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The Hits/The B-Sides
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Box set by Prince
Released September 10, 1993 (1993-09-10)
Recorded Summer 1976 – May 1993[citation needed]
Genre
Length 225:53
Label
Producer
Prince chronology
Love Symbol Album
(1992)Love Symbol Album1992
The Hits/The B-Sides
(1993)
Come
(1994)Come1994
Singles from The Hits/The B-Sides
  1. "Pink Cashmere"
    Released: August 31, 1993
  2. "Peach"
    Released: November 18, 1993
  3. "Controversy"
    Released: December 11, 1993
  4. "Pope"
    Released: February 23, 1994

The Hits/The B-Sides is a box set by American recording artist Prince. It was released on September 10, 1993 by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records. The album is a comprehensive 3-disc set consisting of many of his hit singles and fan favorites.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide B+[5]
Entertainment Weekly A[2]
MusicHound Rock 4.5/5[6]
NME 6/10[3]
Q 5/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[7][8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[9]

Album information[edit]

In 1993, Prince wanted to release Goldnigga, the debut album by his band The New Power Generation but Warner Bros. refused and instead decided to finally release the greatest hits collection they had wanted to release two years earlier when Prince instead got Diamonds and Pearls released.

Discs one and two were released separately, under the titles The Hits 1 and The Hits 2 respectively, but The B-Sides disc could only be obtained by purchasing the full set. The separate Hits discs and the full set were all released on the same day. Most of the songs (A-side and B-sides) on The Hits/The B-Sides are represented in their edited single form. Exceptions to this were "Alphabet St.", "7", "Little Red Corvette", "Sexy MF", "Let's Go Crazy", and "Purple Rain". This compilation marks the first time the single version of "Kiss" was made available on CD. The third disc of B-sides also featured the 7" edits, with the exceptions of "200 Balloons", "17 Days", "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)", "Horny Toad", "Irresistible Bitch", "I Love U in Me", "God", and "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" which were all original full-length recordings from the original singles.

Among the previously unreleased material was the rare live version of "4 the Tears in Your Eyes", only previously released in a 1985 TV broadcast for the Live Aid concerts. Also included was a live version of "Nothing Compares 2 U", recorded live January 27, 1992, at Paisley Park with The New Power Generation. The other four new tracks were outtakes. The oldest track was "Power Fantastic", a moody ballad once considered for the Dream Factory project of 1986. Another ballad, "Pink Cashmere", was broadcast before some of the Lovesexy World Tour shows, dating it back to 1988 originally for his abandoned Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic project. "Peach" and "Pope" were more recent, and both were played live during some 1993 after shows. "Pope" was actually in the short-lived musical ballet Glam Slam Ulysses, which also spawned several songs later released on Come and The Gold Experience. Live jams of "Peach" often extended into the title track of Chaos and Disorder.

While Prince had very little interest in the project, he insisted that his longtime manager Alan Leeds write the liner notes instead of Rolling Stone journalist Neal Karlen. According to Prince biographer Per Nilsen, the record company paid Prince to not get involved with the making of this compilation.

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States the album debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200 the week of October 2, 1993 with more than 87,000 copies sold combining the two abbreviated versions, Hits 1 and Hits 2, the last two debuted at numbers 46 and 55, respectively, the same week.[10] The next week, the album dropped to number 32 on the chart.[11] It was present on the chart for 18 weeks.

The week following Prince's death, the album sold 40,000 equivalent copies (24,000 in pure album sales) thus allowing the album to re-enter the Billboard 200 at number 6.[12][13] The next week it sold 106,000 units and hit a new peak of number four on the chart.[14] The album was certified platinum by the RIAA on September 14, 1993 for shipments of one million.[15]

As of April 2016 Hits 1 has sold 1,451,000 copies and Hits 2 sold 1,738,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan, combined, they sold over 3,189,000 copies in the United States.[16]

In the United Kingdom the album debuted and peaked at number four the week of September 25, 1993, the next week it fell off to number twelve and remained on the chart for 18 weeks.[17] Hits 1 debuted and peaked at number five on September 25, 1993 while Hits 2 opened at number six the same weeks and two weeks later it reached and peaked at number five.[17] The Hits/The B Sides was certified gold by the BPI on July 22, 2013 denoting shipments of 100,000 units.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All songs performed by Prince, except where noted.

