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Thread started 06/24/11 5:46pm

uuhson

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graffiti bridge[album]

ive noticed in various other places on the internet, people seem to really hate this album. ive stumbled upon it recently(admittedly ive only been a fan for a few years, im only 20) and i actually enjoy the hell out of pretty much the whole album. am i just weird or have i maybe gone a little too prince crazy recently?

Bogey and Bacall, peanut butter and jelly, Wall being on fucking point, is "classic" dipshit. An iphone is top shelf technology. Get it straight. This thing is 4g. -Wall the great
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Reply #1 posted 06/24/11 6:00pm

Pbing

Nope, you're not weird. It's very enjoyable, especially if you like the variety of associated artists (as I do) and that early-90s pre-RnB snappy digital sound (as I do also). Consider yourself lucky to be able to enjoy it!

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Reply #2 posted 06/24/11 6:01pm

Vict0r

Great album, shit movie.

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Reply #3 posted 06/24/11 6:03pm

The1592

Well, I personally consider it his worst album, but "Theives In The Temple" was a big hit; "The Question Of U" has been a regular in the live sets on many tours; and "Joy In Repitition" is a big fan favorite, so I wouldn't say you're weird for liking it, but I just don't like it at all. Too early-90s sounding, and too much filler from Prince associates for me...

I never did like "Joy In Repitition" much, but the other two songs I mentioned, and the title track are three songs I like from the album. The rest is just boring to me..

bored

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Reply #4 posted 06/24/11 6:03pm

The1592

Pbing said:

if you like the variety of associated artists (as I do) and that early-90s pre-RnB snappy digital sound (as I do also).

Yep, you nailed both of the things I hate about this album!

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Reply #5 posted 06/24/11 6:12pm

mzsadii

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Love the album and parts of the movie

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Reply #6 posted 06/24/11 6:45pm

uuhson

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Pbing said:

especially if you like the variety of associated artists (as I do)

at first i was a little off put, but morris day is awesome so i quickly got over that. 'release it' is just too funky not to love. also really like 'we can funk', it feels like a pfunk song and im a huge george clinton fan

Bogey and Bacall, peanut butter and jelly, Wall being on fucking point, is "classic" dipshit. An iphone is top shelf technology. Get it straight. This thing is 4g. -Wall the great
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Reply #7 posted 06/24/11 7:22pm

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Havnt played it 4 ages if it wasnt 4 Elephants & Flowers/The Question Of U/Thieves In The Temple eye wouldnt pick it up at all!!!!Eye only ever watch the film 4 the elephants & flowers part!!!!

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Reply #8 posted 06/25/11 1:06am

DaveG

The problem with Graffiti Bridge is that it had a lot of songs that were already familiar to hardcore fans because they were widely bootlegged for years & the album versions didn't stand up to the previous versions. Also, there were way too many guest artists.... These songs are good, but they're not Prince.

There is some good stuff, BUT, it just wasn't received well by fans that had been with Prince for awhile.

The movie was a piece of garbage too... That didn't help.

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Reply #9 posted 06/25/11 1:17am

xLiberiangirl

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the soundtrack has some great songs, but the rest is not great. lol

Movie is boring.. lol

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Reply #10 posted 06/25/11 1:23am

thedance

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the Prince songs on Graffiti Bridge are great,

The songs by The Time are NOT great.

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Reply #11 posted 06/25/11 8:01am

eugny1

I really liked this album, every so often I still play it beginning to end.

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Reply #12 posted 06/26/11 6:24am

AhPook

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It's a great artifact of its time.

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Reply #13 posted 06/26/11 6:46am

SquirrelMeat

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Its a mis-mash of sounds, but I aways loved it. A great car driving summer album and overall a more satisfying album than Batman that preceded it.

I mostly listen to it edited with the Prince tracks only (inc Theives 12"), and the Time ones added to Pandamonium extended.

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Reply #14 posted 06/26/11 2:20pm

Xodus

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Fantastic album! This is an important turning point because it's where Prince completely abandons the thin, plastic 80s sound production in favor of a warmer, fatter sound production loaded with headphone ear candy......mmmm, Yummy!

