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Thread started 05/19/17 6:00am

ChrisLacy1990

Appreciation Thread: “I Wish U Heaven”

The beautifully lush “I Wish U Heaven” is another underrated gem in Prince’s overflowing chest of musical treasures. His angelic falsetto is in particularly fine form as he navigates the cascading synths, glistening strings, and chugging guitar riffs that give the song its divine glow. The lyrics describe how faith in God’s sovereign plan overrules life’s temporary roadblocks (see Romans 15:13). Clocking in at only 2:44 (or 10:17 if your soul can handle the 12-inch’s euphoric Blue Guitar solo and “Take This Beat” freestyle), “I Wish U Heaven” straddles the lines between gospel, pop, and rock, sounding as fresh and alive as it did back in 1988.


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Reply #1 posted 05/19/17 6:43am

airth

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I remember being somewhat underwhelmed by it when the album was released in May. I started to change my mind when I saw it performed several times during the tour in July and August. I was then totally blown away by the extended version in October. By the end of the year, I was in love with the album version. Those were the days when I was able to invest large amounts of time in single songs.

The original UK 12" had pressing problems. I was working in a record shop at the time and was gutted to discover every one of our copies jumped. I nipped down to one of our nearby rivals in my lunch break only to find all of theirs were the same. I had to wait several intensely annoying days waiting for new stock to arrive. At least I had the 7" poster sleeve with the iconic Dortmund picture to placate me in the meantime.

wish u heaven 7" poster

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Reply #2 posted 05/19/17 10:03am

thedance

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wow, this song is brilliant. love

& I love the musicvideo too. worship

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Reply #3 posted 05/19/17 12:48pm

sro100

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The regular song is good, but the extended "suite" version is amazing, "say hello to my little friend, the Blue Angel...."

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Reply #4 posted 05/19/17 2:12pm

Dandroppedadim
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i find it strange it wasn't included of 4ever, but Gotta Stop Messin' About was!!!

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Reply #5 posted 05/19/17 2:34pm

Apollo85

It's GORGEOUS.

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Reply #6 posted 05/19/17 2:39pm

eyewishuheaven

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This is my favourite Prince song.

Like everyone I also adore the 12" version, but the album version of the 'proper' portion of the song (Part 1) has a much better mix than the 12".

PRINCE: the only man who could wear high heels and makeup and STILL steal your woman!
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Reply #7 posted 05/19/17 2:42pm

Felixflybad

Have 2 copies of this. One is a white label promo. The released copy got played so many times. Classic Prince at his best.
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Reply #8 posted 05/19/17 3:17pm

214

Love the album version, the thing i love the most about the song is the sentiment of pure and unconditional love regardless of any disagreements they might have.

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Reply #9 posted 05/19/17 3:22pm

eyewishuheaven

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214 said:

Love the album version, the thing i love the most about the song is the sentiment of pure and unconditional love regardless of any disagreements they might have.


Not to mention that augmented 5th at the end! lol

PRINCE: the only man who could wear high heels and makeup and STILL steal your woman!
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Reply #10 posted 05/19/17 4:14pm

214

eyewishuheaven said:

214 said:

Love the album version, the thing i love the most about the song is the sentiment of pure and unconditional love regardless of any disagreements they might have.


Not to mention that augmented 5th at the end! lol

What?

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Reply #11 posted 05/19/17 4:22pm

214

eyewishuheaven said:

214 said:

Love the album version, the thing i love the most about the song is the sentiment of pure and unconditional love regardless of any disagreements they might have.


Not to mention that augmented 5th at the end! lol

Oh, yeah of course.

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Reply #12 posted 05/21/17 4:59am

Laydown

Classic Prince

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Reply #13 posted 05/21/17 10:21pm

Goddess4Real

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Its a beautiful song and video nod

Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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Reply #14 posted 07/06/17 11:21am

svenjolly

One of his best songs ever. I love the glitchy sound towards the end and I love that innocent guitar sound that calls right back to the Dirty Mind era.

