Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Prince & The Revolution - Around The World In A Day (1985)


Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD.

Fans expecting Purple Rain, Part 2 need not apply.  Still, I loved from Raspberry Berry from the get-go and bought this psychedelic trip anyway.  The album definitely furthered Prince's image as a musical enigma that could write a good song in any genre seemingly on a whim.  Prince thought of this as a cohesive album (see pic below) and the critics bought into the lyrics as being "confounding metaphors" - I call shenanigans on both.

Billboard Magazine
May 4, 1985
While I miss the shredding guitar of the previous album (with the exception of the fine solo on Temptation), I will admit to enjoying the new psychedelic funk sound Prince was cultivating, but overall, this thing is hit-or-miss and doesn't stand up as a complete album. And just because you don't understand the lyrics doesn't mean they're deep.  Not something I listen to much, but I'm happy when something comes around on an iTunes shuffle.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (3 consecutive weeks, June 1 - 15, 1985)
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #4
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #1 (6 consecutive weeks)

Tracks:  In addition to Raspberry Beret, I also dig the shuffle of Paisley Park, the funk of Tamborine, and Pop Life.  I've always skipped the experimental ramblings of Condition Of The Heart and America (which I preferred when it was called "The Bird" and performed by The Time).

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  This LP was mainly heard in my dorm room in Berry Hall, this means I didn't buy the album until the fall of 1985, several months after its release.  I don't remember ever dubbing it to cassette for Walkman/Markmobile listening.  To be honest, I mainly bought this CD for the super sweet tri-fold longbox packaging:





Previously revisited for the blog:
Musicology (2004)
N.E.W.S. (2003)
The Hits 2 (1993)
Music from Purple Rain (1984)

1 comment:

  1. Mark, I very much enjoy this album. I owned it on vinyl first, replaced with a CD in the early 90's. I definitely enjoy it as a whole.

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