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Thread started 01/20/18 5:56pm

rap

Prince's letter to music critic, Tom Moon, after a critical review of his album 'Come'. September 1994.

"There is joy in repetition if one looks 4 joy. There can also be tension & discord. It's all up 2 the beholder. Every note—be it voice or instrument, every sound—be it human or inhuman is produced according 2 the way the producer feels. Many things contribute 2 that feeling. The climate, the time of day, the day itself. Dance music seems 2 find it's way into the studio during the weekend. The moon, the stars, everything plays a part. And there are no accidents. Tears are more believable when u can't hold them back. Here—music is made out of necessity. It's a fact a life. Just like breathing. The voice inside tells u when there is a song 2 be born. All children are born beautiful. How they are perceived by others may be another matter indeed. Much like an unborn child—A song is never conceived whole. That would be like taking dictation. Pleasure comes from not knowing what your baby's character will be like. Pleasure comes from the nurturing process. Whatever we are… whatever we make. On the days when Camille records, children are born without conscience or inhibition. It is important however 2 allow Camille his 'voice.' He hasn't been around lately. Positivity & negativity are always very close. The seeds we sow are the flowers that grow. Things are coming 2 a head. And not just 4 this generation. Believe that after it does there will be peace 4 a long time. Maybe not 4 everyone but 4 most. Hopefully more than not."

Tom Moon's review in Rolling Stone: https://www.rollingstone....e-19940908

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Reply #1 posted 01/21/18 4:05am

lemoncrush19

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wow. just wow. worship everytime I think I couldn't love and respect this man more there emerges something like this. instead of calling that ignorant idiot anything of what he deserves to be called (and there's a lot), he writes a beautiful and so personal letter touched ... and some are still discussing wether he was proud of "come" or not ...

thx for this rap yes

the only love there is is the love we make heart
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Reply #2 posted 01/21/18 9:11am

kingricefan

Prince took the high road. Awesome!

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Reply #3 posted 01/21/18 10:10am

FlyOnTheWall

Thank you for sharing, rap. His brilliance, humanity, and love of music shine through in this extraordinarily dignified letter. heart

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Reply #4 posted 01/21/18 10:12am

laytonian

Tom Moon loved Prince and wrote a thoughtful tribute after his death:
https://medium.com/cuepoi...4360f6e72e
Welcome to "the org", laytonian… come bathe with me.
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Reply #5 posted 01/21/18 10:35am

gandorb

I am not offended by the review and at the time of it's release not entirely in disgreement with it. That said, I just love Prince's reply. Thanks for sharing.

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Reply #6 posted 01/21/18 10:52am

SoulAlive

I felt the same way.The review seems harsh,but I agreed with it back then.

gandorb said:

I am not offended by the review and at the time of it's release not entirely in disgreement with it.

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Reply #7 posted 01/21/18 11:11am

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Oddly, Tom Moon gave New Power Soul four stars. I would not give that album four. Three maybe.

Come is great, always loved it. Four solid stars.

Loose sucks though.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #8 posted 01/21/18 3:21pm

rap

It was actually handwritten by Prince but, I don't know how to post images.

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Reply #9 posted 01/21/18 6:55pm

214

Great reply.

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Reply #10 posted 01/21/18 11:30pm

thedance

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2freaky4church1 said:

Oddly, Tom Moon gave New Power Soul four stars. I would not give that album four. Three maybe.

Come is great, always loved it. Four solid stars.

Loose sucks though.

I agrees with U, except I love all songs on Come, and that includes "Loose"! wink cool

Such an amazing album, "Come", the title track, Space, Papa, Letitgo.. so many strong "pearls".

Only, the duet by Prince & Nona Gaye "Lovesign" should have been there as well - maybe instead of "Orgasm"..

I will give: 9/10 imho..... brilliant, I love the dark tone on this fine piece of "art"... heart

Prince 4Ever. heart
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Reply #11 posted 01/22/18 1:03am

TheEnglishGent

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rap said:

It was actually handwritten by Prince but, I don't know how to post images.

Go to imgur.com

Drag your image over the page there and it uploads automaticallly

Copy image link from the address bar

Make post on org and click on the little tree icon thing just above the text box where you type your message for posting here.

You'll get a pop up box, paste the image link into the Image URL section and click insert.

RIP sad
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Reply #12 posted 01/22/18 6:51am

BombFunk

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rap said:

It was actually handwritten by Prince but, I don't know how to post images.

