Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Prince’s 4Ever released: 4th compilation covering 1978-1993

First posted 6/29/2019; last updated 11/18/2020.

A Retrospective: 1978-1993

Prince

This page focuses on the below compilations, which cover Prince’s career from 1978 to 1993:


Compilations:

Note: The Hits/The B-Sides was released as a 3-CD set, but The Hits 1 and The Hits 2 were also released as individual albums. These compilations cover the studio albums listed below. Links connect to DMDB pages dedicated to those albums. The raised letter codes listed after songs indicate apperances on any of these compilations (see codes above). Appearing after song titles are, when relevant, the date the song was released as a single and its peaks on various charts. Click for codes to singles charts.


The Studio Albums:


For You (1978):

  • Soft and Wet (6/7/78, #92 US, #94 CB, #12 RB) H1,4E


Prince (1979):

  • I Wanna Be Your Lover (9/22/79, #11 US, #12 CB, #12 RB, #41 UK, #62 CN) H2,VB,U,4E
  • Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (1/23/80, #13 RB) H1,4E
  • I Feel for You H1


Dirty Mind (1980):

  • Uptown (9/10/80, #5 RB) H1,U,4E
  • Head (10/11/80) H2,4E
  • Dirty Mind (11/26/80, #65 RB) H2
  • When You Were Mine (9/2/81, B-side of “Controversy”) H1,4E


Controversy (1981):

  • Controversy (9/2/81, #70 US, #72 CB, #3 RB, #5 UK, #15 AU) H2,U,4E
  • Let’s Work (1/6/82, #9 RB) U,4E
  • Do Me Baby (7/16/82) H2


1999 (1982):

  • 1999 (9/24/82, #12 US, #14 CB, #33 A40, #4 RB, #2 UK, #6 CN, #2 AU) H1,VB,U,4E
  • Little Red Corvette (2/26/83, #6 US, #6 CB, #15 RB, #17 AR, #2 UK, #5 CN, #8 AU) H2,VB,U,4E
  • Delirious (8/17/83, #8 US, #9 CB, #18 RB, #27 CN) H2,U,4E


Purple Rain (soundtrack, 1984):

  • When Doves Cry (5/16/84, #15 US, #14 CB, #18 RB, #31 AR, #4 UK, #13 CN, #11 AU) H1,VB,U,4E
  • Let’s Go Crazy (7/18/84, #12 US, #12 CB, #11 RB, #19 AR, #7 UK, #2 CN, #10 AU) H1,VB,U,4E
  • Purple Rain (9/21/84, #2 US, #12 CB, #4 RB, #18 AR, #6 UK, #3 CN, #41 AU) H2,VB,U,4E
  • I Would Die 4 U (11/28/84, #8 US, #10 CB, #11 RB, #58 UK, #12 CN, #96 AU) H2,VB,U,4E
  • Take Me with U (with Apollonia, 1/25/85, #25 US, #27 CB, #40 RB, #7 UK) 4E


Around the World in a Day (1985):

  • Raspberry Beret (5/10/85, #2 US, #11 CB, #12 RB, #40 AR, #25 UK, #8 CN, #13 AU) H2,VB,U,4E
  • Paisley Park (5/24/85, #18 UK, #38 AU) 4E
  • Pop Life (7/10/85, #7 US, #7 CB, #8 RB, #60 UK, #65 CN, #67 AU) H1,U,4E


Parade (1986):

  • Kiss (2/5/86, #12 US, #12 CB, #14 RB, #6 UK, #4 CN, #2 AU) H2,VB,U,4E
  • Mountains (5/7/86, #23, US, #19 CB, #15 RB, #45 UK, #45 AU) 4E
  • Girls & Boys (8/4/86, #11 UK) 4E


Sign O’ the Times (1987):

  • Sign ‘O’ the Times (2/18/87, #3 US, #4 CB, #13 RB, #10 UK, #5 CN, #29 AU) H1,VB,U,4E
  • If I Was Your Girlfriend (4/6/87, #67 US, #78 CB, #12 RB, #20 UK) H2,4E
  • U Got the Look (w/ Sheena Easton, 7/14/87, #2 US, #3 CB, #11 RB, #11 UK, #22 CN, #90 AU) H2,VB,U,4E
  • I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (11/3/87, #10 US, #10 CB, #29 UK, #33 CN) H1,U,4E
  • Hot Thing (11/3/87, #63 US, #69 CB, #14 RB) U
  • Adore H1


Lovesexy (1988):

  • Alphabet Street (4/23/88, #8 US, #9 CB, #3 RB, #9 UK, #14 CN, #20 AU) H1,VB,U,4E
  • Glam Slam (7/11/88, #44 RB, #29 UK) 4E


Batman (soundtrack, 1989):

  • Batdance (6/8/89, #11 US, #13 CB, #11 RB, #18 MR, #2 UK, #11 CN, #2 AU) 4E


Graffiti Bridge (soundtrack, 1990):

  • Thieves in the Temple (7/17/90, #6 US, #11 CB, #11 RB, #7 UK, #5 CN, #16 AU) H1,VB,U,4E


