Album: Come

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Come

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Album details


Released: 15 August 1994 (UK)
16 August 1994 (USA)
Length: 48:45
Label(s): Warner Bros.
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: The Billboard 200 3 Sep. 1994 15 10
USA: Billboard Top R&B Albums 3 Sep. 1994 2 13
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Germany: Muzikmarkt Top 100 Albums 29 Aug. 1994 9 11
The Netherlands: Album Top 100 27 Aug. 1994 4 9
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 3 Sep. 1994 1(1) 10
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA (USA) 18 Oct. 1994 Gold (500,000)
BPI (UK) 1 Aug. 1994 Gold (100,000)
SNEP (France) 1994 Gold (100,000)
SNEP (France) 199? Gold x2 (200,000)
Awards
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


Letitgo
b/w Solo
Letitgo single.jpg
Come (Poem) (promo only)
b/w None
Come single.jpg
Space
b/w Space
Space single.jpg

See also


Come
(sheet music)
 
SheetMusic-Come.jpg

Alternate Album Configuration


  • ?? March 1993, untitled cassette configuration
1. Come
2. Endorphinmachine
3. Space
4. Pheromone
5. Loose!
6. Papa
7. Dark
8. Dolphin
9. Poem


  • 29 May 1993, configuration
Mentioned by Mayte in a letter to the fan magazine Controversy # 42. Complete track order unknown, but known to include:
Come
Race
Pheromone
Dark
Dolphin
Pope


  • June-August 1993, configuration
Tracklist unknown.


  • 11 March 1994, configuration
1. Poem
2. Interactive
3. Endorphinmachine
4. Space
5. Pheromone
6. Loose!
7. Papa
8. Race
9. Dark
10. Solo
11. Strays Of The World
Come is the fifteenth full-length studio album by Prince. It was the last album of newly-recorded material to be released by Warner Bros. under the name Prince while he was under exclusive contract (although Warner Bros. released "The Black Album" only three months later, and would later also release The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale).

It was released worldwide in August 1994 (eleven months after The Hits 1, The Hits 2 and The Hits / The B-Sides compilations.

In interviews, Prince talked about the album as a contractual obligation to help fulfill his recording contract after his relationship with Warner Bros. had soured, and on a discography included on his NPG Music Club website years later, the album cover had a "Contractual Obligation" stamp overlaid. Additionally, Prince declined to use the NPG Records label for this release. Prince talked about material on the album as "old" and recorded before the name change, instead hyping The Gold Experience as his "new" material.


Recording process

Most tracks on the album were recorded in the first half of 1993, although Race dates back to late 1991 (originally recorded during the SymbolSmallerBlue.png album sessions, but re-worked in 1993), and the last track recorded for the album, Letitgo, was recorded in March 1994, nine months after Prince changed his name.

An initial configuration was made in March 1993 (although no album title was known for this configuration), and several other configurations are known to have been made throughout 1993 and early 1994 (see below).

In late 1993, the album's tracks were to have been merged into the planned 3-disc set The Dawn, but the album was later separated out again. Of note is that the 11 March 1994 configuration of the album, as submitted to Warner Bros., did not contain the title track. Warner Bros. responded by asking for Come and The Most Beautiful Girl In The World to be included, as well as two or three other strong tracks.

Prince delivered the final version of the album on 19 May 1994 (on the same day as delivering a configuration of The Gold Experience), having removed Interactive and Endorphinmachine (which he reasoned were recorded by SymbolSmallerBlue.png, not Prince, and were included on The Gold Experience instead), but with the newly-recorded track Letitgo.

Warner Bros. asked for further changes, but Prince refused, giving them no other option than to release the album as it was. Prince proposed that Come should be released by "Prince", with The Gold Experience by "SymbolSmallerBlue.png" following a few weeks later, but Warner Bros. was unenthusiastic about this idea.

Seven of the album's tracks (Come, Space, Pheromone, Loose!, Race, Dark and Poem - the original full-length version of Orgasm) were used in the Glam Slam Ulysses stage-show, credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png, which premiered in August 1993, and six of the tracks (Come, Pheromone, Loose!, Papa, Race and Poem) also appeared on The Beautiful Experience TV movie, again credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png).

Michael B., Sonny T., Tommy Barbarella and Morris Hayes are listed as musicians for the album as a whole, but Tommy Barbarella and Morris Hayes only appear on Space and Dark, while Michael B. and Sonny T. appear on those tracks as well as Papa.

Other guests appear throughout the album (the "New Power Generation Hornz" appear on Come, Race, Dark and Letitgo), but most tracks are solo performances by Prince.


Promotion

The album produced two commercially-released singles, Letitgo (which preceded the album) and Space. In Germany, a promotional release titled Come was available, but contained only the track Poem, the original full-length version of Orgasm which was edited down for inclusion on the album.

Prince did not tour to support the album, although he played several clubs in the USA and continental Europe in Summer 1994, often playing multiple tracks from the album (see here for a list of dates).

Prince even responded to Warner Bros. advertisements for Come by taking out advertisements for his 1-800 New Funk compilation in music periodicals mimicking those by Warner Bros. The intention by Prince was to market Come as "old" music, and 1-800 New Funk as "new" music.

The album reached number 15 on The Billboard 200 (his lowest position for an album of new material since Controversy in 1981), but reached number 2 on the US Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart.



Track listing
CD LP

The compact disc version is the original issue.

  1. Come (11:13)
  2. Space (4:28)
  3. Pheromone (5:08)
  4. Loose! (3:27)
  5. Papa (2:48)
  6. Race (4:28)
  7. Dark (6:10)
  8. Solo (3:48) 1 
  9. Letitgo (5:33)
  10. Orgasm (1:39)

Regular LP

  • Side 1:
  1. Come (11:13)
  2. Space (4:28)
  3. Pheromone (5:08)
  4. Loose! (3:27)
  • Side 2:
  1. Papa (2:48)
  2. Race (4:28)
  3. Dark (6:10)
  4. Solo (3:48) 1 
  5. Letitgo (5:33)
  6. Orgasm (1:39)


Double LP promo

  • Side 1:
  1. Come (11:13)
  2. Space (4:28)
  3. Loose! (3:27)
  • Side 2:
  1. Pheromone (5:08)
  2. Papa (2:48)
  3. Race (4:28)
  • Side 3:
  1. Dark (6:10)
  2. Solo (3:48) 1 
  3. Letitgo (5:33)
  4. Orgasm (1:39)
  • Side 4:
  1. Space (Universal Love Remix) (6:10)
  2. Space (Funky Stuff Remix) (5:41)
  3. Letitgo (Q.D. III Instrumental) (5:02)
  4. Letitgo (J. Swift #3 Instrumental) (5:43)

All songs written by Prince, except where noted.

1  Written by Prince and David Henry Hwang



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks
  • none.



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

This section is under construction

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

This section is under construction

 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • UK, US, France and Japan press adverts:
    1994-ad-Come.jpg   1994 Come Press Advert-PV.jpg

    1994 Come France WEA Press Advert-PV.jpg   1994-09-xx Come Japan Press Advert-RockinOn-PV.jpg
  • There are several known unreleased early configurations of the Come album, containing additional tracks, listed in the "Alternate Album Configuration" section (see above).

References
http://www.riaa.com/
http://www.bpi.co.uk
Thehitsthebsides.jpg 1993
The Hits / The B-Sides
All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1994
"The Black Album"
Blackalbum.jpg