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Thread started 03/27/19 9:13am

Poplife88

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Lotus Flower/MPLSound

I've been revisting these lately and can't seem to get enough.

Lotus of course is the stronger of the two and always loved it.

But I am surprised how much I am enjoying MPLSound as I pretty much wrote it off when it came out. There are duds on there for sure, but overall its a fun Linn throwback. It soounds like Prince was having a blast making these.

So just a shout out about a later Prince album that hasn't been on my radar for awhile.

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Reply #1 posted 03/27/19 10:20am

pinkcashmere23

I loved both albums when they were fist released but now I tend to listen to my favorites from the set. There are several strong songs and I think it has some of his best work.

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Reply #2 posted 03/27/19 10:41am

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The day it came out, I told my boss I would be in late, then went to Target as soon as they opened and bought this album. (So I could listen to it on my way to work.) I still feel amply rewarded.

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Reply #3 posted 03/27/19 10:44am

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I recently started digging Lotus Flow3r, especially From The Lotus and Back 2 The Lotus. TRIPPY!!! Our little mad scientist, Prince!

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Reply #4 posted 03/27/19 12:05pm

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no love for 'elixer'? i listened to it the other day, and it didn't suck. it would make a nice instrumental album, fer sure, but that title track is hot.

i've always had 'lotusflow3r' in regular rotation. it's always sounded nice, particularly on vinyl through the hi-fi.

'mplsound' i don't really get down to. i think i don't really like the ballads or the overall flow...probably time for a focused listen to that one.

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Reply #5 posted 03/27/19 12:14pm

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I agree I listen to this frequently. He has some beautiful songs on that one. I actually got it after he passed away, I think I stopped listening to his music around when it first came out and to be honest I was kinda surprised how good it was. I love "You're gonna c me" and "Here" especially.
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Reply #6 posted 03/27/19 12:24pm

Genesia

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peedub said:

no love for 'elixer'?


Absolutely none.

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Reply #7 posted 03/27/19 12:25pm

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peedub said:

no love for 'elixer'? i listened to it the other day, and it didn't suck. it would make a nice instrumental album, fer sure, but that title track is hot.

i've always had 'lotusflow3r' in regular rotation. it's always sounded nice, particularly on vinyl through the hi-fi.

'mplsound' i don't really get down to. i think i don't really like the ballads or the overall flow...probably time for a focused listen to that one.



I have elixer but I never listened to it. I might someday there may be some gems on there, I will have an open mind. But since Prince was my dream man , assuming she was his love, Bria makes me feel envious a little lol, I don't really wanna hear their sex songs together. 😃
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Reply #8 posted 03/27/19 12:34pm

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peedub said:

no love for 'elixer'? i listened to it the other day, and it didn't suck. it would make a nice instrumental album, fer sure, but that title track is hot.

i've always had 'lotusflow3r' in regular rotation. it's always sounded nice, particularly on vinyl through the hi-fi.

'mplsound' i don't really get down to. i think i don't really like the ballads or the overall flow...probably time for a focused listen to that one.

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Same here... I just listened to it after years of not hearing any of it. Much better than I remembered.

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Reply #9 posted 03/27/19 12:53pm

dodger

Krystalkisses said:

peedub said:

no love for 'elixer'? i listened to it the other day, and it didn't suck. it would make a nice instrumental album, fer sure, but that title track is hot.

i've always had 'lotusflow3r' in regular rotation. it's always sounded nice, particularly on vinyl through the hi-fi.

'mplsound' i don't really get down to. i think i don't really like the ballads or the overall flow...probably time for a focused listen to that one.