Disc one: The Hits 1[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "When Doves Cry" (single edit) Prince Purple Rain (1984) 3:48
2. "Pop Life" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince Around the World in a Day (1985) 3:42
3. "Soft and Wet"
  • Prince
  • Chris Moon
For You (1978) 3:03
4. "I Feel for You" Prince Prince (1979) 3:25
5. "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" Prince Prince 3:48
6. "When You Were Mine" Prince Dirty Mind (1980) 3:43
7. "Uptown" (single edit) Prince Dirty Mind 4:09
8. "Let's Go Crazy" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince Purple Rain 4:39
9. "1999" (single edit; performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince 1999 (1982) 3:37
10. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (single edit) Prince Sign o' the Times (1987) 3:40
11. "Nothing Compares 2 U" (live; performed by Prince and The New Power Generation featuring Rosie Gaines) Prince Previously unreleased 4:58
12. "Adore" (edited version) Prince Sign o' the Times 4:41
13. "Pink Cashmere" Prince Previously unreleased 6:15
14. "Alphabet St." Prince Lovesexy (1988) 5:39
15. "Sign o' the Times" (single edit) Prince Sign o' the Times 3:43
16. "Thieves in the Temple" Prince Graffiti Bridge (1990) 3:20
17. "Diamonds and Pearls" (single edit; performed by Prince and The New Power Generation) Prince Diamonds and Pearls (1991) 4:20
18. "7" (performed by Prince and The New Power Generation) Love Symbol Album (1992) 5:09

Disc two: The Hits 2[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Controversy" (single edit) Prince Controversy (1981) 3:35
2. "Dirty Mind" (single edit)
Dirty Mind 3:49
3. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" (single edit) Prince Prince 2:58
4. "Head" Prince Dirty Mind 4:43
5. "Do Me, Baby" (single edit) Prince Controversy 3:57
6. "Delirious" (single edit; performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince 1999 2:39
7. "Little Red Corvette" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince 1999 4:56
8. "I Would Die 4 U" (single edit; performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince Purple Rain 2:56
9. "Raspberry Beret" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince Around the World in a Day 3:32
10. "If I Was Your Girlfriend" (single edit; performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince Sign o' the Times 3:46
11. "Kiss" (single edit; performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince Parade (1986) 3:46
12. "Peach" Prince Previously unreleased 3:48
13. "U Got the Look" (featuring Sheena Easton) Prince Sign o' the Times 3:47
14. "Sexy M.F." (performed by Prince and The New Power Generation) Love Symbol Album 5:26
15. "Gett Off" (performed by Prince and The New Power Generation) Prince Diamonds and Pearls 4:30
16. "Cream" (performed by Prince and The New Power Generation) Prince Diamonds and Pearls 4:13
17. "Pope" (featuring Mayte) Prince Previously unreleased 3:28
18. "Purple Rain" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince Purple Rain 8:40

Disc three: The B-Sides[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) A-side Length
1. "Hello" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince "Pop Life" (1985) 3:24
2. "200 Balloons" Prince "Batdance" (1989) 5:06
3. "Escape" Prince "Glam Slam" (1988) 3:30
4. "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)" Prince Non-album single (1981), later released as a B-side of "Let's Work" (1982) 2:55
5. "Horny Toad" Prince "Delirious" (1983) 2:12
6. "Feel U Up" Prince "Partyman" (1989) 3:44
7. "Girl" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) "America" (1985) 3:48
8. "I Love U in Me" Prince "The Arms of Orion" (1989) 4:13
9. "Erotic City" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince "Let's Go Crazy" (1984) 3:55
10. "Shockadelica" Prince "If I Was Your Girlfriend" (1987) 3:31
11. "Irresistible Bitch" Prince "Let's Pretend We're Married" (1983) 4:12
12. "Scarlet Pussy" (performed by Camille) Prince (but credited to his alter ego, Camille) "I Wish U Heaven" (1988) 4:18
13. "La, La, La, He, He, Hee"
  • Prince
  • Sheena Easton
"Sign o' the Times" (1987) 3:22
14. "She's Always in My Hair" (performed by Prince and The Revolution)
  • Prince
  • Bobby Z.
  • Fink
  • Coleman
  • Brown Mark
  • Melvoin
"Raspberry Beret" (1985) 3:27
15. "17 Days" (performed by Prince and The Revolution)
  • Prince
  • Fink
  • Coleman
  • Melvoin
"When Doves Cry" (1984) 3:55
16. "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" Prince "1999" (1982) 3:51
17. "Another Lonely Christmas" (performed by Prince and The Revolution)
  • Prince
  • Bobby Z.
  • Fink
  • Coleman
  • Brown Mark
  • Melvoin
"I Would Die 4 U" (1984) 4:52
18. "God" (performed by Prince and The Revolution) Prince "Purple Rain" (1984) 4:03
19. "4 the Tears in Your Eyes" (live) Prince Previously unreleased; studio version released on the USA for Africa album We Are the World (1985) 3:24
20. "Power Fantastic" Prince Previously unreleased 4:45

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[39] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Germany[40] September 10, 1993 Warner
United Kingdom[41] September 13, 1993
United States[42]

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