Album: The Family

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The Family

The Family (Front Cover)

Album details


Released: 12 August 1985 (UK)
19 August 1985
Length: 36:01
Label(s): Paisley Park Records
Studio(s): Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Billboard Top Black Albums Chart, USA 7 Sep. 1985 17 30
Billboard Top Pop Albums, USA 7 Sep. 1985 62 22
Certifications
This album has not received any certifications in the USA
Awards
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


The Screams Of Passion
b/w Yes
Thescreamsofpassion single.jpg
High Fashion
b/w Susannah's Pajamas
Highfashion single.jpg

See also


    

Alternate Album Configuration


Early sequence, likely only made on paper and not sequenced as such

  1. Hi Fasion
  2. Mutiny
  3. Desire
  4. River Run Dry
  5. BMW
  6. Paisley Park
  7. Feline
The Family is the first album by The Family.

While Prince was only credited with writing Nothing Compares 2 U, he wrote seven of the eight songs and played almost all the instruments on the album (Bobby Z. wrote the remaining track, River Run Dry). Vocals were provided by St. Paul Peterson and Susannah Melvoin.

This album was the first Prince-related release to feature saxophone by Eric Leeds and string orchestration by Clare Fischer.


Recording process

Recording took place between June and October 1984. High Fashion, Mutiny, River Run Dry, Mazarati (later renamed Susannah's Pajamas), and Desire were the first tracks recorded for the album in late June 1984. Nothing Compares 2 U was recorded in mid-July 1984.

The Screams Of Passion was recorded in mid-August 1984 (a year to the day before the album's release). Lisa (later renamed Yes) was recorded in early October 1984. Vocal overdubs by St. Paul Peterson were added in late 1984 or early 1985. Orchestral overdubs by Clare Fischer also took place in late 1984 to early 1985, and mixing taking place in April and May 1985.

Other tracks recorded for the album include Feline (recorded in mid-July 1984) and Miss Understood (recorded in September 1984).

An undated early work-in-progress configuration of the album is known to exist, tentatively titled Hi Fashion, which also included Paisley Park (an instrumental song different from the Around The World In A Day song of the same name, and a track titled BMW (thought to be an interim title of Susannah's Pajamas).


Promotion

The album produced two singles, The Screams Of Passion and High Fashion.

There was little other promotion for the album, as Jerome Benton and Susannah Melvoin flew to France with Prince to film the Under The Cherry Moon movie at the time of the album's release, and St. Paul Peterson was taking acting and dancing lessons in Los Angeles to prepare for a future (undetermined) Prince film project.

As such, a planned tour and other promotional activities were put on hold. The Family played only one show at the time of the album's release, on 13 August 1985 at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

Perhaps due to the lack of promotion, the album reached only number 62 on the US Billboard Top Pop Albums Chart, and number 17 on the US Billboard Top Black Albums Chart.



Track listing
CD LP

The compact disc version is a reissue from the original LP.

  1. High Fashion (5:06) 1
  2. Mutiny (3:57) 2
  3. The Screams Of Passion (5:26) 3
  4. Yes (4:27) 4
  5. River Run Dry (3:31) 5
  6. Nothing Compares 2 U (4:31) 6
  7. Susannah's Pajamas (3:58) 7
  8. Desire (4:58) 8

The vinyl long play format is the original issue.

  • Side 1:
  1. High Fashion (5:06) 1
  2. Mutiny (3:57) 2
  3. The Screams Of Passion (5:26) 3
  4. Yes (4:27) 4
  • Side 2:
  1. River Run Dry (3:31) 5
  2. Nothing Compares 2 U (4:31) 6
  3. Susannah's Pajamas (3:58) 7
  4. Desire (4:58) 8

All songs written by Prince, except where noted.

1 Written by Prince - officially credited to Jerome Benton and St. Paul Peterson
2 Written by Prince - officially credited to Jerome Benton
3 Written by Prince - officially credited to St. Paul Peterson and Susannah Melvoin
4 Written by Prince and Eric Leeds - officially credited to Jellybean Johnson and Jerome Benton
5 Written by Bobby Z.
6 Written by Prince
7 Written by Prince and Eric Leeds - officially credited to Eric Leeds
8 Written by Prince - officially credited to St. Paul Peterson



Personnel
Musicians


The following artists got credit on the record, but they did not contribute to the album:


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

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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia


References
Ac album.jpg 1985
A.C.
All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1985
Romance 1600
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