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Thread started 05/09/13 9:39am

Purpleaxxe1972

What Was Your First Prince Album?

I remember my dad being a member of the Columbia House Music Club. Every month he bought tapes and with each purchase there was some credit toward a free tape. Well, one month he let me get an tape since it was free(I was 10 at the time), and I chose "Pirple Rain", mostly because all my friends had this in frequent rotation at the time.

My mother had him listen to the whole thing to make sure there wasn't anything too inappropriate for me. Dad was cool and said it was ok. I listened to that tape over and over again until it was so bad the sound was muffling.

I'm glad i didn't choose "1999" as my first album because I don't think dad would have been THAT cool about it.

What was everyone's first P album? Any memories from it?
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Reply #1 posted 05/09/13 10:30am

Jagar

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Musicology. It was all uphill from there lol. Not that it was a bad album.

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Reply #2 posted 05/09/13 10:40am

Purpleaxxe1972

Jagar said:

Musicology. It was all uphill from there lol. Not that it was a bad album.



It's not a bad album. It does have a few gems.
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Reply #3 posted 05/09/13 11:32am

thedance

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Here is the order, in what year I have bought my Prince albums:

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1983: 1999 < the first, a magical time

1984: Purple Rain

1985: Around The World In A Day

1985: Controversy/ Dirty Mind/ Prince/ For You

1986: Parade

1987: Sign O' The Times

1988: Lovesexy

1989: Batman

1990: Graffiti Bridge

1991: Diamonds & Pearls

1992: prince the Love Symbol album

1993: The Hits/ B-sides

1994: Come / The Black Album

1995: The Gold Experience

1996: Chaos & Disorder/ Emancipation

1998: Crystal Ball/ Newpower Soul

1999: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

2001: The Rainbow Children

2003: NEWS

2004: Musicology

2006: 3121

2007: Planet Earth

2008: Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic/ Indigo Nights book and CD

2009: Lotusflower & MPLSound

2010: 20Ten

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I have followed the purple one in thick and thin,

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mostly thin in 1996 to 2010. wink

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Reply #4 posted 05/09/13 12:05pm

kpowers

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1999

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Reply #5 posted 05/09/13 12:42pm

Genesia

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1999 - after which I went promptly to the record store and bought the four albums before that, and had a full-on Prince orgy.

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Reply #6 posted 05/09/13 12:50pm

TheDigitalGard
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First one I bought with my own money was Parade, aboot a month after it came out, up to that point I had been listening to my sisters Prince collection.

My mates hated Prince, but I didn't give two shits. I thought he was the bollocks.

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Reply #7 posted 05/09/13 1:00pm

herb4

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1999.

It's as amazing now as it was then. This record never fails to surprise me. Every time I listen to it, I hear another layer of sound or some little quirk I never noticed before. For instance, it took me years to notice that the woman's voice in "Automatic" was answering all of Prince's questions from a measure or two earlier. There's all sorts of subliminal, dark and creepy shit in "All the Critics Love You" but on first listen, it sounds like a pretty generic linn drum riff.

Put headphones on, smoke a bowl and listen to this album from start to finish sometime. You'll hear things you never knew were there.

After I heard this album and saw "Little Red Corvette" on MTV, I gobbled up everything the guy had.

Genesia said:

1999 - after which I went promptly to the record store and bought the four albums before that, and had a full-on Prince orgy.

Yeah, that^^^^.

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Reply #8 posted 05/09/13 2:20pm

TheEnglishGent

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Diamonds & Pearls.

RIP sad
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Reply #9 posted 05/09/13 2:21pm

bc002k

Decided to get into Prince about 7 years ago and bought Dirty Mind (since I had read it was first 'essential' album), and 1999.I didn't dislike them, but didn't get hooked for some reason. (In fact, I think I only listened to the first 3 songs on 1999, all of which I was already familiar with since they were hits).A year or so ago, I guess I wanted to try and get into Prince again, and bought SOTT (which I already knew was considered one of his best albums). For whatever reason I guess I was "ready" for Prince at that point, because now I have all his studio albums. Not sure how I didn't get hooked 7 years ago with Dirty Mind. I could literally listen to that album every day and probably never get sick of it.
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Reply #10 posted 05/09/13 2:27pm

chocolate1

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Sign O' The Times.

My mom had brought home a bag with 1999, Purple Rain and one other in it, (she worked in the mall, and no one had claimed it after a month), but I wasn't interested.

Once SOTT came out, I fell in love with his music, and went back to listen to the others.

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Reply #11 posted 05/09/13 3:16pm

AvengingToxic

Batman

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Reply #12 posted 05/09/13 3:41pm

Purpleaxxe1972

There's some pretty good memories here so far, and some "it" moments when his music clicked with us. Was anyone into his protege albums early on or did you not gt into them until later? I was only hip to The Time, but then it was only for "Jungle Love" and "The Bird". Anybody get into the "6" bands or The Family right away?
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Reply #13 posted 05/09/13 4:25pm

Superconductor

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My first Prince album was Purple Rain way back then when it came out but these first Prince moments are blurred with the strong positive effect that Around the World in a Day had on me.

