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Thread started 03/07/10 8:47pm

CoolTarik1

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Hello; You Got Mail

"My Computer" IMO is a classic;

Fuckin' love the intro; I like how mechanical it sounds, it gives me the same chill as "Shockadelica" did when I first heard it. When I first heard Emancipation, I don't remember hearing this track, but I decided to give the whole 3 disc set a listen to and from work today.

The arrangements and production is just SO good. I love the little indian motif in the chorus. There's this weird ass synth that floats in the background, which is so quirky and Prince. Then there's the insturmental break which is straight reminds me of a Stevie track, then the ending gets all funky on ya self.

"A Better Life"

Which brings me to the lyrics. I can totally relate to the subject matter of escape, into a world of your own, with peers with like minds on the internet, when I was younger. I think its kind of curious that Prince tackled this subject. Why? Maybe he was starting to look for an escape from his world, but thats only my guess.

One thing that caught my ear is that the melody is very reminiscent of a newer Prince track, "Reflection. Anyone pick up on that?
At this point in history, we have a choice to make
To either, walk the path of love, or be crippled by our hate
-Stevie Wonder
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Reply #1 posted 03/07/10 9:24pm

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CoolTarik1 said:

"My Computer" IMO is a classic;

Fuckin' love the intro; I like how mechanical it sounds, it gives me the same chill as "Shockadelica" did when I first heard it. When I first heard Emancipation, I don't remember hearing this track, but I decided to give the whole 3 disc set a listen to and from work today.

The arrangements and production is just SO good. I love the little indian motif in the chorus. There's this weird ass synth that floats in the background, which is so quirky and Prince. Then there's the insturmental break which is straight reminds me of a Stevie track, then the ending gets all funky on ya self.

"A Better Life"

Which brings me to the lyrics. I can totally relate to the subject matter of escape, into a world of your own, with peers with like minds on the internet, when I was younger. I think its kind of curious that Prince tackled this subject. Why? Maybe he was starting to look for an escape from his world, but thats only my guess.

One thing that caught my ear is that the melody is very reminiscent of a newer Prince track, "Reflection. Anyone pick up on that?


"A Better Life" "A Better Life" "A Better Life" .... Good Bye

One of the few songs I like from Emancipation
Dance... Let me see you dance
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Reply #2 posted 03/07/10 9:56pm

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I agree. Great song,

but where the hell is Kate Bush,

I may be deaf, but I can't hear her... sad
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Reply #3 posted 03/07/10 9:59pm

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It's sad.
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Reply #4 posted 03/07/10 10:02pm

Efan

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I love that he pretends Kate Bush is on this song. She's so not.

This was an early standout for me on Emancipation. I loved it right away, and that really hasn't changed.
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Reply #5 posted 03/07/10 10:07pm

CoolTarik1

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Efan said:

I love that he pretends Kate Bush is on this song. She's so not.

This was an early standout for me on Emancipation. I loved it right away, and that really hasn't changed.


Lol, is she supposed to be? I hope she didn't get paid then, I didn't hear her either!
At this point in history, we have a choice to make
To either, walk the path of love, or be crippled by our hate
-Stevie Wonder
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Reply #6 posted 03/07/10 10:17pm

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Maybe she's somewhere in the chorus?
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Reply #7 posted 03/07/10 10:40pm

thedance

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1. Kate Bush is mentioned in the "Diamonds & Pearls" CD booklet 1991
2. Prince and Kate Bush made the song together: "Why Should I Love You?" from kate's "The Red Shoes" album 1993
3. Prince and Kate are supposed to be singing on My Computer (Emancipation) 1996
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Reply #8 posted 03/07/10 10:44pm

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Kate sings backing vox on the chorus. But not the first chorus.

and she's really low in the mix eek

it's a crime that you can't hear her more, and typical of Prince to invite someone he respects to sing on a track only to bury them under his own vocals sad

good song though, ending could do with cutting down, it's a bit annoying.
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Reply #9 posted 03/07/10 10:47pm

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"Looking for someone to talk to, funny and bright"

Obviously he never comes to the Org
My name is Naz!!! and I have a windmill where my brain is supposed to be.....

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Reply #10 posted 03/07/10 10:50pm

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I love Prince's love for the then-new internet and he was incorporating sounds into his music. That goes back to 1995 or so with The Gold Experience, and the NPG Operator.

During "Emale" where the chorus says "w w w dot emale dot com", I had snipped the "E-maaaaale" into a very short and precise WAV file and made it my default mail sound. I had that for years. The percussion click/tick just before that was in the WAV so I always heard "tick...EMAAALE". haha I might do that again.

The sounds in "My Computer" are the actual AOL sounds (and AOL is credited in the liner notes).

Side note: If memory serves, I think the guy who recorded those "Hello", "You've Got Mail", and "Goodbye" sounds did it in his living room on a tape recorder as AOL was starting up. I think he worked there, or was a relative of someone who worked there. That's why the sounds were always a bit hissy and rough sounding. They just became so iconic, that they always used the same ones.
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Reply #11 posted 03/07/10 11:01pm

CoolTarik1

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ernestsewell said:

I love Prince's love for the then-new internet and he was incorporating sounds into his music. That goes back to 1995 or so with The Gold Experience, and the NPG Operator.

During "Emale" where the chorus says "w w w dot emale dot com", I had snipped the "E-maaaaale" into a very short and precise WAV file and made it my default mail sound. I had that for years. The percussion click/tick just before that was in the WAV so I always heard "tick...EMAAALE". haha I might do that again.

