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Charted: May 11, 1985

Rating: 3.700 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: R&B

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Around the World in a Day
  2. Paisley Park
  3. Condition of the Heart
  4. Raspberry Beret
  5. Tamborine
  6. America
  7. Pop Life
  8. The Ladder
  9. Temptation


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 100,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 3
peak on U.K. album chart 5

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Raspberry Beret (5/18/85) #2 US, #25 UK, #1 RB, #40 AR
  • Paisley Park (5/25/85) #18 UK
  • Pop Life (7/27/85) #7 US, #60 UK, #4a RB
  • America (10/19/85) #46 US, #35 RB

Around the World in a Day
Prince & The Revolution
Purple Rain made Prince sound like he could do anything, but it still didn’t prepare even his most fervent fans for the insular psychedelia of Around the World in a Day. Prince had made his interior world sound fascinating and utopian on Purple Rain, but Around the World in a Day is filled with cryptic religious imagery, bizarre mysticism, and confounding metaphors which were drenched in heavily processed guitars, shimmering keyboards, grandiose strings, and layers of vocals” (Erlewine).

“As an album, the record is a bit impenetrable, requiring great demands of the listener, but individual songs do shine through: Raspberry Beret is a brilliant piece of neo-psychedelia with an indelible chorus, Pop Life is a snide swipe at stardom that emphasizes Prince’s outsider status, Condition of the Heart is a fine ballad, America is a good funk jam, Paisley Park is heavy and slightly frightening guitar psychedelia, while the title track is a sunny, kaleidoscopic pastiche of Magical Mystery Tour. The problem is, only a handful of the songs have much substance outside of their detailed production and intoxicating performances, and the album has a creepy sense of paranoia that is eventually its undoing” (Erlewine).

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previous album: Purple Rain (1984) Prince’s DMDB page next album: Parade (1986)

Last updated April 15, 2008.