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Reply #60 posted 12/25/05 2:21am

art

THANK U ORG AND THANK U ALAN.
It was a great piece to read and a very nice christmas present.
Mr. Leeds, u are a very nice and truthful character.

Art.
I'm a Rainbow Children, Xpectation, News and Musicology lover and I'm startin'to be a 3121 lover.
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Reply #61 posted 12/25/05 2:29am

Justin1972UK

WOW!

That interview has cleared up so many things... Not least, the fact that everything recorded whilst under contract with Warner Bros. belongs to Warners Bros. Who would have thought it was so cut and dried?

The other thing that intrigued me was this photo...



Without the weird straightened hair and moustache, Miko looks ten years younger than he did ten years ago! He's quite foxy now.
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Reply #62 posted 12/25/05 2:47am

Silvergroover

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Amen!

Much love to Mr.Leeds!
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Reply #63 posted 12/25/05 3:05am

wasitgood4u

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Ditto to all the above - truly one of, if not the, best things I've read on the org.
It made me realize - I'm an Alan Leeds fan! (and Eric, of course). How wierd, to realize I'm a fan of someone who is, essentially, an executive/manager. But, I guess I'm a fan of him as a "musicologist" - a fan of his writing (liner notes etc.), a fan of his taste (the musicians he works with and mentions), and a fan of his work - I guess over the years I've come to see him as partly BRINGING us the output of these artists. And if you look at the period he was involved with P, and the answer to Q20, it just makes you wonder about the significance of his presence and input...

(Oh, and how funny that his views on P's work so closely reflect the mainstream wisdom here at the org, in particular of us oldtimers!)
"We've never been able to pull off a funk number"

"That's becuase we're soulless auttomatons"
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Reply #64 posted 12/25/05 3:28am

CalhounSq

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HOLY CRAP!!! I'm SO GLAD I finally got a chance to read this!!! I've been wanting to all day lol woot! eyepop mr.green

FANTASTIC interview!!! Thank you SO MUCH Alan for taking the time to share your thoughts!! biggrin biggrin

'Nana, thank you for putting this together - you fuckin' ROCK!!! hug


I think my favorite part is him singing in your ear along w/ the song so you don't miss anything lol clapping

WOW, sweet interview guys. Really great read nod worship biggrin biggrin
heart prince I never met you, but I LOVE you & I will forever!! Thank you for being YOU - my little Princey, the best to EVER do it prince heart
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Reply #65 posted 12/25/05 3:31am

manki

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What a great reading this was!
Alan Leeds is the coolest guy & it's always
intresting 2 hear what he has 2 say.
/peace Manki
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Reply #66 posted 12/25/05 3:32am

dawntreader

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Amazing... honest, professional and modest. thanks Mr. Leeds and Bananacologne... thank you very much!
yes SIR!
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Reply #67 posted 12/25/05 4:06am

101

tx alot guys! The final note of Alan hits the spot. Prince isn't the same anymore and it is a shame...
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Reply #68 posted 12/25/05 4:37am

cabrao

wasitgood4u said:

Ditto to all the above - truly one of, if not the, best things I've read on the org.
It made me realize - I'm an Alan Leeds fan! (and Eric, of course). How wierd, to realize I'm a fan of someone who is, essentially, an executive/manager. But, I guess I'm a fan of him as a "musicologist" - a fan of his writing (liner notes etc.), a fan of his taste (the musicians he works with and mentions), and a fan of his work - I guess over the years I've come to see him as partly BRINGING us the output of these artists. And if you look at the period he was involved with P, and the answer to Q20, it just makes you wonder about the significance of his presence and input...

(Oh, and how funny that his views on P's work so closely reflect the mainstream wisdom here at the org, in particular of us oldtimers!)


