Album: I’m Ready

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I’m Ready

I’m Ready (Front Cover)

Album details

Released: 26 October 1993
Length: 49:10
Label(s): Qwest Records / Warner Bros.
Studio(s): Olympic Studios, London, UK; Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards

Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA:Billboard 200 13 Nov. 1993 18 49
USA: Billboard R&B Chart 13 Nov. 1993 3 58
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 12 Jan. 1994 Gold (500,000)
RIAA, USA 10 Feb. 1994 Platinum (1 million)
RIAA, USA 8 Sep. 1994 Platinum x2 (2 millions)
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released

Of the 6 singles released from this album, only the ones with a Prince contribution are listed below:

Shhh (promo only)
b/w Shhh
Shhh single.jpg
I’m Ready (Australian edition)
b/w Shhh / Tell Me What You Want Me To Do
Imready single.jpg
The Halls Of Desire EP (Japan only)
b/w I’m Ready / Always In My Heart
Don’t Say Goodbye Girl
b/w The Halls Of Desire
Dontsaygoodbyegirl single.jpg

See also

The Gold Experience
Tevin album.jpg Thegoldexperience.jpg
I’m Ready is the second studio album by Tevin Campbell.

The album contained four songs written and produced by Prince under the pseudonym Paisley Park: The Halls Of Desire, Uncle Sam, Paris 1798430 and Shhh.

Sessions and compiling

It was suggested at one point that Prince would produce the entire album, but Campbell and his executive producer Quincy Jones decided to also work with Babyface and Narada Michael Walden. Prince recorded seven songs for for potential inclusion on the album in September 1992: The Halls Of Desire, Uncle Sam (with a rap written by Paula Sherield), Paris 1798430, Shhh, Down, The P and Holly Don’t Care.

Only The Halls Of Desire, Uncle Sam, Paris 1798430 and Shhh were kept for I’m Ready. Three of the four tracks (but none of the other tracks on the album) are preceded by Interludes which introduce the songs - given Prince’s heavy use of segues and interludes during this time, it would be logical to assume that he was involved, but a Paisley Park Studios in-house cassette of the tracks suggests that this was not the case.

Holly Don’t Care was reworked by Mayte for her Child Of The Sun album. Down and The P remain unreleased.

Shhh was later re-claimed by Prince and released on The Gold Experience (credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png).


The album produced six singles: Can We Talk, Shhh (promo only), I’m Ready, Always In My Heart, The Halls Of Desire EP and Don’t Say Goodbye Girl (containing several remixes of The Halls Of Desire).

The album reached number 18 on the US Billboard Pop Chart, and number 3 on the Billboard R&B Chart.

Track listing

Details given for Prince-related tracks only:

  1. Can We Talk
  2. Don’t Say Goodbye Girl
  3. Interlude
  4. The Halls Of Desire (4:36) 1
  5. I’m Ready
  6. What Do I Say
  7. Uncle Sam (3:57) 2
  8. Interlude
  9. Paris 1798430 (3:37) 1
  10. Always In My Heart
  11. Interlude
  12. Shhh (4:55) 1
  13. Brown Eyed Girl
  14. Infant Child

1 Written by Prince (credited to Paisley Park)
2 Written by Prince (credited to Paisley Park); rap written by Paula Sherield



  • First, I thank the Lord 4 taking me somewhere I never thought I would be. I'd like 2 thank everyone who has been involved in making this 2nd album what it is - Da'S*?! You all know who U R. I also would like 2 thank my mother 4 standing by me 105%! (I love you). On that note, I'd like 2 say PEACE!

LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

GER CD 9362-45388-2
Imready album.jpg

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2




Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

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1-800 New Funk
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