Ice Cream Castle

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Ice Cream Castle
IceCreamCastle.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 9, 1984
RecordedMarch 26, 1983–January 1984
GenreFunk, R&B, pop
Length38:19
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerPrince (as The Starr ★ Company), Morris Day, Jesse Johnson
The Time chronology
What Time Is It?
(1982)
Ice Cream Castle
(1984)
Pandemonium
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 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. 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, after a studio recording was made earlier in 1983, 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" (released on the deluxe edition of Purple Rain), 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]

Note that the original label gave writing credits to Morris Day (or Morris Day and Jesse Johnson) for all six songs. However, the songs were officially registered with ASCAP as being written by Prince, or by Prince and Morris Day, which is from where the official writing credits have been sourced.[3]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ice Cream Castles" (label credits composition to Morris Day)Prince, Morris Day7:33
2."My Drawers" (label credits composition to Morris Day)Prince4:04
3."Chili Sauce" (label credits composition to Morris Day)Prince5:45
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
4."Jungle Love" (label credits composition to Morris Day and Jesse Johnson)Prince, Morris Day5:29
5."If the Kid Can't Make You Come" (label credits composition to Morris Day)Prince7:33
6."The Bird" (label credits composition to Morris Day)Prince, Morris Day7:40

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 and 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 and Jesse Johnson
  • Recording engineers: David Leonard, Peggy Mac, Terry Christian
  • Mastering: Bernie Grundman

Charts[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)[4] 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. ^ https://www.ascap.com/repertory#ace/works/publisher/1191171/TIONNA%20MUSIC
  4. ^ "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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