The Hits/The B-Sides

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The Hits/The B-Sides
Box set by Prince
Released September 10, 1993 (1993-09-10)
Genre
Length 225:53
Label
Producer
Prince chronology
Love Symbol Album
(1992)
The Hits/The B-Sides
(1993)
Come
(1994)
Singles from The Hits/The B-Sides
  1. "Pink Cashmere"
    Released: August 31, 1993
  2. "Peach"
    Released: November 18, 1993
  3. "Controversy"
    Released: December 11, 1993

The Hits/The B-Sides is a box set by American recording artist Prince. It was released on September 10, 1993, by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records. The album is a comprehensive 3-disc set consisting of many of his hit singles and fan favorites.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
NME (6/10)[4]
Q 5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[5][6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[7]

Album information[edit]

In 1993, Prince wanted to release Goldnigga, the debut album by his band The New Power Generation but Warner Bros. refused and instead decided to finally release the greatest hits collection it had wanted to release two years earlier when Prince instead got Diamonds and Pearls released.

Disc one and two were released separately, under the titles The Hits 1 and The Hits 2 respectively, but the B-Sides disc could only be obtained by purchasing the full set. Most of the songs (A-sides and B-sides) on The Hits/The B-Sides are represented in their single edited form. This was necessary due to time constraints, and the nature of a greatest hits collection; exceptions to this were "Alphabet St.", "7", "Little Red Corvette", "Sexy MF", and "Purple Rain". This compilation marks the first time the single version of "Kiss" was available on CD. The third disc of B-sides also featured the 7" edits, with the exceptions of "200 Balloons", "17 Days", "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)", "Horny Toad", "Irresistible Bitch", "I Love U in Me", "God", and "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" which were all original full-length recordings from the original singles.

Among the previously unreleased material was the rare live version of "4 the Tears in Your Eyes", only previously released in a 1985 TV broadcast for the Live Aid concerts. Also included was a live version of "Nothing Compares 2 U", recorded live January 27, 1992, at Paisley Park with The New Power Generation. The other four new tracks were outtakes. The oldest track was "Power Fantastic", a moody ballad once considered for the Dream Factory project of 1986. Another ballad, "Pink Cashmere", was broadcast before some of the Lovesexy World Tour shows, dating it back to 1988 originally for his abandoned Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic project. "Peach" and "Pope" were more recent, and both were played live during some 1993 after shows. "Pope" was actually in the short-lived musical ballet Glam Slam Ulysses, which also spawned several songs later released on Come and The Gold Experience. Live jams of "Peach" often extended into the title track of Chaos and Disorder.

While Prince had very little interest in the project, he insisted that his longtime manager Alan Leeds write the liner notes instead of Rolling Stone journalist Neal Karlen. According to Prince biographer Per Nilsen, the record company paid Prince to not get involved with the making of this compilation.


Track listings[edit]

All songs performed by Prince, except where noted.

Disc 1: The Hits 1[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "When Doves Cry"   Prince Prince 3:47
2. "Pop Life" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 3:41
3. "Soft and Wet"  
  • Prince
  • C. Moon
  • Prince
  • Tommy Vicari (exec.)
3:02
4. "I Feel for You"   Prince Prince 3:24
5. "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"   Prince Prince 3:48
6. "When You Were Mine"   Prince Prince 3:43
7. "Uptown"   Prince Prince 4:09
8. "Let's Go Crazy" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 4:39
9. "1999"   Prince Prince 3:36
10. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"   Prince Prince 3:38
11. "Nothing Compares 2 U" (featuring Rosie Gaines) Prince Prince 4:57
12. "Adore"   Prince Prince 4:39
13. "Pink Cashmere"       6:13
14. "Alphabet St."   Prince Prince 5:38
15. "Sign 'o' the Times"   Prince Prince 3:43
16. "Thieves in the Temple"   Prince Prince 3:19
17. "Diamonds and Pearls" (performed by Prince and The New Power Generation) Prince and The New Power Generation Prince and The New Power Generation 4:19
18. "7" (performed by Prince and The New Power Generation) Prince and The New Power Generation Prince and The New Power Generation 5:09

