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Yeah, the rhythm is off kilter in such a cool way. And the gleefully juvenile pottymouth lyrics are dumb fun in a kinda snotty new-wave way. I think Controversy and 1999 are my favourite of his albums.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
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Von Bontee said
 I think Controversy and 1999 are my favourite of his albums.  

I Like 1999 but i feel like it drops off a little bit in quality after Automatic, but it is all around a great album

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"Lady Cab Driver" into "Critics heart U in NY" is one of my favourite Prince segues!  

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@vonbontee I haven't really thought about that before! Prince always put good details into the songs like nice segues

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Haha yeah, and really in-your-face-but-right-on-the-beat jump cuts too! 

But no, I really like those more weirdo Prince deep tracks, like "Annie Christian", "Darling Nikki" and the ones on 1999's second LP

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 Yeah. . . I also like some of the deeper cuts on Prince's Sign O' The Timess, like Housequake, Slow Love, Play In The Sunshine, It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night and my personal favorite "Starfish And Coffee"

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PurplishRain said
 Yeah. . . I also like some of the deeper cuts on Prince's Sign O' The Timess, like Housequake, Slow Love, Play In The Sunshine, It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night and my personal favorite "Starfish And Coffee"  

Love all of those, but my personal favourite is the ballad of Dorothy Parker...classy or what...? paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

Perhaps you've seen this before but I'm sure it's well worth another look....

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

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@VeraChuckandDave So many legends in one video, and Prince kicks the most ass out of all of them.

The Ballad of Dorthy Parker is a very classy one indeed.

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Hope the Prince fans caught the Prince tribute bit in Justin Timberlake's show during halftime at the Super Bowl.

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Damn!! This is good!!!!

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I'm interested in getting into Prince properly. Can people recommend me his best tracks and albums? 

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@QuarryMan Yes I Can!

 

Key hit songs: Purple Rain , Let's Go Crazy, When Doves Cry, Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette, Kiss, and 1999

Some deeper cuts that are awesome: Controversy, Head, Darling Nikki, Baby I'm A Star, Bambi, Housequake, Play In The Sunshine, Starfish and Coffee, Lady Cab Driver

Great albums to start off with: Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain , Sign O' The Times.

Digging deeper: Prince (1979), Around The World In A Day, Diamonds and Pearls, Lovesexy, 

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Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the life of the one, the only, Prince.

 

He may have been gone for 2 years now, but his spirit lives on through his music

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Here are some great lesser known songs by the royal badness himself

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Many are unaware that Prince was also a badass bassplayer. He played bass on so many of his own tracks and those he made for others it's probably impossible to separate performances from samples etc. For this reason I'm particularly fond of his "simplistic" style in songs like Lady Cab Driver and he absolutely knew when to drop it out altogether which for me is a supreme test of songwriting and arranging. 

So many examples, but take the ATWIAD album: listen to the song Paisley Park, no bass and practically a guitar solo the whole way.  Or just Raspberry Beret off the same album, listen to how sparingly the lowest notes are used, giving full space to the snare and everything in between, particularly the mid-section where you're not even sure of the chord changes. This taken to the extreme in the very next track, Tambourine, I love the call and response in that. I think I like Parade a little better in production terms, but this style is in every album somewhere. 

As a producer he was peerless, he had his own distinct drum sound and effect preferences, and it's safe to say that he alone designed the sound of his albums. I'm sure he was also a master of slow ballads but because I run a mile from that style I'm no judge of them 😀 Speaking of segues, New Position into I Wonder U that album was full of them.

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I had these growing up, among others.  Great songs.

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QuarryMan said
I'm interested in getting into Prince properly. Can people recommend me his best tracks and albums?   

I’m feeling the same way. Been listening to Purple Rain at least, and I’m keen to explore more. 

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A good place to start is the 1993 3CD compilation The Hits/The B-Sides. While by no means comprehensive -- there are some obvious absences -- and its inclusion of several songs in their original single edits annoys some (something that's never bothered me as I bought the single edits and am happy to have them on CD), it's easily the best Prince compilation around, with the third disc essential for the 20 b-sides and rarities that are difficult to find elsewhere.

It's a good overview of his career up to that time, with only one album (the Batman soundtrack) not represented, so can point the way to albums you might be interested in exploring further.

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@Ron Nasty Couldn't have said it any better. The Hits and The B-Sides is a great way to start out.

 

By the way, I finally bought Purple Rain Deluxe. Sound Remastering is excellent and the rarities are awesome

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