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Batman

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Album details


Released: 19 June, 1989 (UK/France)
20 June, 1989 (USA)
Length: 42:34
Label(s): Warner Bros. Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Entry Date Chart, Country Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Week 26/1989 VG-Lista (Norway) 2 12
28 Jun. 1989 Swedish Album Charts (Sweden) 2 9
1 Jul. 1989 Nationale Totale
Top 100 (The Netherlands)
1(1) 23
1 Jul. 1989 Gallup Album Chart (UK) 1(1) 20
2 Jul. 1989 Schweizer Hitparade (Switzerland) 1(2) 19
8 Jul. 1989 Billboard 200 (USA) 1(6) 34
15 Jul. 1989 Alben Top 75 (Austria) 3 20
15 Jul. 1989 Billboard Black Chart (USA) 5 29
23 Jul. 1989 New Zealand Charts (New Zealand) 4 21
23 Jul. 1989 ARIA Top 50 (Australia) 4 15

Date Institution, Country Certification
29 Aug. 1989 RIAA, USA Gold / Platinum / Platinum x2 (2,000,000 u/sold)
28 Jun. 1989 BPI, UK Silver / Gold (100,000 u/sold)
1st Nov. 1989 BPI, UK Platinum (300,000 u/sold)
1989 SNEP, France Gold (100,000)
18 Oct. 2001 SNEP, France Platinum (400,000)
1990 BVMI, Germany Gold (250,000)

Date Institution, Country Award
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


Batdance
b/w 200 Balloons
Partyman
b/w Feel U Up
The Arms Of Orion
b/w I Love U In Me
Scandalous
b/w Sex
Trust (Hong Kong promo only)
b/w no b-side
The Future (Europe only)
b/w Electric Chair

See also


Batman Sheet Music  

Alternate Album Configuration


  • March, 1989 configuration
  1. The Future
  2. Electric Chair
  3. The Arms Of Orion
  4. Partyman
  5. Vicki Waiting
  6. Trust
  7. Lemon Crush
  8. Scandalous
  9. Dance With The Devil


  • Undated configuration
  1. The Future
  2. Electric Chair
  3. Scandalous
  4. Partyman
  5. Vicki Waiting
  6. Trust
  7. Lemon Crush
  8. Dance With The Devil
  9. Batdance
  10. The Arms Of Orion
Batman (the motion picture soundtrack to the Tim Burton movie Batman) is the eleventh full-length studio album by Prince, and the first and only soundtrack album by Prince for a movie in which he was not involved as an actor. It was released worldwide in June, 1989.

The album produced five commercially-released singles, Batdance (which preceded the album), Partyman, The Arms Of Orion, Scandalous and The Future (released in Europe only). Trust was also available as a promotional single in Hong Kong only (with no commercial release).

Prince did not tour to support the album, having just completed the Lovesexy Tour in early 1989, but several songs from the album were played on the 1990 Nude Tour, which took place before the release of Prince's next album, Graffiti Bridge.


First steps

Director Tim Burton had used two Prince songs (1999 and Baby I'm A Star) in a rough cut of the movie, and felt they worked so well that in mid-December, 1988, he contacted Prince to ask if he would re-record the tracks for use in the movie, or provide new tracks instead.

Prince was initially uncertain, until visiting the movie set in January, 1989, where he met Burton, discussed the concept, and watched a rough cut portion of the movie. He became so interested in writing music for the movie that he considered cancelling the Japanese leg of the Lovesexy Tour, but it would have been too costly to do so.


Recording Process

Prince began recording songs for the album in mid-February, 1989, immediately after returning from the Lovesexy Tour, and he previewed eleven songs in late February, including Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic and 200 Balloons, intended to replace 1999 and Baby I'm A Star respectively), and Batman Theme.

He worked on the album further in March, 1989, recording Partyman and Trust (to replace Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic and 200 Balloons respectively). Dance With The Devil was recorded for the album, but Prince considered the song to be too dark and replaced it with Batdance, which was the last song recorded for the album.

While the bulk of the album was recorded between mid-February and the end of March, 1989, Electric Chair was recorded in June, 1988, and Scandalous in October, 1988. In addition, Vicki Waiting was a revamped version of Anna Waiting, initially recorded in December, 1988.