I have elixer but I never listened to it. I might someday there may be some gems on there, I will have an open mind. But since Prince was my dream man , assuming she was his love, Bria makes me feel envious a little lol, I don't really wanna hear their sex songs together. 😃


You should give it a listen. Nothing spectacular but some half decent laid back tunes. The title track is a nice duet and I had to smile at the 9 and a half weeks mention in Here I Come.
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Lotus is a great album, his best since TGE for me. I love the tracks with Sonny & Michael B.
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MPLSound not so great but it does have a couple of vintage P tracks in Dance 4 Me and Ol'Skool Company.
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Reply #10 posted 03/27/19 12:58pm

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dodger said:

Krystalkisses said:



I have elixer but I never listened to it. I might someday there may be some gems on there, I will have an open mind. But since Prince was my dream man , assuming she was his love, Bria makes me feel envious a little lol, I don't really wanna hear their sex songs together. 😃


You should give it a listen. Nothing spectacular but some half decent laid back tunes. The title is a nice duet and I had to smile at the 9 and a half weeks mention in Here I Come.


Oh I will eventually. I think her voice isn't bad and I do like the concept of Prince doing a Sade like album , ( Prince style) because I love Sade and a sensual sound.
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Reply #11 posted 03/27/19 1:22pm

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Would of loved to hear a live treatment of Wall of Berlin, that track just grooves.
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Reply #12 posted 03/27/19 1:24pm

pinkcashmere23

Krystalkisses said:

peedub said:

no love for 'elixer'? i listened to it the other day, and it didn't suck. it would make a nice instrumental album, fer sure, but that title track is hot.

i've always had 'lotusflow3r' in regular rotation. it's always sounded nice, particularly on vinyl through the hi-fi.

'mplsound' i don't really get down to. i think i don't really like the ballads or the overall flow...probably time for a focused listen to that one.

I have elixer but I never listened to it. I might someday there may be some gems on there, I will have an open mind. But since Prince was my dream man , assuming she was his love, Bria makes me feel envious a little lol, I don't really wanna hear their sex songs together. 😃

I liked Elixer but that put me off a bit too honestly. Some of the lyrics are pretty suggestive. Prince talked about it in an interview back then and acknowledged that some of the songs were dirty but not nasty. He also said that she may have been talking about the man who would become her partner for life. I thought he may have said that to keep from getting too much flack from the JWs.

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Reply #13 posted 03/27/19 1:27pm

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Honestly, 'Elixer' was always my favorite of the three, but I'm seemingly one of the rare Prince fans that doesn't chuck a CD to the back of a walk-in closet when it commits the unforgiveable sin of being merely written, arranged, produced and only instrumentally performed by Prince.

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No worries, guide vocals will one day surface in clipped 128kbps mono and then, yes, Elixer will have its day. '

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Reply #14 posted 03/27/19 1:36pm

Krystalkisses

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pinkcashmere23 said:



Krystalkisses said:


peedub said:

no love for 'elixer'? i listened to it the other day, and it didn't suck. it would make a nice instrumental album, fer sure, but that title track is hot.

i've always had 'lotusflow3r' in regular rotation. it's always sounded nice, particularly on vinyl through the hi-fi.

'mplsound' i don't really get down to. i think i don't really like the ballads or the overall flow...probably time for a focused listen to that one.



I have elixer but I never listened to it. I might someday there may be some gems on there, I will have an open mind. But since Prince was my dream man , assuming she was his love, Bria makes me feel envious a little lol, I don't really wanna hear their sex songs together. 😃

I liked Elixer but that put me off a bit too honestly. Some of the lyrics are pretty suggestive. Prince talked about it in an interview back then and acknowledged that some of the songs were dirty but not nasty. He also said that she may have been talking about the man who would become her partner for life. I thought he may have said that to keep from getting too much flack from the JWs.



Yeah I think I remember reading something like that saying the album isn't promiscuous and she could be singing about one man like a man she deeply loves not a bunch of different guys. Prince was really great at writing for female singers as he captured female feelings and desires really well. Maybe that is another reason he had so many female fans. I did hear the song Elixer on Pandora once and I didn't even realise it was Bria/Prince...i thought it wasn't bad .
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Reply #15 posted 03/27/19 2:00pm

jdcxc

Love LotusFlower...so organic. Wall of Berlin is criminally underrated.

