MC Hammer (1990) Pray EU 7″

Very Brief:
In 1980, Prince performed 38 shows as the opening act for Rick James’ Fire It Up tour. Prince’s stint on the tour lasted from February to May of 1980. Stanley Burrell turned 18 years old that year. When recording ‘Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em’, his third album and second major-label release, Burrell, now known as MC Hammer, used samples of Rick James and Prince to create the tracks “U Can’t Touch This” and “Pray”, respectively. The tracks would go on to become two of Hammer’s five Top 10 Billboard pop singles in his career. “U Can’t Touch This” featured MC Hammer rapping over the groove of Rick James’ “Super Freak” and is to this day his most well known single. Despite the instant familiarity of “U Can’t Touch This”, it only reached #8 on the pop charts, attributed to the fact it was only released as a 12″ single. On the other hand, the single “Pray”, set to the beat of Prince’s “When Doves Cry”, reached #2 on the pop charts, it was Hammer’s highest charting pop single. Another achievement for “Pray”, the word pray is mentioned 147 times during the song, setting the record for the number of times a song title is repeated in an American Top 40 hit. This European 7″ single release features a Radio Edit of “Pray” on the a-side and an Instrumental version on the b-side.

MC Hammer (1990) Pray EU 7"The Source:
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog#: 006-20 4015 7
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
Country: EU
Released: 1990

MC Hammer (1990) Pray EU 7"The A Side:
Pray (Radio Edit) 4:08

The B Side:
Pray (Instrumental) 4:40

The Billboard Charts:

Chart Debuted Debut Pos. Peak Pos. Wks on Chart
Hot 100 9/29/90 44 2 18
Hot Black Singles 9/22/90   4 18
Hot Dance/Disco 11/10/90   3 12

The Equipment:
Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable
Audio Technica AT440MLa Phono Cartridge
Yamaha RX-Z1 A/V Receiver
Sony PCM-R300 DAT Deck
Turtle Beach Catalina sound card
Mustek Scan Express A3 1200 Scanner
Spin Clean Record Washer MKII

The Software:
Cool Edit Pro
Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
Microsoft ICE

The Links:



Pray MP3

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