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Lovesexy

Warner Bros. Records

He had a dream in which he experienced a religious vision.

Released as one continuous track to ensure it was listened to as one body of work, rather than as separate tracks where one would be played more than another, Lovesexy is an evolution to Prince’s earlier experiment with Around The World In A Day for which he delayed the release of its first single, Raspberry Beret, by a whole month so to ensure people had listened to the entire album first.

Lovesexy began as a bit of a rush project. Written and recorded in haste during December 1987 to replace his suddenly withdrawn hip-hop venture The Black Album. Lovesexy is consequently is one of the fastest albums turned around from creation to retail in music history.

Lovesexy sold 1 million copies in the US, but more importantly 1.6 million elsewhere – Prince’s first album to sell copies overseas than at home. The album is certified Gold by RIAA, and only one of its three singles, Alphabet St., managed to chart in America. Due to poor sales in the US, Prince centred the supporting Lovesexy Live tour in Europe, where the album enjoyed greater success; peaking at number 1 in the UK charts.

Cover story

The artwork for Lovesexy sparked as much interest as the music. Mimmiking The Birth of Venus by Botticelli, the cover art pictures Prince reclining naked, with a lily stamen positioned above his groin. This prompted many retailers electing to conceal the artwork under black plastic wrapping (Wal-Mart refusing to sell it at all), deeming it too risqué to display in store.

Performers

All Instruments
Prince
Drums
Sheila E. Eye No and Alphabet St.
Guitar
Miko Weaver Eye No
Keyboards
Matt "Dr." Fink Eye No
Bass Guitar
Levi Seacer Jr. Eye No
Saxophone
Eric Leeds
Trumpet
Matthew Blistan "Atlanta Bliss"

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Paisley Park Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Cover/Design
Jean Baptiste Mondino and Laura LiPuma
Released
32 years, 4 months ago on 6 May 1988
Running Time
45:07
US Chart Peak
11
UK Chart Peak
1
Prince Album
#10
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. Eye No [feat. Ingrid Chavez] (5:47)
  2. Alphabet St. [feat. Cat Glover] (5:38) 1
  3. Glam Slam (5:04) 1
  4. Anna Stesia (4:56)
  5. Dance On (3:44)
  6. Lovesexy (5:48)
  7. When 2 R In Love (4:01)
  8. I Wish U Heaven (2:43) 1
  9. Positivity (7:15)

1 Released as singles.

Singles from Lovesexy

Alphabet St. single from Lovesexy, Paisley Park Records (1988)

Alphabet St.

Paisley Park Records

Released
15 April 1988
US Chart Peak
8
UK Chart Peak
9
Formats
  1. Alphabet St. (5:40)
  2. Alphabet St. (This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip) (7:48)
Glam Slam single from Lovesexy, Paisley Park Records (1988)

Glam Slam

Paisley Park Records

Released
11 July 1988
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
29
Formats
  1. Glam Slam [Edit] (3:28)
  2. Escape (3:30)
  3. Glam Slam [Remix] (8:52)
I Wish U Heaven single from Lovesexy, Paisley Park Records (1988)

I Wish U Heaven

Paisley Park Records

Released
20 September 1988
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
24
Formats
  1. I Wish U Heaven (Part 1, 2 & 3) (10:12)
  2. Scarlet Pussy [Prince as Camille, feat. Sheila E] (6:09)

Supporting tour

Lovesexy Tour

Lovesexy Tour

1988/9

Lovesexy – review

Yes! My favorite Prince album of the 80s, because Prince obviously adapted to pressure as Lovesexy was a rush job to replace The Black Album pulled after Prince, and probably the record executives, got a bad case of cold feet over its negative slant; When 2 R In Love being the only track to survive The Black Album to end up on wholesome Lovesexy. The naughtiness is not entirely eradicated, in fact the new theme became spirituality, yet it was to be instead the cover, not the musical content of the album, that aroused a stir. Lovesexy offers first class sound. The mid-80s was a time which Prince could do no wrong and the public’s love affair with his music was the more stronger following this awesome collection. The only way is to listen to the album is right the way through (literally on the single tracked CD version) and only goes to demonstrate that all Prince’s albums are written as cohesive collections, than the disjointed drivel bands churn out today. Lovesexy treats the listener to a highly rewarding and uplifting journey, perfectly complementing the previous track with the next. Yet the album still offers diversity; the world beating pop of Alphabet St., the sweeping Glam Slam, to the pulsating Dance On, and the personification of divinity with Anna Stesia. Closing with Positivity, Lovesexy, coming off the back of abject negativity, crowns a halo to Prince’s astonishing repertoire.

Lovesexy

Related release

Lovesexy Live

Lovesexy Live

Granada International (1988)

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