MPLSound fell flat for me. A few decent tracks (Ole Skool is a JAM)

Elixer- Have to revisist...but All This Love was perfect at Montreux 2009.
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Reply #16 posted 03/27/19 2:01pm

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Reply #17 posted 03/27/19 2:09pm

dodger

pinkcashmere23 said:



Krystalkisses said:


peedub said:

no love for 'elixer'? i listened to it the other day, and it didn't suck. it would make a nice instrumental album, fer sure, but that title track is hot.

i've always had 'lotusflow3r' in regular rotation. it's always sounded nice, particularly on vinyl through the hi-fi.

'mplsound' i don't really get down to. i think i don't really like the ballads or the overall flow...probably time for a focused listen to that one.



I have elixer but I never listened to it. I might someday there may be some gems on there, I will have an open mind. But since Prince was my dream man , assuming she was his love, Bria makes me feel envious a little lol, I don't really wanna hear their sex songs together. 😃

I liked Elixer but that put me off a bit too honestly. Some of the lyrics are pretty suggestive. Prince talked about it in an interview back then and acknowledged that some of the songs were dirty but not nasty. He also said that she may have been talking about the man who would become her partner for life. I thought he may have said that to keep from getting too much flack from the JWs.



Yes, I think the engineer Ian Boxhill said P dismissed Elixer as an option for one of his own albums because of the ‘suggestive’ lyrics so that’s why it ended up with Bria.
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Reply #18 posted 03/27/19 3:59pm

Poplife88

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$ has always been my fave on Lotus...that one gets me movin! But Wall of Berlin is a highlight too...but really I like the whole thing.

MPLS is not a masterpiece by any means...and I sorta forgot about it. But I’ve been digging it lately. He just sounds like he’s having fun and the energy is infectious.

I completely forgot about Elixer. I need to check it out again.
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Reply #19 posted 03/27/19 4:40pm

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Genesia said:

The day it came out, I told my boss I would be in late, then went to Target as soon as they opened and bought this album. (So I could listen to it on my way to work.) I still feel amply rewarded.




I called in sick that day to go to Target for the album. No regrets(except the Bria CD). smile
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Reply #20 posted 03/27/19 6:55pm

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That’s funny, I’ve also been listening to MPLSound on repeat lately and was surprised to quite like it. I never bothered to listen to it much before. I got a kick out of the use of the Linn and was surprised he was still using it at this stage of his career (“is that a Linn drum I’m hearing?”). And the ‘Valentina’ song...oh, Prince... I even really like this song. I love ‘Dance4 Me’- it’s bubble-gum with an infectious beat and puts me in a good mood- here I especially enjoy singing,‘Hallelujah!’ lol
Overall it’s a nice, chill album.
As for the Elixer album, I don’t have this album. I think this is largely because when I first heard the song ‘Elixer’ on the Tavis Smiley show, and Prince’s accompanying gushing, I disliked it immediately. Maybe if I’m desperate for new (for me) Prince material I’ll reconsider listening to it, but right now there’s no interest.
On another note, I always wondered if Prince purposely released this album as ‘Elixer’ instead of ‘Elixir’, but that’s another story!
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Reply #21 posted 03/27/19 7:52pm

pinkcashmere23

dodger said:

pinkcashmere23 said:

I liked Elixer but that put me off a bit too honestly. Some of the lyrics are pretty suggestive. Prince talked about it in an interview back then and acknowledged that some of the songs were dirty but not nasty. He also said that she may have been talking about the man who would become her partner for life. I thought he may have said that to keep from getting too much flack from the JWs.

Yes, I think the engineer Ian Boxhill said P dismissed Elixer as an option for one of his own albums because of the ‘suggestive’ lyrics so that’s why it ended up with Bria.

Ohh. I hadn't heard that. Funny he ended up singing All This Love and Elixer himself at Montreux lol. Bria was never going to sing them live so I guess he decided to put them in his set.

