Album: The Hits / The B-Sides

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The Hits / The B-Sides

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Album details


Released: 13 September 1993 (UK)
14 September 1993 (USA)
Length: 75:49; 74:41; 75:49
Label(s): Paisley Park Records
Studio(s): Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA; Record Plant, Sausalito, CA, USA; Sound Labs, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Alpha Studios, Burbank, CA, USA; Hollywood Sound Recorders, Los Angeles, CA, USA; The Warehouse,Eden Prairie, MN, USA; SIR Los Angeles, Hollywood, CA, USA, Galpin Blvd Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Paisley Park, Chanhassen, MN, USA; and Record Plant Remote - Mobile Truck (from New York, NY in) Minneapolis, MN USA; Olympic Studios, London, England

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: The Billboard 200 2 Oct. 1993 19 12
USA: Billboard Top R&B Albums 2 Oct. 1993 6 20
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Germany: Muzikmarkt Top 100 Albums 18/10/93 58 6
The Netherlands: Album Top 100 25 Sep. 1993 10 22
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 25 Sep. 1993 4 14
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 1 Dec. 1993 Gold (500,000)
RIAA, USA 1 Dec. 1993 Platinum (1 million)
BPI, UK 1 Jun. 1995 Silver (60,000)
BPI, UK 22 Jul. 2013 Gold (100,000)
ARIA, Australia 12 Nov. 1993 Gold (35,000)
ARIA, Australia 30 Oct. 2000 Platinum (70,000)
Awards
This album has not received any awards in in the USA

Singles released


Pink Cashmere
b/w Soft And Wet
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Peach
b/w Nothing Compares 2 U
Peach single.jpg
Nothing Compares 2 U (promo only)
b/w Nothing Compares 2 U
Nothingcompares2u single.jpg
Controversy
b/w The Future
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Purple Rain (promo only)
b/w none
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Pope (promo only)
b/w Pink Cashmere
Pope single.jpg

See also


The Hits 1 & 2
(Sheet Music)
The Hits Video Collection
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The Hits / The B-Sides is a 3CD box-set compilation album by Prince. It was released simultaneously with The Hits 1, The Hits 2 (which comprised the first two discs of the set) and The Hits Collection home video in September 1993.

The set contains most of Prince's most well-known songs from 13 studio albums, released originally between 1978 and 1993 (Batman being the only album not represented). The third CD, known as The B-Sides, contained 18 previously-released b-sides (in their edited form where there was one), as well as an unreleased version of a relatively obscure song, 4 The Tears In Your Eyes, and a previously-unreleased track, Power Fantastic.


First steps

Warner Bros. had initially considered releasing a larger 4-5 disc box set, but this was quickly rejected as the retail price was considered to be prohibitive. Prince contributed six previously-unreleased songs to the whole set, and at one point wanted to be more involved in the release, but Warner Bros. were already behind schedule on the set, and in the end paid Prince not to be involved.


Promotion

Pink Cashmere was released as a single two weeks before the album's release. Peach was released as a single two months after the album's release (three weeks after the album's release in the UK), and Nothing Compares 2 U was also available as a promotional release in the USA on the same day.

Some territories also received a re-release of Controversy as a single the following month (with an entirely different tracklist and appearance than the 1981 release). Pope was also available as a promotional-release only in the UK (with no commercial release).

The album reached number 19 on The Billboard 200, and number 6 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart.

The album has sold well since its release, and was certified platinum by the RIAA (1,000,000 copies shipped in the US) in late 1993. It was also certified gold (100,000 copies sold in the UK) by the BPI in 2013.



Track listing
CD MC

The compact disc version is the original issue.