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Please post the image if you have it, it's easy, just follow the directions the guy before me wrote down for you ... seeing the actual handwritten letter by Prince would make your post 100 times better. yes


dove Forever changed dove wilted

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Reply #13 posted 01/22/18 7:36am

TKO

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Well said P.

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Reply #14 posted 01/22/18 10:57am

BEAUGARDE

Could Camille be the author of the Come songs?

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Reply #15 posted 01/22/18 12:49pm

paisleypark4

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Awww just love him. I agreed with the reviewer at the time as well . I very much disliked Come after the Symbol album. I like it more now though but at the time..child

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Reply #16 posted 01/23/18 1:31am

TheEnglishGent

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Here is the letter.

RIP sad
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Reply #17 posted 01/23/18 2:54am

dodger

BEAUGARDE said:

Could Camille be the author of the Come songs?

That's what stood out to me; Camille getting mentioned, several years after his last outing

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Reply #18 posted 01/23/18 5:32am

BombFunk

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TheEnglishGent said:

Here is the letter.

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Thanks a lot for posting, that's just awesome to look at and read.


dove Forever changed dove wilted

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Reply #19 posted 01/23/18 8:19am

FlyOnTheWall

dodger said:

BEAUGARDE said:

Could Camille be the author of the Come songs?

That's what stood out to me; Camille getting mentioned, several years after his last outing

Interesting thought. Also, it's very interesting that he referred to Camille as a man.

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Reply #20 posted 01/23/18 8:23am

Genesia

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FlyOnTheWall said:

dodger said:

That's what stood out to me; Camille getting mentioned, several years after his last outing

Interesting thought. Also, it's very interesting that he referred to Camille as a man.


Common knowledge.

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #21 posted 01/23/18 9:02am

JohnCragg

dodger said:

BEAUGARDE said:

Could Camille be the author of the Come songs?

That's what stood out to me; Camille getting mentioned, several years after his last outing

Wait.

Camille is a HE?

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Reply #22 posted 01/23/18 12:42pm

NorthC

I think the review was spot on. "Carreer derailment" is an excellent description of what Prince was doing to himself at that time and no one writing about him could have ignored that. Also, "soft porn pillow talk" sums up the album perfectly. And if you've ever heard the original version of the title track, you can only agree that the album version is cluttered with "banal lyrics and overwritten horn parts."
If Prince didn't like this, I can only say: the truth hurts.
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Reply #23 posted 01/23/18 1:17pm

stpaisios

Prince just wanted to say: critics are the worst - they understand nothing. Calling title track a 'soft porn' is not just a blunt stretch, its just misunderstanding what funk is all about.

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Reply #24 posted 01/23/18 1:20pm

jdcxc

Dark is a top twenty Prince song...which means it is a classic. Moon should’ve recognized.
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Reply #25 posted 01/23/18 1:23pm

SoulAlive

NorthC said:

I think the review was spot on. "Carreer derailment" is an excellent description of what Prince was doing to himself at that time and no one writing about him could have ignored that.

I agree.I understand Prince's disagreement with Warners,but I think he was going about it the wrong way.He was doing alot of damage to his own career,at that point.

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[Edited 1/23/18 13:24pm]

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Reply #26 posted 01/23/18 4:20pm

rap

TheEnglishGent said:

Here is the letter.

Thanks for that. I wonder what moved him to do it, had he done it before??

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Reply #27 posted 01/23/18 4:22pm

rap

JohnCragg said:

dodger said:

That's what stood out to me; Camille getting mentioned, several years after his last outing

Wait.

Camille is a HE?

Yeah, noticed that too eek

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Reply #28 posted 01/23/18 5:34pm

gandorb

2freaky4church1 said:

Oddly, Tom Moon gave New Power Soul four stars. I would not give that album four. Three maybe.

Come is great, always loved it. Four solid stars.

Loose sucks though.

shocked So the OP of the tribute thread to the "Great New Power Soul Album" now is on record that at best it might deserve three stars. You've got a career in politics ahead of you, man lol .

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Reply #29 posted 01/23/18 5:35pm

gandorb

2freaky4church1 said:

Oddly, Tom Moon gave New Power Soul four stars. I would not give that album four. Three maybe.

Come is great, always loved it. Four solid stars.

Loose sucks though.

shocked So the OP of the tribute thread to the "Great New Power Soul Album" now is on record that at best it might deserve three stars. You've got a career in politics ahead of you, man lol .

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