The sounds in "My Computer" are the actual AOL sounds (and AOL is credited in the liner notes).

Side note: If memory serves, I think the guy who recorded those "Hello", "You've Got Mail", and "Goodbye" sounds did it in his living room on a tape recorder as AOL was starting up. I think he worked there, or was a relative of someone who worked there. That's why the sounds were always a bit hissy and rough sounding. They just became so iconic, that they always used the same ones.


I was pleasantly surprised that he was writing and incorporating stuff like the internet in his music; I think he opened up a new dimension in his lyric writing, which I wish he would explore more.

Interesting trivia on the AoL sounds. I was wondering why the sound bits sounded so rough, but it does add character.
At this point in history, we have a choice to make
To either, walk the path of love, or be crippled by our hate
-Stevie Wonder
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Reply #12 posted 03/07/10 11:05pm

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fantastic song, and maybe the best one on the whole set.

at the time it was out, it was very personally relateable to me.


still love it.
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Reply #13 posted 03/08/10 3:46am

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Love this song...
~It was Sunday Night, Instead of doing what I usually do, I scanned my computer looking 4 a site...somebody 2 talk 2...funny and bright..
I got no mail on my computer. cool
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight...
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Reply #14 posted 03/08/10 4:19am

toe

surely you can hear her on My Computer, she's easily recognisable.

One of my fave songs on Emancipation.
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Reply #15 posted 03/08/10 5:08am

HamsterHuey

ernestsewell said:

my default mail sound.


Whenever I am logged onto Yahoo, and I get a mail, it goes COME!, a sample from the first version of Interactive, with the NPG Operator break.
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Reply #16 posted 03/08/10 6:26am

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toe said:

surely you can hear her on My Computer, she's easily recognisable.

One of my fave songs on Emancipation.


I know, i heard her wonderful voice straight up.
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Reply #17 posted 03/08/10 6:32am

purpledoveuk

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Love this song...
~It was Sunday Night, Instead of doing what I usually do, I scanned my computer looking 4 a site...somebody 2 talk 2...funny and bright..
I got no mail on my computer. cool



Bet he was googling porn smile
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Reply #18 posted 03/08/10 6:52am

ernestsewell

HamsterHuey said:

ernestsewell said:

my default mail sound.


Whenever I am logged onto Yahoo, and I get a mail, it goes COME!, a sample from the first version of Interactive, with the NPG Operator break.

Oh, I did that too! I think I used it for a first incoming IM message from someone. I also edited some of the NPG Operator stuff together from TGE for my computer start up sound.

Gawd, we're all geeks.
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Reply #19 posted 03/08/10 6:53am

HamsterHuey

ernestsewell said:

HamsterHuey said:



Whenever I am logged onto Yahoo, and I get a mail, it goes COME!, a sample from the first version of Interactive, with the NPG Operator break.

Oh, I did that too! I think I used it for a first incoming IM message from someone. I also edited some of the NPG Operator stuff together from TGE for my computer start up sound.

Gawd, we're all geeks.


OMG, I forgot; that's what I used the sound for too; my mail alert was the Jetsons doorbell.
lol
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Reply #20 posted 03/08/10 7:56am

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I love this song, but if its ever remastered I hope P has Kate mixed properly next time. I need to hear more of her voice.
Change it one more time..
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Reply #21 posted 03/08/10 8:02am

ernestsewell

lezama said:

I love this song, but if its ever remastered I hope P has Kate mixed properly next time. I need to hear more of her voice.

It won't be remastered, and IF she's on that song...you'll just have to find her on your own.
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Reply #22 posted 03/08/10 4:28pm

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mostbeautifulboy said:

"Looking for someone to talk to, funny and bright"

Obviously he never comes to the Org


HA!


I really like the album.I've noticed it gets a lot of flack on here for sounding over produced or too many thorw aways.'My Computure is one of the best on it.
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Reply #23 posted 03/08/10 6:01pm

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Love that song and the subject ! I find it a little sad though...and the "a better life" repeated a lot gives me the same feeling of sadness (in the lyrics not in the music !)
I loved it the first time I heard it ! Still do !
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Reply #24 posted 03/08/10 6:47pm

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aazzaabb said:



I really like the album.I've noticed it gets a lot of flack on here for sounding over produced or too many thorw aways.'My Computure is one of the best on it.



It has been the album I fall asleep to the last few weeks, been enjoying it much more than I remember.
My name is Naz!!! and I have a windmill where my brain is supposed to be.....

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Reply #25 posted 03/09/10 12:08am

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WetDream said:

toe said:

surely you can hear her on My Computer, she's easily recognisable.

One of my fave songs on Emancipation.


I know, i heard her wonderful voice straight up.


Indeed! Those that can't hear her either;

1) Need to use ear buds

2) Need a decent stereo

3) Have no clue what Kate sounds like.....

or all of the above! Yes, she's a little low in the mix to begin with, but her backing vocals crescendo througout the track to the point where, in the last chorus before the "Better Life" coda hers are the main vocals you can hear! If you can't hear Kate there, then number 3 above is the most applicable.

One of my favourite tracks from Prince - the coda is just sublime.
...we have only scratched the surface of what the mind can do...

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Reply #26 posted 03/09/10 12:27am

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Great song, catchy tune and the lyrics take us to a place we've all been at some time in our lives. This song often goes on repeat for me, it's too short and needs another listen. music It's the kind of song that continues to grow on you and the lyrics get stuck in the head.
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