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Thread started 06/14/16 1:06pm

sro100

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The Rainbow Children

As I've been working my way through my CDs I put this on about a month ago and after a few seconds had to turn it off.

Have to be in the mood.

So I sort-of forced myself to put it on this week and almost wanted to turn it off again after a couple minutes.

But I forced myself to listen.

And --- damn!

It grew back into me.

This is such a good album and if you look at it like a Parliament outer-space epic; it's awesome.

Such powerful music.

Some highlights include the "We Want Prince!" chant during "Everlasting Now;" it just evokes happy times.

Truly an epic achievement overall.

What do y'all think of TRC?

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Reply #1 posted 06/14/16 1:41pm

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This experience will cover courtship, sex, commitment, fetishes, loneliness, vindication, love, and hate.
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Reply #2 posted 06/14/16 1:45pm

morningsong

Personally, I love it. But I'm embarrassed to say when it came out I made everybody at my last job listen to it, I was really loopy back then. But they let me go on and on about Prince this and Prince that, so obviously they didn't mind. Man, I must have been annoying.

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Reply #3 posted 06/14/16 2:00pm

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Absolutely love this album. It was one of his last true masterpieces. Really reminds me of how it felt to listen to parade or lovesexy for the first time... It had, and still has, that same sense of awe to it. Even when I'm not in the mood to put up with Darth vader for an hour there's some great tracks that R in my random playlist most of the time.
It was not in vain...it was in Minneapolis!
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Reply #4 posted 06/14/16 2:38pm

sro100

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kev1n said:

Absolutely love this album. It was one of his last true masterpieces. Really reminds me of how it felt to listen to parade or lovesexy for the first time... It had, and still has, that same sense of awe to it. Even when I'm not in the mood to put up with Darth vader for an hour there's some great tracks that R in my random playlist most of the time.

Yes. It sort of feels like the "sequel" to Lovesexy; but on a much bigger scale.

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Reply #5 posted 06/14/16 2:47pm

MMJas

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I love TRC. Don't understand all the hate towards it, it's wonderful. I also think it's a very spiritual album, it ressonated with me.
I love Digital Garden (this is such a beautiful song, I listen to it on repeat a lot), Everywhere, Mellow, Last December, Rainbow Children, Muse 2 the Pharaoh.

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Reply #6 posted 06/14/16 2:55pm

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Incredible album. In my top 5, easily.
It is a huge, challenging album. Lol.
By the time I get to last December I'm exhausted.
small circles, big wheels!
I've got a pretty firm grip on the obvious!
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Reply #7 posted 06/14/16 3:11pm

nonesuch

Strictly musically speaking it is Prince's opus magnum to me.

It revived my interest in his music after his dreadful 90's-output.

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Reply #8 posted 06/14/16 3:24pm

Marrk

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It's a challenging album, certainly gets the listener thinking. Art should do that I suppose. It's militant JW Prince though. Not for everyone. As a fan i like it but wouldn't put it on in company. Family Name, The Everlasting Now and Last December are an amazing end three tracks. Ideology or not.

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Bonus! he made an effort with the packaging and art!

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Yeah, we'll, we'll try to imagine what silence looks like.
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Reply #9 posted 06/14/16 3:26pm

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Incredible album. His last 10/10 classic although Lotusflow3r is close..
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Reply #10 posted 06/14/16 3:29pm

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I love the album, too, even the Darth Vader voice-- watching him perform the songs from the album live-- One Night Alone concert at the Kodak Theater (now Dolby Theater) in Hollywood-- was my favorite Prince concert experience. cool
"Just like the sun, the Rainbow Children rise."

"Am I black or white? Am I straight or gay?"

"We had fun, didn't we?"
-Prince (1958-2016) 4ever in my life
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Reply #11 posted 06/14/16 3:31pm

Marrk

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aiden said:

Incredible album. His last 10/10 classic although Lotusflow3r is close..

Lotusflower is better I think.

Yeah, we'll, we'll try to imagine what silence looks like.
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Reply #12 posted 06/14/16 3:55pm

MattUK

rainbowchild said:

I love the album, too, even the Darth Vader voice-- watching him perform the songs from the album live-- One Night Alone concert at the Kodak Theater (now Dolby Theater) in Hollywood-- was my favorite Prince concert experience. cool

Yep. ONA Live at the Hammersmith Apollo is my favourite Prince live experience too.. and the last time I saw him live sad

Incredible gig.. and being npgmusicclub member getting into the soundcheck too.. those were the days smile

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Reply #13 posted 06/14/16 4:07pm

Marrk

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MattUK said:

rainbowchild said:

I love the album, too, even the Darth Vader voice-- watching him perform the songs from the album live-- One Night Alone concert at the Kodak Theater (now Dolby Theater) in Hollywood-- was my favorite Prince concert experience. cool

Yep. ONA Live at the Hammersmith Apollo is my favourite Prince live experience too.. and the last time I saw him live sad

Incredible gig.. and being npgmusicclub member getting into the soundcheck too.. those were the days smile

Manchester ONA here at the other Apollo. It was a great tour. When 'Empty Room' struck up my brain nearly exploded with the sheer joy of it. I loved those smaller venues. After that tour he was less daring with the setlists until sadly, this last tour.

