Prince: The Gold Experience (1995).
For a while it was a competition between this and the Love Symbol Album as to which Prince album was his best of the 90’s. Although I give the edge to The Symbol Album it’s not taking anything away from The Gold Experience. With this album Prince sounds super inspired. On the surface, some of these songs might come off as silly and trite, but they are so enduring that they work. P Control has a bit of a misleading title, as it’s about female empowerment… oh, and it’s a monster jam of song with Prince rapping throughout the verses. Endorphine Machine rocks out and showcases some of Prince’s best screams ever recorded. Shhh is a classic Prince ballad which actually appeared on Tevin Campbell’s album 2 years earlier. The upbeat dance track, We March is the misstep for me on this album. Very similar to Lovesign that came out the year before, it’s also a sign of things to come as this particular sound would dominate his triple CD Emancipation. Dolphin is a cool tune that is a sparse and atmospheric rocker. Now is another rap jam, done with that Prince flair. There are 2 monster jams here and the first one is 319. Sung in his falsetto and driven but a dirty, fuzzy riff this is song that doesn’t know how to stop. Shy is a cool mellow, acoustic life tune. I always thought of this as Walk, Don’t Walk (from Diamonds & Pearls) but done right. The second monster jam here is Billy Jack Bitch. Super catchy, funky jam with a killer keyboard riff. This is actually one of my favorite Prince jams! Things end well with Gold. I know a lot of people are not fond of this, but I like the way it builds and builds as the song plays on. And according to this song – we lived to see ‘the dawn’! There are segues throughout that make it feel like an interactive experience which is neither here nor there, but they don’t distract from anything. It sounds a little dated now but actually in 1995 it was pretty insightful of Prince. Also, this is the album where The Most Beautiful Girl In The World found a home. #prince#princerogersnelson#paisleypark#minneapolissound#musicalgenius#cd#cds#cdcollector#cdmusic#inmycdplayer#music#musicfan#musiccommunity
Prince: Graffiti Bridge (1990).
Not sure if I'm a fan of this cover but I do dig this album. This is the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, which was written and directed by Prince and is the follow up to the Purple Rain movie. It's not really just a Prince album, it also includes songs by The Time, Mavis Staples, Tevin Campbell and George Clinton (performing songs written and produced by Prince). This was an odd one for me at the time. The year before I started getting into bootlegs so I already knew songs such as Can't Stop, We Can Funk and Joy In Repetition. But here Can't Stop was different. Less drum machine and keyboards, and more real instruments. Which was cool as I do really enjoy this version. We Can Funk was way different - way more going on in this version than the one I knew. Also the version here includes both Prince and George Clinton. Admittedly this is a bit too busy, but once I was able to digest it a bit I've come around to it. Joy In Repetition is not only my favorite song from this album, but one of my favorites from Prince. Other newer songs are the funk/ pop New Power Generation, the pop/ rock tune from a year earlier Elephants & Flowers, the seductive and bluesy The Question Of U and the gospel tinged ballad Still Would Stand All Time (which is an amazing ballad btw). This may all sound like a mess, but it works very well. There's a certain thread soundwise that makes this album feel like one piece of work. And the variation between artists and songs from different eras make this an enjoyable album. I knew people who were disappointed with this... but I was not one of them. #prince#princerogersnelson#paisleypark#minneapolissound#musicalgenius#cd#cds#cdcollector#cdmusic#inmycdplayer#music#musicfan#musiccommunity#musiccollector#musicislife#nowplaying#mavisstaples#thetime#georgeclinton#tevincampbell#1990#graffitibridge