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HausAlone
post Nov 17 2014, 08:04 PM
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I have been really getting into the icon recently, after i downloaded 'Ultimate' and have discovered a new love.

I will find time to go through his entire (30+ album) back catalogue but for now the greatest hits collection is enough to make me indulge in the hype.

Are there any Prince fans here? Casual or die-hard? Favourite songs/recommendations? Discuss anything old, new or controversial from the legend~
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post Nov 17 2014, 08:16 PM
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post Nov 17 2014, 08:25 PM
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the man is FABULOUS and responsible for a good tenth of my top hundred songs of all time. purple rain + little red corvette + when doves cry are a trifecta of perfection

obviously beyond the classics (I'd pick up the Sign O'The Times and Purple Rain albums as a necessity) is what you'll need recommendations for - i adored his 2006 album 3121, which was far better than it had any right to be given he was off the boil for a solid ten years until then, and chelsea rodgers on the mail-distributed planet earth album is FIYAH

i'd also be a little wary of the ultimate compilation - the tracklisting looks fabulous at first but there are some real dodgy mixes on there. a good guide is to take all the tracks off there and go listen to the originals on spotify to get the ~tru experience~
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post Nov 17 2014, 08:48 PM
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There's just so much of him that i had to go for the easy compilation option. 'Purple Rain' is first on my list though, and then i'll work through the rest after that and keep you posted with how i get on.

I really should have been a fan sooner - been missing out on so much FUNK.
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post Nov 17 2014, 11:24 PM
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I really need to look into his back catalogue too. Like you, I've listened to 'Ultimate' but still only really know the big hits/well known ones.
'I Would Die 4 U' is my absolute favourite. Ever since I saw Bloc Party cover it I've been obsessed with it but I really do need to listen to more of his stuff. With 30+ albums it's just a bit daunting!

Think I'll follow the advice from Queen Cass™ , hopefully there's a lot more that I'll like.

Listening to music like this really makes me wish I was around at the time it was released, to fully appreciate and experience it and just get lost in the excitement of it all!
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post Nov 18 2014, 12:32 AM
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Listen to anything he did in the 80s.

My favourite is Parade, the one with Kiss, Girls & Boys, Mountains and Anotherloverholenyohead.

Don't forget to watch the Sign o' the Times film as well.

I also think The Hits 3cd package is a better deal (you get a cd of b-sides as well - some of which are brilliant.)



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post Nov 18 2014, 07:43 AM
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a bonafide genius up to 1993, prolific and inventive, and including the many sideprojects for other acts he was involved in - he generously gave away some great stuff. Then he disappeared up his own proverbial and sabotaged his own career by treating his fans (and record labels) as if they were the enemy, not the best career-moves for a pop star. He always said Prince died in 1993 and The Artist Formerly Known As Prince took over, and he wasn't as good as Prince I'm afraid....
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post Dec 8 2014, 09:23 PM
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So i have taken the advice from here and ditched the 'Ultimate' collection to go back and explore the albums in all of their glory. As you can see i have been thoroughly impressed and have found a new love in him. Downloaded most of them and working through them all gradually. The 'Purple Rain' album as expected is incredible. wub.gif I have 'Sign 'O' the Times' on now and i am moving between huge highs of pleasure to suddenly crashing back down with its tender moments every 5 minutes ('The Cross' in particular <3). Such an experience.

I watched part of the 'Purple Reign' series on the BBC too and gosh i have been missing out on so many *moments* not only musically but as part of his career and legacy and personality.
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I also think The Hits 3cd package is a better deal (you get a cd of b-sides as well - some of which are brilliant.)


Definitely, not only it's the best introduction to Prince but one of greatest compilation albums ever!
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post Jan 28 2016, 09:50 PM
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I definitely agree about the 3 disc 'The hits/B sides collection. It's a really good introduction to his work. But any of his stuff from the 80's is great. Start with 'Dirty Mind' and work you way trough to 'Lovesexy' (including 'The Black Album'). You won't go wrong with that. As far as his 90's stuff goes i'm not sure since some of it is hard to get hold of. Post 80's stuff I have heard that is good...'Musicology', 'The Rainbow Children' and 'Come' are all good albums.
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