4Ever (Prince album)

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4Ever
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Greatest hits album by Prince
Released November 22, 2016 (2016-11-22)
Recorded October 1977 – May 1993
Genre
Label
Prince chronology
Hit n Run Phase Two
(2015)
4Ever
(2016)

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.[1][2][3][4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

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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