This was a celebration of Prince that was originally published on Generation Bass on 31st July 2014.
So my Prince Mix series continues, the greatest living artist today. Even though 2 of his mixes has possibly contributed to me losing my personal soundcloud account of 10,000 followers and half a million plays (currently frozen whilst a legal battle ensues), due to take down notices from his label lol, even that does not diminish my love for this genius. Pah, it’s only a soundcloud account that contained my recent musical history and followers and a bunch of ground-breaking and innovative mixes, that’s nothing to lose for the love of Purple.
For this mix, I focused on his Rock output, many, many overlooked and genius tracks, which I had great joy in revisiting and amongst them are nestled some of his recent output with 3rd Eye Girl, official stuff plus a few bootlegs.
Prince’s rock output goes all the way back to his second self-titled album and that glorious Hendrixesque track “Bambi” that was an anomaly hidden amongst all of the ballads, soul, disco and gospel of that album. When I first heard that track, I was taken aback because such a hard rocking track was so unexpected on that album. Moreover, it was as though Hendrix had been reborn, the guitar playing is sensational. I just put it down to a single track being his homage to the great Hendrix. But no, more followed, much, much more.
His follow-up album, Dirty Mind contained one of my all time fave Prince songs. “When U Were Mine”, I still get goosebumps when I hear that track, it embodies the bittersweet feeling of being in love for the first time but full of so much doubt.
Controversy had “Ronnie Talk To Russia” but that was a bit of a throw-away piece.
Then 1999 unveiled “Little Red Corvette” and some sensational guitar playing on “All The Critics Love U in NY” and “Lady Cab Driver”. Once again displaying his guitar prowess but it was so easy to overlook that because the tunes and the different genres that he experimented with were so solid and great guitar playing was just one factor amongst all of that.
Purple Rain cemented his reputation as a ROCK GOD! The guitar solo’s on “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Computer Blue”, “Daring Nikki”, “When Doves Cry” and “Purple Rain” were jaw-dropping and sensational. A new guitar hero had been born, a guitar hero who could not only play some of the best guitar in the entire universe but who could also play 20+ other instruments like a pro, sing like an angel, scream like a devil, dance like a banshee and exude such a strong odour of sex that you could actually smell it as you listened to him and watched him perform.
There were hints of it again on Around The World In A Day on tracks like “America” and “Temptation” and just tiny portions of it on Parade, but saying that, how freaking funky is that lick in “Kiss” & “I Wonder U“.
Prince as a Rock God came back in full flow on Sign O’ Times on tracks such as “I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man” and “The Cross”. There was much more on following albums.
However, his first proper Rock album was Chaos & Disorder and this came almost 10 years after Sign O’ Times. I overlooked that on initial release but revisited it some years later and man, that album is an absolute corker. It is so underrated as a Rock album. It was released with the statement on the inside cover that it was recorded and intended solely for “personal use” by Prince but thank god it didn’t stay in the vault and we did see an official release. There’s no dud track on the album and it rocks hard. Indeed the recent material he has recorded and released with 3rd Eye Girl owes a great debt to that album and feels like an extension to that album.
He followed up Chaos & Disorder with the triple album Emancipation which contained some gems like “Holy River” and his cover of the Joan Osborne classic “One of Us”.
The Gold Experience is widely regarded as one of his best albums of the 90’s and that spawned the epic “Endorphinmachine” and the trippy “Dolphins”. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic followed this, another overlooked and underrated album which contained the marvelous “So Far, So Pleased”. The Rainbow Children was more of a Jazz/Gospel inspired album that followed but it also contained some awesome Jazz Funk guitar licks but none of the vibe fitted into these mixes and so I bypassed that albeit, it is a great album.
In 2004 he released Musicology and it was feted as his return to form. Well thing is Prince never really lost form but this album kinda harked back to his consistent output of the 1980’s and contained some absolute gems and 5 tracks from that album are featured on these mixes.
Planet Earth was a free Prince album first released in 2007 in the UK as a free covermount with The Mail on Sunday national newspaper and there’s a couple of great tracks from that album.
2009’s Lotusflow3r contained a rock heavy side in the shape of disc 2 where Prince explored more of his psychedelic and 60’s Hendrixesque/Santana flavours with a touch of weirdness. Also included a great cover of the 60’s pop classic by Tommy James and the Shondells and also includes (uncredited) portions of Wild Thing by The Wild Ones but made more famous in 1966 by The Troggs and subsequently by Hendrix incorporated into the chorus.
As stated previously, the mixes also contain some of Prince’s most recent rock output with his new band 3rd Eye Girl and it’s some of the most interesting material that he has released in quite a while. I have also included some live bootlegs with this new band culled from his UK shows.
So all in all, I hope you ROCK OUT on these 2 mixes in an always fashionably Purple Way!
1.Let’s Go Crazy (Edit)
2.Chaos & Disorder
4.Pretzelbodylogic (with 3rd Eye Girl)
5.The One U Wanna C
6.Fix Ur Life Up (with 3rd Eye Girl)
11.ScrewDriver (with 3rd Eye Girl)
14.I Like It There
15.The Marrying Kind
16.If Eye Was The Man In Ur Life
17.On The Couch
18.Something In the Water Live (Manchester)(with 3rd Eye Girl)
19.Plectrum Electrum (with 3rd Eye Girl)
20.Let’s Go Crazy Live (Manchester)(with 3rd Eye Girl)
22.Back 2 The Lotus….
23. May U Live 2 C The Dawn(backward masking)
24. May U Live 2 C The Dawn
1.From The Lotus
3.Crimson & Clover
5.Dinner With Delores
8.Starfish & Coffee
10.One of Us
11.She’s Always In My Hair
12.Little Red Corvette
14.Into The Light
16.A Million Days
17.77 Beverley Park (Edit)
21.Gotta Stop Messin’ Around
22.When U Were Mine
23.Elephants & Flowers
24.So far, So Pleased
25.I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man