BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: October 14, 1981 - “Controversy”, the fourth album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Uptown Studio (Kiowa Trail Home Studio) in Chanhassen, MN, Sunset Sound, and Hollywood Sound in Hollywood, CA from April - July 1981. The fourth release by Prince will mark the beginning of major changes in the prolific musician’s sound and songwriting. Much like his previous albums, it will feature Prince playing nearly all of the instruments and singing all of the vocals by himself. “Controversy” is the first album in which he will use his newly acquired Linn LM-1 drum machine, which will become a cornerstone of Prince’s classic 80’s era work. It will spin off three singles including “Let’s Work” (#9 R&B), “Do Me Baby” and the title track (#3 R&B, #70 Pop). The original LP pressing will also come packaged with a poster of Prince standing in his shower clad in only black bikini underwear. The album will be reissued as a 180g vinyl LP in 2011 by Warner Bros/Rhino Records, making the title available on vinyl for the first time in nearly twenty years. It will replicate the original album packaging including the poster. “Controversy” will peak at #3 on the Billboard R&B album chart, #21 on the Top 200 and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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