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Old 05-06-2016, 03:49 PM   #241
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Well, it may have worked in Europe, but that single strategy bombed in the U.S.

I love the single version of My Name Is Prince and think if it had been the first release, closely followed by 7, it would have performed better here.

I thought I had the Come CD somewhere, but I can't find it at the moment. Haven't listened to it in a long time. I believe I didn't care for it at the onset, so a re-listen is definitely in order.
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I've been reading a lot about Prince's discography, and it's a bit daunting, really. Seems like there are three universally acknowledged masterpieces - Dirty Mind, Purple Rain, and Sign o the Times - and then an enormous amount of disagreement on the next tier down.
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I've been reading a lot about Prince's discography, and it's a bit daunting, really. Seems like there are three universally acknowledged masterpieces - Dirty Mind, Purple Rain, and Sign o the Times - and then an enormous amount of disagreement on the next tier down.
I would even disagree about Dirty Mind being that revered. Parade or 1999 would get my vote. But, since you don't have any of those records anyway, so it seems, I'd say "Go for it!"
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Old 05-06-2016, 07:23 PM   #244
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Well, it may have worked in Europe, but that single strategy bombed in the U.S.

I love the single version of My Name Is Prince and think if it had been the first release, closely followed by 7, it would have performed better here.

I thought I had the Come CD somewhere, but I can't find it at the moment. Haven't listened to it in a long time. I believe I didn't care for it at the onset, so a re-listen is definitely in order.
Considering that Sexy MF was released some 4 months before the O+> album there is a valid argument that My Name Is Prince is the first single release for the album. And with a #36 position on the Hot 100 it sure did much better than Sexy MF in the USA. I also think that the #7 (!) position of 7 is quite a success. Not sure if it could've been even better.
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Old 05-06-2016, 07:40 PM   #245
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I've been reading a lot about Prince's discography, and it's a bit daunting, really. Seems like there are three universally acknowledged masterpieces - Dirty Mind, Purple Rain, and Sign o the Times - and then an enormous amount of disagreement on the next tier down.
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I would even disagree about Dirty Mind being that revered. Parade or 1999 would get my vote. But, since you don't have any of those records anyway, so it seems, I'd say "Go for it!"

1999 definitely belongs on that list. But Dirty Mind is also phenomenal and doesn't really have detractors among fans.

Bottom line, everything from the 1980s is worth checking out; he was operating at an extremely high level. The weak points are probably Controversy (which really just suffers from being between two legitimately great albums) and the spotty Batman soundtrack in 1989.

In addition to the four "essentials" above, I'd also include Parade, Around The World In A Day (which maybe has a couple bum tracks but is really rewarding when it's great), "Love Symbol" (overlong but many peaks), The Gold Experience, and 3121 (everything else post-2000 is too divisive to really recommend).

The Crystal Ball collection, which is out of print but "available" is a great primer for how deep the riches of outtakes go, and I reach for it more than most of the studio albums.
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Also, how amazing is this early outtake? It's obviously too long but a 3-4 minute version would be a standout even among his singles from that period:

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If someone has any interest in music whatsoever, Purple Rain, Sign O The Times, Dirty Mind and 1999 are essential. Doesn't matter what they're into. Parade is on that level too, I'd recommend it to anyone unless they had absolutely horrible taste.
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Parade is more complex, difficult. I would say that's next level after appreciating the others.
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Parade has some killer tracks on it (specifically Girls & Boys, Mountains, and the final three), but I don't know, it doesn't seem to quite hit the level of those others. There's just a feeling of incompleteness to me, if that makes any sense.
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I'd put Musicology over 3121 on that list, although Black Sweat is amaaaazing.

1999 definitely belongs on the masterpiece list.

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The thing about 1999 is I really don't like the title track, probably just because of pure overexposure. But anything with Little Red Corvette on it must be worth a shot.
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I felt that way about Little Red Corvette for a long time. Then I heard it with fresh ears after his death and was all HOT DAMN.

Still don't like Kiss, though.

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I can't think of a major Prince hit that I don't like. Gett Off is just OK I guess. Delirious depends on my mood.
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Agreed. Other singles I'm not crazy about are Thieves in the Temple and Take Me With U.

But hell, look at this list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince...es_discography


No way anyone has a more impressive list.
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Take Me With U is fantastic. A great pop song.

Agreed on Thieves though.
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