YEAR RELEASED: 1986
CHART ACTION: #3 US, #2 R&B, #4 UK
SINGLES: Kiss (#1 US, #1 R&B, #1 Dance, #6 UK), Mountains (#23 US, #15 R&B, #11 Dance, #45 UK), Anotherloverholenyohead (#63 US, #18 R&B, #21 Dance, #36), Girls & Boys (#21 Dance, #11 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Under the Cherry Moon
LINEUP: Prince, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and some help from others in the Revolution (Brown Mark, Bobby Z, Dr. Fink), Sheila E and others.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Pop-funk and pop-dance record combines elements from his last few albums with success.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The first thing I wondered about this album is the sequencing. Putting two of the strongest songs in the middle of side two, and making the entire first side deep cuts for the most part seems idiosyncratic, but that’s Prince for you.
There’s definite elements left over from Around the World in a Day, with its psychedelic leanings. He combines those with some of the spare funk he trotted out in the early 80’s and came up with another new Prince sound.
Of course, “Kiss” takes over the album, and overwhelms the other songs, though “Anotherloverholenyourhead” is almost its equal with a strong hook and a sense of fun. It’s a strong album in the string of strong records Prince put out in the 80’s.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Oh, it’s also the soundtrack to his turkey of a film Under the Cherry Moon. You probably didn’t see it. And double oh, Prince uses the band Mazarati (led by Brown Mark, his bassist) as his backing musicians on “Kiss”. Didn’t help their career.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: People really forget about this album, for no reason.