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Thread started 12/14/16 8:10pm

dandan

What do you think is Prince's best sounding record?

Prince's records really don't sound that great from a technical stand point. It's well known that he never let the techincal side of recording get in the way of his creative process and speedy workflow. On that note what record do you think sounds the best on a purely sonic front? My vote goes for Prince (1979)

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Reply #1 posted 12/14/16 8:37pm

Doozer

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It's between Lotusflow3r and the Rainbow Children for me.
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Reply #2 posted 12/14/16 8:37pm

ufoclub

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Rainbow Children had some extra care taken in mixing. More than Prince even knew accoding to Femi.

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Reply #3 posted 12/14/16 9:12pm

databank

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I know some will disagree and I certainly ain't no audiophile but CB sounds exceptionally good to me, always have nod

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Reply #4 posted 12/14/16 9:17pm

TheGloved1

Parade sounds very nice in my opinion. It's a fantasic sounding record, probably his best as far as the mix is concerned.

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Reply #5 posted 12/14/16 9:22pm

runningbear

Clear and crisp is Controversy, my choice

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Reply #6 posted 12/14/16 9:22pm

trax

symbol album for me

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Reply #7 posted 12/14/16 9:32pm

purpleemotions

Emancipation

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Reply #8 posted 12/15/16 5:10am

donnyenglish

Purely sound would be Plectrum Electrum.
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Reply #9 posted 12/15/16 5:24am

novabrkr

From the technical point of view - TRC, although some parts of it clip due to the record being a bit too loud. Lotusflow3r is rather similar in sound and approach, I think.

However, that type of detailed, "three-dimensional" sound sometimes works against the "drive" of the music. I think one of the reasons why Prince liked his funk tracks with very narrow stereo images was that it just sounds tighter. Most contemporary music sounds completely different in that regard.

I really prefer the overall sound of Purple Rain over the later "more expensive sounding stuff". Something about the mix of it just translates well over just about any decent speakers.

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Reply #10 posted 12/15/16 7:12am

ForbiddenFruit

Prince (1979)

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Reply #11 posted 12/15/16 7:32am

DarkKnight1

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prince

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Reply #12 posted 12/15/16 9:06am

databank

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Very interesting how many different replies we get here biggrin

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Reply #13 posted 12/15/16 9:11am

lynx

The Hit N Run albums both sound great

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Reply #14 posted 12/15/16 9:32am

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My vinyl copy of Dirty Mind Sounds Amazing, the Symbol album and Diamonds and Pears sound pretty good on vinyl as well. It would be nice to here high quaility MP3 or wave files of his releases but most are not.

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Reply #15 posted 12/15/16 10:05am

RJOrion

Prince
Purple Rain
Around The World In A Day
Symbol Album


any of those
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Reply #16 posted 12/15/16 10:59am

NorthC

Very difficult question to answer because we're dealing with different formats. One would have to compare the original LP, the remastered LP, the CD, the download and the Tidal version of an album to really know for sure. I don't know... I only know that my original vinyls of Prince's albums sound fantastic.
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Reply #17 posted 12/15/16 1:09pm

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TheGloved1 said:

Parade sounds very nice in my opinion. It's a fantasic sounding record, probably his best as far as the mix is concerned.

[Edited 12/14/16 21:37pm]



Ah, one of my favorites, too.
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Reply #18 posted 12/16/16 3:28am

dandan

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Purely sound would be Plectrum Electrum.

That album is horribly mixed and mastered in my opinion! Squashed dynamics, smashed by compression, too loud, distorted.

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Reply #19 posted 02/01/17 3:59pm

PurpleBrainInc

Definitely Prince ('79) and 3121 for me.
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Reply #20 posted 02/01/17 4:30pm

stpaisios

1st place is 4 sure that smashing minneapolis sound of 1999 album.

2nd is tasty Symbol album.

& 3rd goes to The Rainbow Children.

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Reply #21 posted 02/01/17 4:31pm

stpaisios

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Emancipation

uuh, that snares are... confused

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Reply #22 posted 02/01/17 4:39pm

rudeboynpg

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Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999 and Purple Rain - the 4 that made me a life long Prince fan in the first place.

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Reply #23 posted 02/01/17 6:20pm

luvsexy4all

Crystal Ball sounds the clearest and loudest

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Reply #24 posted 02/01/17 7:30pm

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It's got to be Around The World In A Day. Like yawning after a really dark dream.

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Reply #25 posted 02/01/17 7:37pm

diapsid

Prince (second best snares in his discography)

Dirty Mind (best sounding snares in his discography)

Purple Rain era stuff recorded at Sunset (WDC, 17 Days, etc)

Parade

Lovesexy

Come

The Rainbow Children

Worst: Emancipation, most of the songs sound like someone found half of the track recordings and had to fill in the missing pieces on a deadline.

Honorable mention: Gold Experience, not the most pleasing sound or anything, but definitely the last one for a while where a lot of care is audible.

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Reply #26 posted 02/01/17 7:37pm

Iamtheorg

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3121

crisp and clean with no caffeine

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Reply #27 posted 02/01/17 8:36pm

ufoclub

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Iamtheorg said:

crisp and clean with no caffeine

I used to say that all the time!

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Reply #28 posted 02/01/17 8:43pm

SmiggyG

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Wow this is a tough one for me. It's interesting that many say TRC is one of the best. For me it's not the worst but I felt as soon as the drums kicked in on the opening track they sounded muddy and overcompressed and too loud. The rest of the album was ok though. I've noticed that not every songs sound is consistant with his whole albums. Like the example I gave with TRC. Lady Cab Driver on 1999 sounds way better than the rest of the album to me as well.

Anyways here's my overall picks (no paticular order)

Controversy

Both HitNRun albums

Crystal Ball

Prince

3121

Nod to Lovesexy (volume is so low but on my best system turned up it sounds great to me.)

Worst to me would be

1999

The Gold Experience (sounds ok at low volume but not an album that sounds good loud to me)

Non album tracks

Cybersingle

LOL-Live Out Loud (Has to be the worst of the worst)

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Reply #29 posted 02/02/17 12:25am

mediumdry

best sounding is of course, far from best record. Also, it is very subjective. In my opinion, most of his records do not sound very good, but he has some extraordinary songs and keep things interesting (although after lovesexy, he tried often to "stay with the times" to the detriment of his records, imo)

As far as best sounding:

-The Rainbow Children

-For You

-Dirty Mind

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