On this day in music history: October 13, 1992…

On this day in music history: October 13, 1992 – “The Love Symbol Album”, the fourteenth album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, MN from Late 1991 – Mid 1992. The second album credited to Prince & The New Power Generation, the albums title is actually an unpronounceable symbol that the artist changes his name to the following year. The album is originally conceived as a “fantasy rock soap opera” with spoken segues between tracks. However, when Prince adds the track “I Wanna Melt With U”, the segues are cut from the sequence of the album when the running time is too long to fit on one CD. The album is also the first to feature the artists’ “muse”, dancer and vocalist Mayte Garcia, who he is married to from 1996 – 1999. It spin off three singles including “Sexy MF” (#66 Pop, #76 R&B), “My Name Is Prince” (#36 Pop, #26 R&B), and “7” (#7 Pop, #61 R&B). The original press run of CD’s the love symbol glyph embossed on the jewel case in gold ink. Subsequent re-pressings have the symbol either printed on the CD booklet or not at all. Prince also released the direct to video film “3 Chains O’ Gold” (in September 1994) which featured several songs from the album. The single “Sexy MF” is also released as a VHS video single at the time of the albums release, featuring the extended version of the clip. The music video for “My Name Is Prince” which features a cameo appearance by actress Kirstie Alley (“Cheers”) as a news reporter, is parodied to humorous effect on “In Living Color, with comedian Jamie Foxx playing Prince. Originally released on vinyl only in Europe, the album was scheduled to be reissued by Rhino Records in December of 2016. As of this date, the reissue has been put on indefinite hold without a new release date being given. "The Love Symbol Album” peaks at number five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.