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Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prince's early music career saw the release of Prince, Dirty Mind and Controversy—all of which created controversy due to their fusion of religious and sexual themes. He then released the albums 1999 and Purple Rain, cementing his superstar status with No. 1 hits like "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy." A seven-time Grammy winner, Prince had a prodigious output that included later albums like Diamonds and Pearls, The Gold Experience and Musicology. He died on April 21, 2016.

n 1978, Prince dropped his debut album, For You, which was followed by Prince (1979). He played practically all of the instruments on the albums, and the sophomore release contained his first top 20 pop hit, the easygoing "I Wanna Be Your Lover." The critically acclaimed Dirty Mind dropped in 1980, consisting of material that was graphic in its
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PRINCE Discography

PRINCE albums / top albums

PRINCE For You album cover 2.92 | 3 ratings
For You
RnB 1978
PRINCE Prince album cover 3.34 | 7 ratings
Prince
RnB 1979
PRINCE Dirty Mind album cover 4.29 | 3 ratings
Dirty Mind
RnB 1980
PRINCE Controversy album cover 2.33 | 3 ratings
Controversy
RnB 1981
PRINCE 1999 album cover 3.42 | 6 ratings
1999
RnB 1982
PRINCE Prince And The Revolution ‎: Purple Rain album cover 3.92 | 3 ratings
Prince And The Revolution ‎: Purple Rain
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1984
PRINCE Prince And The Revolution ‎: Around The World In A Day album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Prince And The Revolution ‎: Around The World In A Day
RnB 1985
PRINCE Prince And The Revolution ‎: Parade album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prince And The Revolution ‎: Parade
RnB 1986
PRINCE Sign 2.83 | 3 ratings
Sign "☮" the Times
RnB 1987
PRINCE Black Album album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Black Album
Funk 1987
PRINCE Lovesexy album cover 2.17 | 3 ratings
Lovesexy
RnB 1988
PRINCE Batman (Motion Picture Soundtrack) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Batman (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1989
PRINCE Graffiti Bridge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Graffiti Bridge
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1990
PRINCE Diamonds & Pearls album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Diamonds & Pearls
RnB 1991
PRINCE Love Symbol Album album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Symbol Album
RnB 1992
PRINCE Come album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Come
RnB 1994
PRINCE The Gold Experience album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
The Gold Experience
RnB 1995
PRINCE Emancipation album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Emancipation
RnB 1996
PRINCE Chaos and Disorder album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Chaos and Disorder
RnB 1996
PRINCE The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) ‎: Crystal Ball album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) ‎: Crystal Ball
RnB 1998
PRINCE The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale
RnB 1999
PRINCE The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) ‎: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) ‎: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic
RnB 1999
PRINCE The Rainbow Children album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Rainbow Children
RnB 2001
PRINCE One Nite Alone... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Nite Alone...
RnB 2002
PRINCE N.E.W.S. album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
N.E.W.S.
Funk Jazz 2003
PRINCE Xpectation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Xpectation
RnB 2003
PRINCE Musicology album cover 2.98 | 4 ratings
Musicology
RnB 2004
PRINCE The Chocolate Invasion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Chocolate Invasion
RnB 2004
PRINCE The Slaughterhouse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Slaughterhouse
RnB 2004
PRINCE 3121 album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
3121
RnB 2006
PRINCE Planet Earth album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Planet Earth
RnB 2007
PRINCE MPLSoUND (aka Lotusflow3r) album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
MPLSoUND (aka Lotusflow3r)
RnB 2009
PRINCE Lotusflower album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lotusflower
RnB 2009
PRINCE 20Ten album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
20Ten
RnB 2010
PRINCE Art Official Age album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Official Age
RnB 2014
PRINCE Prince and 3rdEyeGirl : Plectrumelectrum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prince and 3rdEyeGirl : Plectrumelectrum
Jazz Related Rock 2014
PRINCE HITnRUN Phase One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
HITnRUN Phase One
RnB 2015
PRINCE HITnRUN Phase Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
HITnRUN Phase Two
RnB 2015
PRINCE Piano & a Microphone 1983 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano & a Microphone 1983
RnB 2018

PRINCE EPs & splits

PRINCE The Scandalous Sex Suite (feat. Kim Basinger) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Scandalous Sex Suite (feat. Kim Basinger)
RnB 1989
PRINCE Deliverance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deliverance
RnB 2017

PRINCE live albums

PRINCE One Nite Alone... album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
One Nite Alone...
RnB 2002
PRINCE Indigo Nights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Indigo Nights
RnB 2008
PRINCE C-Note album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
C-Note
RnB 2015

