C/D: Prince's "Around the World in a Day"

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ffirehorse, Tuesday, 1 March 2005 02:32 (9 years ago) Permalink

one of the only big 80's Prince LPs I haven't heard yet. kind of on the fence about whether I wanna get it, might go for Parade next instead. of the songs I've heard, I love "Tambourine", not too crazy about "Pop Life" or "Raspberry Beret".

Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 02:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

The impact of this album is still memorable -- it was so left field after Purple Rain, everyone was expecting that part II and instead, this. I remember all excited getting it in ninth grade having been turned into a Prince maniac over the previous years and going "What the...?"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 02:37 (9 years ago) Permalink

It was the first time I heard commercial radio DJs sounding perplexed on the radio when they got their hands on the advanced copies.

"Um, we're going to play 'Raspberry Beret' one more time here on.. !"

I remember the L.A. area stations would play "Raspberry Beret", "Pop Life", MAYBE "America" or "Paisley Park", and "She's Always In My Hair" (a B-side!) but would not touch the rest of the album... it was also the first time I heard commercial radio DJs editorialize a bit about their thoughts on the album.

donut debonair (donut), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 02:37 (9 years ago) Permalink

Very often, this is my favorite Prince album. I don't think it's the "best," but I think it's just SICK with talent and ambition and sheer perversity. And, it turns out, God is a rockist.

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 02:49 (9 years ago) Permalink

It's actually pretty dull - probably the one dud in his '79-'87 hot streak. I got it a couple of years ago thinking it was an underrated classic. Nope. "America" is "Baby You're A Star," "Paisely Park" is "Penny Lane," and "Temptation" isnt New Order or even Heaven 17.

Its value I suspect is archival and hence historical: I think it's the album where Prince starts to deliberately turn his back on stardom, retreating into the increasingly bizarre sounds in his head until he vomited out "Sign O'The Times". "Lovesexy" is almost a sequel to ATWIAD. Matos probably has some theories too.

The arrangements are "interesting" without being compelling (jeez, even that Rain Parade album released around the same time moved a little faster). I'll take "Parade," which combines strings, funk, bad lyrics, and shrill falsettos much more amazingly. If I play it these days, it's to hear the two hits and "Tamborine."

"She's Always in My Hair" is much better than most of the album tracks.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

Hey, donut, what would the deejays say? I'm curious about the public's longterm response. It debuted at number one, produced two relatively big hits, but did it have "legs"?

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:05 (9 years ago) Permalink

No, Art Of Noise had "Legs" as a hit on their album In Visible Silence from the same year, though. ;)

I remember "Raspberry Beret" being a HUGE hit, "Pop Life" being a hit though not as huge as "Raspberry Beret" and that was it. Top 40 stations mainly just played these two songs, but R&B stations were more adventurous.. I mean, it was Prince. He could "do no wrong" as he had proven the previous year.. which is why part of me is fascinated with this move by Prince.

VERY IMPORTANT to keep in perspective, Prince was hardly just working on his own stuff. He did score hits via his protogés The Family with "Screams Of Passion", which DID get Top 40 play. Sheila E. was also big around the time too, still charting occasional singles from her first album. The Time was riding on the coattails of Prince's success with hits that bled into 1985 as well, I believe. The Prince dynasty was doing very well at the time, despite the "WTF"ness of Around The World In A Day. The only reason it sold so big was because it was the album after Purple Rain, period.

donut debonair (donut), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:10 (9 years ago) Permalink

Why "vomited out," Alfred? Because it contained partially digested chunks of the last good meal he had?

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:11 (9 years ago) Permalink

or good album

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:12 (9 years ago) Permalink

All the tastiest chunks, Ken L.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:13 (9 years ago) Permalink

I'll take "Sugar Walls" and "Jungle Love" over ATWIAD.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:14 (9 years ago) Permalink

the album came out less than a year after Purple Rain, which had five singles; people could hardly believe he'd already followed it up, I remember thinking wondering 'how'

it's not bad, but you did get the impression he was getting over the pressure of following up his huge breakthrough album by getting it out of the way as fast as possible. Parade was the real followup.

search: "Paisley Park" 12" version which opens with an insane guitar solo / seagull sfx duet for two minutes before even bothering to splice in the song

(Jon L), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:19 (9 years ago) Permalink

Alfred I am glad that we are Stylus bros and IM friends but you are too busy toeing the official critical line here. Beneath the wackiness there is true beauty here. Maybe people like Prince when he lies best but I like him when he tells the truth.

