"Around The World In A Day" is Prince's seventh album. Sessions for this album overlapped with Purple Rain and the album features similar instrumentation. Prince incorporated acoustic and world instruments, giving the album its psychedelic sound.
The album is credited to Prince and the Revolution, who appear on three songs - America, Pop Life and The Ladder. Alongside the Revolution, the album features string, horn and percussion players. David Coleman played cello, oud, fingercymbals and darbuka.
There was no Around The World In A Day tour. Please see the Purple Rain page for details of the equipment used by Prince and the Revolution around this time.
In the studio
Around the World In A Day was recorded between February and December 1984, mostly at Sunset Sound and Prince's Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse, Eden Prairie, MN. Prince played a Hohner Madcat and a Dave Rusan Cloud guitar on this album. He also used his Boss Pedals, Mesa Boogie Mark II amplifier and Bag End D12-M cabinets. A custom Taylor 12 string guitar appears in videos from this period and Prince may play one on the album.
The main keyboard on this album is the Yamaha DX7, appearing on most of the songs. For example, the flutes at the beginning of Around The World In A Day are a DX7 through a Boss DM-2 Delay. An acoustic grand piano appears on several songs and it is likely that an Oberheim OB-8 was used as well.
The Linn LM-1 is the main drum machine on the album. Like the keyboards, the LM-1 was processed with the Boss pedalboard.
For a list of equipment used by the Revolution, please see the Purple Rain page.