On this day in music history: October 1, 1991 – “Diamonds And Pearls”, the thirteenth album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, Olympic Studios in London, Warner Pioneer Studios in Tokyo, Japan and Larrabee Sound Studios in Los Angeles, CA from Early 1989 – Mid 1991. It is the first album to feature his new band The New Power Generation which includes singer and keyboardist Rosie Gaines, drummer Michael Bland, and keyboardist Tommy Barbarella. The track “Live 4 Love” is the first recorded for the album circa 1989, with the bulk of the songs being written and recorded in 1990 – 91. The album spins off six singles including “Gett Off” (#6 R&B, #21 Pop), “Insatiable” (#3 R&B) and the chart topping “Cream”.
The single “Gett Off” is released months ahead of the album on Prince’s 33rd Birthday, June 7, 1991. The track is issued as a very limited edition 12" single with the non album B-side “Horny Pony”, hand delivered to select club DJ’s, and close associates.The sleeve features artwork hand drawn by the musician, and quickly becomes a highly valued collector’s item.
Initial copies of the CD feature a lenticular holographic image of Prince with dancers Lori Werner and Robia LaMorte (aka “Diamond” and “Pearl”). Stock CD copies come with strands of pearls silk screened on the mostly silver disc, while limited promotional copies feature the full color photo image. Originally issued as a limited edition double vinyl LP at the time of its original release (Europe only), originally scheduled for reissue by Rhino Records in December of 2016, its release has been put on indefinite hold and is still pending. “Diamonds And Pearls” spends one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number three on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.