|Try Me is the sixth studio album by Rosie Gaines (after Caring released in 1985, Closer Than Close in 1995, Arrival in 1997, a 'lost album' from the eighties No Sweeter Love released in 2000 and You Gave Me Freedom in 2004). Try Me was originally planned for release in 1994, but eventually released digitally in 2005; many of the tracks had since been worked on further and released on Closer Than Close, released in 1995. Try Me features one song with writing and musical input by Prince - In The Socket (previously released by the NPG Music Club in a remixed form as Hit U In The Socket).
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Work on a solo Rosie Gaines album began while she was still a member of the New Power Generation band, in 1990 (I Want U was first recorded in late 1989, before work on the album commenced). Work continued until September 1991, when she and Prince fell out regarding her solo career. She was contracted to Paisley Park Records, however, and continued to work on the album without Prince following her departure from the band (after the Diamonds And Pearls Tour). The album became known as Concrete Jungle.
After Paisley Park Records closed, Rosie Gaines worked on the album further, now renamed Try Me. The album still remained unreleased, however, until she worked on it further, renamed it Closer Than Close and released it on Motown Records (see that album’s entry for full details of its release).
Rosie Gaines’ albums Closer Than Close (released in 1995), Try Me and Concrete Jungle (planned for 1993 and released in 2009) were recorded around the same period (between 1990 and 1995 during her tenure with Prince as a band member or as a Paisley Park Records act, and the year following the closing of his label). They share several songs in common, although some versions may be different or have an alternate title. Two songs on Try Me ("Do What You Wanna Do" and "Ooh La La") also appear on Closer Than Close and Concrete Jungle. Five other songs were included on Concrete Jungle (Hit U In The Socket, "In The Middle Of The Garden", "Jah Love"/"JAH Love", "Play That Beat", "The Bitch"/"B.I.T.C.H."). Most of the other songs ("Crazy Mutha Funky", her cover of Brian Adams’ "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", "The Greatest Touch", "Lost In The Wilderness", "The People Of Today"/"We The People" and "Swing Hard") were on early configurations of Concrete Jungle in 1993. To some extent, Try Me can be seen as an alternate version of Concrete Jungle.
In The Socket, as released on Concrete Jungle, is the original 1991 recording, which was later remixed for its release in 2001 through the NPG Music Club.
No singles were released to promote the album, and the album did not enter any charts, receiving a release only through RosieGaines.com.