NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "PRINCE" PART 2
After the experimental surprise of "Around The World In A Day" came another, a stripped back album with lots of orchestration to accompany the film, "Under The Cherry Moon". 1986's "Parade" was quirky, strange and at times brilliant and unique. I picked out 5 stand out tracks for my playlist, the well known and copied bare bones "Kiss" single and the laid back "Anotherloverholenyohead" are here. The other two lesser known singles, the eclectic "Girls And Boys" and powerful and funky "Mountains" have made the list too. The only other non-single I include is the simply magical ballad "Sometimes It Snows In April", ironically poignant now as it was the month Prince died in 2016.
"Graffit Bridge", the soundtrack to the film of the same name, featured Prince's new backing band, the New Power Generation and boasted Mavis Staples, George Clinton, The Time and Sheila E on its credits. Released in 1990, it was a massive collection of 17 tracks including tracks by the aforementioned artists, I have chosen 6 of the Prince tracks (although every track was written by the man!). One of my favourite Prince tracks, "Thieves In The Temple" is here, a brilliant funky, soulful gem of a piece. The dark and eerie "The Question Of U" and the strangely engaging, weird dance track "Elephants & Flowers" are included along with the frenetic quickstep styled "Can't Stop this Feeling I Got" (akin to "Jack U Off" and "Horny Toad" in tempo). The final two songs are the band jam "New Power Generation" and one of my alltime favourite Prince ballads, the wonderful and highly emotive "Still Would Stand All Time".