This oldtimer agrees. I feel u all the way wasitgood4u. Thank u Mr Alan Leeds for your true honesty.
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Reply #69 posted 12/25/05 5:16am

nappybean

on point about today's music,which is reason why we love those artists that come out of left field. their music is different from mainstream.
and i can also relate to prince stony expression i know what it is like to be rejected,those moments in your life stay in your head forever, just trying to protect your feelings.
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Reply #70 posted 12/25/05 6:03am

prettymansson

THANK YOU THANK U THANK YOU !!!!!
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Reply #71 posted 12/25/05 7:01am

Phill

This is pretty cool to hear some one from the music b talk about his experiences but my god, almost every damn question had "did Prince" "Is Prince" "Was Prince" "What do you think if Prince" ect. Can you imagine if every day you were hounded with questions about some one else. I do understand what he did and what he does for music folks but gawd!
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Reply #72 posted 12/25/05 7:30am

calldapplwonde
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Thanks to everyone involved in this!
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Reply #73 posted 12/25/05 7:54am

jdcxc

What a great X-Mas gift. Thanks!! I loved the inside baseball politics. The singles choices debates could go on forever. Just remember, without Prince's brilliant contrarian musical mind "Kiss" and "When Doves Cry" probably wouldn't have been first singles. Imagine the enormous pressure on Prince's shoulders to live up to his immense gifts and our expectations. There have been no artists in pop history with his complexity. Unfortunately, too much credit is given to business over art. Leeds' final thought on Prince's conservative leanings of late were needed. Especially coming from someone who obviously cares about what Prince's greatest music represents.
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Reply #74 posted 12/25/05 8:05am

wonder505

Phill said:

This is pretty cool to hear some one from the music b talk about his experiences but my god, almost every damn question had "did Prince" "Is Prince" "Was Prince" "What do you think if Prince" ect. Can you imagine if every day you were hounded with questions about some one else. I do understand what he did and what he does for music folks but gawd!


The website is called Prince.org so it would be very silly for Alan Leeds to think otherwise. The only reason we care to interview him is because of Prince and he knows it and should expect it.
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Reply #75 posted 12/25/05 8:11am

BobGeorge909

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This was an AWSOME response and I thank Alan to the end of the world for it, cuz he didn't have 2 do it.

This showed me that while living in the now can produce astonishing results for a period, there comes a time where one should take the time to plan for the future in more aspects of life than Prince did. Then again, maybe Prince wants his career to reflect "the now" more than a "optimized marketing experience"...that means including the ups and the downs, manufactured or not. Everyone has bad times....I'm sure Prince is aware of his. From early on U could tell that Prince wanted U 2 get a glimpse of what was going on with him....and he's kept that promise.


At the end of it all...The Warners situation is crappy and all. That said...Prince needs to sit down and tell himself to stop all the complaing and tell himself THAT HE SIGNED THOSE CONTRACTS and he needs to deal with the reprocussions of that. He reaped whatever benefits there were to reap from those deals...and benefits don't come without downsides. He was a grown ass man when he entered those agreements and I see him as only being pissed at himself.
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Reply #76 posted 12/25/05 8:13am

herb4

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Superb interview. I appreciate Alan's candidness.
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Reply #77 posted 12/25/05 8:14am

BobGeorge909

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Alan reminds me of a Beta commercial....



Alan doesn't make your Funk and R & B records...he makes your Funk and R & B records funkier and blusier...lol...kinda reminds me of Tommy Dowd...ANOTHER gift to music...RIP Tommy.
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Reply #78 posted 12/25/05 8:32am

nayroo2002

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The Truth!

I KNEW it was out there!!!

Sure, we all have similar opinions/thoughts, but to have them repeated by the man who was there says more than alot!

That pretty much sums it up for me!

Great questions, .Orgers!

Great organization, Bananacologne!!

Great photos and responses, Mr. Alan Leeds!!!

A HUGE thanks to all involved and Happy Holidays!


A Christmas beer for everyone->beer
"Whatever skin Ur in
we all need 2 b friends"
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Reply #79 posted 12/25/05 9:10am

Harlepolis

To be Org interviewed next; Per Neilson.