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:22 (9 years ago) Permalink

But, Matt, that's just it: I don't hear the truth in ATWIAD. I hear gnomic lyrics and half-assed political commentary. He was too busy producing Sheila E and fucking to read the NYT.

As far the official critical line, well, I'm a big "Graffiti Bridge" fan.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:27 (9 years ago) Permalink

Graffiti Bridge was 10th in Pazz & Jop that year, so you're not toeing any critical line there or anywhere else (Around the World was considered a dud then and now, rightly).

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

"Tambourine" and "Raspberry Beret" are the only ones that really, really grab me.

miccio (miccio), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:38 (9 years ago) Permalink

I don't exactly know why, but I've never owned Sign O' The Times in any form. Is there a thread for Albums We Know We'd Like But Have Never Gotten Around To Getting A Hold Of, Perhaps Because We Are Saving Them For A Rainy Day?

I did own ATWAID and I ended up liking it more than I thought I would, but it was a cassette, so who knows what became of it. Probably still lodged under the seat of a friend's car, hidden between a crushed Real Thirsty cup and a crumpled-up bag from the Short Stop.

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:39 (9 years ago) Permalink

the album is interesting but a lot of the compliments this album gets seem like status quo for Prince at the time for me. I don't get what it has the the one surrounding it don't, and I sure know what those albums have that this doesn't.

miccio (miccio), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:41 (9 years ago) Permalink

Man there's a whole lot of wrong around here. I'd better get my ass over to the "Albums Only I Understand" Thread.

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:41 (9 years ago) Permalink

And I'd better cut and paste your post to the "Things I'd Like To Quote In The Future" thread.

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:46 (9 years ago) Permalink

Prince's "Parade" haircut was better.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:47 (9 years ago) Permalink

a dud? i think not! it's definitely not prince's best, but to call any album that has "raspberry beret," "tamborine," "paisley park" and "around the world in a day" on it a dud seems just wrong. and, hello, "condition of the heart" anyone??? i'd say it's exactly halfway to a great pop album, which makes it just ok by prince's '80s standards but pretty damn sweet by anyone else's.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:50 (9 years ago) Permalink

I first heard "Condition of the Heart" on a live bootleg; it sounded fabulous. Then I heard the album version: it drifts all over the place and that falsetto really bothers me. I like my classic-era Prince ballads either over the top ("Beautiful Ones," "Do Me, Baby") or with double and triple-tracked vocal craziness ("Forever in my Life").

I'll make an exception for "Sometimes It Snows in April."

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:53 (9 years ago) Permalink

Here's a couple of sample paragraphs from reviews published the week it was released.

Robert Palmer, New York Times, 4/22/1985:

Almost every sound on the record, vocal and instrumental, with the occasional exception of light percussion, saxophone, backing vocals and understated string arrangements, was made by Prince, who proves with this record that he has mastered the pop-rock idiom in the widest sense, from artsy rock to heavy metal, funk to sweet pop balladry. ''Around the World in a Day'' may or may not endure as a rock classic; that remains to be seen. But there can be no doubt that Prince has invested a great deal of creative and emotional energy in it.

Richard Harrington, Washington Post, 4/23/1985:

This is a mind album, like "Sgt. Pepper," and Prince tends to leave clues rather than evidence. For all its psychedelic trappings, and for all his reputation as a sexual obsessive, there is precious little advocacy of anything except self-awareness and self-definition. That may be a reflection on Prince and his own set of changes; it has certainly provoked one of the most intriguing albums in years.

ffirehorse (firehorse), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

BTW, I don't think it's a classic; I was just posting those review samples for curiosity's sake.

ffirehorse (firehorse), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 03:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

Condition Of The Heart , for one, is just as freaky sounding to me today as it was when I first heard it as a kid. I didn't like the album as much right after Purple Rain . I later realized just how great it is ( I barely play PR nowadays) and I think it's Classic.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 04:02 (9 years ago) Permalink

xpost:
They seem to be hedging their bets, as if to protect themselves from the wrath of ILM twenty years later.

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 04:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

hedging their bets in the face of a musician who was just too far ahead to fucking dare to judge.

sucks to have taller siblings, but this album's got things the others don't. it's weirder, spacier, further out, totally personal, couldn't care less about pleasing outside the core fan base, which was important coming off the last album: i.e. the year the assholes stopped calling me a fag for liking Prince.

