The release, Around the World in a Day marked a departure from the ultra modern aesthetic of Purple Rain, keeping one eye on the rear-view mirror in a way that allows one to imagine a world in which The Beatles had black fathers and were born in Minneapolis. Wanting to keep the music free from the context of an organized marketing campaign, Prince insisted that the album be released without notice, and with singles and music videos intentionally delayed until the fans had time to digest the material in full.
The reception was mixed- of the detractors, some complained that he has lost the funk that marked his earlier releases, while others felt slightly underwhelmed in light of what came before it. While there isn’t as much unreleased music from these sessions as there are from others, the songs offered as B-sides fit well within the album, partiularly “She’s Always In my Hair”, a stylistic echo from the Purple Rain sessions, which may have pushed the album closer to reaching the expectations it was inevitably charged to meet.
Around the World in a Day
Paisely Park (Remix)
Raspberry Beret (12″ Version)
She’s Always In My Hair (12″ Version)
Pop Life (Fresh Dance Mix)
Condition of the Heart
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