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Reply #22 posted 03/27/19 8:18pm

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Poplife88 said:

I've been revisting these lately and can't seem to get enough.

Lotus of course is the stronger of the two and always loved it.

But I am surprised how much I am enjoying MPLSound as I pretty much wrote it off when it came out. There are duds on there for sure, but overall its a fun Linn throwback. It soounds like Prince was having a blast making these.

So just a shout out about a later Prince album that hasn't been on my radar for awhile.

Prince(r.i.p.) started using protools with this triple album that he got advise from when he visited Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis studio in La. This project brings back so many memories of the website LotuFLOW3R.com launch. Which I first was able to get a sneak peak at Tavis Smiley's charity benefit concert that Prince was the sole guest at in early 2009. Then the nitemare website launch that had me pulling my hair out to get through the maze to purchase tickets to the MEGA three shows in one night at the then Nokia Center in Downtown La. Then the tickets to the three Tonight Show with Jay Leno appearances in one week. I was able to attend the whole extravaganza.

So Prince, whom fought 4 his first record deal & got it, fought 4 a movie deal & got it, fought 4 freedom from his WB contract & got it, fought 4 his masters & got them.Gets a curable illness & says 2 himself ok, I'm done. "Life is a Box Of Chocolates"
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Reply #23 posted 03/27/19 8:49pm

pinkcashmere23

ChocolateBox3121 said:

Poplife88 said:

I've been revisting these lately and can't seem to get enough.

Lotus of course is the stronger of the two and always loved it.

But I am surprised how much I am enjoying MPLSound as I pretty much wrote it off when it came out. There are duds on there for sure, but overall its a fun Linn throwback. It soounds like Prince was having a blast making these.

So just a shout out about a later Prince album that hasn't been on my radar for awhile.

Prince(r.i.p.) started using protools with this triple album that he got advise from when he visited Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis studio in La. This project brings back so many memories of the website LotuFLOW3R.com launch. Which I first was able to get a sneak peak at Tavis Smiley's charity benefit concert that Prince was the sole guest at in early 2009. Then the nitemare website launch that had me pulling my hair out to get through the maze to purchase tickets to the MEGA three shows in one night at the then Nokia Center in Downtown La. Then the tickets to the three Tonight Show with Jay Leno appearances in one week. I was able to attend the whole extravaganza.

cool That was a really special time I thought. The Nokia show was amazing from what I've seen of it.

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Reply #24 posted 03/28/19 7:43am

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brokenhearted1972 said:

Genesia said:

The day it came out, I told my boss I would be in late, then went to Target as soon as they opened and bought this album. (So I could listen to it on my way to work.) I still feel amply rewarded.

I called in sick that day to go to Target for the album. No regrets(except the Bria CD). smile


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Reply #25 posted 03/28/19 8:21am

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Hate it.


lol jk

c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #26 posted 03/28/19 8:31am

Genesia

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rdhull said:

Hate it.


lol jk


lol

Yeah, yeah - we know you made your true feelings known in Prince's bathroom.

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Reply #27 posted 03/28/19 8:32am

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Genesia said:

rdhull said:

Hate it.


lol jk


lol

Yeah, yeah - we know you made your true feelings known in Prince's bathroom.

razz

c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #28 posted 03/28/19 8:50am

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Lotusflow3r is great and his best album since TRC smile
I also enjoy MPLSound. Here and Better with time are really beautiful ballads.
Elixer is a decent and there's a few good songs on it.
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Reply #29 posted 03/28/19 9:08am

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Love Lotu$flower, like MPLSound. "Wall of Berlin" is one of my favorite Prince guitar songs ever.

That whole experience was just weird, though. The website, the videos that you could download if you figured out how, the three concerts on the same day - it was something else.

I hope I still have my Lotu$flower t-shirt somewhere.

Prince and Toyota were the only two who used that sphere thingie. Toyota is still using it in their commercials!

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