Wednesday, 4 September 2019
NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "PRINCE" PART 3
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!
1991's "Diamonds And Pearls" is one of Prince's best albums as is shown by the 9 tracks I plucked from it to add to this playlist. Obviously the sexually provocative "Gett Off" is here with the equally saucy "Cream". The other two singles featured are the socially aware "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" and the simply fabulous title track, which is one of my favourite slower songs. I also included "Live 4 Love" co-written and featuring rapper Tony Mosley. I became a lesser fan of rap but Prince used it well in small doses. The gorgeous Gospel Soul of "Willing And Able" is here with the equally sweet "Strollin'". The final two tracks are the funky "Daddy Pop" and the quirky but strangely engaging "Walk Don't Walk".
I picked 7 tracks from 1992's almost conceptual "Love Symbol" album, also named by his unpronounceable symbol name as he took on Warner Brothers' methods head on. The monotonous but weirdly compelling "7" and the two big singles, the James Brown inspired "Sexy MF" and the funky (obviously) "My Name Is Prince", all included in the list. Two slower tracks appear with the Reggae style of "Blue Light" and the delightful "And God Created Woman". The jazzy Rock OF "The Morning Papers" is added, as is the epic monster that is "3 Chains O' Gold" which has everything that the album is about!. Sometimes said to be Prince's "Bohemian Rhapsody", even though Queen and he are totally different legendary artists.
"The Hits/The B-Sides" was an immense package of Prince's back catalogue on 3 discs released in 1993. I picked 11 of the 56 tracks, obviously most of the previous songs were also included. The very first single by the man is here, the trademark sound of Prince's early career in "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)". The brilliant B-sides such as the beautiful "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore", the saucy and Psychedelic Rock of "She's Always In My Hair" and the "Glam Slam" reverse track, "Escape". The no holds barred sexual romps "Feel U Up" and "I Love U In Me" are included as well as the cheeky (excuse the pun) "Peach". The throbbing beat of "Irresistible Bitch" is added along with the atmospheric "Power Fantastic" (akin to Prince's "Parade" album sound). Two of my favourite songs I chose, the superb "Pink Cashmere" and funky "Shockadelica", both played far too many times to count for me!
After the two mega albums in 1991 and 1992 came the disappointing "Come" in 1994. It's an "ok" album in Prince terms, such as his high standards. I only chose two tracks from it, it seems very dark and maybe the wrangles he had with Warner Brothers at the time back this up. It was to be Prince's last named album after himself in his contract with them. He would not use his name again until the dispute was over many years later. The tracks I chose are the laid back Jazz Funk of "Letitgo" and the pulsating "Pheremone".
1995's album "The Gold Experience" was Prince back to his best after the average "Come". 6 tracks were chosen for the playlist from this set including the immense and epic title track finale, "Gold". Obviously included is Prince's first ever number one, the lovely "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World In The World". The other tracks range from the almost Acoustic ballad "Shy" to the atmospheric Pop Rock of "Dolphin", also one of my favourite songs. The last two songs included are the frenetic guitar fest that is "Endorphinmachine" and the Motown Soul style of "Shhh".
One of the better Prince albums released during his dispute with the record company was the collection "Chaos And Disorder" . I have chosen 5 tracks from the album, the brilliant guitar Blues of "Zannalee", and the equally pulsating guitar licks of "The Same December" and the title ttack. Completing the selection are the sweet "Dinner With Delores" and the Classic Rock track "I Like It There".
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!