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Around The World In A Day

Warner Bros. Records

Prince had become so tired touring Purple Rain, that following this tour he resolved to write his next album in a polar opposite musical style. As a result, Around The World In A Day divided critics.

You know how easy it would have been to open Around The World In A Day with a guitar solo that’s on the end of Let’s Go Crazy? That would have shut everybody up who said the album wasn’t half as powerful.

Released under the credit Prince and the Revolution, Around The World In A Day became the first album to be released under Prince’s own label, Paisley Park Records – albeit a subsidiary of Warner Brothers funded out of the proceeds of his success with the Purple Rain movie, album and supporting tour. He wanted this album, therefore, to be very different and opted for a psychedelic slant. Because of this, Prince was criticised both for abandoning his black roots and fans and critics alike who were hoping for a continuation of the previous album’s gusto.

In contrast to the rawness of Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day follows a spiritual vein and is therefore considered less accessible than Prince’s previous albums. In result it sold 2 million copies in the USA and is twice certified Platinum by RIAA, and peaked at number 1 in Billboard’s Top 40, remaining in this chart for six months, largely due to the inclusion Raspberry Beret of which peaked at number 2 in the singles chart.

The Revolution

Vocals/Guitar
Prince
Drums
Bobby Z.
Guitar
Wendy Melvoin
Keyboards
Matt "Dr." Fink
Lisa Coleman
Bass Guitar
Brownmark
Vocals
Susannah Melvoin
Percussion
Shelia E.
Saxophone
Eric Leeds

Data

Producer
Prince & the Revolution
Label
Paisley Park Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art/Photo
Doug Henders
Released
34 years, 6 months ago, on 22 April 1985
Running Time
42:35
US Chart Peak
1
UK Chart Peak
5
Prince Album
#7

Track list

  1. Around The World In A Day (3:45) 2
  2. Paisley Park (4:41) 1
  3. Condition Of The Heart (6:46)
  4. Raspberry Beret (3:31) 1
  5. Tambourine (2:46)
  6. America (3:40) 1
  7. Pop Life (3:42) 1
  8. The Ladder [feat. Taja Sevelle] (5:26) 3
  9. Temptation (8:21)

1 Released as singles.
2 Co-written with John L. Nelson and David Coleman.
3 Co-written with John L. Nelson (Prince gave writing credit to his father despite having no involvement in the song's creation, this was to give his father financial support).

Singles from Around The World In A Day

Raspberry Beret single from Around The World In A Day

Raspberry Beret

Paisley Park Records

Released
15 May 1985
US Chart Peak
2
UK Chart Peak
7
  1. Raspberry Beret (3:31)
  2. She's Always In My Hair (3:27)
Paisley Park single from Around The World In A Day

Paisley Park

Paisley Park Records

Released
24 May 1985
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
18
  1. Paisley Park (4:41)
  2. She's Always In My Hair (3:27)
Pop Life single from Around The World In A Day

Pop Life

Paisley Park Records

Released
10 July 1985
US Chart Peak
7
UK Chart Peak
60
  1. Pop Life (3:42)
  2. Hello (3:23)
America single from Around The World In A Day

America

Paisley Park Records

Released
2 October 1985
US Chart Peak
47
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. America (3:40)
  2. Girl (3:51)

Around The World In A Day – review

What better way to upset the world (and record execs) by following up one of the biggest selling albums in history with one sounding the polar opposite. At the time of release, the album stirred very mixed feelings, but that’s to be expected for the follow up of one of the most recognised albums in popular culture. Looking back with today’s eyes and ears, we have the full catalogue and context where to rank Around The World In A Day in Prince’s catalogue. Anyone who follows Prince knows his changing direction came a typical trait and something fans had to come to terms with. Indeed the predictability of Prince’s unpredictably is however one of the main reasons fans follow him since his musical diversity can steer him and them in any direction he sees fit. At times his experimentation can be more miss than hit (ref 2003’s Xpectation) but leave credit where it’s due, since the aftermath of creating the most lauded album of a generation Prince changed formula and went all psychedelic with Around The World In A Day. From the title track, though disjointed for its first few listens, the album grows and becomes cohesive over time. Around The World In A Day is essentially a vanity project on which Prince sings about his newly created record label with the motoring Paisley Park, to then slow it all down with the sweeping Condition Of The Heart. Around The World In A Day is a much overlooked album owing to the fact it is noteworthy for just one song, but one of his most famous tracks nevertheless, Raspberry Beret – a song about a dreamy store clerk taking his nameless date to a field of horses (cheap date). The album is worthy for The Ladder (co-written with his dad) and the hard-edged America and Temptation plus the rolling Pop Life (complete with a sample recalling the boos from his time on the road with The Rolling Stones). A job well done, Around The World In A Day is a veritable follow up to Purple Rain, yet it comes with a warning: the steps you take are no easy road, but the reward is great for those who want to go.

Around The World In A Day

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