Having access to my Prince albums is about the only reason I use a Google Music account (you can upload your own albums, most Prince songs aren’t streaming anywhere except Tidal- not even YouTube).
I think I discovered Prince by buying his “Hits/B-Sides” compilation at a second-hand store. One of my most unpopular opinions was the belief that his catalogue had more depth than Michael Jackson. Not that it has to be a competition, but it’s the sort of conversation that comes up at parties with music fans.
Most people know “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry” but beyond that it seems like he never quite crossed over to the level of knowledge that he should of – even hits like “Little Red Corvette”, “Raspberry Beret”, “Kiss”, “Nothing Compares 2 U”- somehow people just don’t associate them with Prince. I think my personal favourite is “Let’s Go Crazy.” Or “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man”. Or “Musicology”. Or…
Anyways, I’m glad I have his music. It’s on blast this morning.
Extraordinary write-up examining Prince’s desire to cross over to white albums, the barriers he faced in doing so, and the influence of the song “Freeze Frame” on his career.
start at 3:43
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