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Around The World In A Day

Warner Bros. Records

Prince had become so tired touring Purple Rain, following that tour he resolved to write his next album in a polar opposite musical style. As a result the reception of 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 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 the Revolution’s second album to take a very different tone and opted for a psychedelic slant. Because of this, Prince was much criticised, both for abandoning his black roots and fans and critics alike who hoped for a continuation of the previous album’s rock and gusto.

In contrast to the rawness of Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day follows spiritual and political veins, 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, but reached number 1 in Billboard’s Top 40, and remained in this chart for six months largely due to the inclusion Raspberry Beret which peaked at number 2 in the singles chart. The album’s other notable tracks are America and Pop Life but it has since become a fan favourite.

While the writing of the title track and The Ladder are credited to Prince’s father John Lewis Nelson, Prince did write both songs, as did all others on the album, but gave his father writing credit in order to provide his father financial support.

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Around The World In A Day (full artwork)

Prince wrote a list detailing the 16 elements that were to be incorporated into the artwork of Around The World In A Day, arguably Prince’s most eclectic album sleeve. These included: an image of Clara Bell, a juggling clown, a ladder rising out of a pool of water and leading to a cloud, a blue sky full of clouds, representations of the Revolution, a black baby waving an American flag, doves, an exotic woman wearing a raspberry beret, olive skinned people wearing robes, a Russian fighter jet, a lace wearing woman with red hair eating an ice cream, an old black man crying, a young white woman crying, a field of violets, and a young smiling girl on a see-saw. Other unlisted elements were also included in the finished design, such as a puppy (believed to be Prince’s at that time), a woman playing a violin, and finally a boy holding a balloon bearing the title of the album. Graphic artist Jim Warren came up with the first concept, but Prince settled on Doug Henders – a jobbing artist employed also as a carpenter for the Purple Rain Tour and also designed the eyes artwork for the Purple Rain album.

The Revolution

Bobby Z.
Wendy Melvoin
Matt "Dr." Fink
Lisa Coleman
Bass Guitar
Susannah Melvoin
Shelia E.
Eric Leeds


Prince & the Revolution
Paisley Park Records
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art/Photo
Doug Henders & Jim Warren
35 years, 2 months ago on 22 April 1985
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  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

15 May 1985
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  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

24 May 1985
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  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

10 July 1985
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  1. Pop Life (3:42)
  2. Hello (3:23)
America single from Around The World In A Day


Paisley Park Records

2 October 1985
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  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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