Diamonds and Pearls (1991):

  • Gett Off (6/7/91, #21 US, #6 RB, #4 UK, #25 CN, #8 AU) H2,VB,U,4E
  • Cream (9/9/91, #12 US, #12 CB, #15 UK, #2 CN, #2 AU) H2,VB,U,4E
  • Diamonds and Pearls (11/25/91, #3 US, #11 CB, #40 AC, #11 RB, #25 UK, #5 CN, #13 AU) H1,VB,U,4E
  • Money Don’t Matter 2 Night (3/3/92, #23 US, #20 CB, #4 RB, #19 UK, #19 CN, #18 AU) VB,U


Love Symbol Album (1992):

  • Sexy M.F. (6/30/92, #66 US, #55 CB, #76 RB, #4 UK, #11 CN, #5 AU) H2,4E
  • My Name Is Prince (9/29/92, #36 US, #20 CB, #25 RB, #7 UK, #5 CN, #9 AU) U,4E
  • 7 (11/17/92, #7 US, #6 CB, #61 RB, #27 UK, #3 CN, #25 AU) H1,U,4E

The Hits/The B-Sides

Prince


Released: September 14, 1993


Recorded: 1978-1993


Peak: #4 US, #6 RB, #4 UK, #4 AU, #67 CN


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.4 UK, 2.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: R&B/pop


The Hits 1: (1) When Doves Cry (2) Pop Life (3) Soft and Wet (4) I Feel for You (5) Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (6) When You Were Mine (7) Uptown (8) Let’s Go Crazy (9) 1999 (10) I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (11) Nothing Compares 2 U (live) (12) Adore (13) Pink Cashmere (14) Alphabet Street (15) Sign ‘O’ the Times (16) Thieves in the Temple (17) Diamonds and Pearls (18) 7

The Hits 2: (1) Controversy (2) Dirty Mind (3) I Wanna Be Your Lover (4) Head (5) Do Me Baby (6) Delirious (7) Little Red Corvette (8) I Would Die 4 U (9) Raspberry Beret (10) If I Was Your Girlfriend (11) Kiss (12) Peach (13) U Got the Look (with Sheena Easton) (140 Sexy MF (15) Gett Off (16) Cream (17) Pope (18) Purple Rain

The B-sides: (1) Hello (2) 200 Balloons (3) Escape (4) Gotta Step Messin’ About (5) Horny Toad (6) Feel U Up (7) Girl (8) I Love U in Me (9) Erotic City (10) Shockadelica (11) Irresistible Bitch (12) Scarlet Pussy (13) La La La He He Hee (14) She’s Always in My Hair (15) 17 Days (16) How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? (17) Another Lonely Christmas (18) God (19) 4 the Tears in Your Eyes (20) Power Fantastic


Total Running Time: 225:53

Rating:

4.341 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)


Awards:

About The Hits/The B-sides:

The Hits/The B-Sides was Prince’s first compilation. The three-box set consisted of two discs known as The Hits 1 and The Hits 2, which were also sold as individual albums, and a third disc of B-sides. While the majority of the important hits are present (#1 “Batdance” is noticeably absent), the non-chronological nature is distracting.


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Gotta Stop Messin’ About (5/29/81 single-only release) B, 4E
  • How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? (9/24/82, B-side of “1999”) B
  • Horny Toad (8/17/83, B-side of “Delirious”) B
  • Irresistible Bitch (11/23/83, B-side of “Let’s Pretend We’re Married”) B
  • 17 Days (5/16/84, B-side of “When Doves Cry”) B
  • Erotic City (7/18/84, B-side of “Let’s Go Crazy”) B
  • God (9/26/84, B-side of “Purple Rain”) B
  • Another Lonely Christmas (11/28/84, B-side of “I Would Die 4 U”) B
  • 4 the Tears in Your Eyes (live, studio version released on We Are the World, 1985) B
  • She’s Always in My Hair (5/15/85, B-side of “Raspberry Beret”) B, U
  • Hello (7/10/85, B-side of “Pop Life”) B
  • Girl (10/2/85, B-side of “America”) B
  • Power Fantastic (previously unreleased, recorded 3/19/86) B
  • La La La He He Hee (2/18/87, B-side of “Sign ‘O’ the Times”) B
  • Shockadelica (5/6/87, B-side of “If I Was Your Girlfriend”) B
  • Escape (7/11/88, B-side of “Glam Slam”) B
  • Scarlet Pussy (9/20/88, B-side of “I Wish U Heaven”) B
  • 200 Balloons (6/8/89, B-side of “Batdance”) B
  • Feel U Up (9/15/89, B-side of “Partyman”) B
  • I Love U in Me (10/16/89, B-side of “The Arms of Orion”) B
  • Pink Cashmere (8/31/93, #50 US, #33 CB, #14 RB, #7 CN, #87 AU) H1
  • Peach (10/16/93, #14 UK, #28 AU) H2,4E
  • Nothing Compares 2 U (live, 12/18/93, #62 RB) H1,U,4E
  • Pope H2


Notes: In addition to being released as part of the 3-CD The Hits/The B-Sides collection, The Hits 1 and The Hits 2 were released as individual albums.