I wasn't into his side projects, but I like what he did with Andy Allo.
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Reply #14 posted 05/09/13 4:37pm

G3000

So fortunate to have taken the journey with Prince from the very beginning.

Too bad it had to end (4 me).

I miss the glory days, but I'm happy I was there to witness so many historic moments.

and I had the book cover! biggrin

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Reply #15 posted 05/09/13 7:19pm

1725topp

Prince was in heavy rotation in my neighborhood, even in my aunts' and uncles' cribs, but Drity Mind was the album that made me purple.

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Reply #16 posted 05/09/13 7:32pm

chriss

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ok, the very first "Prince Album", That I purchased or got, received, or stole , (IMO, means a 12 inch vinyl LP),

was "Dirty Mind"........

However, I did have and still have all the 45 releases from the previous "For You, (soft and wet)

&

Prince (naked on a unicorn?), " i feel 4 u", I wanna be your lover, &

all that b-side greatness in between all the albums

so I guess the answer is..whatever you interpret this to be.......

sexy nuts lemon water rainbow butterfly lips yeah.......

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Reply #17 posted 05/09/13 7:56pm

Issues04

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PRINCE 1979 (8 Track)
It's Tight, But I Think I Could Fit U In!
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Reply #18 posted 05/09/13 9:06pm

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G3000 said:

So fortunate to have taken the journey with Prince from the very beginning.



Too bad it had to end (4 me).



I miss the glory days, but I'm happy I was there to witness so many historic moments.





and I had the book cover! biggrin



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I saw that photo for the first time in the Ultimate collection. What's the "book cover" mean in this context?
"Love & honesty, peace & harmony"
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Reply #19 posted 05/09/13 9:14pm

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Sign o the Times, 1987 in the summer

Some kids at soccer camp were singing "Tell me who in the house know bout the quake? We do. I'm really, really. If you know how to rock say 'yeah', yeah. If you know how to party say 'oh yeah', oh yeah!" And they were singing it over and over. I asked them what song that was? They told me. I bought the tape. And I was hooked. I bought or dubbed (can't remember which) Lovesexy and then got a vinyl copy of 1999. But I didn't become obsessed until about 5 years later.
"Love & honesty, peace & harmony"
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Reply #20 posted 05/09/13 9:56pm

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The Hits 1, c.1997/98 (mainly because I liked the song "1999")

Then I think I got Batman and Newpower Soul not long after (I didn't know Newpower Soul was new at the time, I just found it in a bargain basement bin and thought what-the-heck?!)

Rave was the first album I remember actively anticipating, seeking out the preview reviews, buying it the week it came out etc.

And have been hooked in ever since...

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Reply #21 posted 05/09/13 10:28pm

Shockedelicus

Purple Rain...

Woo!

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Reply #22 posted 05/09/13 11:54pm

bluegangsta

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I think it was The Hits/ B-Sides

Always cry 4 love, never cry 4 pain.
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Reply #23 posted 05/10/13 1:11am

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Lovesexy. It was a big hype in Holland at the time. I tried very hard to stay awake watching the Dortmund concert on tv (it was aired in the middle of the night) but I did decide the time was right to buy the LP. I was hooked! No turning back any more. I wanted the rest too and could get the other LPs cheaply because the late 80s was the time when CDs were all the rage so stores wanted to get rid of vinyl.
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Reply #24 posted 05/10/13 3:08am

The777Man

1999.

Then quickly after got Controversy and Dirty Mind and have been hooked ever since, more or less.

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Reply #25 posted 05/10/13 3:17am

KeithyT

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I think it was Sign O The Times for me too.

I was aware of Prince UK-wise from about 1984/1985 onwards but not really fully "getting" him until was about 15 and heard Kiss.

Then SOTT hit at age 16, just as I was starting to properly appreciate pop music. I was like "whoah!" cool this guy is amazing.

Just somewhere in the middle,
Not too good and not too bad.
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Reply #26 posted 05/10/13 3:48am

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A cassette of "1999" in 1983. I was 10 years old. In 1984 I got the "Purple Rain" album and weeks later I picked up "For You", "Prince", "Dirty Mind", and "Controversy" all at one time at Wee Three Records. I'll never forget that day. After that I bought an album and cassette on release day of everything after that until 1995 or so. I believe I was lucky enough to discover Prince at the peak of his creativity.

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Reply #27 posted 05/10/13 10:48am

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bc002k said:

Decided to get into Prince about 7 years ago and bought Dirty Mind (since I had read it was first 'essential' album), and 1999.I didn't dislike them, but didn't get hooked for some reason. (In fact, I think I only listened to the first 3 songs on 1999, all of which I was already familiar with since they were hits).A year or so ago, I guess I wanted to try and get into Prince again, and bought SOTT (which I already knew was considered one of his best albums). For whatever reason I guess I was "ready" for Prince at that point, because now I have all his studio albums. Not sure how I didn't get hooked 7 years ago with Dirty Mind. I could literally listen to that album every day and probably never get sick of it.

Ummmm, that's odd, it sounds as if you almost "Willed Yourself" into loving Prince!

and that's Cool!

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Reply #28 posted 05/10/13 11:35am

Empress

1999 on cassette.

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Reply #29 posted 05/10/13 11:58am

MadamGoodnight

Controversy. cool

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