Jul 2, 2016

RhoDeo 1626 Grooves

Hello,  as UK politicians have been busy backstabbing, the country have been remembering the battle of the Somme a 4 month long battle that cost the lives of a million men with zero result, one would think the responsible generals would have been shot or at least killed themselves for so much strategic imbecility, but no such luck. Yes elites at the helm, telling men to run into machinegun fire or get shot as a deserter, lovely people .....

Meanwhile at the Euro's Portugal once again advanced with negative football, they have yet to win a game in 90 minutes and now face Wales who lost one of their star players Ramsey because in his 5th game he picked up a silly 2nd yellow, i guess these rules were made to make sure smaller sides can't get too far. Won't be a walkover for Portugal though, because Wales as a team outplayed a starstudded Belgian team that admittedly had the heart taken out of their defense and it showed. There simply was no real team on the field as once again it showed their coach Wilmots simply isn't up to the task, and i'm sure he'll be looking for another job now. It was a great game with 3 great goals a 67mph (111kmh) rocket by Nainggolan saw Belgium take the lead but the Welsh got into the game and by halftime they were on top and had scored a deserved equalizer. The second half laid bare Belgium's poor attacking as their mega stars De Bruyne and Hazard slowly disappeared. Meanwhile Wales scored the first winner with a brilliant goal by Robson-Kanu, worthy of Messi, the third was a beautiful counter headed past one of the worlds top keepers Courtois 3-1. The underdogs keep winning this year....

Today's artist will be with us for sometime here, after all he has an enormous ouvre with lot's unreleased stuff as well. He commands the biggest space in my collection. Normally i'd post chronically but this time i will post cross his discography from 4 different decades. You can wait to see what i'll post or your welcome to request a title, first request can be found here  ... N'joy

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Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums, and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album he released, Prince showed remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures, and genres. Occasionally, his music was inconsistent, in part because of his eclecticism, but his experiments frequently succeeded; no other contemporary artist blended so many diverse styles into a cohesive whole.

Prince's first two albums were solid, if unremarkable, late-'70s funk-pop. With 1980's Dirty Mind, he recorded his first masterpiece, a one-man tour de force of sex and music; it was hard funk, catchy Beatlesque melodies, sweet soul ballads, and rocking guitar pop, all at once. The follow-up, Controversy, was more of the same, but 1999 was brilliant. The album was a monster hit, selling over three million copies, but it was nothing compared to 1984's Purple Rain.

Purple Rain made Prince a superstar; it eventually sold over ten million copies in the U.S. and spent 24weeks at number one. Partially recorded with his touring band, the Revolution, the record featured the most pop-oriented music he has ever made. Instead of continuing in this accessible direction, he veered off into the bizarre psycho-psychedelia of Around the World in a Day, which nevertheless sold over two million copies. In 1986, he released the even stranger Parade, which was in its own way as ambitious and intricate as any art rock of the '60s; however, no art rock was ever grounded with a hit as brilliant as the spare funk of "Kiss."

By 1987, Prince's ambitions were growing by leaps and bounds, resulting in the sprawling masterpiece Sign 'O' the Times. Prince was set to release the hard funk of The Black Album by the end of the year, yet he withdrew it just before its release, deciding it was too dark and immoral. Instead, he released the confused Lovesexy in 1988, which was a commercial disaster. With the soundtrack to 1989's Batman he returned to the top of the charts, even if the album was essentially a recap of everything he had done before. The following year he released Graffiti Bridge (the sequel to Purple Rain), which turned out to be a considerable commercial disappointment.

Diamonds and Pearls In 1991, Prince formed the New Power Generation, the best and most versatile and talented band he has ever assembled. With their first album, Diamonds and Pearls, Prince reasserted his mastery of contemporary R&B; it was his biggest hit since 1985. The following year, he released his 12th album, which was titled with a cryptic symbol; in 1993, Prince legally changed his name to the symbol. In 1994, after becoming embroiled in contract disagreements with Warner Bros., he independently released the single "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," likely to illustrate what he would be capable of on his own; the song became his biggest hit in years. Later that summer, Warner released the somewhat halfhearted Come under the name of Prince; the record was a moderate success, going gold.

