9 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fans expected Purple Rain II; The Kid took ‘em on a trip instead. In 1985, Around the World in a Day introduced a psychedelic overhaul to Prince’s lavender world. Songs like “America” and the title track are tinged with exotic instruments (finger cymbals, oud, darbuka) and striking studio tricks. “Raspberry Beret” sums up the mindset—curious, searching, whimsical, a damn near perfect Prince song. By rejecting the predictable path offered by commercial success, Prince inspired fans to seek their own utopia, their own Paisley Park.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fans expected Purple Rain II; The Kid took ‘em on a trip instead. In 1985, Around the World in a Day introduced a psychedelic overhaul to Prince’s lavender world. Songs like “America” and the title track are tinged with exotic instruments (finger cymbals, oud, darbuka) and striking studio tricks. “Raspberry Beret” sums up the mindset—curious, searching, whimsical, a damn near perfect Prince song. By rejecting the predictable path offered by commercial success, Prince inspired fans to seek their own utopia, their own Paisley Park.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
233 Ratings
233 Ratings

A Paisley Haze

VJO_14

This wasn't one of my favorite Prince albums. But there are some good songs here.
Pop Life, Raspberry Beret are the classic ones

I WENT AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY

bigbrothabeck

AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PRINCE'S BEST COLABERATION OF MUSIC BUT THE SONGS ARE UPLIFTING, FUN AND ENERGETIC. A PERSON CAN'T HELP BUT DANCE WHEN "POP LIFE" IS PLAYED. "THE LADDER" IS A SONG THAT LIFTS AND INSPIRES AND NO ONE WILL EVER FORGET "RASPBERRY BERET" A SONG THAT LAUNCHED MY LOVE OF PRINCE MUSIC WHEN I WAS JUST STARTING OUT HIGH SCHOOL. A TRUE TREASURE TO HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION OF PRINCE ALBUMS.

pop life

shaggymar

having been a prince fan for as long as i can remember, i believe this to be one of his most precious works. The album and its entirety truly take you around the world in a day. xoxoxoxo

About Prince & The Revolution

Prince and the Revolution existed in a formal capacity from only 1984 through 1986, but the origin of the diverse band dates back to 1979, when Prince assembled a team of musicians to help him tour in support of his self-titled second album. Three years later, Prince's 1999 was released with "and the Revolution" printed upside down, in rather hidden fashion, on its cover. The first recording properly credited to Prince and the Revolution was "17 Days," the B-side of the March 1984-released Purple Rain lead single "When Doves Cry." The parent album, as well as the film of the same title, followed shortly thereafter, and featured members Brownmark (bass, vocals), Lisa Coleman (keyboards, vocals), Matt "Doctor" Fink (keyboards), Wendy Melvoin (guitar, vocals), and Bobby Z. (drums). Around the World in a Day (1985) and the soundtrack to Under the Cherry Moon, Parade (1986), were likewise credited to Prince and the Revolution. Despite being associated with the period during which Prince was most popular and adventurous, the Revolution disbanded following the Parade tour. Only Fink continued with Prince, while the other core members either resumed or started new outlets, most notably Wendy & Lisa, and later fDeluxe, a re-formation of the Family. Partial one-off Revolution reunions occurred during the 2000s, and the band reunited in full in 2012 for a benefit concert at First Avenue, the Minneapolis, Minnesota club where part of Purple Rain was filmed. Fink continued to lead the Purple Experience, a Prince tribute band. Following the death of Prince in 2016, Brownmark, Coleman, Fink, Melvoin, and Bobby Z. announced the return of the Revolution. Joined on some dates by Mint Condition's Stokley Williams, they toured the U.S. the following year and performed material spanning from Dirty Mind (1980) through Parade. ~ Andy Kellman

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