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The Hits 2

Warner Bros. Records

Maybe this really does mark some sort of significant career fracture, some sort of ending.

Released separately as a stand-alone CD, as well as disk two of a triple disk set with The Hits 1 and The Hits / The B-Sides, The Hits 2 contains the more explicit material so to avoid the companion disk (The Hits 1) receiving a parental warning and thus potentially deminish the sales of both.

Despite being part of a Prince greatest hits package, The Hits 2 contains two previously unreleased songs: Peach (recorded in London 1992 during the Diamonds And Pearly Tour) and was released as a single, and Pope (recorded in 1993 during the sessions for Come). The female voice sampled in the song Peach is Kim Basinger.

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
Warner Bros. Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Cover/Design
Herb Ritts and Jeff Gold
Released
27 years, 2 months ago on 13 September 1993
Running Time
74:41
US Chart Peak
54
UK Chart Peak
5
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

  1. (3:35) 1
  2. (3:49)
  3. (2:56)
  4. [feat. Lisa Coleman] (4:43)
  5. (3:55)
  6. (2:38)
  7. [feat. Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson] (4:55)
  8. [Prince & the Revolution] (2:56)
  9. [Prince & the Revolution] (3:31)
  10. (3:46)
  11. [Prince & the Revolution] (3:45)
  12. Peach (3:48) 1 & 2
  13. [duet with Sheena Easton] (3:46)
  14. [Prince & the New Power Generation] (4:29)
  15. [Prince & the New Power Generation] (4:30)
  16. [Prince & the New Power Generation] (4:12)
  17. Pope [feat. Mayte] (3:28) 2
  18. [Prince & the Revolution] (8:40)

1 Released as singles.
2 Previously unreleased.

Singles from The Hits 2

Peach [CD1] single from The Hits 2, Warner Bros. Records (1993)

Peach [CD1]

Warner Bros. Records

Released
4 October 1993
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
14
Format
  1. Peach (3:48)
  2. Mountains (3:58)
  3. Partyman [Edit] (3:07)
  4. Money Don't Matter 2 Night [Edit] (4:12)
Peach [CD2] single from The Hits 2, Warner Bros. Records (1993)

Peach [CD2]

Warner Bros. Records

Released
11 October 1993
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
14
Formats
  1. Peach (3:48)
  2. I Wish U Heaven (2:43)
  3. Girls & Boys [Edit] (3:47)
  4. My Name Is Prince [Edit] (4:05)
Peach / Nothing Compares 2 U single from The Hits 2, Warner Bros. Records (1993)

Peach / Nothing Compares 2 U

Warner Bros. Records

Released
18 November 1993
US Chart Peak
107
UK Chart Peak
No Release
Formats
  1. Peach (3:48)
  2. Nothing Compares 2 U [Edit] (4:17)
Controversy [CD1] single from The Hits 2, Warner Bros. Records (1993)

Controversy [CD1]

Warner Bros. Records

Released
29 November 1993
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
5
Formats
  1. Controversy [Edit] (3:35)
  2. The Future [Remix] (6:25)
  3. Glam Slam (5:04)
  4. D.M.S.R. (8:15)
Controversy [CD2] single from The Hits 2, Warner Bros. Records (1993)

Controversy [CD2]

Warner Bros. Records

Released
6 December 1993
US Chart Peak
No release
UK Chart Peak
5
Format
  1. Controversy [Edit] (3:35)
  2. Anotherloverholenyohead (3:58)
  3. Paisley Park (4:41)
  4. New Power Generation (Part II) (2:57)

The Hits 2 – review

Let’s face it Prince’s best songs have always been his dirtiest. When Warner Brothers put out their first Prince greatest hits compilation so many of his hits fitted into the realm of Parental Advisory they had to be grouped into their own CD as part of the triple disk set that was to make up The Hits / The B-Sides. The Hits 2 is the real bite to the set and is bolstered more by the inclusion of two previously unreleased songs, Peach and Pope – one exploring the virtues of hot-pants, the other suggesting an alternative use for a piccolo. The Hits 2 contains Head, Dirty Mind, Sexy MF and continues at pace, only slowing down only for If I Was Your Girlfriend, and is tracked in chronological order. A notable exclusion from it is Darling Nikki, the track which triggered parental advisory stickers for explicit material ever since, leaving surprisingly only one track from Purple Rain making an appearance: I Would Die 4 U. The Hits 2 is an essential album for for Prince fans but for all those who appreciate the androgynous affect of music.

The Hits 2

Related releases

The Hits 1

The Hits 1

Warner Bros. Records (1993)

About this release and review

The Hits / The B-Sides

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