Album: Symbol

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Album details


Released: 5 October 1992 (UK)
13 October 1992 (USA)
Length: 74:58
Label(s): Paisley Park Records / Warner Bros.
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; 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 31 Oct. 1992 5 34
USA: Billboard Top R&B Albums 5 Dec. 1992 8 35
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Ausria: Alben Top 75 18 Oct. 1992 1(1) 16
Germany: Muzikmarkt Top 100 Albums 19 oct. 1992 5 20
The Netherlands: Nationale Top 100 17 Oct. 1992 6 16
Norway: VG-Lista Top 40 Albums Week 42/1992 10 3
Sweden: Top 60 Albums 14 Oct. 1992 10 4
Switzerland: Schweizer Hitparade 18 Oct. 1992 4 12
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 12 Oct. 1992 1(1) 21
 
Pacific
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Albums 25 Oct. 1992 1(1) 15
New Zealand: Top 40 Albums 25 Oct. 1992 4 14
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 17 Dec. 1992 Gold & Platinum (1 million)
BPI, UK 1 Oct. 1992 Silver & Gold (300,000)
BPI, UK 1 May 1993 Platinum (600,000)
SNEP, France 1993 Gold (100,000)
ARIA, Australia 15 Nov. 1992 Gold (35,000)
ARIA, Australia 7 Feb. 1993 Platinum (70,000)
Awards
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


Sexy M.F.
b/w Strollin'
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My Name Is Prince
b/w Sexy Mutha
Mynameisprince single.jpg
7
b/w 7
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Damn U
b/w 2 Whom It May Concern
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The Morning Papers
b/w Live 4 Love
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See also


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(Sheet Music)
Act I
(Tour)
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Alternate Album Configuration


  • March 1992, configuration
  1. Album Intro
  2. My Name Is Prince
  3. Sexy M.F.
  4. Segue
  5. Love 2 The 9's
  6. The Morning Papers
  7. The Max
  8. Segue
  9. Blue Light
  10. Segue
  11. Sweet Baby
  12. Segue
  13. The Continental
  14. Damn U
  15. Segue
  16. Arrogance
  17. The Flow
  18. Segue
  19. 7
  20. Segue
  21. And God Created Woman
  22. 3 Chains O' Gold
  23. Segue
  24. The Sacrifice Of Victor


  • Late Summer 1992, configuration
  1. Album Intro
  2. My Name Is Prince
  3. Sexy M.F.
  4. Segue
  5. Love 2 The 9's
  6. The Morning Papers
  7. The Max
  8. Segue
  9. Blue Light
  10. EyeBlue.png Wanna Melt With U
  11. Sweet Baby
  12. Segue
  13. The Continental
  14. Damn U
  15. Segue
  16. Arrogance
  17. The Flow
  18. Segue
  19. 7
  20. Segue
  21. And God Created Woman
  22. 3 Chains O' Gold
  23. Segue
  24. The Sacrifice Of Victor


SymbolSmaller.png is the 14th full-length studio album by Prince. It's also the second album co-credited to the New Power Generation. It was released worldwide in October 1992 (twelve months after his previous album Diamonds And Pearls), and would be his last to be co-credited to a band until One Nite Alone... Live!, by Prince and the New Power Generation, in 2002.

The album's unpronounceable name, SymbolSmaller.png, often leads to the album being referred to as Symbol or Love Symbol (Love Symbol was used as the identifying name on the top seal of the jewel case CD release and on the Peach single, which included My Name Is Prince as a b-side). SymbolSmaller.png would later become Prince's name, in 1993, and he would go on to release six albums under that name (from 1995-1999).

The album's cover photograph was taken from the 7 video, but on initial CD copies of the album, the symbol was embossed in gold into the jewel case itself; a very unusual move for CD packaging.


Recording process

Like the previous album, Diamonds And Pearls, SymbolSmaller.png for the most part did not contain any updated tracks from the vault; only The Flow was a re-recording, of the original track recorded in September 1990. The rest of the album's 16 songs were written and recorded between September 1991, and March 1992 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA, with two exceptions: Blue Light was recorded in May 1991, and EyeBlue.png Wanna Melt With U was recorded in July 1992 as the final track recorded for the album.

The released album contains two segues, featuring actress Kirstie Alley as reporter "Vanessa Batholomew" which attempt to create a story for the album. Two early configurations of the album are known (see below for details), which contained additional segues to more fully explain the story of the album; these were removed from the final sequence to include EyeBlue.png Wanna Melt With U instead.

