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Lovesexy
1988-1989
10
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"Lovesexy" is Prince's tenth album. The album sees Prince developing the sound of Sign O The Times. It features a mixture of dance, house and gospel styles with acoustic and electronic sounds.

Prince performs most of the instruments on the album, with his band appearing on Eye No. Sheila E played drums on several tracks. It was the first album to be recorded at Paisley Park. There are some photographs of the sessions and there are some accounts from engineers who worked on the album.

Prince toured the Lovesexy album from July 1988 to February 1989 with the same, unnamed band that toured Sign O The Times. Details of the equipment used live around this time are taken from photographs and videos, including the Livesexy concert film, and interviews given by Dr Fink.

 

In the studio

Lovesexy was recorded between October 1988 and January 1988 at Paisley Park studios. It was the first Prince album to be recorded at Paisley Park. Prince played a Hohner Madcat, Dave Rusan Cloud Guitar and Auerswald Model C on the album. Prince used the Model for lead guitar parts, including Alphabet Street. Prince likely used his Boss effects rig and Mesa Boogie/Bag End amplifier. There are some acoustic guitar parts on the album, which were probably played on a Sigma SE-19.

The bass parts on this album were probably played on an Alembic Spoiler or Guild SB-604 Pilot.

This album saw the introduction of the new Roland D-50 keyboard. This keyboard can be heard prominently on most songs on the album. Prince also used an Ensoniq ESQ-1 and an E-mu Emax sampler.

The drum parts on this album are a mixture of live parts played by Sheila E and Prince, a Linn LM-1 and a Dynacord ADD One. The Dynacord was a new drum machine for this album, and was possibly controlled by a modified Linn LM-1. The drum part for Dance On is a live part by Sheila E processed through a sampler.

For a list of equipment used by his band, please see the Sign O The Times page.