On this day in music history: September 14, 1993 - “The Hits/B-Sides” by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA, Alpha Studios in Burbank, CA, The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood Sound, Ocean Way Recording Studios, Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA, Monterey Sound Studios in Glendale, CA, Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Galpin Boulevard Home Studio, Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, Lake Minnetonka Home Studio in Minnetonka, MN, The Warehouse in St. Louis Park, MN, First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN, Washington Park Warehouse, Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, MN, and Olympic Studios in London from October 1977 - January 1993. The fifty-six track career spanning compilation covers Prince’s output from 1978 until 1993, plus five new and/or previously unreleased songs. Discs 1 & 2 (“The Hits 1” and “The Hits 2”) are sold separately, but the third disc containing rare non-album B-sides is only available with the full set. Prince’s former road manager Alan Leeds writes the liner notes for the set. The set is issued by Warner Bros after they refuse to release the album “Goldnigga”, the debut album by his band the New Power Generation (Prince releases the album on his own NPG Record label in July 1993). The label had wanted to issue a greatest hits compilation in 1991, but the project was put on the back burner when Prince gives them the “Diamonds And Pearls” album instead. There is also an accompanying hour long video compilation released the same day titled “The Hits Collection” (initially released on VHS and LaserDisc only, later issued on DVD on June 8, 1999), featuring thirteen music videos with twelve classics and the video for the new track “Peach”. “The Hits/B-Sides” peaks at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
So I went to California last week, and in-between going to Disneyland, getting hugged by Kristen Wiig, and meeting the creator of Life With Loopy, I stopped at Amoeba Records on Sunset Boulevard. REALLY cool store…and I found not only a few CDs by bis, the band that performed the PPG ending, but I also found the EP for “Let’s Go (Signal In The Sky)” by The Apples In Stereo! A demo version of the song is also on the disc and Craig McCracken did the cover art!
Those are some super sweet finds! Thanks for sharing! :D
On this day in music history: August 17, 1983 - “Delirious” by Prince is released. Written and produced by Prince, it is thirteenth single release for the singer, songwriter and musician from Minneapolis, MN. Prince records the basic track (playing all of the instruments himself) for “Delirious” at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood on May 9, 1982, with additional overdubs recorded at Prince’s home studio outside of Minneapolis, MN. The song is a substitution for “Turn It Up” which was recorded earlier during the “1999” sessions. Prince feels that “Delirious” is a much stronger track than “Turn it Up” which is bumped from the final running order of the album and to this day remains unofficially released, but has surfaced in bootleg form. The US pressing of the single is issued with a limited edition poster sleeve that unfolds into a calendar that becomes a collector’s item. The single also includes the non-LP B-side “Horny Toad”. Issued as the third single from the “1999” album, “Delirious” becomes Prince’s second top 10 pop single in the US, peaking at #8 on the Hot 100 on October 22, 1983 and #18 on the R&B singles chart. Originally clocking in at 3:56 on the album, the single is released with some pressings containing the album version, and another edited down by over one full minute to 2:36. In recent years, a significantly longer version of the master take running just over six minutes surfaces, circulating as a high quality bootleg among fans.
The best part of this WIP has been staying so deeply immersed in music. Research last week consisted of bumming around Hollywood, collecting record-store veterans’ tales from the trenches, and soaking up some history on the Sunset Strip.