Album: Diamonds And Pearls

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Diamonds And Pearls

Diamonds And Pearls (Front Cover)

Diamonds And Pearls (Hologram Cover)

Album details


Released: 1 October 1991 (USA)
Length: 65:48
Label(s): Paisley Park Records / Warner Bros.
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Olympic Studios, London, England; Warner Pioneer Studios, Tokyo, Japan and Larrabee Sound Studios, West Hollywood, CA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: The Billboard 200 Top Albums 19 Oct. 1991 3 45
USA: Billboard Top R&B Albums 19 Oct. 1991 1(1) 42
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Austria: Alben Top 75 13 Oct. 1991 4 32
Germany: Muzikmarkt Top 100 Albums 14 Oct. 1991 8 57
The Netherlands: Nationale Top 100 12 Oct. 1991 6 50
Norway: VG-Lista Top 40 Album Week 41/1991 5 9
Sweden: Top 60 Albums 9 Oct. 1991 8 14
Switzerland: Schweizer Hitparade 6 Oct. 1991 3 30
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 12 Oct. 1991 2(?) 57
 
Pacific
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Albums 13 Oct. 1991 1(1) 41
New Zealand: Top 40 Album 13 Oct. 1991 5 38
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
CRIA, Canada 17 Dec. 1991 Platinium (100,000)
RIAA, USA 4 Dec. 1991 Platinum (1 Million)
RIAA, USA 30 Jan. 1992 Platinum x2 (2 Millions)
BPI, UK 1 Sep. 1991 Silver (60,000)
BPI, UK 1 Oct. 1991 Gold (100,000)
BPI, UK 1 Dec. 1991 Platinium (300,000)
BPI, UK 12 Nov. 1992 Platinium x3 (900,000)
SNEP, France 1991 Gold (100,000)
SNEP, France 1992 Platinum (600,000)
BVMI, Germany 1992 Gold (250,000)
ARIA, Australia 17 Nov. 1991 Gold (35,000)
ARIA, Australia 23 Feb. 1992 Platinum (70,000)
ARIA, Australia 26 Apr. 1992 Platinum x3 (210,000)
ARIA, Australia 8 Dec. 1996 Platinum x4 (280,000)
Awards
Institution, Country Date Award
12th Annual Minnesota Music Awards 10 May 1992 Best Album

Singles released


Gett Off
b/w Horny Pony
Gettoff single.jpg
Cream
b/w Horny Pony
Cream single.jpg
Insatiable
b/w I Love U In Me
Insatiable single.jpg
Diamonds And Pearls
b/w Q In Doubt
Diamondsandpearls single.jpg
Money Don't Matter 2 Night
b/w Call The Law
Moneydontmatter2night single.jpg
Willing And Able (promo only)
b/w Willing And Able
Willingandable single.png
Thunder (UK only)
b/w Thunder
Thunder single.jpg

See also


Diamonds And Pearls
(Sheet Music)
Diamonds And Pearls
(Tour)
link: Diamonds And Pearls link: Diamonds And Pearls Tour

Alternate Album Configuration


  • 27 November 1990, configuration
  1. Something Funky (This House Comes)
  2. Daddy Pop (alternate version)
  3. Walk Don't Walk (alternate version)
  4. Diamonds And Pearls (alternate version, no Rosie Gaines)
  5. Schoolyard
  6. Strollin'
  7. Willing And Able (drum solo intro, Prince background vocals, no Tony M.)
  8. Insatiable (longer version with extra lyrics)
  9. Money Don't Matter 2 Night (alternate mix)
  10. Horny Pony (alternate version)
  11. Live 4 Love (alternate version)


  • December (?) 1990, configuration
  1. Daddy Pop
  2. Walk Don't Walk
  3. Schoolyard
  4. Strollin'
  5. Willing And Able
  6. Diamonds And Pearls
  7. Insatiable
  8. Money Don't Matter 2 Night
  9. Horny Pony
  10. Live 4 Love
  11. Something Funky (This House Comes)
  12. Call The Law
  13. The Flow


  • 1 March 1991, configuration
Side 1
  1. Thunder
  2. Daddy Pop
  3. Diamonds And Pearls
Side 2
  1. Cream
  2. Strollin'
  3. Willing And Able
  4. Horny Pony
Side 3
  1. Walk Don't Walk
  2. Jughead
  3. Money Don't Matter 2 Night
  4. Push
Side 4
  1. Insatiable
  2. Live 4 Love


  • 8 May 1991, configuration
Some tracks are alternate versions / edits of those featured in the 1 March 1991, configuration, although the tracklist looks identical.
Side 1
  1. Thunder
  2. Daddy Pop
  3. Diamonds And Pearls
Side 2
  1. Cream
  2. Strollin'
  3. Willing And Able
  4. Horny Pony
Side 3
  1. Walk Don't Walk
  2. Jughead
  3. Money Don't Matter 2 Night
  4. Push
Side 4
  1. Insatiable
  2. Live 4 Love


Diamonds And Pearls is the 13th full-length studio album by Prince, and the first to be credited to Prince and the New Power Generation. It was released worldwide in October 1991 (thirteen months after his previous album, Graffiti Bridge), and was his first to be co-credited to a band since Parade, by Prince and the Revolution, in 1986.