At least my own wishful thinking lol

That was a sincere read,,,he(Alan) got more common sense than ALL of the people in Paisley Park including shorty himself IMHO nod

I disageree with him on The Rainbow Children tho,,,,I wouldn't change a THING from that album. It is what it is, and I dig it for all its segues and shocking messages, its his(Prince) beliefs, whether we agree with them or not.
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Reply #80 posted 12/25/05 9:31am

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Reply #81 posted 12/25/05 9:57am

calldapplwonde
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Harlepolis said:

To be Org interviewed next; Per Neilson.

At least my own wishful thinking lol

That was a sincere read,,,he(Alan) got more common sense than ALL of the people in Paisley Park including shorty himself IMHO nod

I disageree with him on The Rainbow Children tho,,,,I wouldn't change a THING from that album. It is what it is, and I dig it for all its segues and shocking messages, its his(Prince) beliefs, whether we agree with them or not.



I agree with you on that. For once, Prince has done a project completely designed by his artistic vision, seemingly not tempered by anything else.
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Reply #82 posted 12/25/05 10:57am

GustavoRibas

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it´s funny because one of the first things Prince asked Alan was some James Brown stories

It´s great that Alan could tell us some PRINCE stories in a no-gossip and respectful way, that made me admire him even more...now Prince knows how WE feel as fans. smile

Thanks again, Prince.org, for making it possible. I hope there are more in the future.
Peace
Gustavo Ribas
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Reply #83 posted 12/25/05 11:11am

ronnie

Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!

Mr. Leeds has provided much depth and insight. He has validated and put into context a lot of what I been feeling and, what others have written here about Prince.

I'm feeling a little verklempt, discuss amongst yourselves....
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Reply #84 posted 12/25/05 11:14am

IstenSzek

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GustavoRibas said:

it´s funny because one of the first things Prince asked Alan was some James Brown stories

It´s great that Alan could tell us some PRINCE stories in a no-gossip and respectful way, that made me admire him even more...now Prince knows how WE feel as fans. smile

Thanks again, Prince.org, for making it possible. I hope there are more in the future.


i completely agree. Alan comes across as real and sincere! i absolutely
ate up everything he had to write.

looking forward to his first book, it sounds like it's going to be one
mighty fine read indeed!

thumbs up!


thank you very much for your open and friendly words mr Alan Leeds

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and i'll dedicate a separate post to thanking 'Nana for making this happen!

thanks a lot man, this is incredible!

hug
and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #85 posted 12/25/05 12:12pm

rudeboynpg

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Alan Leeds is awesome and a good guy. nod
"Make Love, Not War. Erotic City Come Alive." - the extended title of "Erotic City."
"Don't dance with the devil in the pale moonlight. The curious try and always die." - in the Batman album liner notes by Prince. prince
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Reply #86 posted 12/25/05 12:16pm

Jude

Again... great read.

Anyone know whats up with brother Eric? Any new music?
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Reply #87 posted 12/25/05 12:43pm

sinisterpentat
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After reading this i'mma have to reconsider deactivating my account. wink

Everything i wanted to say has been said on this thread already. Alan is one cool MOFO! Much love and respect to everyone who made this happen!
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Reply #88 posted 12/25/05 1:24pm

babynoz

This really is a wonderful Christmas gift!

First of all, Thanks to Mr. Leeds for taking the time to do this and thank you for answering one of my questions. biggrin It's so refresing to hear such insightful, thoughtful and candid thoughts from someone on the inside. And the fact that there was nothing salacious or gossipy included reflects well the character and integrity of Mr. Leeds. Prince is fortunate to have had you with him for so many years. Btw, the pictures are great, nice to see the Leeds family.

Thanks also for confirming that Prince the person, is very much as I imagine him to be.

Thanks to 'Nana and the Org for making it happen.

And about TRC, I disagree as well, but there ya go. cool
Prince, in you I found a kindred spirit...Rest In Paradise.
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Reply #89 posted 12/25/05 2:22pm

superspaceboy

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worship that was great! Really insightful and quite in depth. Alan's views on the music industry and Prince's dealing with it was very insightful.

thank you for this!

Christian Zombie Vampires

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