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Reply #210 posted 01/03/06 7:30am

booyah

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I finally had a chance to sit and read this (on my first day back at work - lol), and it is a wonderful read! Thanks Alan and everyone who wrote such great questions.
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Reply #211 posted 01/03/06 4:16pm

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thanks to Mr. Leeds for taking the time to respond! very interesting
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Reply #212 posted 01/03/06 7:10pm

BJB

This was the best read. I thoroughly appreciated the in-depth answers, for a better insight to how Prince's musicmanship had evolved during the first 15 years. I can only hope that Prince can pull out some funk again and wax it.
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Reply #213 posted 01/04/06 5:03pm

KingOfNYC

Alan makes a couple references to Prince's 'disturbing lyrics'. Do you know what he is refering to, and why?

"Personally, I find it discouraging that Prince's proselytizing in recent years even hints at religious, racial or sexual prejudices that he never represented back in the day"

and more importantly:

"When the music did seem to step up a notch, such as on the RAINBOW CHILDREN album, it was compromised by a few curiously disturbing lyrics"
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Reply #214 posted 01/04/06 5:12pm

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KingOfNYC said:

Alan makes a couple references to Prince's 'disturbing lyrics'. Do you know what he is refering to, and why?

"Personally, I find it discouraging that Prince's proselytizing in recent years even hints at religious, racial or sexual prejudices that he never represented back in the day"

and more importantly:

"When the music did seem to step up a notch, such as on the RAINBOW CHILDREN album, it was compromised by a few curiously disturbing lyrics"


I assume he would be referring to such as 1+1+1=3 whose lyrics firmly place women on a lower level than men, and Family Name, which some have implied has digs at Jewish names.
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Reply #215 posted 01/04/06 5:16pm

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metalorange said:

Prince was actually quite successful - somebody must have liked his hiphop imitative work, because Diamonds & Pearls was one of his biggest selling albums.


very true , and I love the D & P album , though I wonder how many people bought it on the basis of wanting to hear hip hop , after all most of the single releases weren't that genre at all , Gett Off yes , Cream , the title track , Money Don't Matter and Thunder havent got a trace of hip hop on them , and in fact I think the whole pigeon-holing of Diamonds and Pearls as "Prince doing hip hop " does the variety of the album a huge injustice , how many tracks on there are really hip hop , 4 maybe at a push , the rest of the album ( in my opinion the best stuff on the album ) is a million miles from it .

Great Q & A by the way , and my question was chosen too biggrin
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Reply #216 posted 01/04/06 8:05pm

ALLMACK

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Reply #217 posted 01/04/06 8:30pm

Zelaira

Alan,..So Cool.
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Reply #218 posted 01/05/06 3:13am

Juize

Thank you Mr. Leeds biggrin I really appreciate that you go your own way and tell what you think could be told and keep private what should be private.

Much respect and have a very pleasing 2006

Peace

Juize
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Reply #219 posted 01/05/06 7:29am

KFUNK

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Great read! Thank U Alan 4 sharing your insights and experiences with us. Best of luck in the future and I can't wait 4 that D'Angelo joint 2 drop someday. cool

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Reply #220 posted 01/06/06 6:23pm

justhemusic

what a great read...what a cool cat...

Thanks mr Leeds for taking the time to do this. Absolutely facinating stuff for music fanatics like myself.

I too am fascinated with the musical process and those who create it (even though i play nothing myself.) What i wouldn't give to sit down and hear the stories you must have to tell.

looking forward to that book of yours.

(btw I'm a big Meshell & Dangelo fan myself...i think they are both the 'real deals' too...i'm looking forward watching both of their careers evolve as well.)

thanks again for contributing to this site AND more importantly for contributing to the MUSIC we've loved so much over the years.
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Reply #221 posted 01/07/06 12:13pm

sumtymes

wow. this article took me back 2 the genisis of the purple path it's been an amazing road with more 2 come thanks alan 4 helping 2 nurture and guide a revolution of music and mind
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Reply #222 posted 01/12/06 12:06pm

brownsugar

since i'm not over here much, i just saw this, wow very insightful. i might print this out for my dad who loves to collect vinyl. its nice to hear more about what prince is like.
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Reply #223 posted 01/13/06 7:04pm

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omg i just read this whole thing now.

awesome. im speechless really.
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Reply #224 posted 01/18/06 6:08pm

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metalorange said:

KingOfNYC said:

Alan makes a couple references to Prince's 'disturbing lyrics'. Do you know what he is refering to, and why?

"Personally, I find it discouraging that Prince's proselytizing in recent years even hints at religious, racial or sexual prejudices that he never represented back in the day"

and more importantly:

"When the music did seem to step up a notch, such as on the RAINBOW CHILDREN album, it was compromised by a few curiously disturbing lyrics"


I assume he would be referring to such as 1+1+1=3 whose lyrics firmly place women on a lower level than men, and Family Name, which some have implied has digs at Jewish names.


I've always interpreted Family Name as a view on discrimination not by race, but by name. That's what's really going on at least in Holland, where I live. It's devastating for arabs and unfairly benefits the aristocracy.

And 1+1+1=3 is about the falseness of the trinity, as it is proclaimed by the Catholic church, as far as I see it.

Still I do agree that there is a feeling of intolerance and prejudice in Prince's later music but for sleep's sake I'm not going to give examples!
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Reply #225 posted 01/21/06 1:17pm

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This is pretty awesome guys thanks for posting this.

Peace
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Reply #226 posted 01/21/06 1:58pm

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2freaky4church1 said:

I agree with someone here who wrote that the 90's music was overrall pretty good--actually, the shit was great, at times. The slog, musically, has more to do with Prince's religious ideals, where risk is not part of the plan. His lyrics have to please the Watchtower masters, and his sound has to be pleasing to his new ideas about a more fascist and controlling God. Hardcore religious people just don't make good music. The religion stunts growth in the psyche--democracy is what brings out the fire and artistic want in artists. Prince is fried, in that respect.

Leeds pretty much summed up my thoughts about Prince. He is a man or honor and truth, and he seems to still really care about Prince. The Church only cares about controlling Prince's mind and money.

Real friends know when to pull the cold water in the face bit. Prince is afraid of having real friends. He looks in the mirror and that man staring back, doesn't smile. He is calculating, at this very moment, in becoming a by the numbers pop artist, devoid of any real artistry. It is all about the surface now--so we all better get used to it.


1. I think we should resprect Prince at least so much not to call the God he believes in a "fascist".

2. "Hardcore religious people don't make good music." - Have you ever heard of someone called Johann Sebastian Bach???

And, back on topic, thanks 'Nana for the great Q&A! thumbs up!
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Reply #227 posted 01/21/06 10:28pm

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That was amazing. It just doesn't get much better than that.

~B
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