The Family (The Family album)

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The Family
The Family LP.jpg
Studio album by The Family
Released August 19, 1985
Recorded 1984 - Paisley Park
Genre Pop, R&B, funk, jazz
Length 36:00
Label Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
Producer David Z

The Family is a 1985 album released on Prince's Paisley Park Records label by the band of the same name. The album consists of eight Minneapolis sound tracks but with a funk-jazz slant; two of the tracks are instrumentals, and three are ballads. A single was released for "The Screams of Passion," a modest hit that was re-released in 1996 on the Girl 6 soundtrack. A promo version of "High Fashion" was distributed. "Nothing Compares 2 U", an emotional ballad, became more widely known five years later when a cover by Sinéad O'Connor was released as a single to worldwide success.

The album was released on vinyl; following the success of O'Connor's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" a CD version of the album was released in Japan and Germany/Europe.

An alternate mix of the album featuring Prince on vocals was recorded, but remains in his vault at Paisley Park Studios.

Chart history[edit]

Peak position 14—Billboard R&B Chart (spent 29 weeks on the chart).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Prince, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "High Fashion"   5:06
2. "Mutiny"   3:57
3. "The Screams of Passion"   5:26
4. "Yes" (Prince and Eric Leeds) 4:27
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "River Run Dry" (Bobby Z.) 3:31
6. "Nothing Compares 2 U"   4:31
7. "Susannah's Pajamas" (Prince and Eric Leeds) 3:58
8. "Desire"   4:58