Come (Prince album)

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Come
Prince Come.jpg
Studio album by Prince
Released August 16, 1994
Recorded 1991–1994
Paisley Park Records, Chanhassen, MN; The Record Plant, Los Angeles; Larrabee Sound Studios, Los Angeles
Genre R&B, funk, urban[1]
Length 48:43
Label Warner Bros.
45700
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
The Hits/The B-Sides
(1993)
Come
(1994)
The Black Album
(1994)
Singles from Come
  1. "Come"
    Released: 1994 (promo only)
  2. "Letitgo"
    Released: August 9, 1994
  3. "Space"
    Released: November 1, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Melody Maker (favorable)[3]
Mojo (mixed)[4]
Mojo (favorable)[5]
MusicHound 1.5/5[6]
NME 7/10[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[8]
Village Voice (unfavorable)[9]

Come is the fifteenth studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on August 16, 1994 by Warner Bros. Records. At the time of its release, Prince was in a public dispute with his then-record company, Warner Bros.

Evolution of the album[edit]

Most of the songs from the Come album were recorded in early 1993 during a highly prolific time for Prince. An early collection of tracks included: "Come," "Endorphinmachine," "Space," "Pheromone," "Loose," "Papa," "Dark," and "Poem." It was unknown at this time if these tracks were indeed intended for an album. In late May 1993, Prince's then band member, Mayte Garcia, sent a letter to a Prince fanzine listing the above tracks, plus a few others: "Interactive," "Peach," "Pope," "Solo," and "Race." Most of these songs were newly written, except "Peach" (written in 1992), and "Race" (written in 1991 during the Love Symbol Album sessions—it uses a scratching sound effect similar to Love Symbol Album's "The Continental").

After Prince's name change to an unpronounceable symbol, he intended to release new songs under that moniker in formats other than albums. He would fulfill his contract to Warner Bros. by delivering unreleased material from his music vault. Prince conceived an "interactive musical experience" called Glam Slam Ulysses—a musical loosely based on Homer's Odyssey. Thirteen tracks were selected and premiered as the first new material from Prince. These songs and many others would travel back and forth between different concepts of albums in a relatively short frame of time. The Dawn was a triple-album concept. The track listing is unknown, but the idea was scrapped for single album releases. Some of these ended up on Come, and some on a new album called The Gold Experience. There was also an idea floating around for The Beautiful Experience that took on various forms before its final release as a maxi single.

On March 6, 1994, Prince submitted a tape of eight songs to Dutch radio stations which included the song "Pheromone." Five days later, he submitted the first version of the Come album to Warner Bros. The album consisted of: "Poem," "Interactive," "Endorphinemachine," "Space," "Pheromone," "Loose," "Papa," "Race," "Dark," "Solo," and "Strays of the World." This version of the album is exactly 45 minutes in length, has been leaked, and is known as the Come Test Pressing. Interestingly, the title track was absent. Warner Bros. rejected this version, and asked for the title track along with some other new material, such as the recent hit "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World." Prince went back into the studio and tooled with the title track, creating an 11-minute horn-boosted sexual romp. He added it to the album and resubmitted it to Warner Bros., and they agreed to it.

Prince changed the album once again, removing the more rock-oriented tracks "Interactive," "Endorphinemachine," and "Strays of the World." He broke up "Poem" into segues throughout the album, with the remainder retitled as "Orgasm," and also included the newly written track "Letitgo." This final version was submitted to Warner Bros. on the same day as a configuration of The Gold Experience. Prince wanted them to release both albums simultaneously, so the Prince material would compete with the one released under the symbolic moniker in the charts (with the latter having more commercial material). Warner Bros. accepted both albums, but refused to release them both at the same time fearing the market would have too much Prince material in stock.

The guitar sound on "Orgasm" is a sample of a feedback guitar solo from a previous Prince track, "Private Joy" from his 1981 album Controversy. The moaning on "Orgasm" is that of Vanity, recorded in 1983 for the unreleased track "Vibrator." In the liner notes, Vanity is credited as "she knows."

