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Old 05-05-2016, 12:42 AM   #226
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That shit sounds made up.
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:49 AM   #227
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Now that I've heard The Black Album, I've completed Prince's 70s and 80s.

The Black Album is pretty cool. There are some stretches of forgettable material, particularly towards the end, but the performances are great throughout and the overall sound of the record has that woozy, oddball Sign O The Times feel to it that I love so much.

Le Grind and Cindy C are fucking great, vintage Prince. According to setlist.fm, the former has only been played live once and it was this year: Prince Concert Setlist at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen on January 23, 2016 | setlist.fm
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That shit sounds made up.
Definitely. Like a bad attempt at an Onion article or something. Project shelved because MJ wanted to buy the Elephant Man's bones? That can't possibly be true.
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I listened to the 21 minute version of America this morning.

What a jam.

And to think it went even longer than that.
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So Prince's vault has 99 items, but a bitch ain't one.

The items David posted sound fake, but most some of them seem very plausible.


I said 'most' after reading just the beginning. They get pretty goofy as you keep reading.

Purple Blue — Alt.country EP with The Jayhawks.

PxP — Hardcore project with Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum.

PP — Chuck Berry tribute album with Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum.

Neil Young’s Homegrown album.
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Now that I've heard The Black Album, I've completed Prince's 70s and 80s.

The Black Album is pretty cool. There are some stretches of forgettable material, particularly towards the end, but the performances are great throughout and the overall sound of the record has that woozy, oddball Sign O The Times feel to it that I love so much.

Le Grind and Cindy C are fucking great, vintage Prince. According to setlist.fm, the former has only been played live once and it was this year: Prince Concert Setlist at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen on January 23, 2016 | setlist.fm

You are really going to dig all the 1987 sessions material. Sign O' The Times may be his masterpiece anyway, but Crystal Ball would have been among the greatest albums ever released, full stop. I realize some would put SOTT up there anyway but imagine Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine's material being folded into Sgt. Pepper and maybe you get an idea of how good it is.
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Crystal Ball is pretty great.

After working my way through the discography ...

Despite having 90% of the songs on the double-disc Hits collection, I really need Dirty Mind and Controversy in my collection.

I thought I would have a new appreciation for Around the World In a Day and Parade, but ... nah. Some great songs, but nah.

Come was pretty good.

Diamonds and Pearls is very dated, with that hip-hop-feel-big-voiced-male-rapper thing. I don't mind in Gett Off because the song is so good, but it just made most of the album a big no for me (despite a few songs I liked).

I wish I hadn't gotten rid of Musicology in my recent CD purge. I had forgotten how solid it was.
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Just listened to Diamonds and Pearls yesterday myself. Definitely near the bottom of his catalogue for me. The singles (including Cream and Money Don't Matter 2 Nite) are all good, but a ton of filler and the annoying budget rapping you mentioned. I'll say it again, it's follow-up "Love Symbol" is vastly superior.

The more I listen to Parade, the more I appreciate it. I was listening to that music snobs podcast and one of the guys maintained it was his biggest artistic leap due to the complex arrangements of the songs, the use of stings, as well as the conceptual nature that would inform so many subsequent albums.

Also rolled through Musicology the other day and it's pretty consistent, though that Candy Dulfer-sung chorus intro to Life Of The Party is just terrible. Really love the title track, Call My Name, Dear Mr. Man, On The Couch, If I Was The Man In Your Life, and a few others.
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RIP Prince

Re: Diamonds and Pearls and Love Symbol.

Agreed that the former is weaker, although the singles are all fantastic. I also like Thunder. Apart from those, certainly not his best.

I enjoy Love Symbol, but it could have used an edit; just way too long. And as great as Sexy MF is, it shouldn't have been a single, let alone the lead. My Name Is Prince, followed by 7, would have been a great 1-2 opening shot.

Personally, I think Gold Experience blows them both away.
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Agreed on this points, but I thought My Name Is Prince was the lead single? Certainly the first video from it that I remember seeing.

The Gold Experience is more consistent with less filler, that's for sure. And it definitely benefits from Endorphinmachine being left off the official release of Come. The album has an energy and weirdness that many felt was missing from the NPG era, though Come has that as well.
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I believe Sexy MF was first, although I don't remember there being a video.

Perhaps it was considered a "teaser" single, as it was released well in advance of the album, as I recall.

Edit - just looked at wiki. It was first, and discovered that it was actually a Top 10 UK hit. Go figure.

I would have loved for The Max to have been a single. One of my faves.
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I love 7.
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I believe Sexy MF was first, although I don't remember there being a video.

Perhaps it was considered a "teaser" single, as it was released well in advance of the album, as I recall.

Edit - just looked at wiki. It was first, and discovered that it was actually a Top 10 UK hit. Go figure.
I was just about to reply how strange it would be not to remember the huge hit that was Sexy MF. But apparently, it was a bigger hit in Europe than the US. I can't find the single edit video, that was everywhere that summer, only the full 8 1/2 minute version (that I haven't seen before).
Sexy Mother Fucker of Prince in video on Jukebox

But yeah, the single came out some 4 months before the release of the album, so you could say it was a "teaser" single.
BTW, I think it was a brilliant single. As was his move to follow it up with My Name Is Prince when the album was about to drop.
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