4 Ever

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Review Text 4Ever, the first posthumous Prince album, arrived seven months after his April 21, 2016 death -- just in time for that year's holiday season -- and it's the first Prince hits compilation since 2006, when Rhino/Warner issued the 17-track Ultimate Prince. A better comparison, however, is the 1993 set The Hits/The B-Sides, which contained two discs of hits -- also available separately -- and a disc of otherwise unavailable flip sides. 4Ever covers this same territory, even working the B-side "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)" and the majestic 1982 outtake "Moonbeam Levels" into its 40 tracks, bypassing anything released after 1993 due to licensing reasons. This means his last Top Ten hit, 1994's "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," is absent, as are the other singles he released in the subsequent 23 years, but they're not missed as much as his own version of "I Feel for U," "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," the minor hit "Let's Pretend We're Married," or "Erotic City," "17 Days," "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore," and "Another Lonely Christmas," all B-sides that could easily have been included in a definitive compilation. This, along with the odd non-chronological sequencing, means 4Ever isn't definitive, but in terms of consumer value, it might be the best single Prince compilation because it rounds up the great majority of his '80s and early-'90s hits -- including such singles as "Let's Work," "Mountains," "Girls & Boys," and "Batdance," all absent from previous Prince compilations -- in a convenient package. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Track Listing

Record: 1

  1. 1. 1999
  2. 2. Little Red Corvette
  3. 3. When Dove Cry
  4. 4. Let's Go Crazy
  5. 5. Raspberry Beret
  6. 6. I Wanna Be Your Lover
  7. 7. Soft and Wet
  8. 8. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
  9. 9. Uptown
  10. 10. When You Were Mine
  11. 11. Head
  12. 12. Gotta Stop (Messin' About)
  13. 13. Controversy
  14. 14. Let's Work
  15. 15. Delirious
  16. 16. I Woudl Die 4 U
  17. 17. Take Me With You
  18. 18. Paisley Park
  19. 19. Pop Life
  20. 20. Prurple Rain

Record: 2

  1. 21. Kiss
  2. 22. Sign 'O' the Times
  3. 23. Alphabet Street
  4. 24. Batdance
  5. 25. Thieves in the Temple
  6. 26. Cream
  7. 27. Mountains
  8. 28. Girls & Boys
  9. 29. If I Was Your Girlfriend
  10. 30. U Got the Look
  11. 31. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
  12. 32. Glma Sham
  13. 33. Moonbeam Levels
  14. 34. Diamonds and Pearls
  15. 35. Gett Off
  16. 36. Sexy MF
  17. 37. My Name Is Prince
  18. 38. 7 [Album Edit]
  19. 39. Peach
  20. 40. Nothing Compares to You

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Release Date
9/15/17 

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