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Charted: April 19, 1986

Rating: 3.946 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: R&B

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Christopher Tracy’s Parade
  2. New Position
  3. I Wonder U
  4. Under the Cherry Moon
  5. Girls & Boys
  6. Life Can Be So Nice
  7. Venus de Milo
  8. Mountains
  9. Do U Lie?
  10. Kiss
  11. Anotherloverholenyohead
  12. Sometimes It Snows in April


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 4

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Kiss (2/22/86) #1 US, #6 UK, #1 RB. Sales: ˝ million
  • Mountains (5/24/86) #23 US, #45 UK, #9a RB
  • Anotherloverholenyohead (7/19/86) #63 US, #36 UK, #11a RB
  • Girls and Boys (7/19/86) #11 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Parade (aka “Under the Cherry Moon” Soundtrack)
Prince & The Revolution
“Undaunted by the criticism Around the World in a Day received, Prince continued to pursue his psychedelic inclinations on Parade, which also functioned as the soundtrack to his second film, Under the Cherry Moon. Originally conceived as a double album, Parade has the sprawling feel of a double record, even if it clocks in around 45 minutes. Prince & the Revolution shift musical moods and textures from song to song – witness how the fluttering psychedelia of Christopher Tracy’s Parade gives way to the spare, jazzy funk of New Position, which morphs into the druggy I Wonder U – and they’re determined not to play it safe, even on the hard funk of Girls and Boys and Mountains, as well as the stunning Kiss, which hits hard with just a dry guitar, keyboard, drum machine, and layered vocals. All of the group’s musical adventures, even the cabaret-pop of Venus de Milo and Do U Lie? do nothing to undercut the melodicism of the record, and the amount of ground they cover in 12 songs is truly remarkable” (Erlewine).

“Even with all of its attributes, Parade is a little off-balance, stopping too quickly to give the haunting closer, Sometimes It Snows in April, the resonance it needs. For some tastes, it may also be a bit too lyrically cryptic, but Prince’s weird religious and sexual metaphors develop into a motif that actually gives the album weight. If it had been expanded to a double album, Parade would have equaled the subsequent Sign ‘O’ the Times, but as it stands, it’s an astonishingly rewarding near-miss” (Erlewine).

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previous album: Around the World in a Day (1985) Prince’s DMDB page next album: Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)

Last updated April 15, 2008.