PRINCE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

PRINCE re-issues & compilations

PRINCE The Hits 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hits 1
RnB 1993
PRINCE The Hits 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hits 2
RnB 1993
PRINCE The Hits/The B-Sides album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hits/The B-Sides
RnB 1993
PRINCE The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, 94 East : The Artist Formerly Known As Prince album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, 94 East : The Artist Formerly Known As Prince
RnB 1999
PRINCE One Man Jam album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Man Jam
RnB 2000
PRINCE The Very Best of Prince album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best of Prince
RnB 2001
PRINCE Ultimate album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ultimate
RnB 2006
PRINCE Prince / Bria Valente ‎: Lotusflower / MPLSound / Elixer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prince / Bria Valente ‎: Lotusflower / MPLSound / Elixer
RnB 2009
PRINCE 4Ever album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
4Ever
RnB 2016
PRINCE Anthology: 1995-2010 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology: 1995-2010
RnB 2018
PRINCE Ultimate Rave album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ultimate Rave
RnB 2019

PRINCE singles (3)

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Little Red Corvette
RnB 1984
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1999
RnB 1998
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S.S.T.
RnB 2005

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PRINCE Reviews

PRINCE Prince

Album · 1979 · RnB
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siLLy puPPy
Despite the debut album being a complete commercial flop, PRINCE quickly followed up with a successor releasing his eponymous second album in October of 1979 and once again basically every single aspect of the album was handled by PRINCE himself including the songwriiting, production, arrangements and musical performances. This album showed PRINCE expanding his eclectic tentacles even further into the nooks and crannies of the musical world. While the album still retains a dominant R&B and synth funk presence, on album number two we get a lot more indicating telltale signs that the future purple one is unfurling his talents just a like a lotus flower unfolding its petals into full bloom. He is also showing first signs of loving to be naked! A shirtless PRINCE graces the cover and he is gleefully riding a unicorn unclothed on the back.

While the first couple of tracks are his usual shtick of synth funk verging on disco exclusively done in falsetto, on the third track “Sexy Dancer” we get a glimpse into some of the future purple one’s sound with a funk guitar taking control fortified with a groovy bass line and a healthy libido oriented lyrical litany complete with heavy breathing rhythmic accompaniments. Actually an early glimpse into the mega-hit “Kiss” to emerge a few years later.

Unfortunately some of my least favorite aspects of PRINCE are present here as well. I’m speaking of the over sappy ballads displayed here with “When We’re Dancing Close And Slow.” OK, maybe if you’re all hot and bothered by the album cover then this might do it for ya, but i’m sorry it’s not working for yours truly. Same goes for “With You,” the very next track which shows that the purple one hadn’t quite learned the art of pacing upbeat tracks with the slower moon howlers that i can’t stand. “Still Waiting” is the exception where PRINCE has a catchy piano man persona and has a beautiful melody that technically is a ballad but has a mid-tempo beat and a more interesting flow of chords, rhythms and harmonies.

The sixth track “Bambi” changes everything and debuts PRINCE’s brilliance of incorporating rock ’n’ roll into his synth funk visions. This track has a nice distorted guitar accompanied by a more real rocking drum beat. While this one rocks complete with little licks that would develop into PRINCE’s unique guitar soloing style, this one is still in tandem with the rest of the album with his falsetto only vocal style and funkified song structure. Still though, a prototype for his more rocking mojo of future hits such as “Let’s Get Crazy” and “U Got The Look.”

While this second album failed to score any significant chart climbing singles, it did hit number 22 on the Billboard album charts and was certified gold in the not too distant future. Despite the lack of singles it did however hit the R&B charts with “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?.” This album is also notable with the eighth track “I Feel For You” which was remade by Chaka Khan in 1984 and proved to be a huge hit which would be the first of songs written by PRINCE and performed by others to prove major chart success. Proof that PRINCE was first and foremost a songwriting behemoth who would go on to write countless tracks for other artists (think The Time, Stevie Nicks and of course Sinead O’Connor as well as the countless acts he spawned over the years.)

PRINCE For You

Album · 1978 · RnB
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siLLy puPPy
PRINCE Rogers Nelson showed musical talent at a very early age and released several demos before this debut album FOR YOU which emerged in 1978. At this time he was only 17 and i have to say…. sounds like it. This album is a far cry from the masterpieces of “Purple Rain” and the gazillion hits that would follow, but for what this album isn’t, it has kernels of what PRINCE would become yet at this point anyone listening to this album at the time would have a hard time predicting that this strange dude with that funny falsetto would become one of the biggest stars in all of musical history.

This first release by “The Purple One” was a rather modest affair. There is R&B, disco and synth-funk. Pretty much standard affair for the day and improving on none of the greats of the day in even the slightest. The music is nice and catchy and if this was PRINCE’s only album ever to emerge then it might even be a little bit beyond OK, but as we all know the best was yet to come and come again over and over and over again.

