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Reply #120 posted 07/20/21 3:48pm

antonb

wow, sounds pretty great. Thanks for the thoughts on it.

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Reply #121 posted 07/20/21 3:52pm

lustmealways

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i made this really great thread and it was left to die in the fan gatherings forum so let's all take a look right now and appreciate it


https://prince.org/msg/2/467192

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Reply #122 posted 07/20/21 4:02pm

Number23

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Number23 said:


And the last thing I’ll say for now is that it really is incredibly cohesive - both thematically and in production. It’s an album about slavery - to inherited hierarchies, to false histories, to generational lies, to technology, to religion … and to love. About an astonishing biological miracle on a backwater rock in infinity allowing themselves to be used as batteries by a tiny minority of oppressors whom we give power to due to them having more paper with numbers on it. About how nearly all of us are drowning in our chains - and the ones who aren’t are the ones that should be. It’s an album about what it means to be homosapien at the dawn of transhumanism. It’s an album about where we’ve been and where we’re going … even if it takes 1000 light years to get there. It’s damning in the darkness yet keeps a light shining. It’s a concept album - in the best possible sense of the term. It has laser focus - something we all wanted for a long time. It’s not a ragtag grab from that year’s Vault pile. It’s Jenna - take once piece out and it all falls apart under its own weight. It’s light/shade in perfect harmony. And those harmonies …

can you imagine something like this was written about the album that has hot summer in the middle of it


Hot Summer makes sense here - out of context you could see it as a pointless, lightweight rewrite of Shake! Here, it’s juxtaposition reveals its true lyrical intent as a sly/Sly prophetic vision of future Charlie Manson-style race riots. Prince always enjoyed the dichotomy of making music that made you assume one thing on an initial listen but revealed layers over time, usually with a lyric that initially seems superficial and throwaway, but is designed that way deliberately. Yes, the lyrics can be viewed as similarly lightweight and airy as the music, but that’s the beautiful thing about art, meaning is in the eye of the beholder. Few artists explain their work, even when the audience is completely wrong - as they understand it’s nothing to do with them once the set is out there. musically, it serves as a palette cleanser, like a fizzy sorbet, one that leaves a slightly bitter taste when you know what nettles and nonsense are in it. Again, it’s P trolling us. As it always was.
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Reply #123 posted 07/20/21 4:43pm

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Number23 said:

I’m afraid I’ve been warned to wait til Monday to post what I had intended tonight - namely, long winding in-depth descriptions of each track. Have them all here so can spent some time refining I guess. Sincere apologies people, it’s beyond my control and I don’t want to compromise myself or my position for future releases - only specialist music magazines have been allowed to post earlier due to various industry machinations. Can answer some questions though. Rest assured midnight Sunday night I’ll post on every cough and spit in this album, if it hasn’t leaked by then that is. Doubt it will though, security very tight - CD would have to get into the wild I imagine. Could happen. I’ll be posting first thing Monday regardless.

PS - When She Comes has almost entirely different lyrics and vocal harmonies. Instrumentation differs also.

PPS - YES has full P vocals.

PPPS - 1000 Light Years From Here also has completely different lyrics, alternative arrangement and meaning.

Plenty of surprises on this.

Sounds promising smile Thank u for sharing some info.
We are living in Orwell's 1984
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Reply #124 posted 07/20/21 6:01pm

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Number23 said:

I’m afraid I’ve been warned to wait til Monday to post what I had intended tonight - namely, long winding in-depth descriptions of each track. Have them all here so can spent some time refining I guess. Sincere apologies people, it’s beyond my control and I don’t want to compromise myself or my position for future releases - only specialist music magazines have been allowed to post earlier due to various industry machinations. Can answer some questions though. Rest assured midnight Sunday night I’ll post on every cough and spit in this album, if it hasn’t leaked by then that is. Doubt it will though, security very tight - CD would have to get into the wild I imagine. Could happen. I’ll be posting first thing Monday regardless.

PS - When She Comes has almost entirely different lyrics and vocal harmonies. Instrumentation differs also.