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 04:15 (9 years ago) Permalink

hedging their bets in the face of a musician who was just too far ahead to fucking dare to judge.

sucks to have taller siblings, but this album's got things the others don't. it's weirder, spacier, further out, totally personal, couldn't care less about pleasing outside the core fan base, which was important coming off the last album: i.e. the year the asshole jocks stopped calling me a faggot for liking Prince (to put it bluntly)

(me in '85 = 15 yrs old, for context)

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 04:19 (9 years ago) Permalink

wow. now THAT, my friends, is a good post.

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 04:19 (9 years ago) Permalink

Hear hear.

ffirehorse (firehorse), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 04:30 (9 years ago) Permalink

It was good, but I'd like to grub some credit for the assist.

But what I really came back to the thread to say is: I think that, in to order to more accurately represent his actual bailiwick, fact checking cuz should expand his title to the Brighten-the-Corners deluxe version of "sanity and fact checking cuz."

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 04:48 (9 years ago) Permalink

I remember deciding not to go to the stadium show, people we didn't like terribly much showing up in class the next day with the t-shirts... there was just as much pressure from the true fans on the followup, and when he just danced straight off the page with it and made the issue of topping the previous one a non-issue, it was one of those great moments.

and meanwhile, the 12" mixes & b-sides were killing... "Hello"

maybe it's different if you're going through his albums in hindsight, but this was a pivotal album where he showed everyone he was just going to keep going further, and it was cool, so I have nothing but love for this album

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 04:48 (9 years ago) Permalink

I do prize having all the ATWIAD era 12"s than I do the actual album... they are all quite beautiful.

donut debonair (donut), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 05:10 (9 years ago) Permalink

I predict one day that the WB albums will get deluxe editions with the full jamming 12" versions of all his singles on the second disc.

One day.

donut debonair (donut), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 05:10 (9 years ago) Permalink

I remember the 12" version of 'america' was something like 25 minutes long... what was the b-side again?

milton parker (Jon L), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 05:29 (9 years ago) Permalink

The B-side to "America" was "Girl."

ffirehorse (firehorse), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 05:33 (9 years ago) Permalink

I don't know how ATWIAD is more "personal" than his other stuff - and how would you know? and how could you tell from its lyrics?

When is the Little One releasing his 12"'s ?

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 12:22 (9 years ago) Permalink

Who mentioned lyrics?

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 12:30 (9 years ago) Permalink

Why don't you like his lyrics, anyway?

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 12:32 (9 years ago) Permalink

Disliking this album is akin to beating babies with pipes.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 13:19 (9 years ago) Permalink

(ie, I could never do it and it upsets me that other people can and do)

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 13:20 (9 years ago) Permalink

Personal lyrics here:

1. Prince's quest to create an oasis of freedom and peace (Paisley Park) in the mixed-up muddled-up world (title track).

2. His glorification of the beautiful loser, the nerd, the freak, ("Paisley Park" the song, "Condition of the Heart" which is so overheated that you KNOW it's him talking), the black kids who listen to Joni Mitchell and Love.

3. His having to deal with the insanity he's created through fame, through arrogance, through beginning to piss off the music business that has finally embraced him ("Pop Life")

4. His walking away from the sex-crazed persona that America embraced, his trying to understand his religious underpinnings instead of just being flippant about it like before ("Temptation")

5. His backing away from his earlier Reagan-is-great stylings ("America").

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 14:36 (9 years ago) Permalink

Classic. I don't get the dislike for the album in this thread; I would take this album over Sign O the Times or Parade anyday.

Vic Funk, Tuesday, 1 March 2005 15:33 (9 years ago) Permalink

Hey, there goes my favorite Prince album.

Omar (Omar), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 15:41 (9 years ago) Permalink

Matt, I'd accept your finely argued points if the music was stronger. "Temptation" and "Paisley Park" are retreads.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 15:48 (9 years ago) Permalink

of what? SPECIFIX PLEAZE SOTO

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 15:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

"America" - sounds like "Baby I'm A Star," with unspecific lyrics. With the exception of "Sign O'The Times," I'm no fan of Prince-as-Edmund-Burke ("Ronnie, Talk To Russia"), but

"Paisley Park" - I like the calliope. Sounds too much like "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Penny Lane." He did this strawberry-lemonade and tangerine trees shit better on the next album's "Christopher Tracy's Parade" and "Life Can Be So Nice."

