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Thread started 08/13/14 1:56pm

RodeoSchro

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Let's discuss the greatness that is PAISLEY PARK



The facility, not the song.

I've never been there but the pictures and descriptions from those who have are awesome.

But what I really want to know is - does any other artist have anything even remotely comparable to Paisley Park?

I know most big-time musicians have home studios, and I'm sure some are amazing. Heck, I have a home studio and I'm not even a pro. So a home studio is nothing to really brag about.

But a giant, free-standing building like Paisley Park? That's so cool! I am not aware of anyone that has anything like it.

IMHO Prince should be lauded for incredible vision when it comes to Paisley Park.

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Reply #1 posted 08/13/14 1:59pm

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just a shame he can't make a functional record label from there.

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Reply #2 posted 08/13/14 2:27pm

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RodeoSchro said:



The facility, not the song.

I've never been there but the pictures and descriptions from those who have are awesome.

But what I really want to know is - does any other artist have anything even remotely comparable to Paisley Park?

I know most big-time musicians have home studios, and I'm sure some are amazing. Heck, I have a home studio and I'm not even a pro. So a home studio is nothing to really brag about.

But a giant, free-standing building like Paisley Park? That's so cool! I am not aware of anyone that has anything like it.

IMHO Prince should be lauded for incredible vision when it comes to Paisley Park.

For it's time, it is one of a kind. I don't really keep up with too many other artists, so I can't be sure anyone else has anything quite like it. I can say that Flyte Tyme studios was a tiny dump in comparison, but it had its own charm. So sad Jam & Lewis left. If Michael Jackson wasn't all into living in an amusement park, he could've had an awesome version of Paisley Park, lol.

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Reply #3 posted 08/13/14 2:48pm

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The only other place i can really think of at the top of my head are Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland Studios. Which in my opinion doesn't compare to Paisley Park.

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Reply #4 posted 08/13/14 2:52pm

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Paisley Park looks awful from the outside, you dumbsters. Since when are commercial areas charming in any way? The interior of PP seems equally tasteless. To quote the late Freddie Mercury: "So much money and so little taste" (after he had visited Mr Thriller's home in the early 80s).

Ever seen Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios? Now that is what I call inviting.

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Reply #5 posted 08/13/14 2:59pm

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Dandroppedadime said:

just a shame he can't make a functional record label from there.

That's because he never was a visionary. He is into Prince-business solely which is based on narcissism and nothing else.

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Reply #6 posted 08/13/14 3:27pm

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nonesuch said:

Paisley Park looks awful from the outside, you dumbsters. Since when are commercial areas charming in any way? The interior of PP seems equally tasteless. To quote the late Freddie Mercury: "So much money and so little taste" (after he had visited Mr Thriller's home in the early 80s).

Ever seen Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios? Now that is what I call inviting.



You can always tell people that have less than 100 posts, can't you?

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Reply #7 posted 08/13/14 3:28pm

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Ive never been but from pics it looks cool. The only romm I care about in that place is the Vault.
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Reply #8 posted 08/13/14 3:28pm

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Great place! He has a large concert venue (about 5,000 capacity) and a smaller, more intimate concert room. Also, there is a basketball court. Not to mention the cool furniture and 3 recording studios. I know they were state of the art when they were built. I would hope that he has them decked with newer equipment as time passes. Only the best for Prince!

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Reply #9 posted 08/13/14 3:32pm

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RodeoSchro said:

nonesuch said:

Paisley Park looks awful from the outside, you dumbsters. Since when are commercial areas charming in any way? The interior of PP seems equally tasteless. To quote the late Freddie Mercury: "So much money and so little taste" (after he had visited Mr Thriller's home in the early 80s).

Ever seen Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios? Now that is what I call inviting.



You can always tell people that have less than 100 posts, can't you?

what the fuck are you talking about?

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Reply #10 posted 08/13/14 3:47pm

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nonesuch said:

Paisley Park looks awful from the outside, you dumbsters. Since when are commercial areas charming in any way? The interior of PP seems equally tasteless. To quote the late Freddie Mercury: "So much money and so little taste" (after he had visited Mr Thriller's home in the early 80s).

