Lovesexy is the tenth studio album by Prince, released on May 10, 1988. Lovesexy was issued as a substitute record after the release of the infamous The Black Album had been suddenly cancelled. The Black Album and Lovesexy almost act as companion pieces, sharing the song "When 2 R in Love", but are nearly opposite in theme. The album was recorded in just seven weeks, from mid-December 1987 to late January 1988, at Prince's new Paisley Park Records, and most of the album is a solo effort from Prince, with a few exceptions. The opening track, "Eye No", was recorded with the full band (Miko Weaver on guitar, Levi Seacer, Jr. on bass, Doctor Fink and Boni Boyer on keyboards, Eric Leeds on saxophone, Atlanta Bliss on trumpet and Sheila E. on drums). Sheila E., in fact, plays drums on several tracks and sings backup, along with Boyer. Leeds and Bliss provide horns on most tracks, and Ingrid Chavez provides the intro to "Eye No". As opposed to the LP release, early CD copies of Lovesexy have the entire album in sequence as a single track, so the album is heard in the context of a continuous sequence, though later editions have it as nine separate tracks.
Released as one continuous track to ensure its listening as one body of work, Lovesexy is an evolution to Prince’s earlier experiment with Around The World In A Day, which he had delayed its first single Raspberry Beret by a whole month to ensure people listened to the entire album first.
Lovesexy began as a bit of a rush project. Written and recorded in haste during December 1987 to replace his suddenly withdrawn hip-hop venture The Black Album. Lovesexy is consequently is one of the fastest albums turned around from creation, to retail, in music history. The artwork for Lovesexy sparked as much interest as the music, for it pictures Prince reclining naked with a lily stamen above his groin, prompting many retailer to conceal the cover with black wrapping (Wal-Mart refusing to sell it at all), deeming it too risqué to display in store. Lovesexy sold 1 million copies in the US but 1.6 million elsewhere. It is certified Gold by the RIAA. Only one of its singles Alphabet St. managed to chart in America, poor sales there saw the supporting tour focus mainly in Europe, where the album had enjoyed greater success; peaking at number 1 in the UK. User Comments