Tuesday, 19 November 2019

NEW MUSIC EAR'S PERSONAL PLAYLISTS - "PRINCE" PART 4 (FINAL PART)"

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 4 (FINAL PART)

1996's album release, the massive 3 cd, 36 track set is huge and full of magical tracks and also much Prince experimentation.  I chose 7 tracks from this set for the playlist.  The guitar driven classic Prince tracks "In This Bed I Scream" and "Damned If I Do" are included as well the spiritual single "The Holy River".  The superb cover of The Stylistics' "Betcha By Golly Wow" and the almost Pop Soul of "White Mansion" make the list.  The final two tracks are the pumping Funk of "Get Yo Groove On" and the sweet "Soul Sanctuary".


When "Crystal Ball" was released in 1998 I snapped it up online which contained 3 "previously bootlegged" material on 3 discs, with "The Truth" cd and "Kamasutra" coming in a nice see through cd case.  Anyway, I have chosen 6 memorable tracks from the 3 discs and added them to the playlist.  The funky "Acknowledge Me" and "bit of everything" track, "Days Of Wild".  The soul track "Last Heart" reminds me of early Prince releases while "Da Bang" is half Blues half manic Rock.  Epic Prince guitar Blues features on "The Ride" while the last track chosen is the "Interactive".



"The Truth" album was a great Prince album, although given with "Crystal Ball" in 1998, it was the album Rock fans would have actually appreciated and accepted him as a fantastic guitarist.  From the 12 tracks I picked 5 tracks for the playlist.  The Acoustic and true statements of the title track and "Don't Play Me" are just superb while "The Other Side Of The Pillow" is a much softer, soulful track.
"Comeback" takes you back to Prince's debut album "For You" with its simplicity and falsetto vocal.  The final track is "3rd Eye", probably a nod to his later backing band, 3rd Eye Girl and great brisk, Funk/Blues hybrid.



After the low key "The Vault - Old Friends 4 Sale" release in 1999 came "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic" in the same year.  Ironically the only real stand out tracks involve other artists.  I chose the duet with Sheryl Crow, "Baby Knows", really love this track and also the cover of her track, "Everyday Is A Winding Road".  Gwen Stefani appears on "So Far, So Pleased" which I love.  I am fans of both of these artists so they were a real treat for me, just like Prince's duet with Madonna on "Love Song".



2001's "The Rainbow Children" was a big disappointment for me so no tracks were stand outs for me and the triple Internet releases I bought, "Xpectation", "C-Note" and "N.E.W.S." were mostly instrumental jams which are pretty much for music indulgement value on certain occasions.  My playlist is for memorable sing-a-long and lasting tracks.  2004's "Musicology" was also a disappointment for me but all I could choose were the two singles, the funk workout title track and the brilliant "Cinnamon Girl".



I also bought "The Chocolate Invasion" and "The Slaughterhouse" from Prince's online store and although I liked the albums they lacked a certain something that makes the songs really memorable.  "3121" was released in 2006 and was the last album that I scooped more than 2 tracks from during the man's last few years.  The Rock track "Fury" and the extremely funky "Black Sweat" are here along with the gorgeous "Te Amo Corazon".  "Lolita" is also here, reminding me of The Time a little bit with its quirky fun.



"Planet Earth" was released at first free with the UK's "Mail On Sunday" newspaper, I have this version and the global normal release.  I chose the delightful and chirpy "The One U Wanna C" and the stomping, ironic Rock sound of "Guitar".  Prince's last years seemed to be full on experimentation so it has been hard to choose really memorable tracks as in previous albums.



It was getting much harder to find outstanding tracks in these next ablums, on "Lotusflow3r" from 2009 I managed to choose two tracks that stood out for me.  "$" was similar in tempo to Prince's debut single "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)" so that was a plus for me.  The other song I picked was the stunning and brilliant cover version of Tommy James And The Shondells' classic "Crimson And Clover".  


The other album packaged with "Lotusflow3r" was "MPLSound", a lot of experimentation and various styles, a lot of instrumentation.  I did pick out the almost comical but funky and memorable "Chocolate Box". 



"20Ten" released in, obviously, 2010 was also largely disappointing with me only able to choose "Everybody Loves Me".  This track just takes me back to the "Contoversy" and "1999" albums with its style.  The rest of the Prince official album to follow I could not choose a track from.  These incluse "Plectrumelectrum", "Art Official Age", and both "Hit N Run" albums.  I think Prince was experimenting a lot with very different styles to try to get his edge back, there were some bright moments but also some pretty basic tracks which was disappointing.


I later added the full length "Erotic City (Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive)" extended version and the fantastic classic B-side "17 Days" from the posthumous collection "Purple Rain (Deluxe)" set.



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!