"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.
Although Prince performs most of the instruments on the album, his band appears on Eye No and Dance On among others. Sheila E played drums on several tracks. It was the first album to be recorded at Paisley Park.
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, an Epiphone Emperor Thinline and Auerswald Model C on the album. Prince used the Model C for lead guitar parts, including Alphabet Street. Prince used his live rig for recording, including his Boss effects rig and Mesa Boogie/Bag End amplifier. There are some acoustic guitar parts on the album, which were possibly played on a Sigma SE-19.
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, a Yamaha DX7, a Fairlight IIx and an E-mu Emax sampler. The Roland MKS-20 module was used for the piano part on Anna Stesia.
The drum parts on this album are a mixture of live parts played by Sheila E and Prince, probably on a Yamaha kit, a Linn LM-1 and a Dynacord ADD One. The Dynacord was a new drum machine for this album, and was controlled by a Linn LM-1 to trigger kick and snare sounds. It can be heard on Eye No, Dance On, Glam Slam and I Wish U Heaven.
For a list of equipment used by his band, please see the Sign O The Times page.