Ever seen Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios? Now that is what I call inviting.

i'll see your dumbsters and raise you a numpty, in honor of your trifling little dig. personally, i feel that Paisley Park is great on the inside and outside.

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Reply #11 posted 08/13/14 3:51pm

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nonesuch said:

RodeoSchro said:



You can always tell people that have less than 100 posts, can't you?

what the fuck are you talking about?



Exactly.

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Reply #12 posted 08/13/14 3:52pm

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XxAxX said:

nonesuch said:

Paisley Park looks awful from the outside, you dumbsters. Since when are commercial areas charming in any way? The interior of PP seems equally tasteless. To quote the late Freddie Mercury: "So much money and so little taste" (after he had visited Mr Thriller's home in the early 80s).

Ever seen Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios? Now that is what I call inviting.

i'll see your dumbsters and raise you a numpty, in honor of your trifling little dig. personally, i feel that Paisley Park is great on the inside and outside.



Sad thing is, Peter Gabriel's place IS outstanding, and I didn't know about it. But I want to hate it simply because nonesuch was so douchey in his post.

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Reply #13 posted 08/13/14 3:57pm

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RodeoSchro said:

XxAxX said:

i'll see your dumbsters and raise you a numpty, in honor of your trifling little dig. personally, i feel that Paisley Park is great on the inside and outside.



Sad thing is, Peter Gabriel's place IS outstanding, and I didn't know about it. But I want to hate it simply because nonesuch was so douchey in his post.



i'm sure it is, but that doesn't necessarily mean that PP sucks. you really, really have to get to one of these parties sometime. just, pop onto the plane and see one. i think you'll love the simple elegance of the exterior (it glows in the dark), and funky, unique vibe of the interior.

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Reply #14 posted 08/13/14 3:59pm

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XxAxX said:

RodeoSchro said:



Sad thing is, Peter Gabriel's place IS outstanding, and I didn't know about it. But I want to hate it simply because nonesuch was so douchey in his post.



i'm sure it is, but that doesn't necessarily mean that PP sucks. you really, really have to get to one of these parties sometime. just, pop onto the plane and see one. i think you'll love the simple elegance of the exterior (it glows in the dark), and funky, unique vibe of the interior.



I will! I kick myself once a week for not pulling the trigger and going to the Celebration in 2001. I thought, "Kinda busy, but I'll make time for it next year". sad

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Reply #15 posted 08/13/14 4:34pm

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I wanna go there for a cele cmon prince make another one
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Reply #16 posted 08/13/14 6:49pm

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nonesuch said:

Paisley Park looks awful from the outside, you dumbsters. Since when are commercial areas charming in any way? The interior of PP seems equally tasteless. To quote the late Freddie Mercury: "So much money and so little taste" (after he had visited Mr Thriller's home in the early 80s).



Ever seen Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios? Now that is what I call inviting.





Not sure if your unparalleled studio savvy and music knowledge includes knowing that many classic records were recorded in tasteless buildings with unimpressive exteriors and interiors. Ever seen the movie Muscle Shoals?
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Reply #17 posted 08/13/14 7:00pm

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nonesuch said:



Dandroppedadime said:


just a shame he can't make a functional record label from there.



That's because he never was a visionary. He is into Prince-business solely which is based on narcissism and nothing else.



Funny you talk about narcissism, I think history has already decided to categorize Prince as a visionary without breathlessly awaiting your approval. Besides I guess most people with any interest in visionary artistic and musical figures know that narcissism is hardly incompatible with this trait.
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Reply #18 posted 08/13/14 8:01pm

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from the outside it feels like a mystical spaceship ready to take off at any moment. theres just a strange presence about it. i wonder what the green circle above the doorway means. Beautiful maples and willows and other lovely trees. Inside is also quite magical of course...
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Reply #19 posted 08/13/14 8:22pm

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"Holy shit!"----Madonna,when she visited Paisley Park Studios for the first time lol

From all the pics that I've seen,Paisley Park looks amazing! It's Prince's own personal playground.

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Reply #20 posted 08/13/14 8:23pm

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Dandroppedadime said:

just a shame he can't make a functional record label from there.

seriously, he needs Jack White to visit and teach him how to do it

instead of Thirdmanrecords.com it could be Thirdeyerecords.com

but now I guess we will have to settle for some shitty mugs

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Reply #21 posted 08/13/14 8:24pm

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i love what ive seen of it and even during the oprah interview she described it as amazing...ive also read its as big as 3 football fields in size...cant be too shaby...some may not like the decor i find it very nice.

