BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: April 22, 1985 - “Around The World In A Day”, the seventh studio album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at the Flying Cloud Warehouse in Eden Prairie, MN, Mobile Audio Studio, St. Paul, MN, Sunset Sound and Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA from January - December 1984. The second album credited to Prince & The Revolution, it is issued only ten months after “Purple Rain”. The new album will be the first in a number of musical departures that Prince will take in his career. Much of the album’s first half has a distinctively psychedelic influence, with the rest being balanced out with funk, pop and gospel sounds. Initially it will be released with minimal publicity and without a single until nearly a month later. Prince will suggest that “Paisley Park” be the single (which is released in the UK), but with US radio already giving “Raspberry Beret” heavy airplay as an LP cut, Warner Bros in the US will insist that it be issued instead. The album will receive favorable reviews, and a positive reaction from fans. It will spin off three singles including “Raspberry Beret” (#2 Pop) and “Pop Life” (#7 Pop). The initial CD packaging of the album will come in a three panel cardboard long box that unfolds (showing the song lyrics, like the LP’s inner gatefold) with the actual CD inside of a mini cardboard sleeve (of the album cover artwork), inserted into a slot inside the longbox. This packaging will be discontinued after the initial press run, and the CD will come in a regular jewel case on subsequent repressings. “Around The World In A Day” will spend three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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    Pop life
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    the KANG!
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    My baby Prince!
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