This may be one of PRINCE’s lesser appreciated albums simply because it gets drowned in the sea of albums he has released over the years, yet there is something special about a debut album for me whether it is their swan song or not. It displays a time where the artist shows a unique potential (or not) and a portrait of their roots. That is definitely the case with PRINCE here. In all his reserved efforts there is a sense of something lurking beneath the surface ready to unleash itself on an unsuspecting world. The album? OK. I got to this well after being exposed to pretty much everything after, but there is a smattering going on here that points to something more albeit unperceivable at the time.

PRINCE Diamonds & Pearls

Album · 1991 · RnB
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Prince’s 1991 ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ was co-billed with his backing band the New Power Generation and saw him take further steps toward straight ahead pop, but steps also, into the hip hop market. This obviously constituted a departure from the RnB and funk material of earlier releases, but such elements are not absent here.

After a stretch releasing soundtracks (Batman & Graffiti Bridge) Prince delivered ‘Diamonds & Pearls’ which was a massive chart success in the UK, US and Australia especially. It was an album complete with slick early-90s production, raps and catchy hits that just begged for erotic film clips. While a similar production style would be taken further on albums like Michael Jackson’s monster-selling ‘Dangerous’ later the same year, Prince was always more eclectic. On ‘Diamonds & Pearls’ he puts touches from funk, RnB, rock, soul, jazz, and rap on his pop songs, even using the occasional industrial drum sound and spoken narrative. Lyrically he’s still in the bedroom most of the time, one of the exceptions being highlight ‘Money Don’t Matter 2 Nite’ or when he hands the mic over to dancer and rapper Tony M, who delivers boasting in a serviceable manner that isn’t ineffective but might not win him many ‘serious’ hip hop fans.

Prince also raps on occasion and the ‘up close’ vocal sound he employs (such as in ‘Jughead’) suits his sometimes almost lazy delivery and somehow adds more fuel to the sexualisation of his performance – something he takes to almost comical extremes in the slow-jam of ‘Insatiable.’ A more than talented vocalist nonetheless, his arranging skills are on display in the dramatic opener ‘Thunder’ where his lower register, rock voicing, and trademark falsetto are multi-tracked to great effect.

While Prince handles his usual plethora of instruments, The New Power Generation do feature too. The rhythm section sound together despite attempts to make them come across as ‘sampled,’ and aside from Tony M’s lead raps and the occasional co-write from some of its members, it’s Rosie Gaines who gets much the spotlight, especially on the title track. Her backing vocals are distinctive and she often appears in a manner comparable to the way Fergie would later be used in The Black Eyed Peas.

This isn’t Prince’s best album by any stretch. Instead perhaps, it’s now partly a time capsule of 1990s pop and should appeal to fans of the era as much or more than Prince fans, and this is certainly true if you’re mostly looking for his funk and RnB. Aside from ‘Willing and Able’ and the delightful ‘Strollin’’ there isn’t too much. The general feel of the album is better demonstrated by singles like ‘Cream’ or ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ and ‘Get Off.’ The occasional misstep like ‘Daddy Pop’ doesn’t really effect the general flow of the album, at its worst its formulaic and at its best it’s fun, well-written pop blessed with Prince’s distinctive singing.

PRINCE Prince And The Revolution ‎: Around The World In A Day

Album · 1985 · RnB
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Warthur
Around the World In a Day is one of Prince's more experimental albums, focused as it is on embracing the rock side of the Revolution's sound and directing it to pay tribute to the psychedelic sounds of past decades. Whilst the idea of a psych-funk-soul mashup is very much valid - after all, that's precisely what Sly and the Family Stone and Funkadelic did - the end results here are rather muddled, failing to stand up either to the psychedelic influences the album was trying to pay tribute to or Prince's immediately preceding work with the Revolution on 1999 and Purple Rain. Raspberry Beret is alright but otherwise the album's best seen as an ambitious mistake - a mistake worth attempting, but a mistake nonetheless.

PRINCE Prince And The Revolution ‎: Purple Rain

Album · 1984 · Jazz Related Soundtracks
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Warthur
The soundtrack to Prince's zeitgeist-capturing movie is another great rock-funk-soul fusion piece from the Revolution, this time around leaning a little more heavily on the rock side of the band's sound - and in doing so making a fine case for the group as the 80s successors to Funkadelic. Although unlike its predecessor it doesn't quite have a standout track on the level of 1999 or Little Red Corvette, at the same time it is a bit more consistently high in its quality, with out any songs which get repetitive or outlast their welcome. For a brief time in the 1980s Prince could do absolutely no wrong, and this is a great souvenir of that period.

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