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Around The World In A Day

Warner Bros. Records

Prince was so tired touring Purple Rain after that tour he wanted to write his next album in a polar opposite musical style. As a result Around The World In A Day divided the 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 & The Revolution, Around The World In A Day became the first album released on Prince’s own label, Paisley Park Records, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers, funded from the proceeds of his success with the Purple Rain movie, album and tour. He wanted this album to be very different and opted for a psychedelic slant. Because of that Prince was criticised for abandoning his black roots and fans and critics alike were hoping for a continuation of the previous album’s gusto.

Around The World In A Day is spiritual and less accessible that Prince’s previous albums it in result sold just 3 million copies in the USA and is twice certificed Platinum by the RIAA. It did, however, remain in the Billboard Top 40 for six months, mainly due to the inclusion of the single Raspberry Beret, which itself peaked at number 2.

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
Doug Henders
33 years 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.

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. Anyone who follows Prince knows different directions became a typical Prince trait and something fans had to come to terms with. 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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