Credits

Of note is that while the credits denote that Prince sings lead vocals, the lyrics are in fact attributed to characters from the movie, as if Prince is singing on their behalf. The Future and Scandalous are attributed to Batman, while Electric Chair, Partyman and Trust are attributed to The Joker.

The Arms Of Orion is attributed to Bruce Wayne (Batman's alter-ego) and Vicki Vale, while Vicki Waiting is attributed to Bruce Wayne alone, and Lemon Crush is attributed to Vicki Vale alone.

Batdance attributes different lines to different characters. The only line attributed to Prince, which seems very intentional, is the finale of Trust, "Who do ya trust if you can't trust God? Who can you trust - who can ya? Nobody."



Track listing
CD LP
  1. The Future (4:07)
  2. Electric Chair (4:07)
  3. The Arms Of Orion (5:02) 1 
  4. Partyman (3:11)
  5. Vicki Waiting (4:51)
  6. Trust (4:23)
  7. Lemon Crush (4:15)
  8. Scandalous (6:14) 2 
  9. Batdance (6:13)
  • Side 1:
  1. The Future (4:07)
  2. Electric Chair (4:07)
  3. The Arms Of Orion (5:02) 1 
  4. Partyman (3:11)
  5. Vicki Waiting (4:51)
  • Side 2:
  1. Trust (4:23)
  2. Lemon Crush (4:15)
  3. Scandalous (6:14) 2 
  4. Batdance (6:13)

All songs written by Prince, except where noted.

1  Written by Prince and Sheena Easton.
2  Written by Prince and John L. Nelson.



Personnel
Musicians


Production
  • Prince - producer, arranger and engineer
  • Femi Jiya - engineer
  • David Friedlander - assistant engineer
  • Heidi Hanschu - assistant engineer
  • Chuck Zwicky - assistant engineer
  • Eddie Miller - assistant engineer
  • Chris Lord-Alge - mixing engineer on Electric Chair (at the Grey Room)
  • Mastered at Masterdisk
  • Anton Furst - logo illustration
  • Jeff Katz - photography of Prince
  • Tom Recchion - design
  • Jon Peters - executive album producer
  • Peter Guber - executive album producer
  • Gary LeMel - executive in charge of album production for Warner Bros. Inc.
  • Michael Dilbeck - music supervisor


Thanks
  • "Special gratitude 2 staff and friends at Paisley Park: Albert Magnoli, Alan Leeds, Harry Grossman, Femi Jiya, David Friedlander, Therese Stoulil, Matthew Larson, Sal Greco, Gilbert Davison, Anna Fantastic and John L. Nelson. Special mention 2 the filmmakers 4 their attention and support: Mark Canton, Jon Peters, Tim Burton; and 2 Michael Dilbeck, Gary LeMel & Debbie Reinberg 4 their tireless efforts. Special consideration 2 Skip Brittenham, Gary Stiffelman, Jerry Breslauer and Nancy Chapman 4 their dedication, and 2 the group at Warner Records: Mo Ostin, Lenny Waronker, Benny Medina, Michael Ostin and Russ Thyret 4 their support through the years. Special thanks 2 Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, the Sounds of Blackness Choir, the Clare Fischer Orchestra, Mavis Staples, Sheena Easton, Chris Lord-Alge, Danny Elfman, Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger and U. "Who do U trust if U can't trust God, who can U trust? ..Nobody! Don't dance with the devil in the pale moonlight. The curious try and always die.""



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • UK and US Press adverts published in august 1989.
    Press advert pubvlished in UK press   US press advert published in Billboard on 26 August 1989 to commemorate 3 millions copies shipped

    US press advert published in Rolling Stone on 10 August 1989
  • An early configuration of the album is known to exist containing an extra track Dance With The Devil but omitting Batdance, which had not yet been recorded (see alternative section above). The sequence is otherwise the same as released. A different early configuration has Batdance as well as Dance With The Devil segueing into one another, and has the track order slightly revised with scandalous as track 3 and The Arms Of Orion as the last track. Some of the film dialogue is also not present in the versions on this configuration.
  • A limited edition was available at the time of the album's release, featuring a 5" circular metal can containing the CD (as a picture disc) and a circular booklet.
 
Images courtesy eil.com

References
1988
Lovesexy
All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1990
Graffiti Bridge
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