinged ballad, and "I Feel For You" is a simple pop song that was covered by Chaka Khan, who brought the song to the Billboard Top Ten. The album closes with the emotional "It's Gonna Be Lonely".

Overall, the album was much more diverse and well-received than For You, critically and commercially. It peaked at No. 22 on the United States Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, and sold nearly 3,000,000 copies. It is notable for containing standard R&B ballads performed by Prince, before he would go on to establish himself with sexual romps on later albums. The success of this album geared Prince towards his next, Dirty Mind, which would be called a complete 360 from his sound.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Entertainment Weekly B−[5]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
PrinceReviews.com 4/5 stars[9]
Smash Hits 5/10[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Prince

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "I Wanna Be Your Lover"   5:49
2. "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"   3:49
3. "Sexy Dancer"   4:18
4. "When We're Dancing Close and Slow"   5:23
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "With You"   4:00
6. "Bambi"   4:22
7. "Still Waiting"   4:12
8. "I Feel for You"   3:24
9. "It's Gonna Be Lonely"   5:27

Singles[edit]

  • "Sexy Dancer" b/w "Bambi"/"Baby" (UK Only US Dance #2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Album: Prince". Prince Vault. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  2. ^ "Prince > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  3. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Prince". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Browne, David (21 September 1990). "Purple Products". Entertainment Weekly (#32). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Prince CD Album". cduniverse.com. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Holden, Stephen (3 April 1980). "Prince: Prince". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Hoard, Christian David; Brackett, Nathan (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4, revised ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8. 
  9. ^ Johnson, James (11 March 2012). "Prince: Prince". Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (February 7–20): 31.