Disc 2: The Hits 2[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Controversy"   Prince Prince 3:35
2. "Dirty Mind"  
Prince 3:49
3. "I Wanna Be Your Lover"   Prince Prince 2:56
4. "Head"   Prince Prince 4:43
5. "Do Me, Baby"   Prince Prince 3:55
6. "Delirious"   Prince Prince 2:38
7. "Little Red Corvette"   Prince Prince 4:55
8. "I Would Die 4 U" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 2:56
9. "Raspberry Beret" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 3:31
10. "If I Was Your Girlfriend"   Prince Prince 3:46
11. "Kiss" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 3:45
12. "Peach"       3:48
13. "U Got the Look" (with Sheena Easton) Prince Prince 3:46
14. "Sexy M.F." (performed by Prince and The New Power Generation) Prince and The New Power Generation 5:24
15. "Gett Off" (performed by Prince and The New Power Generation) Prince and The New Power Generation Prince and The New Power Generation 4:29
16. "Cream" (performed by Prince and The New Power Generation) Prince and The New Power Generation Prince and The New Power Generation 4:12
17. "Pope {Featuring Mayte Garcia}"       3:28
18. "Purple Rain" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 8:40

Disc 3: The B-Sides[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Hello" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 3:23
2. "200 Balloons"   Prince Prince 5:05
3. "Escape"   Prince Prince 3:30
4. "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)"   Prince Prince 2:54
5. "Horny Toad"   Prince Prince 2:12
6. "Feel U Up"   Prince Prince 3:44
7. "Girl" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 3:47
8. "I Love U in Me"   Prince Prince 4:12
9. "Erotic City" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 3:55
10. "Shockadelica"   Prince Prince 3:30
11. "Irresistible Bitch"   Prince Prince 4:11
12. "Scarlet Pussy" (performed by Camille) Camille   4:18
13. "La, La, La, He, He, Hee"  
Prince 3:21
14. "She's Always in My Hair" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 3:27
15. "17 Days" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 3:54
16. "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore"   Prince Prince 3:50
17. "Another Lonely Christmas" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 4:51
18. "God" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince and The Revolution Prince and The Revolution 4:02
19. "4 the Tears in Your Eyes"   Prince Prince 3:23
20. "Power Fantastic"   Prince Prince 4:45

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[9] 40
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[10] 5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 58
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 10
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 15
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[14] 11
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 19
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 9
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[17]
The Hits 1
5
UK Albums (OCC)[17]
The Hits 2
5
US Billboard 200[18] 19
US Billboard 200[18]
The Hits 1
46
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[19] 6

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Germany[20] September 10, 1993 Warner
United Kingdom[21] September 13, 1993
United States[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-hits-the-b-sides-mw0000102556
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Browne, David (17 September 1993). "THAT #@?% (Prince symbol)!". Entertainment Weekly. p. 86. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  4. ^ NME review
  5. ^ a b CD Universe reviews
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  8. ^ "Prince – The Hits/The B-Sides". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  9. ^ "Prince – The Hits/The B-Sides" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  10. ^ "Prince – The Hits/The B-Sides". Danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  11. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  12. ^ "Prince – The Hits/The B-Sides" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  13. ^ "Prince – The Hits/The B-Sides". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  14. ^ "Prince – The Hits/The B-Sides". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  15. ^ "Prince – The Hits/The B-Sides". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  16. ^ "Prince – The Hits/The B-Sides". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  17. ^ a b c "Prince | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  18. ^ a b "Prince Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Prince. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  19. ^ "Prince Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Prince. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  20. ^ http://www.amazon.de/The-Hits-B-Sides-Prince/dp/B000002MNF
  21. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Hits-B-Sides-Prince/dp/B000002MNF
  22. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Hits-B-Sides-Prince/dp/B000002MNF