Recording process

Unlike many of Prince's previous albums, Diamonds And Pearls didn't contain any updated tracks from the vault. All of the album's 13 songs were written and recorded over the course of a year and a half.

Diamonds And Pearls and Live 4 Love were the first tracks recorded for the album, in December 1989, at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA. Walk Don't Walk and Daddy Pop were initially recorded in June 1990, while in London, England, for the Nude Tour.

Similarly, Money Don't Matter 2 Night, Willing And Able and Strollin' were recorded in August/September 1990, while in Tokyo, Japan, for the Nude Tour. Insatiable was recorded in October 1990 at Larrabee Sound Studios, West Hollywood, CA, USA, and the remainder of the tracks were recorded at Paisley Park Studios; Thunder, Cream, Jughead and Push were recorded in Winter 1990-1991, while Gett Off was recorded in May 1991, as the last track added to the album.

Four early configurations of the album are known (see below for details).


New Power Generation input

The album introduced an almost-entirely new band (although an early version of the same band toured with him on the Nude Tour); only Levi Seacer, Jr. remained from the previous unnamed band (although he switched from primarily playing bass guitar to rhythm guitar).

Michael B. played drums on most tracks, while many tracks also featured Sonny T. on bass guitar and Tommy Barbarella on keyboards (all of whom would remain with Prince for a number of years), and Levi Seacer, Jr. on rhythm guitar, Rosie Gaines on keyboards and vocals, and a rapping trio of Tony M. (performing lead raps) and Damon Dickson and Kirk Johnson (playing percussion and performing background raps/vocals).

Kirk Johnson would remain with Prince for a number of years in different roles, becoming his full-time drummer from 1996-2000 and Prince's best man at his wedding to Mayte in 1996.


Promotion

The album produced six commercially-released singles, Gett Off, Cream (both of which preceded the album's release), Insatiable, Diamonds And Pearls, Money Don't Matter 2 Night, and Thunder (available in the UK only). Additionally, Willing And Able was released to radio as a promotional single in the USA.

Prince toured extensively in Europe, Japan and Australia to support the album on the Diamonds And Pearls Tour, which largely focused on the album.

The album reached number 3 on The Billboard 200 Top Albums Chart and number 1 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart. It also reached number 1 on the Australian ARIA Top 50 albums chart.

Diamonds And Pearls was a huge commercial success; it was certified Platinum in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France.



Track listing
CD LP

The compact disc version is a reissue from the LP.

  1. Thunder (5:45)
  2. Daddy Pop (5:16)
  3. Diamonds And Pearls (4:43)
  4. Cream (4:12)
  5. Strollin' (3:46)
  6. Willing And Able (4:59) 1 
  7. Gett Off (4:31)
  8. Walk Don't Walk (3:07)
  9. Jughead (4:56) 2 
  10. Money Don't Matter 2 Night (4:46)
  11. Push (5:52) 3 
  12. Insatiable (6:39)
  13. Live 4 Love (6:59) 4 

The vinyl long play format is the initial release.

  • Side 1:
  1. Thunder (5:45)
  2. Daddy Pop (5:16)
  3. Diamonds And Pearls (4:43)
  • Side 2:
  1. Cream (4:12)
  2. Strollin' (3:46)
  3. Willing And Able (4:59) 1 
  4. Gett Off (4:31)
  • Side 3:
  1. Walk Don't Walk (3:07)
  2. Jughead (4:56) 2 
  3. Money Don't Matter 2 Night (4:46)
  4. Push (5:52) 3 
  • Side 4:
  1. Insatiable (6:39)
  2. Live 4 Love (6:59) 4 

All songs written by Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation), except where noted.

1  Written by Prince, Tony M. and Levi Seacer, Jr. (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
2  Written by Prince, Kirk Johnson and Tony M. (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
3  Written by Prince and Rosie Gaines (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
4  Written by Prince and Tony M. (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • 1991 US press ads and 1992 German press ad for this release:
    Press Advert published in Billboard on 5 October 1991   Press Advert published in Rolling Stone on 31 October 1991

    US Press Advert published in 1991   Advert published in German press in 1992
  • At the 11th annual Minnesota Music Awards ceremony, held at Glam Slam, Minneapolis, MN, USA, on 10 May 1992, Cream was also named Best Song.
  • Three early configurations for Diamonds And Pearls are known, containing different sequences and alternate tracks. These are listed in the Alternative section above.
  • Image used by Sharon McCormack for the hologram cover feature:
    Diamondsandpearls album-HologramOriginalImage.jpg

References
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