Friday, 26 July 2019

NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "PRINCE" PART 2

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 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.


 
1987 brought one of the most groundbreaking albums of the 80s, maybe ever, and in my opinion the best Prince album.  Of the massive 16 tracks I chose 12, and that was a hard decision to take only that many for the playlist.  Obviously the immense and thought provoking title track "Sign 'O' The Times" is included along with the Camille sung "If I Was Your Girlfriend" and Sheena Easton's duet "U Got The Look".  The epic master jam "It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night", the powerfully spiritually charged "The Cross" and quiet masterful slow pumping ballad "Forever In My Life" make the list.  The bright and breezy "Strange Relationship" takes us back to the earlier 80s Prince music while "It" is a brazen sexually charged romp stating that Prince wants to do "it" pretty much constantly.  "Hot Thing" about a "barely 21" conquest and the funky jam "Housequake" cannot be left out.  The final two tracks I chose are the very playful band jam "Play In The Sunshine" and the honest, gentlemanly(?) statement "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man".



The infamous nude cover photo of Prince on the 1988 album, "Lovesexy" caused a bit of a stir but the album again confused critics.  Prince loved to experiment and this was another of those albums, and more often than not, it worked.  I only chose 5 tracks from the given 9 because these were the ones that I played regularly.  The almost psychedelic singles, "Alphabet St" and "Glam Slam" are obviously included and the quiet lovely ballad "I Wish U Heaven".  The two non-single tracks I chose are the pounding drumbeat Funk of "Dance On" and the sexy "bit of everything" title track "Lovesexy".



1989 saw the much anticipated "Batman" movie starring Michael Keaton hit the screens and also Prince's second soundtrack album.  Of the 9 tracks I have picked 6 songs for my Prince playlist.  The inventive "Batdance", complete with lines from the movie was the obvious lead single.  The Joker-inspired "Partyman" is a funky "party jam" while Sheena Easton again duets on the beautiful "The Arms Of Orion".  The three final songs are pretty similar but great pumping beats, searing guitar sounds abound on "Lemon Crush", "Electric Chair" and "Trust".



"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".


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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