Album artwork for Around The World In A Day by Prince and the Revolution
Album artwork for Around The World In A Day by Prince and the Revolution

someone at rolling stone must have branded this album "psychedelic" upon its release, and everyone else in music journalism willingly brayed along. but if by "psychedelic" we mean stuff like tommy james & the shondells' "crimson & clover," the beach boys'"wouldn't it be nice" or the beatles' "with a little help from my friends," "around the world in a day" hardly qualifies. it takes more than the scattered appearances of tambourines and strings to justify cagetorization as a full-fledged "psychedelic" album, i think. prince's "around the world in a day" is less a nod to psychedelia than it is another of his great 80s pop records, teeming with those explosive drum beats, synths and subtle funk grooves. while the masterful "raspberry beret's" string arrangements evoke vague recollections of "i am the walrus" or "eleanor rigby," still the song's thump and groove are entirely prince's own glorious concoction. yet while he extends the delights of "purple rain" here, there is also an element of maturity and a deepinging of his skills as a songwriter on beautiful ballads like the understated "condition of the heart" with its lilting vocals, the tender "paisely park" or the luscious and immediately catchy "pop life." as always, prince had already grown by leaps and bounds in just the single year between purple rain and this album. while that rapid growth has tended to both infuriate and bewilder fans over the years, prince was too close to his glory at the time of this release to serve up anything less than a masterpiece, no matter what the experiment.

Prince and the Revolution

Around The World In A Day

Warner Bros.
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Album artwork for Around The World In A Day by Prince and the Revolution
LP

$25.99

2022 Reisse

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Released 02/04/2022Catalogue Number

19439863751

Album artwork for Around The World In A Day by Prince and the Revolution
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$12.99

Released 02/04/2022Catalogue Number

19439863762

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Prince and the Revolution

Around The World In A Day

Warner Bros.
Album artwork for Album artwork for Around The World In A Day by Prince and the Revolution by Around The World In A Day - Prince and the Revolution
Album artwork for Album artwork for Around The World In A Day by Prince and the Revolution by Around The World In A Day - Prince and the Revolution
Album artwork for Around The World In A Day by Prince and the Revolution
LP

$25.99

2022 Reisse

Black
Released 02/04/2022Catalogue Number

19439863751

Album artwork for Around The World In A Day by Prince and the Revolution
CD

$12.99

Released 02/04/2022Catalogue Number

19439863762

Usually dispatched in 5-10 days

someone at rolling stone must have branded this album "psychedelic" upon its release, and everyone else in music journalism willingly brayed along. but if by "psychedelic" we mean stuff like tommy james & the shondells' "crimson & clover," the beach boys'"wouldn't it be nice" or the beatles' "with a little help from my friends," "around the world in a day" hardly qualifies. it takes more than the scattered appearances of tambourines and strings to justify cagetorization as a full-fledged "psychedelic" album, i think. prince's "around the world in a day" is less a nod to psychedelia than it is another of his great 80s pop records, teeming with those explosive drum beats, synths and subtle funk grooves. while the masterful "raspberry beret's" string arrangements evoke vague recollections of "i am the walrus" or "eleanor rigby," still the song's thump and groove are entirely prince's own glorious concoction. yet while he extends the delights of "purple rain" here, there is also an element of maturity and a deepinging of his skills as a songwriter on beautiful ballads like the understated "condition of the heart" with its lilting vocals, the tender "paisely park" or the luscious and immediately catchy "pop life." as always, prince had already grown by leaps and bounds in just the single year between purple rain and this album. while that rapid growth has tended to both infuriate and bewilder fans over the years, prince was too close to his glory at the time of this release to serve up anything less than a masterpiece, no matter what the experiment.