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Thread started 06/17/21 8:45pm

funkman88

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Prince's best and worst album covers?

Princes best is of course the stunning Diamonds & Pearl's followed closely by the Purple Rain cover which is just iconic cuz appolonia in doorway glowing in the aftersex from Prince showing her 23 positions
Worst is Lovesexy by far ...the baked light skinned vampire look was played out by 1988 and hip hop was taking over...what say u is the best & worst?
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Reply #1 posted 06/17/21 9:15pm

LoveGalore

Best is either Controversy or Parade or SOTT.

Worst is either 20TEN or Love Symbol or Musicology.
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Reply #2 posted 06/17/21 11:08pm

ForbiddenFruit

best: Lovesexy, Parade

worst: Gold Experience

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Reply #3 posted 06/17/21 11:29pm

Phase3

Best-Purple Rain (the image of Prince on the motorcycle is very iconic)
Diamonds and Pearls (the 3D image)
Come (love the pic of him in front of the gates

Worst-The Black album

Most of his albums have great covers
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Reply #4 posted 06/18/21 3:25am

WukkaWahWah

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BEST ALBUM COVER: Around The World In A Day
Runner Up: Purple Rain (silver deluxe)
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WORST ALBUM COVER: Hitnrun Phase Two
Runner Up: Love Symbol
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Reply #5 posted 06/18/21 4:47am

Smillan

Best:

3121 (I'm still wondering what's on the back cover though)

Worst:

20Ten - just silly

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Reply #6 posted 06/18/21 6:19am

jdcxc

Best...Parade

Worst...Planet Earth or Chaos and Disorder

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Reply #7 posted 06/18/21 6:46am

SquirrelMeat76

Best - SOTT

Around The World In A Day

Purple Rain

Worst - Prince

1999

Diamonds & Pearls

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Reply #8 posted 06/18/21 6:56am

lion88

Best: The Rainbow Children

Worst: New Power Soul

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Reply #9 posted 06/18/21 7:26am

Mintchip

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lion88 said:

Best: The Rainbow Children

Worst: New Power Soul

I agree with lion's choices.

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Reply #10 posted 06/18/21 7:56am

soladeo1

Best: Parade (it’s gorgeous and iconic)

Worst: The Symbol Album (ugly and stupid and looks like it was a photo from a middle school drama production)
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Reply #11 posted 06/18/21 9:36am

TraSoul82

Best: Crystal Ball

Worst: Parade

I'm pretty sure I have those in the right order.
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Reply #12 posted 06/18/21 9:49am

SoulAlive

Best: Controversy

Worst: Chaos and Disorder
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Reply #13 posted 06/18/21 10:13am

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funkman88 said:

Princes best is of course the stunning Diamonds & Pearl's followed closely by the Purple Rain cover which is just iconic cuz appolonia in doorway glowing in the aftersex from Prince showing her 23 positions Worst is Lovesexy by far ...the baked light skinned vampire look was played out by 1988 and hip hop was taking over...what say u is the best & worst?

the Lovesexy cover. Hip Hop had nothing to do with Prince. Why hip hop? There are so many other genre of music, why connect it to Hip Hop. The album music was nothing close to Hip Hop. It was uniquely Prince

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I think it's a beautiful cover. I appreciate it so much more than I did before

BEST Purple Rain/Around the World in a Day/Sign o the Times

Worst: Black album but more likely NPS

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Reply #14 posted 06/18/21 10:18am

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No love for Dirty Mind? That photograph is so powerful to me. Prince's seething look, the way it glows, the raw bed spring.

Anyway, fave is that or Sign.

Plenty of others I like - Around the World, Parade, The Rainbow Children, 3121, Art Official, the Hit n Runs. Even 1999. So crude, but you know Prince made that himself (right?), so it's his most personal. I remember being shocked as a kid that someone would put a penis on an album cover.

Least favorite: Musicology.
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Reply #15 posted 06/18/21 10:34am

LoveGalore

PJMcGee said:

No love for Dirty Mind? That photograph is so powerful to me. Prince's seething look, the way it glows, the raw bed spring.

Anyway, fave is that or Sign.

Plenty of others I like - Around the World, Parade, The Rainbow Children, 3121, Art Official, the Hit n Runs. Even 1999. So crude, but you know Prince made that himself (right?), so it's his most personal. I remember being shocked as a kid that someone would put a penis on an album cover.

Least favorite: Musicology.


Prince didn't make the 1999 cover himself. Vanity drew it.
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Reply #16 posted 06/18/21 10:47am

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Least favourite: Musicology. We could have had a painting by Monet, Turner, or Bob Ross..