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Reply #15 posted 06/26/11 3:34pm

controversy99

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yeah, i like it, too. it's the third prince album that i listed to a lot when it came out. my friend had it, and we used to listen to it all the time. also, i remember it being one of the first cds (rather than tapes) that i listened to a lot.

joy in repetition & we can funk are the shiznit.

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Reply #16 posted 06/26/11 3:41pm

Zannaloaf

thedance said:

the Prince songs on Graffiti Bridge are great,

The songs by The Time are NOT great.

The Time songs ARE Prince songs. Take a look at the writing credits....BWAHAHAHAHAHHA.

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Reply #17 posted 07/24/11 12:39am

DaveG

I'm just listening to a "Rough Mix" version of this album for the first time... Meaning, all of the original, earlier bootleg versions of "Can't Stop", "We Can Funk", "Joy in Rep", "Tick Tick Bang" "Still Would Stay All Time", etc. + Prince's versions of "Melody Cool" & "Round & Round"... Also, some of the rough versions of songs like "Elephants & Flowers" & "New Power Generation" are far better before they became over produced.... Then remove all of the sub par tracks by The Time & the title track (sorry Graffiti Bridge might be the worst song he's ever written)....

This album could have been one of his best... Instead, we got the mess that it became...

What happened?

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Reply #18 posted 07/24/11 1:17am

Pentacle

DaveG said:

I'm just listening to a "Rough Mix" version of this album for the first time... Meaning, all of the original, earlier bootleg versions of "Can't Stop", "We Can Funk", "Joy in Rep", "Tick Tick Bang" "Still Would Stay All Time", etc. + Prince's versions of "Melody Cool" & "Round & Round"... Also, some of the rough versions of songs like "Elephants & Flowers" & "New Power Generation" are far better before they became over produced.... Then remove all of the sub par tracks by The Time & the title track (sorry Graffiti Bridge might be the worst song he's ever written)....

This album could have been one of his best... Instead, we got the mess that it became...

What happened?

I think what happened that you lost your hearing somewhere inbetween. There are no subpar tracks on the album, all the Time-songs are Prince songs etc.

The only song of which there is a better version, is Can't Stop '86.

We Can Funk '86 is fantastic, but so is the GB-version. They're completely diffferent, so no need to compare.

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Reply #19 posted 07/24/11 10:18am

DaveG

Pentacle said:

DaveG said:

I'm just listening to a "Rough Mix" version of this album for the first time... Meaning, all of the original, earlier bootleg versions of "Can't Stop", "We Can Funk", "Joy in Rep", "Tick Tick Bang" "Still Would Stay All Time", etc. + Prince's versions of "Melody Cool" & "Round & Round"... Also, some of the rough versions of songs like "Elephants & Flowers" & "New Power Generation" are far better before they became over produced.... Then remove all of the sub par tracks by The Time & the title track (sorry Graffiti Bridge might be the worst song he's ever written)....

This album could have been one of his best... Instead, we got the mess that it became...

What happened?

I think what happened that you lost your hearing somewhere inbetween. There are no subpar tracks on the album, all the Time-songs are Prince songs etc.

The only song of which there is a better version, is Can't Stop '86.

We Can Funk '86 is fantastic, but so is the GB-version. They're completely diffferent, so no need to compare.

Guess we just have different tastes.... I much prefer the more raw, live sounding versions of pretty much every track on GB... IMO, this album was the start of Prince starting to over produce his studio albums... Tons of vocal sampling... Tons of drum programming... & sorry, too many guest artist. I know these other songs are Prince songs too.. I just don't like these versions.

I just think GB is an album with a lot of great songs on it, but it somehow got ruined it it's final incarnation... It feels kinda forced & fake to me..

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Reply #20 posted 07/24/11 10:46am

alexnvrmnd777

DaveG said:

Pentacle said:

I think what happened that you lost your hearing somewhere inbetween. There are no subpar tracks on the album, all the Time-songs are Prince songs etc.

The only song of which there is a better version, is Can't Stop '86.

We Can Funk '86 is fantastic, but so is the GB-version. They're completely diffferent, so no need to compare.

