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TKO

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Prince Essential Albums

Are these the 5 Essential Prince albums?

Dirty Mind

1999

Purple Rain

Sign O The Times

Parade

I think these are the most important records he made and the ones that i would recommend to anyone who becomes a Prince fan.

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Reply #1 posted 04/27/17 9:41am

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I'd say 1999, PR and SOTT are without question part of the mix if we're only going with 5.

Beyond that it gets tricker. Ya kinda need one from the early years, and Dirty Mind is the best of them, and the boldest.

As much as I love Parade, I think SOTT covers that same experimental stylistic territory. I think an album from later would be worth of mention.

And I know it's controversial but I'll go with Lotusflow3r, just a hair above 3121. (When I refer to Lotusflow3r i'm referring to that album itself, not the other 2 albums marketed with it).

It's a great collection with tons of good rock tunes, R&B, great performances, nice ballads. It's everything you could want in a Prince album and in my opinion the best of his latter era. I would call it essential because it (or 3121) would be a good "gateway" for fans who only know his classic-era material to discovery he's more than just the '80s.

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Reply #2 posted 04/27/17 10:05am

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I agree and adore that list..but I would aslo place, ATWIAD, The Gold Experience and Exodus (strange choice as its an NPG release....but the albums just so fun and funky..unlike anything else!!)

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Reply #3 posted 04/27/17 10:46am

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I personally have two lists, one as to the unimpeachable classic Prince-

Controversy (for me, stronger vocals, better production, better singles than Dirty Mind -heresy, I know)
1999
PR
Parade
SOTT

For a more thorough career overview, an essential/alternative list might be:

1) Dirty Mind;
2) PR;
3) SOTT;
4) Symbol Album/Gold Experience;
5) AOA
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Reply #4 posted 04/27/17 11:11am

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That is a hard one...

I don't think there is much from the 1978-1989 period that is not essential. It is too foundational.

For You or Prince has to be on there, because we get that simple quiet touch thought Prince's career.

Which is why I adore those early demos.

I would probably have to add Prince(1979) to 1999 Purple Rain Around the World in a Day Parade SOTT. But the Dirty Mind/Controversy albums are extremely important. Not to mention the protege albums.

So I'm going to skip the 1978-1989 period

and look at Essential 1990s and 2000s album periods.

1. The Gold Experience

2. The Truth

3. Love Symbol album

4. 3121

5. Rainbow Children

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Reply #5 posted 04/27/17 11:23am

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My "Essential" albums:

For You

Prince

Dirty Mind

Controversy

1999

Purple Rain

Around the World in a Day

Parade

(Madhouse) 8

Sign o' the Times

(Madhouse) 16

Lovesexy

Batman

Graffiti Bridge

Diamonds and Pearls

(NPG) Goldnigga

The Hits/The B-Sides

1-800-NEW-FUNK

Come

The Black Album

(NPG) Exodus

The Gold Experience

Girl 6

Chaos and Disorder

Emancipation

Crystal Ball

The Truth

(NPG) Newpower Soul

The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale

Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic

Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic

The Very Best of Prince

The Rainbow Children

One Nite Alone...

One Nite Alone... Live!

Xpectation

C-Note

N·E·W·S

The Chocolate Invasion

The Slaughterhouse

Musicology

3121

Ultimate Prince

Planet Earth

Indigo Nights

Lotusflow3r

MPLSoUND

20Ten

Plectrumelectrum

Art Official Age

HitnRun Phase One

HitnRun Phase Two

Prince 4ever

Purple Rain Deluxe

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Reply #6 posted 04/27/17 11:54am

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TKO said:

Are these the 5 Essential Prince albums?

Dirty Mind

1999

Purple Rain

Sign O The Times

Parade

I think these are the most important records he made and the ones that i would recommend to anyone who becomes a Prince fan.


3 days out of the week, I'd agree wholeheartedly.

The other 4 days, I'd replace Parade with Lovesexy. Because I think he returned to the themes and phrases of that record/era throughout the rest of his career.

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Reply #7 posted 04/27/17 1:12pm

EnDoRpHn

TKO said:

Are these the 5 Essential Prince albums?

Dirty Mind

1999

Purple Rain

Sign O The Times

Parade

I think these are the most important records he made and the ones that i would recommend to anyone who becomes a Prince fan.

Yes, but why limit yourself to 5?

I'd add LotusFlow3r and The Truth to round out his capabilities.

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Reply #8 posted 04/27/17 2:56pm

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TKO said:

Are these the 5 Essential Prince albums?

Dirty Mind

1999

Purple Rain

Sign O The Times

Parade

I think these are the most important records he made and the ones that i would recommend to anyone who becomes a Prince fan.

I'm with you

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Reply #9 posted 04/27/17 4:30pm

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1. LoveSexy

2. The Symbol album

3. Sign O the Times

4. Emancipation

5. Prince

6. Hits and B sides disc 3

7. Purple Rain

8. 1999

9. Batman

10. AOA

What do you guys think of my list?

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Reply #10 posted 04/27/17 4:33pm

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TKO said:

Are these the 5 Essential Prince albums?

Dirty Mind

1999

Purple Rain

Sign O The Times

Parade

I think these are the most important records he made and the ones that i would recommend to anyone who becomes a Prince fan.

I'd go along with that. I do have a hard time removing the other albums from 78-88 though. Hardly any misfires. That run really is huge and significant. Remastered box set with all the trimmings would be bloody lovely.

Yeah, we'll, we'll try to imagine what silence looks like.
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Reply #11 posted 04/27/17 7:06pm

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swissbeats2k said:

1. LoveSexy


2. The Symbol album


3. Sign O the Times


4. Emancipation


5. Prince


6. Hits and B sides disc 3


7. Purple Rain


8. 1999


9. Batman


10. AOA



What do you guys think of my list?