  1. When Doves Cry (3:47)
  2. Pop Life (3:41)
  3. Soft And Wet (3:02) 1 
  4. I Feel For You (3:24)
  5. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:48)
  6. When You Were Mine (3:43)
  7. Uptown (4:09)
  8. Let's Go Crazy (4:39)
  9. 1999 (3:36)
  10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (3:38)
  11. Nothing Compares 2 U (4:57)
  12. Adore (4:39)
  13. Pink Cashmere (6:13)
  14. Alphabet St. (5:38)
  15. Sign O' The Times (3:42)
  16. Thieves In The Temple (3:19)
  17. Diamonds And Pearls (4:19) 2 
  18. 7 (5:09) 3 
  1. Controversy (3:35)
  2. Dirty Mind (3:49) 4 
  3. I Wanna Be Your Lover (2:56)
  4. Head (4:43)
  5. Do Me, Baby (3:55)
  6. Delirious (2:38)
  7. Little Red Corvette (4:55)
  8. I Would Die 4 U (2:56) 5 
  9. Raspberry Beret (3:31) 5 
  10. If I Was Your Girlfriend (3:46)
  11. Kiss (3:45)
  12. Peach (3:48)
  13. U Got The Look (3:46)
  14. Sexy M.F. (5:24) 6 
  15. Gett Off (4:29) 2 
  16. Cream (4:12) 2 
  17. Pope (3:28)
  18. Purple Rain (8:40) 5 
  • Disc 3: (The B-Sides)
  1. Hello (3:23)
  2. 200 Balloons (5:05)
  3. Escape (3:30)
  4. Gotta Stop (Messin' About) (2:54)
  5. Horny Toad (2:12)
  6. Feel U Up (3:44)
  7. Girl (3:47)
  8. I Love U In Me (4:12)
  9. Erotic City (3:55)
  10. Shockadelica (3:30)
  11. Irresistible Bitch (4:11)
  12. Scarlet Pussy (4:18)
  13. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (3:21)
  14. She's Always In My Hair (3:27)
  15. 17 Days (3:54)
  16. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore (3:50)
  17. Another Lonely Christmas (4:51)
  18. God (4:02)
  19. 4 The Tears In Your Eyes (3:23)
  20. Power Fantastic (4:45)

The MC boxset was released at same time as the CD.

Side One:
  1. When Doves Cry (3:47)
  2. Pop Life (3:41)
  3. Soft And Wet (3:02) 1 
  4. I Feel For You (3:24)
  5. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:48)
  6. When You Were Mine (3:43)
  7. Uptown (4:09)
  8. Let's Go Crazy (4:39)
  9. 1999 (3:36)
  10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (3:38)
Side Two:
  1. Nothing Compares 2 U (4:57)
  2. Adore (4:39)
  3. Pink Cashmere (6:13)
  4. Alphabet St. (5:38)
  5. Sign O' The Times (3:42)
  6. Thieves In The Temple (3:19)
  7. Diamonds And Pearls (4:19) 2 
  8. 7 (5:09) 3 
Side One:
  1. Controversy (3:35)
  2. Dirty Mind (3:49) 4 
  3. I Wanna Be Your Lover (2:56)
  4. Head (4:43)
  5. Do Me, Baby (3:55)
  6. Delirious (2:38)
  7. Little Red Corvette (4:55)
  8. I Would Die 4 U (2:56) 5 
  9. Raspberry Beret (3:31) 5 
  10. If I Was Your Girlfriend (3:46)
Side Two:
  1. Kiss (3:45)
  2. Peach (3:48)
  3. U Got The Look (3:46)
  4. Sexy M.F. (5:24) 6 
  5. Gett Off (4:29) 2 
  6. Cream (4:12) 2 
  7. Pope (3:28)
  8. Purple Rain (8:40) 5 
  • Cassette Three: (The B-Sides)
Side One:
  1. Hello (3:23)
  2. 200 Balloons (5:05)
  3. Escape (3:30)
  4. Gotta Stop (Messin' About) (2:54)
  5. Horny Toad (2:12)
  6. Feel U Up (3:44)
  7. Girl (3:47)
  8. I Love U In Me (4:12)
  9. Erotic City (3:55)
  10. Shockadelica (3:30)
Side Two:
  1. Irresistible Bitch (4:11)
  2. Scarlet Pussy (4:18)
  3. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (3:21)
  4. She's Always In My Hair (3:27)
  5. 17 Days (3:54)
  6. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore (3:50)
  7. Another Lonely Christmas (4:51)
  8. God (4:02)
  9. 4 The Tears In Your Eyes (3:23)
  10. Power Fantastic (4:45)

All songs written by Prince, except where noted.

1  Music by Prince, Lyrics by Prince and C. Moon
2  Written by Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
3  Written by Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation). Contains sample of "Tramp" as performed by McCrackin and Fulsom
4  Written by Prince and Dr. Fink
5  Written by Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution
6  Written by Prince, Tony M. and Levi Seacer, Jr.



Personnel
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Thanks
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Releases
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Additional Information

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References
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