The Very Best of

Prince


Released: July 31, 2001


Covers: 1979-1992


Peak: #11 US, #2 UK, #2 AU, #11 CN


Sales (in millions): 2.66 US, 0.6 UK, 3.75 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: R&B/pop


Tracks: (1) I Wanna Be Your Lover (2) 1999 (3) Little Red Corvette (4) When Doves Cry (5) Let’s Go Crazy (6) Purple Rain (7) I Would Die 4 U (8) Raspberry Beret (9) Kiss (10) Sign ‘O’ the Times (11) U Got the Look (12) Alphabet Street (13) Thieves in the Temple (14) Gett Off (15) Cream (16) Diamonds and Pearls (17) Money Don’t Matter 2 Night


Total Running Time: 73:18

Rating:

4.340 out of 5.00 (average of 5 ratings)


Awards:

About The Very Best of:

The Very Best of covered the same years as the previous The Hits/The B-Sides, but was a welcome addition to fans looking for a single-disc retrospective of Prince’s work. A few top tens are absent (“Delirious,” “Pop Life,” “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” “7”) and, once again, the #1 hit “Batdance.” Overall, though, this is an ideal starting point for someone looking for a quick overview. After Prince’s death in 2016, this collection skyrocketed back on the charts to #1.

Ultimate

Prince


Released: March 14, 2006


Covers: 1978-1992


Peak: #6 US, #3 UK, #6 AU, #12 CN


Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.3 UK, 0.3 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: R&B/pop


Disc 1: (1) I Wanna Be Your Lover (2) Uptown (3) Controversy (4) 1999 (5) Delirious (6) When Doves Cry (7) I Would Die 4 U (8) Purple Rain (9) Sign ‘O’ the Times (10) I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (11) Alphabet Street (12) Diamonds and Pearls (13) Gett Off (14) Money Don’t Matter 2 Night (15) 7 (16) Nothing Compares 2 U (live)

Disc 2 (remixes): (1) Let’s Go Crazy (2) Little Red Corvette (3) Let’s Work (4) Pop Life (5) She’s Always in My Hair (6) Raspberry Beret (7) Kiss (8) U Got the Look (9) Hot Thing (10) Thieves in the Temple (11) Cream


Total Running Time: 2:36:20

Rating:

3.900 out of 5.00 (average of 3 ratings)

About Ultimate:

This two-disc compilation is a completely unnecessary and obvious cash grab. It still covers the same years as the previous collections, adding the unnecessary Purple Medley and a handful of minor hits which hadn’t been on previous collections (Let’s Work, Hot Thing, My Name Is Prince). With one disc focused on hits and the other on remixes, it is a disappointment for fans who just want the hits as they are familiar with them and it is a sleazy way to get Prince die-hards to plop down for a two-disc collection when they really just want the remixes.


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Purple Medley (3/14/95, #84 US, #74 RB, #33 UK, #40 AU) U

4ever

Prince


Released: November 22, 2016


Covers: 1978-1993


Peak: #33 US, #4 RB, #21 UK, #36 AU, #40 CN


Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.1 UK, 0.1 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: R&B/pop


Disc 1: (1) 1999 (2) Little Red Corvette (3) When Doves Cry (4) Let’s Go Crazy (5) Raspberry Beret (6) I Wanna Be Your Lover (7) Soft and Wet (8) Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (9) Uptown (10) When You Were Mine (11) Head (12) Gotta Stop Mesisn’ About (13) Controversy (14) Let’s Work (15) Delirious (16) I Would Die 4 U (17) Take Me with U (18) Paisley Park (19) Pop Life (20) Purple Rain

Disc 2: (1) Kiss (2) Sign ‘O’ the Times (3) Alphabet Street (4) Batdance (5) Thieves in the Temple (6) Cream (7) Mountains (8) Girls & Boys (9) If I Was Your Girlfriend (10) U Got the Look (with Sheena Easton) (11) I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (12) Glam Slam (13) Moonbeam Levels (14) Diamonds and Pearls (15) Gett Off (16) Sexy MF (17) My Name Is Prince (18) 7 (19) Peach (20) Nothing Compares 2 U

Rating:

4.603 out of 5.00 (average of 6 ratings)

About 4Ever:

This collection reaks of being another cash grab, considering it was released within a year of Prince’s death and covers the same years as the previous three collections. However, as a two-disc set, this is actually superior to The Hits, if you aren’t interested in the B-sides which come with the latter. Once again, we maddeningly get songs in non-chronological order, but we get eight songs never released on a previous Prince collection: Gotta Stop Messin’ About (1981 single-only), Moonbeam Levels (unreleased song from 1982), Take Me with U, Paisley Park, Mountains, Girls & Boys, Glam Slam, and, finally, Batdance.


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Moonbeam Levels (recorded 7/6/1982, released 2016) 4E


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