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Reply #22 posted 08/13/14 11:52pm

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blkgem616 said:

i love what ive seen of it and even during the oprah interview she described it as amazing...ive also read its as big as 3 football fields in size...cant be too shaby...some may not like the decor i find it very nice.




It's deinitely not as big as 3 football fields. And from the outside it looks like a call center.
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Reply #23 posted 08/14/14 1:10am

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Great place! He has a large concert venue (about 5,000 capacity) and a smaller, more intimate concert room. Also, there is a basketball court. Not to mention the cool furniture and 3 recording studios. I know they were state of the art when they were built. I would hope that he has them decked with newer equipment as time passes. Only the best for Prince!

I wish he would deck out his studio with older, analogue equipment. The polished production he has been using just doesnt do it for me. And using Pro Tools? Oh dear. Bring back the old stuff! smile

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Anyone know what that mysterious circular building turned out to be? I remember years ago when it was being built a lot of speculation on the org. Did it turn out to be a JW thing for his cult friends to gather in and talk nonsense?

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Reply #24 posted 08/14/14 4:03am

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Rebeljuice said:

Revolution said:

Great place! He has a large concert venue (about 5,000 capacity) and a smaller, more intimate concert room. Also, there is a basketball court. Not to mention the cool furniture and 3 recording studios. I know they were state of the art when they were built. I would hope that he has them decked with newer equipment as time passes. Only the best for Prince!

I wish he would deck out his studio with older, analogue equipment. The polished production he has been using just doesnt do it for me. And using Pro Tools? Oh dear. Bring back the old stuff! smile

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Anyone know what that mysterious circular building turned out to be? I remember years ago when it was being built a lot of speculation on the org. Did it turn out to be a JW thing for his cult friends to gather in and talk nonsense?



no, it's a dungeon where angry, spoiled brats are taken for a spanking and a time out smile

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Reply #25 posted 08/14/14 6:24am

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i think the 3 football fields reference was on a high school field level and includes all of the facility some of which im sure fans have never entered not magor league stadiums eek

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Reply #26 posted 08/14/14 6:50am

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Mmmm. I'm sure it's nice. Probably too nice. Holing up at PP and the over-utilization of gadgetry is the primary cause of gis creative downturn as a producer.
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Reply #27 posted 08/14/14 7:15am

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OK, even though it took a really snarky comment, we have been made aware of Peter Gabriel's absolutely beautiful facility. I'm not going to compare its architecture (or any other facility's) to PP because quite simply they are in different locales. PP was designed to work where it is; Real World Studios was designed to work where it is.

So besides Peter Gabriel, do any other artists have their own facility?

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Reply #28 posted 08/14/14 7:16am

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blkgem616 said:

i think the 3 football fields reference was on a high school field level and includes all of the facility some of which im sure fans have never entered not magor league stadiums eek


All football fields are the same size. lol

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Reply #29 posted 08/14/14 7:46am

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Paisley Park was unique in that it was constructed in the middle of farmlands, but sadly, the suburbs have caught up and almost surrounded it. This has happened to lots of businesses/parks/resorts/farms that start off outside a city "in the country".

Its design is not unlike most rectangular bright malls, or business buildings constructed in the late 80's and early 90's. It has sections with regular office panel on the ceiling in hallways, etc. I noticed all this when it was open for a week during the Xenophobia event (the last "celebration"). There are sections where it opens up and there's stairs leading up, colors, a little kitchen, tv room. There are probably really cool parts we were not allowed access to. I think we were only in one corner of it, plus the main auditorium concert stage.

The studios themselves are of course, top grade! The entire thing is an incredible accomplishment and great idealistic realization of his ambition.


But things do change with time.

He should do an arena tour, raise a budget, then rebuild it somewhere, with a new interior designer and exterior architect!

What if it looked more like his artwork and funky vibe like this: [img:$uid]http://www.archiscene.net/wp-content/gallery/archiscene/thumbs/thumbs_loreal-iamz-design01.jpg[/img:$uid]

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