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Thread started 02/09/21 9:46am

soladeo1

The Breakdown... Prince's Greatest Ballad Ever???

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Reply #1 posted 02/09/21 10:17am

Empress

soladeo1 said:

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No, it is not his greatest ballad ever, but it is a lovely song. I'm not sure I could name a greatest or favourite ballad as he has so many great ones to choose from.

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Reply #2 posted 02/09/21 10:25am

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Idk, but it's touching.
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Reply #3 posted 02/09/21 11:14am

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Not much too it. Simple, too simple. Breakfast in Bed, betta.

Greatest Romance is even betta.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #4 posted 02/09/21 11:51am

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Is it a ballad?

Modern prince classic though, yes
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Reply #5 posted 02/09/21 12:17pm

Margot

I'm more interested in the lyrics as he is sharing on a deep level.

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Reply #6 posted 02/09/21 12:19pm

Rimshottbob

funkbabyandthebabysitters said:

Is it a ballad? Modern prince classic though, yes

Well, a ballad is a poem, usually set to music, that tells a story.... so yep, it's a ballad. And it's great. His vocal on it is incredible.

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Reply #7 posted 02/09/21 12:31pm

dodger

I don’t think it’s the greatest but it’s up there.
I love the way he switches to his lower register in the second half and Andy’s backing vocals
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Reply #8 posted 02/09/21 1:52pm

Graycap23

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Not even close.

FOOLS multiply when WISE Men & Women are silent.
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Reply #9 posted 02/09/21 2:02pm

IAdoreWeronika

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Greatest? To me it's The beautiful Ones.
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Reply #10 posted 02/09/21 2:19pm

lavendardrumma
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IAdoreWeronika said:

Greatest? To me it's The beautiful Ones.


This. If only that one had lasers.

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Reply #11 posted 02/09/21 2:24pm

Robbajobba

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lavendardrummachine said:

IAdoreWeronika said:

Greatest? To me it's The beautiful Ones.


This. If only that one had lasers.

lol What an oversight!

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Reply #12 posted 02/09/21 3:54pm

IAdoreWeronika

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Robbajobba said:



lavendardrummachine said:




IAdoreWeronika said:


Greatest? To me it's The beautiful Ones.


This. If only that one had lasers.



lol What an oversight!


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Reply #13 posted 02/09/21 3:57pm

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No. "Adore" is his best ballad ever.

Others in the top slots in no order:

International Lover

I Hate U

Do Me Baby (the OG, really)

Joy In Repetition

One Kiss At A Time

The Question of U

The Beautiful Ones


I purposely left out the gospel-y types (Purple Rain, Still Would Stand All Time, Gold, God, Anna Stesia)

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #14 posted 02/09/21 4:23pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

No. "Adore" is his best ballad ever.


In my opinion, "Adore" is massively overrated. "Do Me, Baby" is #1 for me.

‎https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvmsrcg1qD_wVuS4qnopmQg
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Reply #15 posted 02/09/21 4:55pm

RJOrion

not even top 10... great lyrics, but music was not as great..

not nearly as good as Adore, Condition Of The Heart or Its Gonna Be Lonely
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Reply #16 posted 02/09/21 4:59pm

RJOrion

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TrivialPursuit said:


No. "Adore" is his best ballad ever.




In my opinion, "Adore" is massively overrated. "Do Me, Baby" is #1 for me.



nah, "Adore" is a timeless standard...a long honored historical artifact of R&B/Black Music culture.
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Reply #17 posted 02/09/21 5:05pm

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I Love U But I Don't Trust U Anymore is his finest ballad to me.
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Reply #18 posted 02/09/21 6:12pm

RODSERLING

No.
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Reply #19 posted 02/09/21 6:27pm

3rdeyedude

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After watching Brittany Howard cover this song, I really think it is a great song. You all should check it out in YouTube. It is the 5th song in this live set:

https://m.youtube.com/wat...Kpx4-wlyaQ
[Edited 2/9/21 18:38pm]
[Edited 2/9/21 18:40pm]
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Reply #20 posted 02/09/21 6:43pm

RJP1205

Love it but no, not the greatest. I do love me some Shhhhh.
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Reply #21 posted 02/09/21 7:13pm

jfenster

Grand progression is
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Reply #22 posted 02/09/21 7:48pm

TrivialPursuit

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RJOrion said:

bluefish said:


In my opinion, "Adore" is massively overrated. "Do Me, Baby" is #1 for me.

nah, "Adore" is a timeless standard...a long honored historical artifact of R&B/Black Music culture.


I think we could agree both are in the top tier.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #23 posted 02/09/21 11:10pm

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It is a good song but not one of the best...very far from If i was ur girlfriend or i hate u...TB1s....something is missing from the song ...guitar solo part with an intensive section!
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Reply #24 posted 02/10/21 12:17am

leecaldon

It's certainly up there.

The screaming at the end is some of his best - always makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

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Reply #25 posted 02/10/21 4:17am

dodger

bluefish said:

TrivialPursuit said:

No. "Adore" is his best ballad ever.


In my opinion, "Adore" is massively overrated. "Do Me, Baby" is #1 for me.

It's hard to argue with Do Me, Baby, Adore and The Beautiful Ones being in the very top tier.

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Although I'm all about The Hits edit of Do Me, Baby. The album version with the 'I'm so cold, hold me' brings a lump to the back of my shorts

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Personally, I'd have Shhh and I Hate U near the top of my list

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Reply #26 posted 02/10/21 4:47am

MattyJam

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dodger said:

'I'm so cold, hold me' brings a lump to the back of my shorts



It makes you shit yourself?
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Reply #27 posted 02/10/21 5:19am

fredmagnus

It's one of the greatest ballad from the later years but it's a shame it was badly recorded/mastered.

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Reply #28 posted 02/10/21 6:16am

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fredmagnus said:

It's one of the greatest ballad from the later years but it's a shame it was badly recorded/mastered.

Yes I agree. For me it's a stunning song. It's so well written, and actually has a great chorus unlike so much of his later work. His vocal is amazing and the lyrics are fairly devastating. This song gets me every time. If it had been better produced (just a better drum sound would have been transformative) and mastered (distortion? wtf?) it would have been one of his best ever. It is still a career highlight as far as I'm concerned.

PIPS! Eurgh...
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Reply #29 posted 02/10/21 7:15pm

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I like it but it's kind of ruined by the horrible mix and mastering. That bass in the chorus sounds terrible.

Check out The Collector's Guide to Prince on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/p...4ldzxwlEuy
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