Today's artist has been 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 ... 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.
Around the World in a DayPurple Rain made Prince a superstar; it eventually sold over ten million copies in the U.S. and spent 24 weeks 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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Purple Rain made Prince sound like he could do anything, but it still didn't prepare even his most fervent fans for the insular psychedelia of Around the World in a Day. Prince had made his interior world sound fascinating and utopian on Purple Rain, but Around the World in a Day is filled with cryptic religious imagery, bizarre mysticism, and confounding metaphors which were drenched in heavily processed guitars, shimmering keyboards, grandiose strings, and layers of vocals. As an album, the record is a bit impenetrable, requiring great demands of the listener, but individual songs do shine through: "Raspberry Beret" is a brilliant piece of neo-psychedelia with an indelible chorus, "Pop Life" is a snide swipe at stardom that emphasizes Prince's outsider status, "Condition of the Heart" is a fine ballad, "America" is a good funk jam, "Paisley Park" is heavy and slightly frightening guitar psychedelia, while the title track is a sunny, kaleidoscopic pastiche of Magical Mystery Tour.
Prince & The Revolution - Around the World in a Day (flac 245mb)
01 Around The World In A Day 3:25
02 Paisley Park 4:41
03 Condition Of The Heart 6:46
04 Raspberry Beret 3:31
05 Tamborine 2:46
06 America 3:40
07 Pop Life 3:42
08 The Ladder 5:26
09 Temptation 8:21
Prince & The Revolution - Around the World in a Day (ogg 101mb)
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In many ways one of his most brilliant quirky albums. "Come" is an exciting concept album that flows from everything to sex to abuse to racism to even more sex. The songs not only work great as written poetry but as great R&B music. The album starts out with the sex fest that is "Come" that is extremely long at over 10 minutes but is beat for beat hot rhythms. Followed is the even hotter "Pheromone". Great social commentary's come in the form of the story song "Papa" ("don't abuse your kids, or they'll end up like me.") and the awesome funk rap of "Race" ("I bleed, you bleed. Both the bold is red. Get it"). "Letitgo" is one of those great R&B gems that just doesn't get the radio play it deserves. It's a great funky number and is extremely heartfelt at the same time. "Orgasm" speaks for itself and is just a sex scene with some Prince music in the background. Talk about the conclusion. Maybe the best song on the set is a small gem that just hides within the middle. It's an electronic song called "Loose!" which pulsates with hot dance grooves and tons of funk. The CD is almost worth it just for that track. The album is full of not only great feeling and hot R&B sounds but has light faire like the mellow "Solo" and R&B ballad "Space". It's also Prince's last record and a great ending to an awesome career. The Artist has made some great stuff, but I think this Prince record is nearly untouchable. Eccentric music and creative stuff.
Prince. - Come (flac 350mb)
01 Come 11:13
02 Space 4:28
03 Pheromone 5:08
04 Loose! 3:26
05 Papa 2:48
06 Race 4:28
07 Dark 6:10
08 Solo 3:48
09 Letitgo 5:32
10 Orgasm 1:39
Prince. - Come (ogg 120mb)
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If you know Prince since he left warner bros. Then you know the man is prone to changes. This album was supposedly billed as an Acoustic PIANO album...although it features quite a bit of keys and synth strings and flute. Acoustic piano on track 8 as well
Here a track by track review, it was issued and only available to NPGMC members
1) One Nite Alone - Smooth sexy vibe Prince's intro to spend some time with him
2) Ur Gonna C Me - Redone (this version is better) on Lotusflow3r. Semi Love song
3) Here On Earth - Great song, later redone on Planet Earth
4) A Case Of You - Joni Mitchell cover; excellent.
5) Have a Heart - Lamenting those who claim hurt when they had no heart to begin with. "waiting for the righteous to buy in, and right every one of the wrongs" good lyric
6) Objects in the Mirror - P talking bout "making a movie" again. "let's brush our teeth in the same sink" humorous sweet stuff. The objects in the mirror are him and someone else
7) Avalanche - Prince's harshest song ever. I think he read Forced into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream and came up with this song. As well as American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World, A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present because this song is honest and caustic about the reality of this nation and the abuse taken on the human mind and consciousness for neither acknowledging it for future generations to prevent it, nor to objectively view the US "settlement" for what it was: a crapshoot, filled with lies, hypocrisy, denial, slavery, genocide and betrayal (which he likens to the early exploitation of "jazz" artists by "industry pioneers")
8) Pearls B4 the Swine - Great song with an upbeat
9) Young and Beautiful - Sappy but happy song; a chaste version of Pussy Control. Happy piano, very enjoyable tho (keep it in your pants and wait for someone good)
10) Arboretum- instrumental, long fade out
Alas, it's a pity it's virtually unavailable unless you want to spend a HUGE dollar, but being 'non materialist' here we can enjoy it's digital representation...
Prince - One Nite Alone... (flac 179mb)
01 One Nite Alone... 3:37
02 U're Gonna C Me 5:16
03 Here On Earth 3:23
04 A Case Of U 3:39
05 Have A Heart 2:04
06 Objects In The Mirror 3:27
07 Avalanche 4:24
08 Pearls B4 The Swine 3:01
09 Young And Beautiful 2:44
10 Arboretum 3:26
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Prince returned to Warner Bros. Records in a big way in 2014, settling a 15-year feud on terms that were decidedly in his favor. He acquired the rights to his masters, agreed to a series of deluxe reissues, and released two brand-new albums, one recorded on his own and one recorded with his backing power trio 3rdEyeGirl. Art Official Age, the album credited to his lonesome, finds Prince reveling in many of the sounds of the '80s, reviving his Bob George and Camille voices, dabbling in deep electro-funk on "What It Feels Like," indulging in a full-fledged freakout on "Funknroll." Despite all these winking allusions to his past, Art Official Age feels of piece not with the Revolution but rather the New Power Generation: underneath the squalls of guitar, psychedelic soul harmonies, and impish humor, this is a full-fledged R&B album, one that often echoes Diamonds and Pearls. Like that 1991 record, Art Official Age is heavy on dance songs with rapped verses that don't feel informed by hip-hop and slow-burning soul that pulls the past into the present. Some of Prince's modernization feels a bit ham-fisted -- he turns the Internet meme "This could be us but you playing" into a slow jam -- but he leaves all his millennial flirtations at the margins of the record, grounding it in old-fashioned notions of seduction and soul. If the album doesn't offer any startling surprises along the lines of the furious "Black Sweat" -- there's not much abandon here -- there's joy in hearing Prince embrace his lyrical eccentricities as he accessorizes his smooth jams and coiled, clean funk with such oddities as laser blasts and spoken introductions from what appear to be British nurses. Such quirks may be fleeting but their presence is enough, along with such fine songs as "Breakfast Can Wait," to elevate Art Official Age above 20Ten and other pro forma latter-day Prince records.
Prince - Art Official Age (flac 340mb)
01 Art Official Cage 3:42
02 Clouds 4:34
03 Breakdown 4:04
04 The Gold Standard 5:53
05 U Know 3:57
06 Breakfast Can Wait 3:55
07 This Could Be Us 5:12
08 What It Feels Like 3:54
09 Affirmation I & II 0:40
10 Way Back Home 3:05
11 Funknroll 4:08
12 Time 6:50
13 Affirmation III 3:28
Prince - Art Official Age (ogg 129mb)
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