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Come

Warner Bros. Records

“Prince 1958-1993”

Come is the album in which Prince ‘killed’ off his former persona (the black and white picture of Prince standing outside a church sets the release’s funereal tone) to announce as publicly his embittered dispute with Warner Brothers over the ownership of his music, as well as protest at the closure of his label Paisley Park Records by Warner on 1 February 1994.

From now on, Warner only get old songs out of the vault.

Come was recorded between 1993 and 1994 at Paisley Park, with the exception of Race – the oldest track and originally recorded for the Glam Slam Ulysses project, at Record Plant studios in LA in 1991. Come was produced out of the wreckage of Prince’s dispute with Warner Brothers, and became his final album released under the label both credited as ‘Prince’ and to contain newly recorded material. Henceforth, until 16 May 2000, Prince would be known as The Artist Formally Known As Prince (or Prince love symbol). His birth name he saw as a brand name owned by Warner Brothers, was declared to all intents and purposes dead. The album’s cover even displayed the epitaph 1958-1993.

Come underwent many configuration changes and Prince hoped to coincide its release with The Gold Experience – an album recorded simultaneously with Come. Warner Brothers denied him that wish to issue two releases at once and the latter album was postponed, an act in Prince’s eyes that added both insult to injury and a further nail into the coffin of his relationship with the record company. Suffering from his unwillingness to promote it Come sold poorly in the US, it peaked at number 15 in the Billboard charts and is certified Gold by RIAA; it however topped the UK album charts, where it sold 100,000 units.

The track Orgasm was compiled in 1993 and comprises of samples from two much earlier songs; the first is the vocal taken from an unreleased song named Vibrator, performed by Denise “Vanity” Matthews, recorded at Prince’s Kiowa Trail home studio in 1983 during the sessions for the aborted second album of Vanity 6. The instrumentation is the guitar outro from Prince’s 1981 track Private Joy, from Controversy.

Prince | Come 1993
Photography by Terry Gydesen

Cover story

The front and back of the album are photos shot by Terry Gydesen, of Prince standing at the gates of Gaudi’s iconic La Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona at 4:30am. They are part of a wider series of photos that she shot of Prince in 1993, and are published in Prince’s first official book release The Sacrifice Of Victor.

Performers

All Instruments
Prince
Drums
Michael Bland Space, Papa, Dark
Keyboards
Tommy Barbarella Space, Papa, Dark
Ricky Peterson Letitgo
Bass Guitar
Sonny Thompson Space, Papa, Dark
Trombone
Michael B. Nelson
Hornz
NPG Hornz

Data

Production
Prince
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Cover/Design
Terry Gydesen and J.C. Munson
Released
26 years, 8 months ago on 15 August 1994
Running Time
48:45
US Chart Peak
15
UK Chart Peak
1
Prince Album
#15
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. Come (11:13)
  2. Space (4:28) 1
  3. Pheromone (5:08)
  4. Loose! (3:27)
  5. Papa (2:48)
  6. Race (4:28)
  7. Dark (6:10)
  8. Solo (3:48) 2
  9. Letitgo (5:33) 1
  10. Orgasm [feat. Vanity] (1:39)

1 Released as singles.
2 Co-written with David Henry Hwang.

Singles from Come

Letitgo single from Come, Warner Bros. Records (1994)

Letitgo

Warner Bros. Records

Released
9 August 1994
US Chart Peak
31
UK Chart Peak
30
Formats
  1. Letitgo [Edit] (4:15)
  2. Solo (3:48)
  3. Alexa De Paris [Extended] [feat. the Revolution] (4:54)
  4. Pope (3:28)
Letitgo [Maxi Single] single from Come, Warner Bros. Records (1994)

Letitgo [Maxi Single]

Warner Bros. Records

Released
27 September 1994
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
Formats
  1. Letitgo [Caviar Radio Edit] (4:59)
  2. Letitgo [Cavi' Street Edit] (5:02)
  3. Letitgo [Instrumental] (5:02)
  4. Letitgo [On The Cool-Out Tip Radio Radio Edit] (4:34)
  5. Letitgo [Sherm Stick Edit] (5:42)
  6. (-) [Sherm Stick Edit] (5:42)
  7. Letitgo [Original Radio Edit] (4:15)
  8. Letitgo (5:33)
Space single from Come, Warner Bros. Records (1994)

Space

Warner Bros. Records

Released
1 November 1994
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
No Release
Formats
  1. Space [Universal Love Remix] (3:58)
  2. Space [Funky Stuff Remix] (5:41)
  3. Space [Funky Stuff Dub] (4:48)
  4. Space [Acoustic Remix] (4:41)
  5. Space (4:28)

Supporting tour

Act II Tour

Act II Tour

1993

  • 27 shows from 26 July to 7 September, 1993

Come – review

Always judge the quality of an album by the amount of times you play it, and this I play a lot. Come is the ‘Prince is dead. Long live Prince love symbol‘ album and that of the one-word titles, well, he did cheat a bit with Letitgo but appreciate themeing. Prince let’s slip a personal secret: that sex with him lasts ten minutes, and with the title track you live every second of it, which also makes for magnificent listening. He thumps through Pheromone, soars with Space and with Loose! he showcases his prowess with dance music. Come has great range, from the fantastic base line of Race and the grinding Come the album peaks at the wonderfully nasty Pheromone right down even to the much overlooked yet masterful Solo. Prince laments with Papa and Dark and it’s the latter that tops the album with true class, worthy of any Prince classic. The radio friendly tunes are Space and Letitgo and no surprising they were also the only singles from Come; the remixes on the EPs being some of his very best. The writing was on the wall with his relationship with Warner Brothers when Prince even killed off his birth name, which unfortunately for Prince love symbol the inharmonious wake of Prince’s ‘death’ was to linger for another three years.

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