But instead we got some funny coloured branches, or are they brain dendrites, synapses? (ask the SSRI crowd).
Anyway, P lost us sometimes with some of his creative decisions. Should have kept it chill like Bob Ross...
Like, don't overthink it. "No mistakes, only happy accidents"

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Most favourite: anything from '82 - '90 really. Fun, vibrant, stood out.

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Reply #17 posted 06/18/21 11:01am

PJMcGee

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LoveGalore said:

PJMcGee said:

No love for Dirty Mind? That photograph is so powerful to me. Prince's seething look, the way it glows, the raw bed spring.

Anyway, fave is that or Sign.

Plenty of others I like - Around the World, Parade, The Rainbow Children, 3121, Art Official, the Hit n Runs. Even 1999. So crude, but you know Prince made that himself (right?), so it's his most personal. I remember being shocked as a kid that someone would put a penis on an album cover.

Least favorite: Musicology.


Prince didn't make the 1999 cover himself. Vanity drew it.


Get out! He let his gal do something creative on his own album? Wow.

But he did make the cover for the Gett Off single, right? I thought they had a similar vibe.
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Reply #18 posted 06/18/21 11:18am

JAYJOE

Best - SOTT

Gold Experience would of been in the running if they had stuck with the "Foil" idea

Worst - Batman (should of had a bit more of a prince essense)

he might have better luck if he was drummin with his Dick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply #19 posted 06/18/21 11:46am

bwaaatch

Steve Park seems like a nice guy, but his album covers are not to my taste. Unsure if that’s really his fault, or just that Prince didn’t have to consult with record label ‘experts’ anymore in the post-Warner’s era.
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Reply #20 posted 06/18/21 1:02pm

BlueLantern

i would say :

best : around the world in a day, 3121, the rainbow children, and i would add (even if it is not directly a Prince album) the Family album,

Parade, sign of the time, the forthcoming album : welcome to America, have good covers, i also like the cover of the Black Album, echoing the Beatles with their White album released in the sixties

20ten cover is not so good, nor are the ones of planet earth, diamonds and pearls and symbol albums,

the cover of 'Come' is gothic and dark and doesn't cause any trouble to a good album, whereas the one of 'For You' is sober with no particular pretention,

i like a lot the music of 'Rave' but i have not a particular opinion about its cover, neither especially good or bad, however the cover of Rave aesthetically doesn't chock me

next to the Batman one, for me the real disaster is the cover of the lovesexy album, i have never liked it

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Reply #21 posted 06/18/21 1:23pm

Phase3

I have heard tons of stories about fans buying the lovesexy album and getting bad looks from the cashier's after they saw the cover
Just think,what it would've been like had prince had his back turned showing off backside.That would've been a more memorable cover

What's so bad about the chaos and disorder album cover? I always thought it looked really cool.With the broken 1999 LP.It was his FU to Warner Bros
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Reply #22 posted 06/18/21 1:46pm

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Almost everything post WB was abysmal.

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Reply #23 posted 06/18/21 2:27pm

SoulAlive

Phase3 said:

What's so bad about the chaos and disorder album cover? I always thought it looked really cool.With the broken 1999 LP.It was his FU to Warner Bros

1999 is Prince's best album,imo.So naturally,I don't like the C&D album cover lol

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Reply #24 posted 06/18/21 2:50pm

Phase3

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Phase3 said:


What's so bad about the chaos and disorder album cover? I always thought it looked really cool.With the broken 1999 LP.It was his FU to Warner Bros


1999 is Prince's best album,imo.So naturally,I don't like the C&D album cover lol


Fair enough.Still cool looking though.Atleast it wasn't the purple rain LP
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Reply #25 posted 06/18/21 2:51pm

billymeade

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Controversy best /

Rave worst

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Reply #26 posted 06/18/21 5:24pm

funkaholic1972

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Best: Parade / Dirty Mind / Controversy / 1999 / PR / ATWIAD / TRC

Worst: Musicology / Planet Earth / Emancipation / Newpower Soul / The Vault / that solo piano album

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Reply #27 posted 06/18/21 6:02pm

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Best: lovesexy

Worst: either love symbol or emancipation
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Reply #28 posted 06/18/21 10:41pm

paraded

It's gotta be SOTT for me. It's the one that has the most compelling interpretations. You can spend a lot of time thinking about why he did it that way and what it means. But purely in terms of beauty, Parade takes the cake.

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Reply #29 posted 06/19/21 1:37am

Blondies1973

Yes, Sign o the times, or Diamonds and Pearls are the best.

Chaos and Disorder, or Love symbol, are the worst.
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