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Warner Bros. Records

If he was awake… Prince was recording.

The release of this greatest hits set 4Ever was announced six months to the day following Prince’s death on 21 April 2016. It marks Prince’s first posthumous release of his studio work and Warner Brothers’ fourth greatest hits package. 4Ever, contains forty songs (it’s also Prince’s 40th charting album) all of which were recorded during his tenure with the label, between 1978 and 1993, including one previously unreleased track Moonbeam Levels, recorded on 6 July 1982 during the studio sessions for the album 1999.

Susan Rogers, Prince’s sound engineer from 1983 to 1987 and who is credited to have created Paisley Park’s the fabled vault, stated in an earlier interview that Moonbeam Levels was one of his best works and should be the very first track released from the vault in the event of Prince’s death. It was. The album also features a 12 page booklet of previously unreleased photos by Herb Ritts, taken for The Hits / The B-Sides compilation, 1993. Herb Ritts died in 2002.


Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records
Cover Art/Photo
Herb Ritts
3 years, 4 months ago on 22 November 2016
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Disk 1

  1. 1999 [Edit] [feat. Jill Jones, Lisa Coleman, and Dez Dickerson] (3:39)
  2. Little Red Corvette [Edit] [feat. Lisa Coleman and Dez Dickerson] (3:09)
  3. When Doves Cry [Edit] (3:48) 2
  4. Let's Go Crazy [Edit] (3:50) 2
  5. Raspberry Beret (3:35) 2
  6. I Wanna Be Your Lover [Single Version] (3:00)
  7. Soft And Wet [Edit] (3:05)
  8. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? [Edit] [feat. André Cymone] (3:51)
  9. Uptown [Single Version] (4:11)
  10. When You Were Mine [Edit] (3:46)
  11. Head [feat. Lisa Coleman] (4:46)
  12. Gotta Stop (Messin' About) [Edit] (2:57)
  13. Controversy [Single Version] (3:39)
  14. Let's Work [Edit] (3:02)
  15. Delirious [Edit] (2:41)
  16. I Would Die 4 U [Edit] (3:59) 2
  17. Take Me With U [Edit] [duet with Apollonia] (3:44) 2
  18. Paisley Park (4:45) 2
  19. Pop Life [Edit] (3:45) 2
  20. Purple Rain (8:41) 2
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Disk 2

  1. Kiss (3:46) 2
  2. Sign O' The Times [Single Version] (3:44)
  3. Alphabet Street [Edit] [feat. Cat Glover] (2:25)
  4. Batdance [Edit] (4:07)
  5. Thieves In The Temple (3:21)
  6. Cream (4:13) 3
  7. Mountains (3:58) 2
  8. Girls & Boys [Edit] [feat. Marie France] (3:28) 2
  9. If I Was Your Girlfriend [Edit] (3:46)
  10. U Got The Look [duet with Sheena Easton] (3:48)
  11. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man [Edit] (3:48)
  12. Grand Slam [Edit] (3:31)
  13. Moonbeam Levels (4:06) 1
  14. Diamonds And Pearls [Edit] [duet with Rosie Gaines] (4:20) 3
  15. Gett Off [Remix] [feat. Tony Mosley] (4:00) 3
  16. Sexy M.F. [feat. Tony Mosley] (5:26) 3
  17. My Name Is Prince [Single Version] [feat. Tony Mosley] (4:04) 3
  18. 7 [Edit] (4:23) 3
  19. Peach (3:48)
  20. Nothing Compares 2 U [duet with Rosie Gaines] (4:19)
Running Time

1 Previously unreleased.
2 As Prince & the Revolution.
3 As Prince & the New Power Generation.

4Ever – review

Warner Brothers’ fourth Prince greatest hits compilation is a step up from 2002’s Very Best Of. 4Ever is also Prince’s first music release following his death on April 21, 2016. Containing only songs spanning 1978 to 1993, it makes sound coverage of his most popular tracks and some not so obvious inclusions (namely Glam Slam and Peach), which is pleasing to see on the track list. 4Ever contains 40 songs of which 39 are his best performing singles. Surprisingly, his highest charting UK single, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, is not included. Warner don’t ever seem to acknowledge Prince’s releases through them post 1993. Although, it is refreshing to see Batdance is able to finally put in an appearance, given the licensing problems with the Batman soundtrack for previous greatest hits packages. Partyman therefore, is the second surprise omission. But despite this, the saving grace of 4Ever (and 4ever owing itself to the inclusion of this) is the mother of all Prince outtakes Moonbeam Levels, elevating the e album to an impossible to resist purchase. For that is $Ever’s intent: to settle Prince’s unpaid tax. But don’t judge the album on one song alone, there are edited versions of singles not previously available in CD format, thus for the sake of completeness it is a worthy addition to Prince (or music fan’s) collection. As ever with compilations the quality of the album comes down to the selection of songs and you can tell with this release. Where it is obvious to include every crowd-pleasing song and hit, to narrow a playlist down to just 40 from the era when Prince was at his peak, the tracks of 4Ever were chosen out of genuine care and affection. It’s more the greatest hits for an entire musical decade. RIP Prince. You continue to astound us, even in death.


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