Paisley Park (4:42)

Cover of Around The World In A Day

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“Paisley Park” was the first single in both the UK and Australia to be released from Prince and The Revolution’s 1985 album, Around the World in a Day, on 24 May 1985. The song has a psychedelic feel, similar to some of The Beatles’ later work with echoed guitar and finger cymbals. The lyrics describe an Utopian place that one can feel in their heart, despite the chaos of the world around them. “Paisley Park” was recorded before Purple Rain was even completed, indicating the new direction Prince wanted to take after the movie hype. Violin on the song was played by Novi Novog, and Wendy and Lisa provide backing vocals. The rest of the song was performed by Prince. The single reached #18 in the UK.

The 12” single included an extended version of the song, which consisted mostly of guitar solos and sound effects of whales and dolphins. The B-side of the single was “She’s Always In My Hair”, which was also on the U.S. release of “Raspberry Beret”. Many copies of the 12” single are mis-pressed, featuring four tracks instead of the three mentioned on the sleeve (“She’s Always In My Hair” being present twice).

In 2006, Richard Swift included a cover of “Paisley Park” as the B-side to “Beautifulheart”. This was featured on the Rough Trade Shops Counter Culture 2006 album, released in January 2007.

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