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  • Audio CD (September 14, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: September 14, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros / Paisley Park
  • ASIN: B000002MN5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In addition to the three-disc Hits/The B-Sides set, Prince's 1993 release list included separate editions of the two Hits volumes. By beginning with "When Doves Cry," Volume One would seem to promise a fairly mainstream overview of the man's career. But what can such a small word mean to an artist who writes love songs like this disc's "Adore" ("You can rip up my clothes, smash up my ride ... well, maybe not the ride") and who can put a cryptic religious fable (we think) like "7" in the Top 10? --Rickey Wright

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There are a lot of great songs on this disc.
Fans who wanted the bsides bought that collection, because that was the only way to get a hold of that cd.
One of the best songs, and a real classic is "When You Were Mine".
Joseph J. Brigante

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on January 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a good collection for those interested in the sex-tinged r&b/pop/funk of the multi-talented Prince. However, as the header suggests, you're probably better off heading to the 3-disc boxed set entitled _The Hits/The B-Sides_. There you get everything included on this disc, the companion "hits" package to this one, _The Hits 2_, as well as an all B-side and rarities disc thrown in for good measure. The extra cost for the package may intimidate some, but it's more worthwhile.
It's made very obvious that the "machine" wanted to make more money, as there are a couple of unreleased tracks on here that you won't find anywhere else. It's great for the beginners who don't own any Prince, but bad for the obsessed fans who own many of Prince's studio albums - having to pay extra money for 90% of music they already own just to hear a couple of unreleased treasures. Also, many of these "hits" are edited versions, as opposed to the full-length versions found on the studio albums. All of this is pretty irritating to me. Should I quit all this bellyaching? Maybe - but I'm a very frugal person when it comes to money...or anything else.
Anyway, the disc chronicles Prince's hits from 1978-1993. It obviously features smashes like the bassless "When Doves Cry," the rowdy and exciting "Let's Go Crazy," "1999" and countless others. However, I'll cut to the chase and talk about the unreleased tracks. "Pink Cashmere" is a sultry, sensual mid-tempo r&b number. Something for the fans of Prince's sex-tinged ballads. The other is Prince's own rendition of "Nothing Compares 2 U." At first, I have to admit, after hearing Sinead O'Connor's atmospheric, sad, melancholy and poignant version, I didn't think Prince could hold much of a candle to her version (and he's the one who wrote the thing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MarcusD on July 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Given the prolific nature of Prince's career a hits package was overdue and in order to do it justice two CDs of material would be needed. These were available as casual fan-friendly single CDs or as a 3CD set (The Hits/The B-Sides) that gave the more serious fan the chance to own both volumes along with a collection of Prince's finest B-sides. Also included are two previously unavailable songs on each Hits CD.
However even this relatively extensive format would mean cut backs and edits were made to the longer tracks, this would probably not be noticed by casual fans, though many hardcore collectors saw this to the detriment of the package.
This selection combined with the more X-rated material of "Hits 2" CD is very comprehensive and with a few minor quibbles (Did "Girls & Boys", "Batdance" deserve a place here?) proves to be a good overview on the man's career to this point.
The familiar classics are here. "When Doves Cry" to "Alphabet St", "1999" to "Adore". The music remains timeless in quality and scope to this day. A live version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" (The song by now associated with Sinead O' Connor's hit take on the Prince-penned The Family tune) duetted with the classy Rosie Gaines is a nice addition. As is the beautiful, tender ballad "Pink Cashmere".
The choice as to whether to go for the two single Hits CDs, the boxset or perhaps neither, all depends on your love for Prince music. Rest assured though that this music successfully chronicles highlights of the eclectic Genius that is Prince Roger Nelson upto 1993 and in funky hands could prove to be an addiction that stays with you for life! :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on July 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Prince is just too much. This Hits album (the first of two) is an excess of great tracks from the get go: "When Doves Cry", Pop Life", "I Feel For You", "Let's Go Crazy", "1999", " I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man"... this is a non-stop train, not just of plain hits, but authentic masterpieces. With sweet funky music, packed with genius and with a touch of soul and rock, Prince goes beyond musical genres to deliver some of the best music around. So, while never enough to do justice to this man's music, this compilation is a great place to start to deep yourself into Prince's music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jake Z on January 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a great collection of Prince music. THE HITS 1 shows his diversity as an artist. There is also THE HITS 2, and THE HITS/THE B-SIDES which includes THE HITS 1 & 2 plus a disc of b-sides. If you don't want to shell out that much money for the 3 discs, then this is perfect, but part 2 also is essential to own.
Early hits like "Pop Life", "Soft and Wet", "When You Were Mine", make up the early part of the album. The collection opens with "When Doves Cry", which was a huge huge hit from his PURPLE RAIN soundtrack. "Nothing Compares 2 U" is on here, which was later covered by Sinead O Conner and a big hit for her. Same goes for "I Feel For You", which makes an appearance here. It was later covered by Chaka Khan and a hit for her.
Other hits include "Uptown", "Let's Go Crazy", "1999", "Adore", etc. As well, two new tracks, his version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Pink Cashmere". The problem with the collection is that obviously there's some hits missing that didnt make 1 or 2, but also, the flow of the album is questionable since it jumps from one year to another. It would have been better in my opinion, to have it flow in chronological order, but oh well it's still a great collection.
One of my favorite Prince hits is on here, "Alphabet St." from his LOVESEXY album. This is classic Prince! The last part of the album closes off with hits such as "7", "Diamonds And Pearls", "Sign O The Times" and "Theives In The Temple".
Overall, this is a must have for hardcore fans (who probably would have the 3 CD version) but this is great for casual fans who want a general idea of Prince's music and his influence on ths 80s.
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