"For You" is Prince's debut album. Prince played all the instruments on the album. The credits list every instrument on every track - including the make and model. This is the only time Prince listed the instruments on an album in such detail. This list gave rise to the claim that Prince could play 27 instruments.
The album has a sound that is similar to other R&B and disco albums of the time. A few songs also show an influence of jazz, fusion and folk featuring acoustic guitars and percussion instruments.
There were a few live dates in support of the album, but no full tour.
In the studio
For You was recorded between October and December 1977 at the Record Plant. The album credits only list an electric guitar without a make or model. Prince was often photographed with a Fender Stratocaster around this time so it likely that he played one on the album. There are some distorted guitar tones on the album that may have come from a pedal or an overdriven amp. There is also a phaser on the album that may have been a Mutron Bi-Phase.
Prince played several keyboards on the album. Synthesizers included an Oberheim 4 Voice, a Moog Polymoog 203a (credited as "Ms Poly Moog"), a Moog Minimoog, an Arp Pro Soloist, an Arp String Ensemble. Other keyboards included a Hohner Clavinet, a Fender Rhodes and an unnamed acoustic piano.
This album features some electronic percussion, the Pollard Syndrums. Prince also plays an unnamed acoustic drum kit and a range of acoustic percussion instruments. These include, a slapstick, wind chimes, water drums, bongos, a bell tree and a wood block.