Gold Experience In November 1994, as part of a contractual obligation, Prince agreed to the official release
of The Black Album. In early 1995, he immersed himself in another legal battle with Warner, proclaiming himself a slave and refusing to deliver his new record, The Gold Experience, for release. By the end of the summer, a fed-up Warner had negotiated a compromise that guaranteed the album's release, plus one final record for the label. The Gold Experience was issued in the fall; although it received good reviews and was following a smash single, it failed to catch fire commercially. In the summer of 1996, Prince released Chaos & Disorder, which freed him to become an independent artist. Setting up his own label, NPG (which was distributed by EMI), he resurfaced later that same year with the three-disc Emancipation, which was designed as a magnum opus that would spin off singles for several years and be supported with several tours.

Crystal Ball However, even his devoted cult following needed considerable time to digest such an enormous compilation of songs. Once it was clear that Emancipation wasn't the commercial blockbuster he hoped it would be, Prince assembled a long-awaited collection of outtakes and unreleased material called Crystal Ball in 1998. With Crystal Ball, Prince discovered that it's much more difficult to get records to an audience than it seems; some fans who pre-ordered their copies through Prince's website (from which a bonus fifth disc was included) didn't receive them until months after the set began appearing in stores. Prince then released a new one-man album, New Power Soul, just three months after Crystal Ball; even though it was his most straightforward album since Diamonds and Pearls, it didn't do well on the charts, partly because many listeners didn't realize it had been released.

The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale A year later, with "1999" predictably an end-of-the-millennium anthem, Prince issued the remix collection 1999 (The New Master). A collection of Warner Bros.-era leftovers, Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, followed that summer, and in the fall Prince returned on Arista with the all-star Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic. In the fall of 2001 he released the controversial Rainbow Children, a jazz-infused circus of sound trumpeting his conversion to the Jehovah's Witnesses that left many longtime fans out in the cold. He further isolated himself with 2003's N.E.W.S., a four-song set of instrumental jams that sounded a lot more fun to play than to listen to. Prince rebounded in 2003 with the chart-topping Musicology, a return to form that found the artist back in the Top Ten, even garnering a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2005.

3121 In early 2006 he was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing two songs with a new protégée, R&B singer Tamar. A four-song appearance at the Brit Awards with Wendy, Lisa, and Sheila E. followed. Both appearances previewed tracks from 3121, which hit number one on the album charts soon after its release in March 2006. Planet Earth followed in 2007, featuring contributions from Wendy and Lisa. In the U.K., copies were cover-mounted on the July 15 edition of The Mail on Sunday, provoking Columbia -- the worldwide distributor for the release -- to refuse distribution throughout the U.K. In the U.S., the album was issued on July 24.

LotusFlow3rLotusFlow3r, a three-disc set, arrived in 2009, featuring a trio of distinct albums: LotusFlow3r itself (a guitar showcase), MPLSound (a throwback to his '80s funk output), and Elixer (a smooth contemporary R&B album featuring the breathy vocals of Bria Valente). Despite only being available online and through one big-box retailer, the set debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. A year later, another throwback-flavored effort, 20Ten, became his second U.K. newspaper giveaway. No official online edition of the album was made available.