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 1 March 2005 16:17 (9 years ago) Permalink

Get one religious right.

BARMS, Thursday, 3 March 2005 14:51 (9 years ago) Permalink

BARMS are you being an asshole, and why?

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Thursday, 3 March 2005 14:52 (9 years ago) Permalink

Sourpuss, are you living up to your name in a mondo overtime way and if so, why?

BARMS, Thursday, 3 March 2005 14:53 (9 years ago) Permalink

My answer to your question: no. I'm just curious about you, are you really accusing A.Miccio of being a member of the "religious right" based on what he said above, or are you joking around, or what?

By the way I like your choices on the calendar thread, we're locked in a duet over there.

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Thursday, 3 March 2005 14:55 (9 years ago) Permalink

I'm joking - there's no basis in Anthony's statement to accuse him of it in the first place. I'm just amused by the idea of such an incident, especially the repeated references I saw on old Prince message boards about what Purple Rain actually is. Maybe next time, I'll type "moral outrage". My humour is actually worse than normal because I'm working this week, I reckon.

Better get back to the calendar thread. I think I'll have to go find some of your choices, since I'm very much new to them.

BARMS, Thursday, 3 March 2005 14:59 (9 years ago) Permalink

Okay, just wanted to check. I didn't think you were especially trollish...I'm working on a coffee deficit and, apparently, I'm stupid and pricklish.

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Thursday, 3 March 2005 15:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 3 March 2005 15:02 (9 years ago) Permalink

BTW, although not a masterpiece, ATWIAD does rate on the classic side of the equation. I loved the singles ('Raspberry Beret' seemed to get a lot of UK radio play when I was a kid, yet I note it wasn't much of a charter when originally released). 'America' is appealing in its whimsy and awkward oddness and 'Tambourine' once exposed an alleged Prince fan I used to hang out with for the instant gratification-seeker he is.

BARMS, Thursday, 3 March 2005 15:16 (9 years ago) Permalink

How did it expose him - just because he didn't like it? (which is cause enough)

Jedmond (Jedmond), Thursday, 3 March 2005 15:19 (9 years ago) Permalink

Well, yeah - he only owned or liked the big singles, and to be honest, 'Tambourine' is pretty harmless and very funky, yet when the vocals move up a notch, he looked at me as if I was playing a noize record, or worse (for him) a UK now-pop tune.

Hell, the same guy, a fucking Four Twaet fan, looked at me the same way when I played him glitchy melodic elctronica records.

BARMS, Thursday, 3 March 2005 15:29 (9 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...
This is the greatest thread ever.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 14:39 (8 years ago) Permalink

4 years pass...

very underappreciated and awesome album. "Pop Life", the title track, "raspberry beret", man fuck people who don't enjoy this...with scissors and mayonaise

ý never promýsed you a Weingarten (San Te), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

I like a lot of this album actually. And the tracks I don't like are the gospel influenced somewhat repetitive ballads that also exist in the rest of his catalogue (for instance, the title track is the only thing I don't like much on "Purple Rain")

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

This was, if I recall, one of the first threads to which I contributed.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

(for instance, the title track is the only thing I don't like much on "Purple Rain")

ý never promýsed you a Weingarten (San Te), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

sorry for the triple post, something's up with my internets....

ý never promýsed you a Weingarten (San Te), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Your ire.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Pop Life"

When asked, I'll probably tell you this is my favorite Prince song 7 out of 10 times.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

i thought it was intentional

xp

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol, it did kind of inspire that level of "wtf"ness in me.

ý never promýsed you a Weingarten (San Te), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

whatever track 3 is called is also a favorite...

ý never promýsed you a Weingarten (San Te), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

Geir doesn't like blues-based music, film at 11, posts very much in character, etc., etc.

Meanwhile, "Let's Go Crazy," with the exception of the pre-chorus, consists entirely of a I-IV chord change. Whereas "Purple Rain" is incredibly harmonically complex.

But it sounds like gospel.

But it's not that Geir doesn't like "black people" music.

