United States Releases
Warner Brothers MusicWARNER BROTHERS PERIOD
Commercial Releases
Publishing

Album / Single Publisher
For You Prince's Music Co.
Prince - Dirty Mind - Controversy Ecnirp Music Inc. - BMI

Controversy (from Let's Work) - 1999 - Purple Rain
Around The World In A Day - Parade - Batman (Batdance only)

Controversy Music ASCAP
Batman (from Partyman) - Graffiti Bridge
Diamonds And Pearls - (7, Damn U & The Morning Papers)
The Hits - Come

Controversy Music / WB Music Corp. ASCAP
or
Controversy Music adm. by WB Music Corp. ASCAP
or
Controversy Music admin by WB Music Corp. ASCAP
or
Controversy Music administered by WB Music Corp. ASCAP

(Sexy M.F. & My Name Is Prince) NPG Publishing ASCAP


BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.)

ECNIRP MUSIC CAE # 64634572
Contact Phone: (310) 441-8600
Contact Address:

Warner-Tamerlane Pub Corp
A/C Prince Nelson
D/B/A Ecnirp Music
10585 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 900254921


 

LP

• Manufacturer : • Many LP exist manufactured under license by "RCA Music Service" (Purple Rain) and/or "Columbia House" (Purple Rain) in the USA.
  Graffiti Bridge is the last known LP made in USA.

• Sleeves :

There is sticker(s) on most of US LP sleeves.

 


• Labels : Nothing special to say, except first issue of  For You LP comes with the "Burbank" label and first issue of 1999 2x LP comes with the "eye-picture" label.
    Burbank Label

• Poster : Initial issues of  Controversy LP and Purple Rain LP come with poster.
     

• Colored LP : None existing (see promotional LP)

 

12" Singles - see related gallerie

• Sleeves : • Picture sleeves from 1981 Let's Work to 1995 Eyeb1s.jpg (389 octets) Hate U .

• Catalogue Number : • For 1981 Let's Work : WBS 50028
• After 0-xxxxx.

• Labels :

Label depends on the album :

  "White WB" lable "White WB" labels for Controversy, 1999,"When Doves Cry", Batman, Come & The Gold Experience 's 12".
  "Flowers WB" label "Flowers WB" labels for Purple Rain's 12".
  "Coloured Paisley Park and Sky" label "Coloured Paisley Park and Sky" labels for Aroud The Wrold In A Day's 12". "Coloured Paisley Park and Sky" label
  Black & White Pailsey Park label "Black & White Paislsey Park" labels for Parade 's 12".Black & White Pailsey Park label
  Paisley Park label "Paisley Park" labels for 12" taken from Sign "O" The Times, Lovesxy, Grafitti Bridge , Diamonds And Pearls, and The Hits albums.
 

• Large picture label for I Would Die 4 I Would Die 4 U Label .

 

Note : Red text - instead of black - existing on some Sign "O" The Times 12".

 

• Stickered sleeves:

 

• Colored 12" :   • Last One :

 

7" Singles - see related gallerie

• Sleeves : • "WARNER/REPRISE" sleeves from 1978 Soft and Wet to 1981 Do Me Baby except the two following :
"WARNER/REPRISE" sleeve
 
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

The first ever US picture sleeve.
 
  • Picture Sleeve (PS) from 1999 (second issue - 1982) to Scandalous (1989) except :
 
 
  • "White Die Cut Sleeve" for singles from the 1990 Thieves In The Temple to Gold - the last US 7" sinlge known (1995).
  "White Die-Cut" sleeve    
 
  • "Warner Bros. Records" sleeves for "Back To Back Hits" singles - see related gallerie  
  "Warner Bros. Records" sleeve
 
  • Special Pressing :  
 
Little Red Corvette
7" Picture Disc of Little Red Corvette

The first and only picture made in US.

 

Note : • When Doves Cry single exists in purple and black vinyl for commercial and promotional releases.
  • Purple Rain single seems to exist only in purple vinyl for both commercial and promotional releases.

 

• Catalogue Number : • From 1978 to 1981 Let's Work : WBS xxxx
  • After 7-xxxxx except for picture disc (0-xxxxx) and  "Back-To-Back Hits" singles ( GWB xxxx).

 

• Stickered sleeves : None existing

 

• Colored 7" :

 

• Juke Box : See related gallerie - All US singles must have their juke box counterpart
 
There are mainly two kinds of strip for each 7" : one with white back and one with pink back.
 
Special issues :

 

Promotional Releases
Promotional LP

Promotional LPs existing for all albums from For You to The Gold Experience (last Warner LP).