Guess we just have different tastes.... I much prefer the more raw, live sounding versions of pretty much every track on GB... IMO, this album was the start of Prince starting to over produce his studio albums... Tons of vocal sampling... Tons of drum programming... & sorry, too many guest artist. I know these other songs are Prince songs too.. I just don't like these versions.

I just think GB is an album with a lot of great songs on it, but it somehow got ruined it it's final incarnation... It feels kinda forced & fake to me..

No, that would be Lovesexy. GB is no more cluttered (production-wise) than Lovesexy. In fact, I'd say it was less cluttered and convoluted than Lovesexy.

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Reply #21 posted 07/24/11 11:41am

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Xodus said:

Fantastic album! This is an important turning point because it's where Prince completely abandons the thin, plastic 80s sound production in favor of a warmer, fatter sound production loaded with headphone ear candy......mmmm, Yummy!

i'm the opposite, i hate the production, it sounds too clean and clinical and has no bottom.

don't play me...i'm over 30 and i DO smoke weed....
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Reply #22 posted 07/24/11 12:21pm

thedance

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Zannaloaf said:

thedance said:

the Prince songs on Graffiti Bridge are great,

The songs by The Time are NOT great.

The Time songs ARE Prince songs. Take a look at the writing credits....BWAHAHAHAHAHHA.

still:

Those songs by The Time (on GB) are garbage....

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Reply #23 posted 07/24/11 1:30pm

soulpride

Not at all, mind you his side projects, most of the songs sung by The Time are his, he's going on 40 years of pumping out albums virtually almost every few months or so, one may live their whole lives and still not have heard all of the man's song, don't feel bad I'm 27 lol and I feel all slow when I enter some of these forums, hey, I thought I knew the guy till I joined
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Reply #24 posted 07/24/11 3:22pm

DaveG

alexnvrmnd777 said:

DaveG said:

Guess we just have different tastes.... I much prefer the more raw, live sounding versions of pretty much every track on GB... IMO, this album was the start of Prince starting to over produce his studio albums... Tons of vocal sampling... Tons of drum programming... & sorry, too many guest artist. I know these other songs are Prince songs too.. I just don't like these versions.

I just think GB is an album with a lot of great songs on it, but it somehow got ruined it it's final incarnation... It feels kinda forced & fake to me..

No, that would be Lovesexy. GB is no more cluttered (production-wise) than Lovesexy. In fact, I'd say it was less cluttered and convoluted than Lovesexy.

For me, LoveSexy (though a little busy & overdone) still at least has a live, human feel to it...

GB feels programmed, sampled, looped, quantized & cold.... No soul in the recordings.

There are some great songs on there... I just don't personally like the sound & feel of this album.

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Reply #25 posted 07/24/11 4:26pm

robertgeorgeak
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DaveG said:

alexnvrmnd777 said:

No, that would be Lovesexy. GB is no more cluttered (production-wise) than Lovesexy. In fact, I'd say it was less cluttered and convoluted than Lovesexy.

For me, LoveSexy (though a little busy & overdone) still at least has a live, human feel to it...

GB feels programmed, sampled, looped, quantized & cold.... No soul in the recordings.

There are some great songs on there... I just don't personally like the sound & feel of this album.

i feel the same. it all sounds too digital (and before u start people, i'm not doing an interview with the guardian wink ) and clinical. new power generation is the perfect example. the original we can funk is heavy with bass while the gb version sounds flat in comparison. i remember listening to the question of u at the opening night of nude tour in rotterdam, slack jawed, thinking prince had written his greatest song yet, and being a bit disappointed by the album version. at this time i was an absolute prince nut and there was no way i was gonna hate an album, however over time it's become an album that i have mixed feelings about, some great songs amongst absolute twaddle like love machine and elephants and flowers and....

don't play me...i'm over 30 and i DO smoke weed....
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Reply #26 posted 07/24/11 8:13pm

carinemjj

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YAAAYYY Some love for Graffiti Bridge!!!

Really enjoy the album

Really enjoy the movie ( nod )

I even enjoy most fo the non-Prince song! nuts

Yeah, I love Graffiti Bridge movie, so what? ''Oooooooooooh Montreal, say it!''
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Reply #27 posted 07/26/11 5:56am

SoulAlive

I think it has a few great songs and alot of mediocre songs.It lacks focus.

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