But a song that's just I-IV, over and over, is better than the complexity of "Purple Rain." Also, too.

a mix of music (Lionel Ritchie) and kicks (my tongue) (Phil D.), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

Because this album is beloved by a coterie and I love Prince, I give it a chance every few months -- it's still mostly a dud.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Anyway, "Paisley Park" and "Raspberry Beret" are fantastic songs because they sound like something The Beatles might have done in 1967.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

And, no, "Purple Rain" is not complex. It has four chords. And that's it. And they are being repeated as an ostinato all the time with no build, not climax (other than some annoyingly improvised screaming, that is, but the climax shouldn't be in the performance, it should be in the melody).

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

Propably still in my Top 5 but it could do with a good remastering/ fix up. If only to correct that pain in the arse lag between the left and right channels on Pop Life when you listen on headphones. I love it mind, full of brilliant tricks that you forget about like that stop-start-stop-start intro to America. Condition Of The Heart contains my favourite Prince lyric moment ever when the girl leaves him for 'a REAL prince.. from Arabia'. Anyone who doesn't get the warmth and the humour of the man after listening to this album is *nuts*.

piscesx, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Plenty of his albums before and since exude his warmth and humor.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

I should have said upthread: maybe I'm tainted because I heard Parade first. ATWIAD, by contrast, was one of the LAST Prince albums I bought (2001? 2002?). I've written thousands of words in my rockcrit career defending unloved mutts, especially those released in the eighties, but this one, unfortunately, still sounds half-assed and nattering.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is my favorite Prince album.

sharkless dick stick (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Parade is ironically the one I never liked much...although there are some amazing songs on it.

ý never promýsed you a Weingarten (San Te), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

really the only Prince album I've ever heard that I went "uh, why?" was the one a few years ago with the song "Guitar" on it....

ý never promýsed you a Weingarten (San Te), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

I hear the title track and "Paisley Park" and think, well, okay, sitars and finger cymbals and Magical Mystery Tour -- so what?

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

The A side of this album is brilliant: the first tune is nice intro showcasing how he's changed his game, "Paisley Park" is one his most hearbreakingly beautiful pop songs, the ballad is good in the sort of pathetic-yet-credible way Prince can write ballad, "Raspberry Berret" is plenty fun, and "Tambourine" is a nice little funk workout. But the B side is kinda bad: "America" is musically nice but has dodgy lyrics, "Pop Life" isn't as great a pop song as the ones on side A, and the last two songs are just half-assed, formless attempts to make something "psychedelic". Prince should've just made the 20 minute version of "America" as the entire B side. Or at least replace the last two songs with "Girl" and "She's Always in My Hair". They're not the most perfect Prince songs, but they're certainly better than what's on the album.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 25 August 2010 00:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah: "Girl," "Hello," "She's Always in My Hair" pwn most of the album tracks.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 00:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

Basically absolutely LOVE "Raspberry Beret" and "Paisley Park". Also quite fond of the title track and "Pop Life". Not quite as keen on the rest.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 21:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

honestly i only came around to "parade" as an album this year (before i would always listen to kiss, mountains, and maybe another lover and that's it).

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 21:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

the title track is the only thing I don't like much on "Purple Rain"

O_O

Anyway, great album. I never latched onto Parade as strongly as this one, myself.

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 21:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

I understand now
love is more important than sex
I have to go now

I don't know when I'll return

goodbye

chupacabra seeds (Abbbottt), Monday, 2 July 2012 21:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Prince's worst 80s record?

to welcome jer.fairall, pie is served. (jer.fairall), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 02:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

way better than Lovesexy imo. i might prefer it to Parade too but i know that's a minority opinion.

abandon al ships (some dude), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 03:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

temptation is pretty embarrassing

buh, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 03:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Anyway, "Paisley Park" and "Raspberry Beret" are fantastic songs because they sound like something The Beatles might have done in 1967.

Let us travel back in time to properly appreciate how wrong this sentiment is.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 04:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just heard "Pop Life" somewhere the other week, it made me happy like it usually does. I think most of the detractory commentary above is fair, but for somebody's decade low-point to include "Pop Life," "Raspberry Beret," "Tamborine" and "Condition of the Heart" says more about the decade he had than the actual merits of the album. Even the title track is pretty cool.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 04:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

'raspberry beret' makes my shortlist of the best pop records of all time, easy.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 04:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Temptation" is amazing, imo, always gives me chills

chupacabra seeds (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 05:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm hard-pressed to think of any song called 'temptation' that isn't awesome!

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 05:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've voiced the identical sentiment about songs w/tambourines in the title!

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 16:28 (2 years ago) Permalink


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