For You (Prince album)

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For You
Prince ForYou.jpg
Studio album by Prince
Released April 7, 1978 (1978-04-07)
Recorded October–December 1977
Studio Record Plant, Sausalito, California
Length 33:11
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
For You
Singles from For You
  1. "Soft and Wet"
    Released: June 7, 1978
  2. "Just as Long as We're Together"
    Released: November 21, 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Blender 2/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B–[2]
Entertainment Weekly B–[4]
MusicHound 2.5/5[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[6]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[7]

For You is the debut studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on April 7, 1978 by Warner Bros. Records. The album bore the soon-to-be classic tag "produced, arranged, composed, and performed by Prince".


The album was produced, arranged, composed, and performed by Prince, as it featured him writing all the songs and playing all 27 instruments on the record. The album was intended to establish Prince as an artist and to prove his merits; it was produced to the point of spending triple the allotted budget. Because of this, his next album would have to have some hits to recoup the somewhat lackluster release.


Its lead single, "Soft and Wet", became a minor hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 92. However, it became a top-twenty hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at number 12 and establishing Prince as a popular teen star in the market. The second single released from the album, "Just as Long as We're Together", stalled at number 91 on the R&B charts.

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reviews were mixed. While critics felt Prince had talent and possessed "the most thrilling falsetto since Smokey Robinson", the album itself was regarded as a promising but somewhat insubstantial early disco effort.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album originally peaked at number 163 on the US Billboard 200 chart when it was released in 1978. It went on to sell approximately two million copies worldwide. In 2016, the album recharted on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number 138 after Prince's death. The album also peaked at number 200 on the French Albums Chart and number 156 on the UK Albums Chart even though it didn't originally chart in those countries.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Prince, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "For You"   1:06
2. "In Love"   3:38
3. "Soft and Wet" Prince, Chris Moon 3:01
4. "Crazy You[8]"   2:17
5. "Just as Long as We're Together"   6:24
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Baby" 3:09
7. "My Love Is Forever" 4:09
8. "So Blue" 4:26
9. "I'm Yours" 5:01



Chart (1978) Peak
US Billboard Top LPs & Tapes[9] 163
US Billboard Top Black Albums[10] 21
Chart (2016) Peak
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 200
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 156
US Billboard 200[13] 138


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Prince: For You > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Prince". Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  3. ^ Blender review Archived August 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Browne, David (September 21, 1990). "Purple Products". Entertainment Weekly (#32). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  5. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 897. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  6. ^ Hoard, Christian David; Brackett, Nathan (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4, revised ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ Clay, Jennifer (January 1, 1982). "For You". Archived from the original on July 22, 2010. 
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  11. ^ " – Prince – For You". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  12. ^ "Prince | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  13. ^ "Prince – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Prince. Retrieved May 17, 2016.

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