"Prince" is Prince's second album. It continues with the sound of For You, and is similar to the other R&B and disco albums of the time.
Prince played all the instruments on the album. Unlike For You, there are no instruments listed in the album credits. Prince made his first music videos and television appearances in support of the record.
Prince went on his first tour in support of the album from December 1979 to February 1980. He then went on a tour supporting Rick James, from February to May 1980.
In the studio
Prince was recorded between April and June 1979 at Alpha and Hollywood Sound studios. Around this time Prince was playing a Gibson L6S and an Orr Guitar. He also played Fender Stratocasters and a Telecaster. It is likely that some of these guitars appear on the album. There are distorted guitar tones on the album that possibly came from an overdriven Mesa/Boogie Mark II. There is also a phaser, possibly a Mutron Bi-Phase.
The album features the same keyboards as For You. Based on Dr Fink's list of Prince's keyboards these were an Oberheim 4 Voice, a Moog Polymoog 203a, a Moog Minimoog, an Arp Pro Soloist, an Arp String Ensemble, a Hohner Clavinet, a Fender Rhodes and an acoustic piano.
Prince played all the percussion on the album, including an acoustic kit and some electronic percussion, probably Pollard Syndrums.