From mid-2010 through the end of 2012, Prince toured throughout Europe, America, Europe again, Canada, and Australia. During 2013, he released several singles, starting with "Screwdriver" and continuing with "Breakfast Can Wait" in the summer of that year. Early in 2014, he made a cameo appearance on the Zooey Deschanel sitcom The New Girl, appearing in the episode that aired following the Super Bowl. All this activity was prelude to the spring announcement that Prince had re-signed to Warner Bros. Records, the label he had feuded with 20 years prior. As part of the deal, he wound up receiving the ownership of his master recordings, and the label planned a reissue campaign that would begin with an expanded reissue of Purple Rain roughly timed to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Art Official Age First came two new albums: Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, the latter credited to 3rdEyeGirl, the all-female power trio that was his new-millennial backing band. Both records came out on the same day in September 2014. (Two years later, the Prince reissue program and the expanded edition of Purple Rain had yet to appear.) Almost a year to the day, he released HITnRUN: Phase One, with contributions from Lianne La Havas, Judith Hill, and Rita Ora. A sequel, HITnRUN: Phase Two, was released online in December 2015, with a physical release following in January 2016. In early 2016, Prince set out on a rare solo tour, a run of shows he called "Piano and a Microphone." The tour was cut short in April due to sickness, however, and Prince flew home to Minneapolis. On April 21, 2016, police were called to Paisley Park, where they found Prince unresponsive; he died that day at the age of 57. His early death and incredible achievement prompted an outpouring of emotion from fans, friends, influences, and professional associates. On the following week's Billboard charts, he occupied four of the top ten album positions and four of the top singles positions.

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Controversy continues in the same vein of new wave-tinged funk on Dirty Mind, emphasizing Prince's fascination with synthesizers and synthesizing disparate pop music genres. It is also more ambitious than its predecessor, attempting to tackle social protest ("Controversy," "Ronnie, Talk to Russia," "Annie Christian") along with sex songs ("Jack U Off," "Sexuality"), and it tries hard to bring funk to a rock audience and vice versa. Even with all of Prince's ambitions, the music on Controversy doesn't represent a significant breakthrough from Dirty Mind, and it is often considerably less catchy and memorable. Nevertheless, Prince's talents as musician make the record enjoyable, even if it isn't as compelling as most of his catalog.

Prince - Controversy   (flac 209mb)

01 Dirty Mind 4:11
02 When You Were Mine 3:44
03 Do It All Night 3:42
04 Gotta Broken Heart Again 2:13
05 Uptown 5:30
06 Head 4:40
07 Sister 1:33
08 Party Up 4:24

Prince - Controversy  (ogg  91mb)

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The Undertaker is an unreleased album by Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png), and was recorded live in one take in a rehearsal session on 14 June 1993 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA, with a planned release in 1994 as a covermount CD to be included with an issue of Guitar World magazine. The release was blocked by Warner Bros. after copies had already been manufactured, and all copies were coated with a plastic covering rendering them unplayable

The album features a line-up of only Prince (as Symbol ) (on vocals and guitar), Michael B. (on drums) and Sonny T. (on bass guitar). The album's recording was filmed, and a vague storyline was incorporated, resulting in the home video The Undertaker, released on VHS and Laser Disc in 1995 (credited to Prince). If the album had been released as planned, it would have marked the first release by Symbol/Prince of a cover version (of The Rolling Stones' Honky Tonk Women), and the first time an album would have included a re-recorded version of a previously-released track (Bambi).
Two of the tracks, Poorgoo and The Undertaker, were released in slightly edited form in 2001 as downloads from the NPG Music Club. The other three tracks which were unreleased at the time of recording, The Ride, Zannalee and Dolphin, were all released in different recordings (on Crystal Ball, Chaos And Disorder and The Gold Experience respectively).