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Reply #15 posted 07/06/17 11:31am

thedance

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Goddess4Real said:

Its a beautiful song and video nod

yeahthat

love cloud9

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Reply #16 posted 07/06/17 3:47pm

darlingnikkkki

Goddess4Real said:

Its a beautiful song and video nod


Indeed. Avant-garde music at its finest! cool
"I want to be the only one you come for...."
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Reply #17 posted 07/06/17 4:46pm

ForbiddenFruit

his artistic peak
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Reply #18 posted 07/06/17 5:23pm

anc282

Co-sign on all of this. Great song from Prince. cool

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Reply #19 posted 07/06/17 5:26pm

FragileUnderto
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Fishtail !!! fish

Love part 2 & 3

A bit of trivia : there are 2 diffrent verison of the video, altough they are very simular razz

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And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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Reply #20 posted 07/06/17 9:04pm

teiemka

What's not to love about these lyrics.

Your sister ugly, that's the truth
She pees in the backyard, sleep on the roof

This version is the curveball I throw on all my "mix tapes" which I share with non-Prince fans.
Prince is a musician not a lifestyle.
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Reply #21 posted 07/06/17 9:37pm

Latin

ChrisLacy1990 said:

The beautifully lush “I Wish U Heaven” is another underrated gem in Prince’s overflowing chest of musical treasures. His angelic falsetto is in particularly fine form as he navigates the cascading synths, glistening strings, and chugging guitar riffs that give the song its divine glow. The lyrics describe how faith in God’s sovereign plan overrules life’s temporary roadblocks (see Romans 15:13). Clocking in at only 2:44 (or 10:17 if your soul can handle the 12-inch’s euphoric Blue Guitar solo and “Take This Beat” freestyle), “I Wish U Heaven” straddles the lines between gospel, pop, and rock, sounding as fresh and alive as it did back in 1988.


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Hey Chris,

Thank you very much for posting this.
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Reply #22 posted 07/06/17 11:24pm

sonshine

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Goddess4Real said:

Its a beautiful song and video nod



+1
I recall being underwhelmed by it initially like someone else posted above. It took a bit to truly appreciate its artistic beauty, and the video didn't hurt either!
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Reply #23 posted 07/07/17 2:19am

thedance

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I wonder.. "I Wish U Heaven" is never picked for the hits compilations.. (damn!)


sad

( it was a single hit in Europe afaik... )

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Reply #24 posted 07/07/17 2:23am

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thedance said:

I wonder.. "I Wish U Heaven" is never picked for the hits compilations.. (damn!)


sad

( it was a single hit in Europe afaik... )

It's just a case of "too many hits" isn't it? I Wish U Heaven wasn't really a hit or or the first single from an album, it just gets left behind. It's a beautiful track though, deserves wider exposure.

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Reply #25 posted 07/07/17 2:25am

thedance

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^ u are right. My guess as well. smile

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Reply #26 posted 07/07/17 5:14am

Cloudbuster

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Gorgeous.

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Reply #27 posted 07/07/17 5:26am

jdcxc

Underrated Gem.

Still digging through the multiple deep layers of this song. The remix is a jam. The live version was stirring.
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Reply #28 posted 07/07/17 6:28am

OldFriends4Sal
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Dandroppedadime said:

i find it strange it wasn't included of 4ever, but Gotta Stop Messin' About was!!!

There were certain Bsides that were not including in the 1990s Hits/Bsides set as well

What's the matter with your life
Is poverty bringing U down?
Is the mailman jerking U 'round?
Did he put your million dollar check
In someone else's box?
Tell me, what's the matter with your world
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Reply #29 posted 07/07/17 6:53am

CatB



It's so beautiful. Always makes me feel like a spring day on a cloud. And the pretty video is just Lovesexy yes






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