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The Hits 1

Warner Bros. Records

The sustained quality here is remarkable.

Released as a standalone CD as well as disk one of a triple CD set (although originally intended as a five disk set) with The Hits 2 and The Hits / The B-Sides. The tracks forming this collection was split across two separate CDs – with the more explicit songs grouped onto The Hits 2 so to avoid The Hits 1 likewise receiving a parental warning, which could limit its sales.

The Hits 1 contains two previously unreleased tracks, the first being Pink Cashmere, which was recorded in 1988, and in 1993 released as a single for the promotion of the greatest hits compilation. The second is a live version of the song Nothing Compares 2 U which Prince recorded in January 1992 as a duet with Rosie Gaines.


Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art/Photo
Herb Ritts
26 years ago, 13 September 1993
Running Time
US Chart Peak
UK Chart Peak

Track list

  1. When Doves Cry (3:47)
  2. Pop Life (3:41)
  3. Soft And Wet (3:02)
  4. I Feel 4 You (3:24)
  5. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:48)
  6. When You Were Mine (3:43)
  7. Uptown (4:09)
  8. Let's Go Crazy (4:39)
  9. 1999 [feat. Jill Jones, Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson] (3:36)
  10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (3:38)
  11. Nothing Compares 2 U [duet with Rosie Gaines] (4:57) 1
  12. Adore (4:39)
  13. Pink Cashmere (6:13) 1 2
  14. Alphabet St. [feat. Cat Glover] (5:38)
  15. Sign O' The Times (3:42)
  16. Thieves In The Temple (3:19)
  17. Diamonds And Pearls (4:19)
  18. 7 (5:09)

1 Previously unreleased.
2 Released as a single.

Singles from The Hits 1

Pink Cashmere single from The Hits 1

Pink Cashmere

Warner Bros. Records

31 August 1993
US Chart Peak
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Pink Cashmere (6:12)
  2. Soft And Wet (3:01)

The Hits 1 – review

The Hits 1 is the family friendly release of the wider three disk set that comprises Prince’s first ever greatest hits compilation package. There are so many hits in Prince’s Warner Brothers catalogue it offered enough material to fill five CDs, however just three would materialise, with the best of the best forming The Hits 1. Whilst including the classics When Does Cry, 1999, Sign O’ The Times and Alphabet St. one is left to ponder if space could have been given over to equally deserving hits – such as Mountains (since the Parade album is left unrepresented) which peaked on Billboard at 23 – due to the questionable inclusion of Uptown, which was certainly no hit having charted at 101. Warner Brothers did indeed showcase the spread of Prince’s music under their tenure, which even at the time of this release was due to continue another three years. It is the inclusion of two songs which were worthy of greatness themselves that makes The Hits 1 an essential album for new Prince fans: his version of Nothing Compares 2 U (a duet given added sincerity due to Rosie Gaines) and the wonderful Pink Cashmere. This is no mere re-release of past hits but a collection of future hits too, for they, like Prince, were so far ahead of their time the tunes sound as fresh today as did during the three decades from which they shaped music.

The Hits 1

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The Hits 2

The Hits 2

Warner Bros. Records (1993)

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The Hits / The B-Sides

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