Prince - The Undertaker   (flac  242mb)

01 The Ride 10:54
02 Poor Goo 4:26
03 Honky Tonk Women 3:00
04 Bambi 4:04
05 Zannalee 0:47
06 The Undertaker 9:44
07 Dolphin 3:42

Prince - The Undertaker (ogg  79mb)

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Clive Davis convinced Prince to record a star-studded comeback album for Arista in 1999 -- much like how he coaxed Prince's idol Carlos Santana to revive his career with Supernatural. Problem is, Prince isn't willing to fully throw himself into the contemporary mainstream, as Santana did. Instead, he sticks to his guns with Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, delivering an album that's frighteningly similar to the lackluster New Power Soul, only a little slicker and better, and with cameos. Rave, like its predecessor, is stilted and canned, clearly the work of one man with guitars, synths, and a drum machine. It's shocking to hear how perfunctory most of the performances are on Rave, yet it's stranger to hear Prince gunning for the pop charts. He has funk, a dash of pop, a little bit of rap, and a whole lotta ballads -- anything that could result in a crossover hit. There are a couple of cool moments on this overlong, 70-minute album and, curiously, most of those are tracks with superstar collaborators. Prince sounds committed and adventurous on these songs, whether it's the electro-funk "Undisputed," which features a Chuck D rap, the harmonica-laden bluesy pop of "Baby Knows" (harmonica and harmonies by Sheryl Crow), or the utterly delightful, effervescent duet with Gwen Stefani ("So Far, So Pleased"). These songs, along with the passable funk-pop title cut and the ballads "The Sun, the Moon and Stars" and "Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do" are pretty enjoyable, yet their presence highlights how pedestrian the remainder of Rave is. Also, these are the kind of songs fanatics appreciate because of their subtleties. So, this is one for the dedicated, like every album he's made since he changed his name to a symbol.

Prince - Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic   (flac  429mb)

01 Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic 4:19
02 Undisputed 4:20
03 The Greatest Romance Ever Sold 5:29
04 Segue 0:04
05 Hot Wit U 5:08
06 Tangerine 1:39
07 So Far, So Pleased 3:24
08 The Sun, The Moon And Stars 5:17
09 Everyday Is A Winding Road 6:16
10 Segue 0:19
11 Man'O'War 5:14
12 Baby Knows 3:17
13 I Love U, But I Don't Trust U Anymore 3:37
14 Silly Game 3:31
15 Strange But True 4:15
16 Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do / (silence 5:35) 8:50
17 1-800-NewFunk Ad 0:43
18 Prettyman 4:25

Prince - Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (ogg  151mb)

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Once again abandoning retailers for U.K. newspaper giveaways -- ever the eccentric, he’s the only artist who's seized upon this unconventional distribution method -- Prince continues his bold voyage into the past on 20Ten. Its title may celebrate the present but the music is all about the past, continuing the retro-shock of the MPLSound segment of 2009’s triple-disc set, reviving the synthetic funk of the pre-Purple Rain days while adding too heavy a dose of slow-burning grooves. The songs have more snap and polish than those on LotusFlow3r/MPLSound -- enough of a shape to be attractive from a distance, not enough to withstand closer scrutiny. Everything on 20Ten exists on the surface: hooks don’t sink in, funk jams are stuck in low gear, sensuality only simmers, the rhythms are somewhat stiff, and Prince’s deliberate mining of the past only highlights how he’s stripped the freakiness out of his entire persona. What’s left behind isn’t bad -- he is a master musician luxuriating in his comfort zone so naturally that there’s some pleasure to be had within 20Ten, but it’s a passive pleasure and one that is forgotten within a day, so perhaps it’s fitting that it was packaged with a newspaper.

Prince - 20TEN   (flac  237mb)

01 Compassion 3:57
02 Beginning Endlessly 5:27
03 Future Soul Song 5:08
04 Sticky Like Glue 4:46
05 Act Of God 3:13
06 Lavaux 3:03
07 Walk In Sand 3:29
08 Sea Of Everything 3:49
09 Everybody Loves Me 4:08

Prince - 20TEN (ogg  84mb)

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1 comment:

deelightnow75 said...


You do have a very wide range of musical interests, which
shows that you are a very real music lover. Very cool.

WW one was a tradegy (I am French) for all of Europe and
it looks like the lesson has been forgotten.

I liked both the Economist's comment about D. Cameron (he
leaves in ignominy) and the old Tory guys about the Boris
clown ...

Have a good day.