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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.

The Hits 2 is part two of a compilation album released as a stand-alone CD as part of a wider release with The Hits 1 and a triple disk set The Hits / The B-Sides which included parts one and two and a companion disk of B-sides. The Hits 2 contains the more explicit material to avoid the companion disk (The Hits 1) receiving a parental warning and thus potentially diminish the sales of both. The notice had no affect on sales nonetheless, The Hits 2 received Gold certification by the RIAA on 10 August 1995.

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

The Hits 2 was Prince’s final album release under Paisley Park Records, which was a subsidiary label owned by Warner Brothers who closed it down on 1 February 1994 due to the ongoing dispute raging between them and Prince over the terms of the contract signed by the parties in 1992.

Prince: The Hits / The B-Sides
Photography by Herb Ritts

Data

Production
Prince
Label
Paisley Park Records
Distribution
Warner Bros. Records
Cover/Design
Herb Ritts and Jeff Gold
Released
27 years, 8 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

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