• First 3 album have rounded gold stamp :


The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

 

   

 


The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
For You

Prince

Dirty Mind

• Controversy LP has a unique gold stamp :


Controversy

• From 1999 to Graffiti Bridge they have the common gold promo stamp :

 

Text

"Lent for Promotional Usa Only Any Sale
or Unauthorized Transfer is Prohibited and Void Subject
to Return Upon Demand by Owner. Acceptance of
This Record Constitutes Agreement to the Above."

• The colored promotional LPs are : Purple Rain, Black Album (1994 pressing) in Grey, White, Peach and The Gold Experience.


Purple Rain

The Gold Experience

Black Album

 

12" Promo Singles - see related gallerie

• Sleeves : you can find 5 types :

  1 - "DISCO" sleeve - only one existing
Just As Long As We're Together  PRO-A-741
  2 - "Title" sleeves.
Do Me Baby    Controversy    1999    When Doves Cry    Raspberry Beret    America
  3 - "Warner Bros." sleeves - some with stickers.
Warner Bros Sleeve    Warner Bros Sleeve
  4 - "Plain white" sleeves & "die-cut" sleeves - some with stickers - (aka "White Label Promos").
Plain White Sleeve    "Die-Cut" Sleeve    "Die-Cut" Sleeve   "Die-Cut" Sleeve
  5 - "Picture" sleeves.
Damn U    Controversy    Nothing Compares 2 U
  6 - "Gold Stamped" sleeves.
I Would Die 4 U    Raspberry Beret
 

TextThey are commercial copy 12" with a gold promo stamp with the following text :

"Lent for Promotional Usa Only Any Sale
or Unauthorized Transfer is Prohibited and Void Subject
to Return Upon Demand by Owner. Acceptance of
This Record Constitutes Agreement to the Above."

 

• Catalogue Number :  • PRO-A-xxx      from 1978 Just As Long As We're Together  (PRO-A-741) to 1981 Controversy (PRO-A-980).
  • PRO-A-xxxx    from 1981 Let's Work  (PRO-A-1004) to 1995 Gold  (PRO-A-7941).

 

• Labels : • "Promotional Copy Not For Sale" is usually printed on labels.
  • "Promotion Only. Not For Sale" is printed on lables from 1989 (Batman LP) to 1995 (Gold LP).
  • "This Is A Promotional Item" is printed on  Just As Long As We're Together  PRO-A-741.

 

• Special pressing : I know three of them

Gett Off 12" Promo
Gett Off
[JUN 7]

51 Hours 12" Promo
51 Hours
[None catalogue number]
Sexy M.F. 12" Promo
Sexy MF
[None catalogue number]

 

7" Promo Singles - see related gallerie

• Sleeves : Most of them are without picture sleeves

1. From 1978 to 1981 : "WARNER/REPRISE" sleeves.

US 7"    US 7"

2. After 1982 : "Warner Bros. Records" sleeves.

US 7"    US 7"

• Catalogue Number : 7" promo singles have the same catalogue number as the commercial copies except for some special pressings.

• Labels : • "Promotion  - Not For Sale" is printed on labels.
  • From 1978 (For You LP) to 1982 (1999 LP), 7" promo singles contain Stereo (A side) and Mono (B side) versions of the title song.
  • After 1984 , 7" promo singles contain only Stereo version ( A and B sides are the same).
  • Lovesexy promotional singles have no bar code

• Special Pressing :

Uptown Promo 7"
Uptown
[WBS49559]
unique sleeve (pink lettering)
Uptown Promo 7"
1999


Hot Thing
[Pro-S-2939]
Glam Slam
Alphabet Street
with bar code
Glam Slam
Glam Slam
- Remix
I Whish U Heaven Promo 7"
Eyea1s.jpg (500 octets) Wish U Heaven
[Pro-S-3371]

 

 

NPG RecordsArista & POST WARNER PERIOD

Commercial & Promotional Releases
LP

Only 3 LP were pressed in USA during the post Warner period :


Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic
by Arista in 1999

The Rainbow Children
by NPG Records in 2001

3121
by Universal in 2006

 

12" Singles

The Most Beautiful Girl In The Wolrd was released in 1994 by Edel / NPG Records as a 12" and Promo 12" (none 7" known).

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
The Beautiful Experience
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

12" The New Master
in 1999

Promo 12" The New Master
in 1999

 

The following Promotional 12" were released by NPG Records :
• Come On in 1998.


12" Somdebody's Somebody
in 1996

12" Face Down
in 1996

12" The New Master
in 1999

Promo 12" The New Master
in 1999

The Greatest Romance Ever Sold was released by Arista in 1999 as :


2x12"

Promo 12"


Promo 12"
- Jason Nevin Mixies

Promo 2x12"

From 3121 album :


12" Black Sweat
by Universal in 2006

Promo 12" Black Sweat
by Universal in 2006
 

From Planet Earth album :


Chelsea Rodgers
by NPG Records in 2007

 

 

To be continued / à suivre....

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