The album featured the same band as Diamonds And Pearls with a few minor changes. Rosie Gaines had left the band, and Mayte was introduced, adding vocals to a few tracks; additionally, D.J. Graves added scratching to some tracks, but he was not considered a member of the band.

While eight songs are essentially solo performances by Prince, the remaining eight songs feature Michael B. on drums, Sonny T. on bass guitar, Tommy Barbarella on keyboards, Levi Seacer, Jr. on rhythm guitar, and the rapping trio of Tony M. (performing lead raps) and Damon Dickson and Kirk Johnson (playing percussion and performing background raps/vocals). Additionally, the five-piece horn section of Mike Nelson, Kathy J., Dave Jensen, Brian Gallagher and Steve Strand contributed horns to some tracks.


Promotion

The album produced five commercially-released singles, Sexy M.F., My Name Is Prince (both of which preceded the album's release), 7, Damn U (in the USA only) and The Morning Papers. Blue Light, Sweet Baby and Love 2 The 9's were also planned as singles in early 1993, and acetates were made up for each single, but they were left unreleased, and The Morning Papers was released instead.

Prince toured extensively to support the album on the Act I tour (in North America) and the Act II tour, both of which largely focused on the album (although to a lesser extent on Act II); additionally, he regularly played some tracks from the album on the preceding tour, the Diamonds And Pearls Tour, which ended shortly before the album's release.

The album reached number 5 on the US The Billboard 200 Chart and number 8 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart, but reached number 1 on the UK Gallup Top 40 Album Chart.

On 17 December 1992, SymbolSmaller.png was certified gold by the RIAA, indicating 500,000 copies shipped in the USA.



Track listing
CD LP
  1. My Name Is Prince (6:38) 1 
  2. Sexy M.F. (5:24) 2 
  3. Love 2 The 9's (5:44)
  4. The Morning Papers (3:57)
  5. The Max (4:30)
  6. Segue (0:21)
  7. Blue Light (4:37)
  8. EyeBlue.png Wanna Melt With U (3:50)
  9. Sweet Baby (4:01)
  10. The Continental (5:30)
  11. Damn U (4:24)
  12. Arrogance (1:35) 3 
  13. The Flow (2:25) 4 
  14. 7 (5:12) 5 
  15. And God Created Woman (3:18)
  16. 3 Chains O' Gold (6:02)
  17. Segue (1:29)
  18. The Sacrifice Of Victor (5:41) 6 

The vinyl long play format was release at same time as the CD.

  • Side 1:
  1. My Name Is Prince (6:38) 1 
  2. Sexy M.F. (5:24) 2 
  3. Love 2 The 9's (5:44)
  • Side 2:
  1. The Morning Papers (3:57)
  2. The Max (4:30)
  3. Segue (0:21)
  4. Blue Light (4:37)
  5. EyeBlue.png Wanna Melt With U (3:50)
  6. Sweet Baby (4:01)
  • Side 3:
  1. The Continental (5:30)
  2. Damn U (4:24)
  3. Arrogance (1:35) 3 
  4. The Flow (2:25) 4 
  • Side 4:
  1. 7 (5:12) 5 
  2. And God Created Woman (3:18)
  3. 3 Chains O' Gold (6:02)
  4. Segue (1:29)
  5. The Sacrifice Of Victor (5:41) 6 

All songs written by Prince, except where noted.

1  Written by Prince, Rap written by Tony M.
2  Written by Prince, Tony M. and Levi Seacer, Jr.
3  Written by Prince and Tony M.
4  Contains a sample of Tramp, written by Lowell Fulson and Jimmy McCraklin, as performed by Lowell Fulson
5  Contains samples of I Know You Got Soul, written and performed by Eric B. & Rakim, Jazz It Up (Jazz Mix), written and performed by C.F.M. Band and Niggaz 4 Life, written by The D.O.C., Dr. Dre and MC Ren, as performed by N.W.A.
6  Contains a sample of God Made Me Funky, written by Bennie Maupin, Bill Summers, Blackbyrd McKnight, Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, as performed by The Headhunters



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks
  • none.



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

  • Pre-Release: Flyer distributed to concert goers in Paris - summer 1992 (note the release date was earlier than the final release)

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  • Time Of Release: Commercial ad in Japan, WB Records ad in Billboard & in Rolling Stone.

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  • The CD was available in a limited edition hard golden slipcase box (see Variant Editions section for details). The contents of the album, including the booklet, were identical to the regular release.
  • Two early configurations of the album are known, listed in the Alternative Configuration section above.

References
Diamondsandpearls tb.jpg 1991
Diamonds And Pearls
All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1993
The Hits 1
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