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Thread started 11/17/18 8:21am

Fiona01

Thoughts on the song Beautiful Strange

I saw this was voted one of the highest rated Prince songs of the 90s according to the Peach & Black podcast.... am I the only one who doesn't get what's so special about this track?
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Reply #1 posted 11/17/18 8:41am

pinkcashmere23

It's not one that I listen to often but I love his live performances of it. I especially liked the one at The Dakota Jazz Club in 2013.

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Reply #2 posted 11/17/18 9:43am

jaawwnn

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Sounds like Prince doing Soundgarden at their most trippy or early Funkadelic with less drugs and more money, both good things by my reckoning. Maybe you have to be a fan of spaced out guitar grooves though.
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Reply #3 posted 11/17/18 9:58am

luvsexy4all

top 10 of the 90's

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Reply #4 posted 11/17/18 10:45am

TrivialPursuit

It's a slow, psychedelic burn with a great guitar solo reminiscent of "the Rapture" on the Scandalous Sex Suite.

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Reply #5 posted 11/17/18 8:42pm

lust

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Can’t put my finger on it to be honest but I think that it’s strangely beautiful.
If the milk turns out to be sour, I aint the kinda pussy to drink it!
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Reply #6 posted 11/17/18 8:53pm

purplepolitici
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heart this song! I'm bumpin the released version right now 2 get reacquainted (I think I've listened 2 it twice). I always go to the "Mel B" (can I walk u 2 your car? hehehe lol) version when I wanna hear it, more bare bones, etc. Don't know what it's about per se, but damn if he don't sell it, especially after the last chorus (Beautiful Strange!!!! touched) pc....

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Reply #7 posted 11/18/18 12:06am

BlueShakooo

purplepolitician said:

heart this song! I'm bumpin the released version right now 2 get reacquainted (I think I've listened 2 it twice). I always go to the "Mel B" (can I walk u 2 your car? hehehe lol) version when I wanna hear it, more bare bones, etc. Don't know what it's about per se, but damn if he don't sell it, especially after the last chorus (Beautiful Strange!!!! touched) pc....


Same here!
The Rave version of it is one of the few tracks where I don't like his guitar playing (the distorted guitar that he put over it).
The "naked" version has so much more atmosphere imo.
"Don't get too serious, it's just a dream."
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Reply #8 posted 11/18/18 7:42am

klick2me

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Dig both versions. I love the way he sings on this song and the lyrics are really something. I never realized the song was about Jesus until someone from the Org mentioned it. Prince FOREVER!

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Reply #9 posted 11/18/18 9:30am

herb4

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I love it. Really dig when Prince sings in this range too.

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Reply #10 posted 11/18/18 10:59am

dodger

Prefer the Beautiful Strange video version but never been a lover of it or understood the high praise it receives
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Reply #11 posted 11/18/18 7:17pm

mediumdry

The song was such a breath of fresh air, relative to the other stuff he put out at the time (Rave album, for instance). The sensation of "see, he *is* the greatest" coming back may have had some people praise the song too much.

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As it is, I think it's a great track. Especially the earlier version. It's one of the tracks like Joy In Repetition, atmospheric, storytelling and simply great. It rightfully should be in his highest rated tracks.

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Reply #12 posted 11/18/18 8:05pm

1725topp

lust said:

Can’t put my finger on it to be honest but I think that it’s strangely beautiful.

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Damn, you beat me to it...

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Reply #13 posted 11/18/18 9:10pm

onlyforaminute

One of my favorites.

Strangely beautiful
Beautiful strange
That's what we said
Instead of the name
If U count the times
He took all the blame
U would find the reason
Behind the game

Beautiful strange

In the darkness
We must look 4 the way
Words so strange
That only the mind can say
If it makes no mind
What color or holy day
Why is this game
The only one that we play

Beautiful strange

Dive inside your soul if U wanna know
The light inside the darkness 4ever glows
The son is like the diamond inside the coal
And like an embryo it grows and grows
"You want to know your biggest fault? You don’t keep true accounts: you put a high value on what you’ve given, a low value on what you’ve received."

- Seneca, On Anger 3.31.3
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Reply #14 posted 11/18/18 11:25pm

Mackopolis44

I've always loved this track. Prince's music was slightly underground and progressive during this era. This track personifies that perfectly 😎✌❤
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Reply #15 posted 11/19/18 7:47am

Genesia

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Beautiful Strange is amazeballs. And he always killed it live.

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Reply #16 posted 11/19/18 10:50am

purplethunder3
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Hauntingly beautiful...

"If you're living, you've got nothing left to prove..."
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Reply #17 posted 11/19/18 3:56pm

42Kristen

It is an okay song.

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Reply #18 posted 11/19/18 4:16pm

PURPLEIZED3121

Stunning...Prince in trippy , other worldly mode. Note that Mike Scott played a lot of guitar on this track I think?

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Reply #19 posted 11/19/18 10:27pm

thebanishedone

PURPLEIZED3121 said:

Stunning...Prince in trippy , other worldly mode. Note that Mike Scott played a lot of guitar on this track I think?

he had credit given but its obvious that all guitar is prince

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Reply #20 posted 11/19/18 11:05pm

kewlschool

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Love the song. I always thought it was just "Joy in Repetition" tweeked a bit. (JIR is my favorite song on GB btw)

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Reply #21 posted 11/21/18 6:59am

SPYZFAN1

Always dug this tune..Very trip-hop-ish in some spots...Would have loved to have heard him stretch out more like this.

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Reply #22 posted 11/21/18 7:13am

james

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Actually a song I haven't given much time to, but the video version is great.

Album version is a bit over produced.

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Reply #23 posted 11/29/18 4:08pm

luvsexy4all

blows my mind if this was part of another whole album

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