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1978: For You All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1980: Dirty Mind


Album details

Released: 19 October, 1979
Length: 40:54
Label(s): Warner Bros. Records
Studio(s): California

Charts, Certifications & Awards

Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Top LP's & Tapes 17 Nov. 1979+ 22 28
USA: Billboard Soul LPs 17 Nov. 1979 3(?) 31
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 15 Feb. 1980 Gold (500,000)
RIAA, USA 21 Feb. 1980 Platinum (1 million)
BPI, UK 12 Nov. 2004 Silver (60,000)
This album has not received any awards in in the USA

Singles released

I Wanna Be Your Lover
b/w My Love Is Forever
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
b/w Baby
Still Waiting
b/w Bambi
Sexy Dancer (UK & Japan only)
b/w Bambi
Bambi (Belgium & Netherlands only)
b/w Still Waiting

See also

Prince Tour Rick James
"Fire It Up Tour"
Prince is the second full-length studio album by Prince. It was released worldwide in October, 1979, eighteen months after his first album, For You.

Recording process

Album sessions took place from late April to 13 June, 1979 at Alpha Studios, Burbank, CA, USA. Overdubs and mixing took place at Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

As with his first album, Prince played all instruments on all tracks. Bobby Z. and André Cymone were listed in the credits as "heaven-sent helpers" leading to some questioning of their involvement, and Prince has confirmed that André Cymone adds some vocal harmony to Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?


The album produced five singles, I Wanna Be Your Lover (which preceded the album), Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?, Still Waiting, Sexy Dancer (released in the UK & Japan only) and Bambi (released in Belgium and the Netherlands only).

Prince engaged in his first tour in the USA to support the album on the Prince Tour in November and December, 1979, and February, 1980, usually playing every song from the album.

The album reached number 22 on the US Billboard Top LP's & Tapes, and number 3 on the Billboard Soul LPs Chart.

It was certified platinum by the RIAA, indicating 1,000,000 copies shipped in the USA.

Track listing

The compact disc version is a reissue from the LP.

  1. I Wanna Be Your Lover (5:47)
  2. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:49)
  3. Sexy Dancer (4:18)
  4. When We're Dancing Close And Slow (5:18)
  5. With You (3:59)
  6. Bambi (4:22)
  7. Still Waiting (4:14)
  8. I Feel For You (3:24)
  9. It's Gonna Be Lonely (5:26)

The vinyl long play format is the initial release.

  • Side 1:
  1. I Wanna Be Your Lover (5:47)
  2. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:49)
  3. Sexy Dancer (4:18)
  4. When We're Dancing Close And Slow (5:18)
  • Side 2:
  1. With You (3:59)
  2. Bambi (4:22)
  3. Still Waiting (4:24)
  4. I Feel For You (3:24)
  5. It's Gonna Be Lonely (5:26)

All songs written by Prince.


  • Prince - producer, arranger, remixer, album cover concept
  • Gary Brandt - engineer
  • Mark Ettel - assistant engineer
  • Bob Mockler - remixer
  • Bernie Grundman - mastering (A&M)
  • Lynn Barron - album design (RIA Images)
  • George Chacon - album design (RIA Images)
  • Jurgen Reisch - photography (front cover)
  • Chris Callis - photography (back cover)
  • Terry Taylor - calligraphy
  • Bob Cavallo - exclusive representation
  • Joe Ruffalo - exclusive representation
  • Steve Fargnoli - exclusive representation


LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA CD 3366-2
USA Cassette M5 3336
USA 8-Tracks M8 3366

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2


Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • On 27 October, 1979, Billboard published a cover ad for the forthcoming Prince album on their issue N° 43, Vol. 91 (ISSN 0006-2510). It featured the name Prince in big yellow capitals, underlined by black text in italic: The new album featuring I Wanna Be Your Lover (WBS 49050). Produced and arranged by Prince. Career Direction: Cavallo Rufallo Management. Personal Manager: Perry Jones. On Warner Bros. Records & Tapes (BSK )

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