Yeah, we'll, we'll try to imagine what silence looks like.
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Reply #14 posted 06/14/16 4:15pm

thisisreece

The one album that is up there with the 80s greats imo. Top 5 album for me.

Hundalasiliah!
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Reply #15 posted 06/14/16 4:39pm

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Prince's last great achievement.

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He dared to be great.

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Movies completely suck today because no one takes a chance. No one dares to be great. No one dares to be epic. Most movie goers feel that APOCALYPSE NOW was not a great film. Most consider it a failed attempt at something great. But that's why I love it -- Coppola dared. He tried. Did he succeed fully? No. Did Prince suceed fully with "The Rainbow Children"? No. But I love it because he tried. He swung for the fences, knew he could be laughed out of the ballpark...but he swung anyway.

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Reply #16 posted 06/14/16 4:43pm

1725topp

The Rainbow Children is one of my top ten favorite Prince albums.

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Reply #17 posted 06/14/16 4:46pm

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thisisreece said:

The one album that is up there with the 80s greats imo. Top 5 album for me.


I agree, such an amazing album cool
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Reply #18 posted 06/14/16 4:50pm

FUNKYNESS

Its a Prince masterpiece - I thought so the first time I heard it upon its release, when I saw him doing it live, and to this day.

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Reply #19 posted 06/14/16 5:13pm

heavenuwish

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Personally, I love it. But I'm embarrassed to say when it came out I made everybody at my last job listen to it, I was really loopy back then. But they let me go on and on about Prince this and Prince that, so obviously they didn't mind. Man, I must have been annoying.

Your response just made my day, too funny!!

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Reply #20 posted 06/14/16 8:03pm

onediva

I don't know why but I love "Everywhere". I play it every morning to get my mind right to start the day. I liked this album. I miss PRN.
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Reply #21 posted 06/15/16 6:34am

pdiddy2011

This album has some outstanding tracks on it. The JW element doesn't bother me; I don't have to convert to enjoy the album.

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Reply #22 posted 06/15/16 6:45am

CAL3

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Personally, I love it. But I'm embarrassed to say when it came out I made everybody at my last job listen to it, I was really loopy back then. But they let me go on and on about Prince this and Prince that, so obviously they didn't mind. Man, I must have been annoying.



I love this comment. Kinda sounds like how I was too, with the people I worked with. Always preachin' the good word about Prince to anyone who would listen. I might've annoyed a co-worker or two back in the day, too. Wouldn't trade a minute of it, either...



As for TRC... ambitious, musically brilliant, often lyrically intriguing (and confounding)... I still love "She Loves Me 4 Me" (fave track on the album). Won't complain about the narration... well, yes I will - I wish it wasn't there. But it is, so I'll take the good with the not-so-good. I largely dismissed the album for years, but keep coming back to it. I admire it greatly - even if I ultimately feel its reach exceeds its grasp.

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Reply #23 posted 06/15/16 6:47am

derrick31

Great concept album. I love it!
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Reply #24 posted 06/15/16 2:45pm

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The musicianship on this album is maybe the best he's ever had on record. Blackwell and Prince is a monster team when they want to. I bet they had a bunch of other great cuts that didn't make it to the album, bit woulda fit. It's so organic and masterfully done.
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Reply #25 posted 06/15/16 2:52pm

RJOrion

great great album... great musical arrangements...."Everywhere" gives me goosebumps everytime...i had heard different songs from the album before, and never really was impressed, but after listening to the album in its entirety since TIDAL uploaded them, im overwhelmed by how good this album is...i dig the narration throughout the album that alot of others complain about...i respect his desire to weave his spiritual journey into his music....very bold move, knowing that people would be offended and turned off... but no surprise there... he elevated his career not giving a fuck, with Dirty Mind and Controversy

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Reply #26 posted 06/15/16 3:03pm

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Replica said:

The musicianship on this album is maybe the best he's ever had on record. Blackwell and Prince is a monster team when they want to. I bet they had a bunch of other great cuts that didn't make it to the album, bit woulda fit. It's so organic and masterfully done.

Yeah, this right here. smile

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Reply #27 posted 06/15/16 3:07pm

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it's grown on me over the years. it's an opus if you really listen to it.

in my top 10 favorite P albums

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Reply #28 posted 06/15/16 7:31pm

farnorth

The album is absolute genious. Like Sign O the Times or Purple Rain, you feel a "wow" on every listen.

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Reply #29 posted 06/16/16 3:23am

vladimir

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Strictly musically speaking it is Prince's opus magnum to me.

It revived my interest in his music

Mine too.

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