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Old 02-06-2007, 01:10 AM   #1
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So seeing Prince perform at the Superbowl Half-time show and having just recently bought Purple Rain, I figured it's about time for a good Prince thread.

Here is a man so ridiculously talented, funky, and downright cool he puts most other artists to shame. It's really unfortunate that he often gets forgotten as a sort of 80's novelty instead of the truly brilliant artist he is. He may not be at a Bowie-level of genius, but he's up there for sure.

And Purple Rain is one of the most excellent albums ever produced. "When Doves Cry" is one of the catchiest, most funky and melodically perfect pop songs ever crafted. "Let's Go Crazy" is a classic rock track. "I Would Die 4 U" is about as sweet as pop music gets. And the title track is a timeless epic that solidified Prince as a guitar-god, a lyrical masterpiece, and a cinematic epic clocking at close to 9-minutes in length. "Purple Rain" is one of the finest ballads ever written, and its scope propels it above its peers.

So basically, I love Prince, though I never really listen to him that often, which I'm going to change. Aside from Purple Rain and a Hits collection I don't own any of his material. I'm planning on picking up 1999 and Sign O' The Times soon though. Can't wait. But until then I'll just keep listening to Purple Rain.
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Old 02-06-2007, 01:12 AM   #2
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I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man

You know what blows my mind about When Doves Cry? There's no bass! I never realized it until recently, and it seems so weird for such a dance/funk heavy song to have no bass. It's a brilliant song. That whole album is great, even the non-hits.

Baby I'm a Star needs to get more airplay. Love it.
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:02 AM   #3
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Purple Rain is my favorite Prince song. It's a masterpiece.

When You Were Mine

Sign O' The Times as a whole
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Old 02-06-2007, 02:27 AM   #4
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my fave WHEN DOVES CRY
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You know what blows my mind about When Doves Cry? There's no bass! I never realized it until recently, and it seems so weird for such a dance/funk heavy song to have no bass. It's a brilliant song. That whole album is great, even the non-hits.
I know. In the booklet for The Hits compilation/boxset this is also mentioned. I'll see if I can type that story here later, but basically When Doves Cry was a last-minute addition to the album (with Prince playing everything IIRC). When the bassist heard that track he was surprised/annoyed that another song was added (and the album thus wasn't finished yet). He also noticed that there was no bass on that track. When he said that to Prince his answer was something like: "I know. I tried it with bass, but it just didn't sound right." And I think he's right about that one. You don't doubt mid-80s Prince's decisions (from the late 80s/90s on, that's another story).

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Prince: Great musician! Bad Actor!
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Old 02-06-2007, 10:29 AM   #7
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I'm going to try to get into his stuff after seeing the Super Bowl.

No one told me he could play like that.
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Prince was at one time probably the most genius songwriter and musician we had playing on the radio and on TV. Too bad he got caught up in himself a little too much and he's lost a lot of his ability to write an amazing song. Still a very underated guitar player and great performer, I just wish he could write a good song again.
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Prince was at one time probably the most genius songwriter and musician we had playing on the radio and on TV. Too bad he got caught up in himself a little too much and he's lost a lot of his ability to write an amazing song. Still a very underated guitar player and great performer, I just wish he could write a good song again.
I think he's still writing good (excellent) songs. Only thing is, he needs an editor who has the power to push out all the mediocre songs so that when Prince releases an album, it's filled with good (excellent) songs. Instead of just have a few of them.
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I'm going to try to get into his stuff after seeing the Super Bowl.

No one told me he could play like that.
I know. That was badass! The guitar just felt so comfortable around him, it was great.
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^I think the new album is a good example of that....the middle section sags a bit but the first few songs and the last few are really good.
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The Cross is one of my favorite Prince songs.
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Old 02-06-2007, 01:01 PM   #13
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I'm going to try to get into his stuff after seeing the Super Bowl.

No one told me he could play like that.
If you thought his guitar playing at the Superbowl was good...well...

...just watch this.

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Prince is great on the guitar, dont like his songs though.
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