Friday, 19 April 2019

NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "PRINCE" PART 1

A NEW FEATURE ON NEW MUSIC EAR.  THE PLAYLISTS ON MY IPOD FEATURE LOTS OF VARIOUS ARTISTS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY PLAYLISTS WITH YOU.  HOPE YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITES!

PRINCE



PLAYLIST PART 1


We start the playlist off from the debut album, released in 1978, "For You".  The first album to have the words that all songs were "produced, arranged, composed, and performed by Prince".  The man played all the insruments and sung all the vocals.  Amazing for someone so young.  I chose 3 tracks from this album for my playlist, the R n' B/Soul naughtiness of "Soft And Wet", the intense searing guitar driven rocker "I'm Yours" and the epic disco funk of "Just As Long As We're Together".  "I'm Yours" made me realise early that this man was a serious guitarist.




Hot on the heels of the debut came the second album in 1979, entitled simply "Prince".  Disappointed with "For You"'s lack of recognition he rushed out a follow up which was more diverse.  A much more polished album I chose 5 tracks from the 9 on the album.  The sublime big hit "I Wanna Be Your Lover" is here along with another single, "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?".  Such is the problem that Prince released lesser songs but still miles ahead of their time I had to choose very carefully.  I included the manic rocker "Bambi" and the lovely soft ballad "With You".  The final song is one everybody has heard, although by Chaka Khan, this is the original "I Feel For You".



For Prince's third album in 1980, the lyrics were more raunchy yet the abum was more critically acclaimed.  I chose four tracks from this set including the light Disco Funk title track and the song later given to Cyndi Lauper for her debut album, "When You Were Mine".   The 70s Disco inspired "Uptown" is also included as is the infamous "Head" which is all about seduction by oral sex.  Prince's sexual lyrics were later to become more noticed a couple of albums down the line!



1981 brought the next album, the 4th in four years, entitled "Controversy".  It was a much more socially aware album than the previous three.  Personally I don't like to hear music stars being political too much, as music is supposed to free us from that.  I chose 3 tracks from the album including the 7 minute epic electronic Disco Funk of the title track.  The other two tracks are the manic "Sexuality" and the fans' favourite dance track "Let's Work".



"1999" came in 1982 and was a tour de force in Prince's career, it got him noticed big time on MTV and in the U.S. although mega stardom would come two years later.  The album has 11 tracks and I chose 8 for the playlist, such is the brilliance of this album.  The fantastic title track, the pumping "Little Red Corvette" and quickstep dance number "Delirious" are all here.  The rather naughty and delicious "Lady Cab Driver" is included as well as the gorgeous ballad "Free".  The atmospheric, effects laden "Automatic" and the funky "Let's Pretend We're Married" are selected with another 8 minute epic, "D.M.S.R.", a sing along dance number.



The album made Prince a global icon, "Purple Rain" was released two years after "1999" and what an album it was! Every non-fan knows "Purple Rain", the guitar solos at the end always gave me a tear and even more so now the man is no more.  The most passionate and tear jerking "crying" guitar solo ever.  The other singles are obviously here, "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy".  The duet with Apollonia Kotero, "Take Me With U" is included as is the cutesy but dark "I Would Die 4 U".  The playful but true "Baby, I'm A Star" and the "bit of everything" style of "Computer Blue" completes the set.  A mega album, but I wish non-fans would actually note another song when they say "I'm a fan of Prince, I love "Purple Rain".  So annoying for us real fans, there's much more to the man!



When "Around The World In A Day" came in 1985, everybody expecting "Purple Rain 2" were going to be disappointed.  A bare bones album and a little psychedelic, it was far away from the mega selling predecessor.  This is what us fans loved about Prince, you had no idea what as coming next, to the public and critics this was a huge curve ball.  I loved all the singles, "Raspberry Beret", "Paisley Park" and "Pop Life", all very different in style but with that unusual Prince experimentation.  I added "America" with its pumping beat and the beautiful ballad "The Ladder".



I AM SURE MANY FANS WILL BE DEBATING THE INCLUSIONS AND THE TRACKS NOT INCLUDED, BUT I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS PLAYLIST INTERESTING, CHECK BACK FOR MORE ON NEW MUSIC EAR!

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