Stanley Favorite Prince album?
Tarick i hate questions like this lol not anything personal towards you. i just hate questions like this because..it’s so hard to choose. it changes daily. he has over 40 released albums not to mention all the albums he did for other people and the ones he never released that i’m not even supposed to have lol. i’m a stan (whatever the hell that means) but i’ll give both sides. my favorite prince album that was released is and has to be, Sign O The Times. Purple Rain is a close second. Sign O The Times is his Songs in the Key of Life. He touches on every genre of music. It’s almost like a kaleidoscope. Even tho these songs are for a released album, they have almost an unfinished/demo feel at times. The album has my favorite prince songs of all time on it as well: if i was your girlfriend, strange relationship and adore. if i was your girlfriend is a masterpiece and maybe even his best song, once you get past the misunderstood title. Adore by far is the greatest love song of all time. hands down. that’s it. the end. thank you good night. at :32 seconds, the chorus starts and it’s extremely quotable not to mention it’s beautiful. it’s a shame that he didn’t have a “Thriler” kinda night at the grammy’s cause this album is THAT great. He lost to U2 that year. Afterwards he can be quoted saying, "I don't go to awards shows anymore," he says. "I'm not saying I'm better than anybody else. But you'll be sitting there at the Grammys, and U2 will beat you. And you say to yourself, 'Wait a minute. I can play that kind of music, too. I played La Crosse [Wisconsin] growing up, Iknow how to do that, you dig? But you will not do 'Housequake.’”. My favorite unreleased prince album has to be Dream Factory or Crystal Ball. SOTT morphed into what it is from DF which was supposed to be an album with the Revolution before he scrapped them. Crystal ball was a 3 disc opus that was born out of DF but Warner Brothers told him a 3 disc record wouldn’t be the smartest thing after the Under the Cherry moon flop (the movie was actually funny) and the fact that Parade didn’t sell/do that well in the states. You?
Stanley SOTT is top 3 for me too. The Joshua Tree was good, but it ain't no Sign. In my opinion, Sign is his magnum opus, more than Purple Rain. But speaking of Purple Rain…
Cliché alert. So, my favorite song is Purple Rain. I've got a good reason though lol. When I started playing the guitar my guitar teacher would ask me what songs I'd like to learn from time to time, so when given the chance I said I wanted to learn Purple Rain. It's the first Prince song I learned how to play on the guitar. It was (and is like magic) every time I strum that opening B flat major chord. Purple Rain's also 100% of the reason I wanted to get a chorus pedal when I started putting my pedalboard together. Also, I think for me, growing up in the church, Purple Rain reminded me of so much of the music I heard in church, but it was edgier, and had A LOT more distortion. And the end of Purple Rain where the band drops out and it's just the synth? That is, in fact, gospel. I still get chills every time I hear those chords.
Now, my favorite album’s gotta be Controversy. He did it all on that album. He talked politics by addressing the growing tension of the Cold War - telling Ronald Reagan to talk to Russia before it's too late - Ronnie, Talk To Russia addresses questions about his sexuality, and gender performance Sexuality, religion and spirituality, Controversy, and of course the biggest song from the album, Do Me, Baby. And all of it is funky as hell. Musically, the album is a funk guitar master class on wax.
Tarick what do you wish the casual fan (those who only know kiss, purple rain, 1999) knew about prince the artist/musician?
Stanley For the most part, I think people know that Prince played just about every instrument, minus woodwinds. But this guy was a SERIOUS musician, not just some capo-using, singer-songwriter that uses instruments as a prop for stylish purposes. He had the guitar skills of Jimi Hendrix and Santana, seriously. And he played a huge role in the early development of electronic music.
Musically, I wish more people knew about, it would be the Madhouse albums. Madhouse was a jazz fusion band with Eric Leeds, and a couple of appearances from Dr. Fink and Sheila E. Prince basically played all of the instruments on the albums. But to me those Madhouse albums were so innovative and brave. To put it in perspective, Prince is a mega-star by the time Madhouse started releasing music, and he decides to go completely against the grain and do instrumental albums? Jazz albums? That's crazy! Not many artists have access to musician circles – musical elitists’ lol - and mainstream, pop circles. I think you can put Stevie Wonder and maybe Clapton in that group of artists that could appeal to both circles – both musicians and a mainstream audience. But Prince could hop between any genre, racial group, etc. Everybody dug P.
Something that I’m learning about now is the humanitarian he was. Like, I’m reading about how he provided energy panels to families in Oakland, provided financial assistance to the families and in Baltimore as well as the Black Lives Matter Movement, and how he paid off Clyde Stubberfield’s medical bills. Grant it, he didn’t want people to know about some of this stuff, but I think more people should know about it. As the resident Princeologist...lol, what do you wish non-Prince fans/casual fans knew?
Tarick part of me doesn’t need or want public acceptance for Prince so idc about non fans. Music is subjective. I think everybody should listen to or like Prince but most in my generation don’t. But the other/music lover part of me wishes everybody dug Prince the musician/the man/the performer/the singer and song writer. He can/could do it all. He can play any and all instruments except woodwind instruments (sax/trumpet, etc) he can sing and dance simultaneously. The man was a genius but at the same time he gave back so much. From the beginning when he was putting people (mostly friends) on, writing and recording music to give to other artists, etc. He set trends, had the hottest women, we all know that. later on he was big on control. he was big on owning his music too. most artists weren’t and still aren’t really privy to that. most of your favorite artists don’t own their music let alone their names. he fought a hard fight for all that. he paid a price too. but in the end it was worth it. He owns all his music. Owns his name. hasn’t had a hit in like 20 years but still sells out whenever and wherever he goes to play. people give him standing ovations whenever he walks in a room, on a basketball court or presents grammy’s. even if people don’t really like his music you gotta respect all that he was and did….he didn’t specifically think about or come up with streaming music (apple music, tidal, spotify) but artists getting paid properly for their work, he was the first talking bout that….that’s where the symbol came from and writing slave on his face. he didn’t like his music being on youtube. semi understandable for multiple reasons but because of this, his music, concerts or even officially released videos weren’t up so most people can’t/couldn’t get a taste of who he is/was or what he does/did or why i think he’s the greatest of all time. he is all his great mentors rolled in one. his guitar playing is beautiful. he might be the best guitar player of all time. yes, that is my humble, semi biased opinion. his drumming is timed perfectly. his keyboard/piano playing is amazing and his bass playing is funky as hell. He has a song for everything. when ppl i know/love are feeling some kinda way i’ll give them a lyric or a quote and they won’t know where it came from but 9/10 it’ll be from one of Prince’s songs. His lyrics were some of the most deep and most beautiful pieces ever written. he was just THAT dude.
His passing feels biblically tragic not only for the man, but also for his medium. Prince, to me, represented the last of the self-assembled pop stars. There’s a spectrum of things that contribute to pop stardom: the ability to sing, play instruments, write hits, produce albums, dance on stage or in videos, and all the while look great doing it. Most performers manage to combine a few of those attributes. It’s unheard of, unicorn-like, to see someone be all of those things at once. Even Michael Jackson had the help of Quincy Jones. Prince however, practically embodied the spectrum. It was right there in the liner notes of his first album For You, which read, “produced, arranged, composed, and performed by Prince."
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