Ice Cream Castle

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Ice Cream Castle
IceCreamCastle.jpg
Studio album by The Time
Released July 2, 1984
Recorded March 26, 1983–January 1984
Genre Funk, R&B, pop
Length 38:19
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Prince (as The Starr ★ Company), Morris Day, Jesse Johnson
The Time chronology
What Time Is It?
(1982)What Time Is It?1982
Ice Cream Castle
(1984)
Pandemonium
(1990)Pandemonium1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars AllMusic

Ice Cream Castle is a 1984 album by The Time.[1] Similar to their previous two albums, this album consists of six tracks in the funk-pop or ballad genre and it was produced and arranged by Prince as "The Starr ★ Company".

The album's two biggest hits, "Jungle Love" and "The Bird", were featured in the film Purple Rain and this, along with Day's performance in the movie, catapulted the album up the charts and to a crossover audience. Unfortunately, the band didn't have time to enjoy the success, as they had disbanded by the time the movie was released.

Ice Cream Castle produced three singles: "Ice Cream Castles", "Jungle Love", and "The Bird".

Recording[edit]

Sessions for the album began in late March 1983, at Sunset Sound, in Hollywood (while Prince and The Time were still on the 1999 Tour), beginning with "Jungle Love." "Chili Sauce" (under its original title, "Proposition #17") and "If The Kid Can't Make You Come" followed in mid-April 1983.

"The Bird" was recorded live in early October 1983 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, and a studio recording followed in early January 1984, but the live version was chosen for release instead. "Ice Cream Castles" and "My Drawers" were the final tracks recorded for the album in mid-January 1984.

Other tracks recorded and considered for the album included "My Summertime Thang" (recorded in late March 1983, and later released on The Time's fourth album Pandemonium). "Cloreen Baconskin" was recorded during the same two-day session in late March 1983, with Morris Day on drums, but isn't believed to have been intended for the album.

Later tracks considered for the album include "Chocolate" (released on Pandemonium), "My Love Belongs to You" and "Velvet Kitty Cat" (all recorded in mid-April 1983).

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at number 24 on the Billboard 200 and number three on the Top Soul LPs charts. The album spent a total of 57 weeks on the US Billboard album charts and had reached its peak position in early March 1985.[2] The album was eventually certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over a million copies in the United States. This remains the group's best selling album to date.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Prince, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Ice Cream Castles" (Prince and Morris Day) 7:33
2. "My Drawers" 4:04
3. "Chili Sauce" 5:45
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "Jungle Love" (Prince, Morris Day and Jesse Johnson) 5:29
5. "If the Kid Can't Make You Come" 7:33
6. "The Bird" (Prince, Morris Day and Jesse Johnson) 7:40

Singles[edit]

  1. "Ice Cream Castles"
  2. "Tricky" (non-album track)
  3. "Get It Up" – 12" single
  1. "Jungle Love"
  2. "Oh, Baby" – 7" single
  3. "Tricky" (non-album track) – NL 7" single, German 12" single
  4. "The Bird" – 7" back-to-back single
  1. "The Bird"
  2. "My Drawers"

Personnel[edit]

  • Prince: Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Waiter vocal on "Chili Sauce", Backing Vocals
  • Morris Day: Lead & Backing Vocals, Drums
  • Sharon Hughes: Additional Vocals
  • Jesse Johnson: Guitars, Backing Vocals
  • Mark Cardenas, Paul Peterson: Keyboards, Backing Vocals
  • Jerry Reed Hubbard: Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Novi Novog: Violin
  • Jerome Benton: Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Jellybean Johnson: Drums on "The Bird"

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Prince, Morris Day & Jesse Johnson
  • Recording, Engineers: David Leonard, Peggy Mac, Terry Christian
  • Mastering: Bernie Grundman

Charts[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 24
US Billboard Top Soul LPs 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[3] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rhino
  2. ^ "Billboard 200: March 2, 1985". Billboard.com. Billboard. 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ "American album certifications – The Time – Ice Cream Castle". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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