Album: The Hits 1

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The Hits 1

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Album details


Released: 13 September 1993 (UK)
14 September 1993 (USA)
Length: 75:49
Label(s): Paisley Park Records
Studio(s): California

Minnesota

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: The Billboard 200 2 Oct. 1993 46 20
USA: Billboard Top R&B Albums 2 Oct. 1993 14 21
USA: Billboard Catalog Albums 16 Jan. 1999 3R 1
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Austria: Alben Top 75 29 Sep. 1993 7 12
Germany: Muzikmarkt Top 100 Albums 27 Sep. 1993 20 11
The Netherlands: Album Top 100 29 Sep. 1993 14 9
Norway: VG-Lista Top 40 Albums Week 38/1993 15 2
Portugal: AFP Portugal Albums Top 30 Week 18/2016 17 3
Sweden: Top 60 Albums 15 Sep. 1993 10 6
Switzerland: Schweizer Hitparade 26 Sep. 1993 22 5
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 25 Sep. 1993 5 27
 
Pacific
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Albums 26 Sep. 1993 19 3
New Zealand: Top 40 Albums 26 Sep. 1993 12 12
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 1 Dec. 1993, Gold (500,000)
RIAA, USA 10 Aug. 1995 Platinium (1 million)
BPI, UK 1 Sep. 1995 Silver & Gold (100,000)
BPI, UK 1 Jun. 1995 Platinium (300,000)
ARIA, Australia 17 Dec. 1995 Gold (35,000)
Awards
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


Pink Cashmere
b/w Soft And Wet
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Nothing Compares 2 U (promo only)
b/w Nothing Compares 2 U
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See also


The Hits 1 & 2
(Sheet Music)
The Hits / The B-Sides
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The Hits 1 is the first compilation album by Prince. It was released simultaneously with The Hits 2, The Hits / The B-Sides and The Hits Video Collection home video in September 1993, and the disc itself was also included as the first disc of The Hits / The B-Sides.


Content

In conjunction with The Hits 2, the album 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). With the exception of Soft And Wet, the more explicit material was saved for The Hits 2 to avoid a "Parental Advisory" label on The Hits 1.

The album also contained two songs which were previously-unreleased by Prince: Nothing Compares 2 U (which had initially been released by The Family, but was made famous worldwide by Irish singer Sinead O'Connor) and Pink Cashmere. Adore, which had not been released as a single, was included in a previously-unavailable edited form.

The previously-unreleased tracks were recorded at different points in Prince's career. Nothing Compares 2 U is included here as a January 1992, live version, although Prince's original unreleased studio version was recorded in July 1984. Pink Cashmere was recorded in June 1988.


Early project

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, and Nothing Compares 2 U was also available as a promotional release in the USA two months later.

The album reached number 46 on The Billboard 200 Chart, and number 14 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart. The album has sold well since its release, and was certified platinum (1,000,000 copies shipped) in 1995.



Track listing
CD LP

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 

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

  • Side 1:
  1. When Doves Cry (3:47)
  2. Pop Life (3:41) 1 
  3. Soft And Wet (3:02)
  4. I Feel For You (3:24)
  5. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:48)
  • Side 2:
  1. When You Were Mine (3:43)
  2. Uptown (4:09)
  3. Let's Go Crazy (4:39)
  4. 1999 (3:36)
  5. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (3:38)
  • Side 3:
  1. Nothing Compares 2 U (4:57)
  2. Adore (4:39)
  3. Pink Cashmere (6:13)
  4. Alphabet St. (5:38)
  • Side 4:
  1. Sign O' The Times (3:42)
  2. Thieves In The Temple (3:19)
  3. Diamonds And Pearls (4:19) 2 
  4. 7 (5:09) 3 


Cassette

  • A-Side:
  1. When Doves Cry (3:47)
  2. Pop Life (3:41) 1 
  3. Soft And Wet (3:02)
  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)
  • B-Side:
  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 

All songs written by Prince, except where noted.

1  Music by Prince, lyrics by Prince and Chris 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, by Lowell Fulson (written by Lowell Fulson and Jimmy McCracklin, from Tramp 1967)



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

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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • The disc was also included as the first disc of the 3CD set The Hits / The B-Sides, released on the same day.

References
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The Hits 2
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