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The Hits / The B-Sides

Warner Bros. Records

Most truly essential compilations contain a few stars from pop’s astrological map; these three contain a whole galaxy.

Released along with The Hits 1 and The Hits 2 this 3-disk set came as one of three separate releases (disks one and two sold separately and containing the single releases), with the triple disk set The Hits / The B-Sides combining both plus the B-side releases (disk 3).

Batman is the only previously released Prince album not represented across the two A-side disks because of licensing restrictions (200 Balloons, a rejection from the original soundtrack, did appear on the B-side to number 1 chart single Batdance and reappears on disk 3 for that reason). Warner Brothers, who wanted to recoup the considerable advance they had given Prince in order to produce The Love Symbol Album, also paid Prince to not be involved with this greatest hits release at all. Prince instead charged a considerable fee for the production of the cover photos for The Hits / The B-Sides releases. Prince was opposed to the concept of greatest hits albums, they in his eyes epitomised the end of a musician’s career. Warner Brothers, however, were simply maximising the return on their new $100m contract with the Prince and experience marked the beginning of a long and bitter demise in the relationship of the two parties. The album originally peaked at number 19 in Billboard’s chart, however, climbed to number 7 in the week following Prince’s death in 2016.


Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art
Herb Ritts
26 years ago, on 13 September 1993
Running Time
3:45:53 (56 track set)
US Chart Peak
UK Chart Peak


Disk 1

  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. Lisa Coleman, Jill Jones 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 [duet with Rosie Gaines] (4:19)
  18. 7 (5:09)
Running Time

Disk 2

  1. Controversy (3:35) 1
  2. Dirty Mind (3:49)
  3. I Wanna Be Your Lover (2:56)
  4. Head [feat. Lisa Coleman] (4:43)
  5. Do Me, Baby (3:55)
  6. Delirious (2:38)
  7. Little Red Corvette [feat. Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson] (4:55)
  8. I Would Die 4 U (2:56)
  9. Raspberry Beret (3:31)
  10. If I Was Your Girlfriend (3:46)
  11. Kiss (3:45)
  12. Peach (3:48) 1 2
  13. U Got The Look [duet with Sheena Easton] (3:46)
  14. Sexy M.F. [feat. Tony Mosley] (4:29)
  15. Gett Off [feat. Tony Mosley] (4:30)
  16. Cream (4:12)
  17. Pope (3:28) 2
  18. Purple Rain [feat. Mayte] (8:40)
Running Time

Disk 3

  1. Hello [feat. Jill Jones] (3:23)
  2. 200 Balloons (5:05)
  3. Escape (3:30)
  4. Gotta Stop (Messin' About) (2:54)
  5. Horny Toad (2:12)
  6. Feel U Up (3:44)
  7. Girl (3:47)
  8. I Love U In Me (4:12)
  9. Erotic City [feat. Sheila E.] (3:55)
  10. Shockadelica (3:30)
  11. Irresistible Bitch (4:11)
  12. Scarlett Pussy [feat. Sheila E.] (4:18)
  13. La La La, He He Hee (3:21)
  14. She's Always In My Hair (3:27)
  15. 17 Days (3:55)
  16. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore? (3:50)
  17. Another Lonely Christmas (4:51)
  18. God (4:02)
  19. 4 The Tears In Your Eyes [feat. Lisa Coleman] (3:23) 1
  20. Power Fantastic (4:45) 1
Running Time

1 Released as singles.
2 Previously unreleased.

Singles from The Hits / The B-Sides

 Pink Cashmere single from The Hits / The B-Sides

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)
Peach single from The Hits / The B-Sides


Warner Bros. Records

4 October 1993
US Chart Peak
UK Chart Peak
  1. Peach (3:48)
  2. Mountains (3:58)
  3. Partyman [Edit] (3:07)
  4. Money Don't Matter 2 Night [Edit] (4:12)
Controversy [reissue] single from The Hits / The B-Sides

Controversy [reissue]

Warner Bros. Records

29 November 1993
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
  1. Controversy [Edit] (3:35)
  2. The Future [Remix] (6:25)
  3. Glam Slam (5:04)
  4. D.M.S.R. (8:15)

The Hits / The B-Sides – review

Here was the situation. The most expensive and successful artist ever and signed less than a year ago to your label decides to ‘kill’ his name and change it to an unpronounceable symbol, coupled with the fact you feel their music is growing less commercial, what does your label do? Smash the emergency glass and unlock that star’s vault to re-package a greatest hits collection. This is the release where the relationship between Prince and Warner Brothers soured. Prince was doggedly opposed to greatest hits packages and saw this one as his tombstone when Warner asked him to pick a cover for it. But there is plenty of redeeming aspects about this release because in typical Prince fashion there was a ton of material to choose from. Watered down from five disks to three, thrown into this compilation are a couple of unreleased tracks, Pope and Peach and a long-awaited Prince version of Nothing Compares 2 U. The real reason for seeking out the triple-disk set and falling prey to Warner’s masterplan to make every fan own this collection, is that it resurfaces many much cherished and long lost B-sides for the first time on CD, notably 4 The Tears In Your Eyes and Power Fantastic – dedicating the B-sides to an entire disk. Prince had Warner worked out: “everybody wants to sell what’s already been sold …” but Warner Brothers too realised Prince had reached his commercial peak … “all that glitters ain’t gold”. As one highly respected DJ at the time put it plainly: “The Hits / The B-Sides is essential to anyone’s music collection”. Good music aplenty here and as a set it alleviates the need to change CDs to fit all the compass points to Prince’s Warner Brothers career in to one sensational listening session.

The Hits / The B-Sides

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