Upon release, Come received little support from Prince, who derided the album as "old material," despite the fact that many of the tracks had been recorded during the same sessions that produced The Gold Experience. Since Prince placed the more up-tempo and commercial material from these sessions on The Gold Experience, the overall tone of Come is somewhat dark and experimental in nature. Despite Prince's apparent marketing neglect, Come performed moderately well, reaching number 15 in the United States, going gold and receiving heavy R&B airplay with the single "Letitgo." In the United Kingdom, the album was a huge hit, debuting at number 1. Prince also released two maxi singles in support of the album.

In 1993, a funkier instrumental version of the song "Pheromone" was used as the theme music for the BET music video program, Video LP.

The album cover proclaims "Prince: 1958–1993," indicating that Prince had "died" in 1993, and was reborn under his Love Symbol alias. The church depicted in the background of the record's cover is the Sagrada Família in Barcelona. The outtakes from the photoshoot for the cover of the album were released a year before in The Sacrifice of Victor, Prince's first book.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Prince, except track 8, music written by Prince and lyrics written by David Henry Hwang.[10]

  1. "Come" – 11:13
  2. "Space" – 4:28
  3. "Pheromone" – 5:08
  4. "Loose!" – 3:26
  5. "Papa" – 2:48
  6. "Race" – 4:28
  7. "Dark" – 6:10
  8. "Solo" – 3:48
  9. "Letitgo" – 5:32
  10. "Orgasm" – 1:39

Promotional vinyl bonus tracks:

  1. "Space" (Universal Love Remix) – 6:10 (singing different lyrics than the track album)
  2. "Space" (Funky Stuff Remix) – 5:42
  3. "Letitgo" (QDIII Instrumental Mix) – 5:00 (retitled "Instrumental" for single release)
  4. "Letitgo" (J-Sw!ft #3 Instrumental) – 5:43 (retitled "(-) Sherm Stick Edit" for single release)

Personnel[edit]

  • Prince – lead vocals and various instruments
  • Tommy Barbarella – keyboards (2, 7)
  • Mr. Hayes – keyboards (2, 7)
  • Sonny T. – bass (2, 5, 7)
  • Michael B. – drums (2, 5, 7)
  • Brian Gallagher – tenor saxophone (1, 6, 7, 9)
  • Kathy J. – baritone saxophone (1, 6, 7, 9)
  • Joseph Robinson – trumpet (1, 6, 7, 9)
  • Steve Strand – trumpet (1, 6, 7, 9)
  • Dave Jensen – trumpet (1, 6, 7, 9)
  • Michael B. Nelson – trombone (1, 6, 7, 9)
  • Ricky Peterson – keyboards (9)
  • Eric Leeds – flute (9)
  • Mayte – backing vocals (6)
  • Kathleen Bradford – backing vocals (9)
  • Jearlyn Steele Battle – "Face the music" looped sample (6)
  • Vanity – vocalizations (10)

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Singles and Hot 100 chart placings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 2
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[14] 4
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 9
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[16] 16
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[17] 7
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 7
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 1
US Billboard 200[21] 15

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Prince: Come" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Prince". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  3. ^ a b "Prince - Come CD Album". CDUniverse.com. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  4. ^ Hoskyns, Barney (September 1994). "Prince: Come" (paywall). Mojo. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  5. ^ Simmons, Sylvie (1996). "Prince: The Best of the Patchy Years" (free registration required). Mojo. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  6. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 899. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  7. ^ Moon, Tom (September 8, 1994). "Prince: Come". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  8. ^ "Prince: Album Guide". rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ Cooper, Carol (30 August 1994). "Prince: Come / 1-800-New-Funk" (paywall). The Village Voice. ISSN 0042-6180. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  10. ^ http://princevault.com/index.php/Solo
  11. ^ http://princevault.com/index.php/Come
  12. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Prince – Come". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Prince – Come" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Prince – Come" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  15. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Prince – Come" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Prince – Come". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Prince – Come". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Prince – Come". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Prince – Come". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  20. ^ "Prince | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  21. ^ "Prince – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Prince. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  22. ^ "British album certifications – Prince – Come". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Come in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Prince – Come". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits by Wet Wet Wet
UK number one album
August 27, 1994 – September 2, 1994
Succeeded by
End of Part One: Their Greatest Hits by Wet Wet Wet