I love this list! Great career summation. I tried to do the same with mine.

From an overarching career perspective I think Symbol album is a really important one. Also love Emancipation on here. I feel like time will be kind to that record due to the strength of the songwriting and the vocals alone.

I have listened to AOA a ton this past year. I think it's a great stand alone work - well paced, strong ballads, effective loose concept. And very, very emotional.
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Reply #12 posted 04/27/17 7:08pm

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...and various bootleg albums r required listening

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Reply #13 posted 04/27/17 7:27pm

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It all depends on the person's age.

The younger they are, the more likely they'll be into the later stuff.

Ive heard newcomers say that P's 80's stuff id dated and tacky. And fair enough. It was recoded 30 years ago.

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Reply #14 posted 04/27/17 7:29pm

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Oh, boy! Idk if 5 is enough for a thorough "essentials" list.
1. Dirty Mind or Controversy (take your pick - they are both good representations of the early years.
1. 1999
3. Purple Rain
4. SOTT
5. Only ONE slot left to essentialize three more decades of music? Impossible. TGE and the Symbol Album are both worthy, but so are Lotus Flow3r, Musicology, and AOA, heck maybe even D & P deserves a slot on an essentials list. I'd give the edge to AOA because his newer work needs to be included on the list and it's the best of the last era.
It's a hurtful place, the world, in and of itself. We don't need to add to it. We all need one another. ~ PRN
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Reply #15 posted 04/27/17 8:20pm

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The Definitive Prince albums:

Dirty Mind

1999

Purple Rain

Parade

Sign o the Times


Albums I will also throw onto the unsuspecting public:


Madhouse 8 / 16
The Undertaker

The War
The Rainbow Children

Lotusflower

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Reply #16 posted 04/28/17 2:19am

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These are impossible lists to accomplish. My essential list (15), for what it's worth (am kicking myself for leaving some out, so I'm basically useless at making lists):

For You

1999

Purple Rain

Around the World in a Day

Parade

Sign o' the Times

Lovesexy

Come

The Rainbow Children

Musicology

3121

Plectrumelectrum

Art Official Age

HitnRun Phase Two

Piano & Microphone Live (I know, I know, but I'm pretty sure it will be an album. soon. I hope. believe.)

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Reply #17 posted 04/30/17 11:00am

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No they're not.

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Reply #18 posted 04/30/17 3:38pm

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No they're not.

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Reply #19 posted 04/30/17 3:55pm

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callimnate said:

It all depends on the person's age.

The younger they are, the more likely they'll be into the later stuff.

Ive heard newcomers say that P's 80's stuff id dated and tacky. And fair enough. It was recoded 30 years ago.

Fair enough? Really? My opinion would be they don't appreciate classic art and they can fuck off with their stupid, self-imposed blinkered view.

Yeah, we'll, we'll try to imagine what silence looks like.
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Reply #20 posted 04/30/17 5:02pm

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TKO said:

Are these the 5 Essential Prince albums?



Dirty Mind


1999


Purple Rain


Sign O The Times


Parade



I think these are the most important records he made and the ones that i would recommend to anyone who becomes a Prince fan.





I'd go with those 5, too. How about if they ask for 5 essential Prince post-80's albums?
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Reply #21 posted 04/30/17 7:00pm

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In terms of impact, you're right. In terms of presenting a more complete career overview, I believe these 10 are absolutely essential:

1) Dirty Mind

2) 1999

3) Purple Rain

4) Sign 'O' The Times

5) Parade'

6) Lovesexy

7) Symbol

8) The Truth

9) The Rainbow Children

10) Art Official Age

Honourable mention: 3121

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Reply #22 posted 05/01/17 8:33am

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rainbowchild said:

TKO said:

Are these the 5 Essential Prince albums?

Dirty Mind

1999

Purple Rain

Sign O The Times

Parade

I think these are the most important records he made and the ones that i would recommend to anyone who becomes a Prince fan.

I'd go with those 5, too. How about if they ask for 5 essential Prince post-80's albums?


Ohhhh . . . that's hard. These are not necessarily my 5 favorite post-80's albums, but they are the 5 that I think best capture his career evolution after the 80's:


Diamonds and Pearls

The Gold Experience

The Rainbow Children

Musicology

Art Official Age



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Reply #23 posted 05/01/17 9:25am

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Marrk said:



callimnate said:


It all depends on the person's age.


The younger they are, the more likely they'll be into the later stuff.


Ive heard newcomers say that P's 80's stuff id dated and tacky. And fair enough. It was recoded 30 years ago.




Fair enough? Really? My opinion would be they don't appreciate classic art and they can fuck off with their stupid, self-imposed blinkered view.



I'm one of the younger fans (under 30). I didn't like Purple Rain much the first time I heard it because it did sound dated and a bit flat. His 80s material does take a few goes to really get into it and appreciate it with your heart, especially the albums from 1999 to Lovesexy. The first three were the easier ones for me to get into because the production sounds a bit warmer, more bassy and full.

The first songs I found for myself and really loved were Still Waiting & Pop Life btw.
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Reply #24 posted 05/01/17 10:47am

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Mine are

Controversy

1999

Purple Rain

ATWIAD

Parade

SOTT

Lovesexy

Grafitti Bridge

Black Album

Musicology

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Reply #25 posted 05/01/17 11:17am

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1.Dirty Mind
2.Purple Rain
3.ATWIAD - Showed how bold he was and willing to choose art over commerce.
4.Parade
5. SOTT
6.The Gold Experience(best integration of Prince and. 90s musical trends).
7. AOA - different in how reflective and mature it is.
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