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Prince (album)

Studio album by Prince
Released October 19, 1979
Recorded April–June 1979
Studio Alpha Studios, Burbank, California
Length 40:52
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
For You
Dirty Mind
Singles from Prince
  1. "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
    Released: August 24, 1979
  2. "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"
    Released: January 23, 1980
  3. "Still Waiting"
    Released: March 25, 1980
  4. "Sexy Dancer"
    Released: 1980 (non-US single)
  5. "Bambi"
    Released: 1980 (non-US single)

Prince is the eponymous second studio album by Prince, released on October 19, 1979. The album was written, arranged, composed, produced and performed entirely by Prince, with the only known contribution from another person being "some vocal harmony" added by close friend/bassist André Cymone on Track 2.[1]

Prince recorded the album in just a few weeks after Warner Bros. asked for a follow-up to his 1978 debut, For You. Prince had used twice his initial recording advance on the album, and it had failed to generate a pop hit (although "Soft and Wet" became a No. 12 R&B hit). Displeased at his lack of success, Prince quickly recorded the follow-up.

Overall, the album was much more diverse and well-received than For You, critically and commercially. The success of this album geared Prince towards his next, Dirty Mind, which would be called a complete departure from his earlier sound.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [2]
Blender [3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Entertainment Weekly B−[5]
Q [6]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[7]
Rolling Stone [8] [9]
Smash Hits 5/10[10]


  • Track listing 1
  • Singles 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Prince

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "I Wanna Be Your Lover"   5:49
2. "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"   3:49
3. "Sexy Dancer"   4:18
4. "When We're Dancing Close and Slow"   5:23
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "With You"   4:00
2. "Bambi"   4:22
3. "Still Waiting"   4:12
4. "I Feel for You"   3:24
5. "It's Gonna Be Lonely"   5:27


  • "Sexy Dancer" b/w "Bambi"/"Baby" (UK Only US Dance #2)


  1. ^ "Album: Prince". Prince Vault. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  2. ^ > Review"Prince" at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  3. ^ Blender review
  4. ^  
  5. ^ Browne, David (21 September). "Purple Products".  
  6. ^ "Prince CD Album". Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Holden, Stephen (3 April). "Prince"Prince: .  
  8. ^ Hoard, Christian David; Brackett, Nathan (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4, revised ed.). Simon & Schuster.  
  9. ^ Johnson, James (11 March). "Prince"Prince: . Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums".  

External links

  • Prince at Discogs
  • Prince at Prince Vault
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