4Ever (Prince album)

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4Ever
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 2016 (2016-11-22)
RecordedOctober 1977 – May 1993
Genre
Label
Prince chronology
Hit n Run Phase Two
(2015)
4Ever
(2016)
Anthology: 1995–2010
(2018)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars [1]

4Ever, also known as Prince 4Ever, is a greatest hits album by American recording artist Prince, released on November 22, 2016, by NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records.[2][3][4][5] It is the first Prince release following the musician's death on April 21, 2016.

The two-disc set features 40 songs from Prince's tenure with Warner Bros. Records and features recordings from all of his albums between 1978's For You and 1993's The Hits/The B-Sides. It is the first Prince collection to include his number-one hit single "Batdance" from the soundtrack album to the 1989 film Batman.[6]

4Ever features the first official release of the song "Moonbeam Levels", which had previously circulated on bootlegs of Prince's unreleased material in a low-quality form.[7] The song had been recorded in 1982 during the sessions for 1999 and was subsequently considered for the unreleased 1989 album Rave unto the Joy Fantastic.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
1."1999" (single version)Prince1999 (1982)3:38
2."Little Red Corvette" (single version)Prince19993:08
3."When Doves Cry" (single version)PrincePurple Rain (1984)3:48
4."Let's Go Crazy" (single version)PrincePurple Rain3:50
5."Raspberry Beret"PrinceAround the World in a Day (1985)3:35
6."I Wanna Be Your Lover" (single version)PrincePrince (1979)3:00
7."Soft and Wet"Prince, Chris MoonFor You (1978)3:05
8."Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"PrincePrince3:50
9."Uptown" (single version)PrinceDirty Mind (1980)4:12
10."When You Were Mine"PrinceDirty Mind3:45
11."Head"PrinceDirty Mind4:45
12."Gotta Stop (Messin' About)"Princenon-album single (1981)2:57
13."Controversy" (single version)PrinceControversy (1981)3:39
14."Let's Work" (single version)PrinceControversy3:04
15."Delirious" (single version)Prince19992:41
16."I Would Die 4 U" (single version)PrincePurple Rain3:00
17."Take Me with U" (single version)PrincePurple Rain3:44
18."Paisley Park"PrinceAround the World in a Day4:45
19."Pop Life"PrinceAround the World in a Day3:45
20."Purple Rain"PrincePurple Rain8:42
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
1."Kiss" (single version)PrinceParade (1986)3:46
2."Sign o' the Times" (single version)PrinceSign o' the Times (1987)3:43
3."Alphabet St." (single version)PrinceLovesexy (1988)2:26
4."Batdance" (single version)PrinceBatman (1989)4:07
5."Thieves in the Temple"PrinceGraffiti Bridge (1990)3:21
6."Cream"PrinceDiamonds and Pearls (1991)4:13
7."Mountains"Prince, Lisa Coleman, Wendy MelvoinParade4:00
8."Girls & Boys" (single version)PrinceParade3:28
9."If I Was Your Girlfriend" (single version)PrinceSign o' the Times3:46
10."U Got the Look"PrinceSign o' the Times3:47
11."I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (single version)PrinceSign o' the Times3:41
12."Glam Slam" (single version)PrinceLovesexy3:30
13."Moonbeam Levels"PrincePreviously unreleased (1982)4:06
14."Diamonds and Pearls" (single version)PrinceDiamonds and Pearls4:20
15."Gett Off" (remix)PrinceDiamonds and Pearls4:00
16."Sexy MF"Prince, Levi Seacer, Jr., Tony M.Love Symbol Album (1992)5:26
17."My Name Is Prince" (single version)Prince, Tony M.Love Symbol Album4:04
18."7" (single version)Prince, Lowell Fulsom, Jimmy McCracklinLove Symbol Album4:23
19."Peach"PrinceThe Hits/The B-Sides (1993)3:48
20."Nothing Compares 2 U" (single version)PrinceThe Hits/The B-Sides4:19

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Aswad, Jem (October 21, 2016). "Prince Greatest-Hits Collection, '4Ever,' Due Nov. 22; 'Purple Rain' Deluxe Edition -- With Unreleased Songs -- Coming in 2017". Billboard. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Deerwester, Jayme (October 21, 2016). "Two new Prince albums coming; 'Prince4Ever' arrives Nov. 22". USA Today. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  4. ^ Kreps, Daniel (October 21, 2016). "Unreleased Prince Songs Prepped for Greatest Hits, 'Purple Rain' Reissue". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  5. ^ Yoo, Noah. "Prince Purple Rain Reissue, Greatest Hits Album Announced". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Prince's Unreleased Songs To Feature In 2 New Albums". International Business Times. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  7. ^ Kreps, Daniel. "Unreleased Prince Songs Prepped for Greatest Hits, 'Purple Rain' Reissue". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  8. ^ Ahmed, Tufayel (21 October 2016). "Two new Prince albums are coming—including a 'Purple Rain' reissue". Newsweek. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
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  30. ^ "British album certifications – Prince – 4Ever". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 5, 2017. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type 4Ever in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.