PPS - YES has full P vocals.

PPPS - 1000 Light Years From Here also has completely different lyrics, alternative arrangement and meaning.

Plenty of surprises on this.


You've definitely whet my appetite now... Thanks for the preview.
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Reply #125 posted 07/20/21 9:51pm

Romeoblu

Number 23.

Which two songs would you consider the high and low points on the album?

Thanks.
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Reply #126 posted 07/21/21 12:02am

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Number 23, thank you for all the answers.

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Reply #127 posted 07/21/21 1:37am

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Number23 said:

And the last thing I’ll say for now is that it really is incredibly cohesive - both thematically and in production. It’s an album about slavery - to inherited hierarchies, to false histories, to generational lies, to technology, to religion … and to love. About an astonishing biological miracle on a backwater rock in infinity allowing themselves to be used as batteries by a tiny minority of oppressors whom we give power to due to them having more paper with numbers on it. About how nearly all of us are drowning in our chains - and the ones who aren’t are the ones that should be. It’s an album about what it means to be homosapien at the dawn of transhumanism. It’s an album about where we’ve been and where we’re going … even if it takes 1000 light years to get there. It’s damning in the darkness yet keeps a light shining. It’s a concept album - in the best possible sense of the term. It has laser focus - something we all wanted for a long time. It’s not a ragtag grab from that year’s Vault pile. It’s Jenna - take once piece out and it all falls apart under its own weight. It’s light/shade in perfect harmony. And those harmonies …

eyepop

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Reply #128 posted 07/21/21 3:00am

Number23

Romeoblu said:

Number 23.

Which two songs would you consider the high and low points on the album?

Thanks.

I personally found Stand Up & Be Strong very moving, although there are better songs, musically-speaking. To my perception, Prince generally only covers songs - on his albums - where there’s an underlying lyrical theme he either can’t quite capture or prefers how another person put it. ‘Sometimes the words of another seem to work out fine’. Live covers, it’s more about the music and the vibe it projects. SU&BS’s references to ‘Youre taking too many pills/Because you lost the thrill’ and ‘your life has gone on too long’ ‘your knees get weak’ etc would be far too literal and revealing if he had written them himself - I think he’s wanting to be honest but also able to deflect if challenged on it. But it’s clear to me that many lyrics in this struck a chord with him and in retrospect after his death, it’s pretty obvious why.
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Reply #129 posted 07/21/21 3:18am

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something went weird! this comment was meant for another thread!

Strange but true.

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Reply #130 posted 07/21/21 8:30am

Marco81

Hot Summer is on Tidal.

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Reply #131 posted 07/21/21 10:14am

TrevorAyer

Please include the dvd in your in depth review ... still wondering if it’s worth the extra $137
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Reply #132 posted 07/21/21 11:52am

master

TrevorAyer said:

Please include the dvd in your in depth review ... still wondering if it’s worth the extra $137

price £70 at wowhd or you can pick up just Blu-ray & cd at cdJapan £50. Yes show is good but shop around as can b found for a lot less.
https://www.wowhd.co.uk/p...4398661612
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Reply #133 posted 07/21/21 12:17pm

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Marco81 said:

Hot Summer is on Tidal.


I’m not seeing it on TIDAL…
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Reply #134 posted 07/21/21 12:19pm

lustmealways

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ThirdStrike said:

I’m not seeing it on TIDAL…

and you thank your lucky stars for that

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Reply #135 posted 07/21/21 12:33pm

ThirdStrike

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lustmealways said:



ThirdStrike said:


I’m not seeing it on TIDAL…

and you thank your lucky stars for that


🤣🤣 I actually don’t mind “Hot Summer” too much. So being “lucky” for me would be finding it on TIDAL…👍🏼
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Reply #136 posted 07/21/21 1:10pm

Romeoblu

Not on Tidal.in the UK yet.

Looking forward to the podcast tomorrow.
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Reply #137 posted 07/21/21 1:51pm

Marco81

Romeoblu said:

Not on Tidal.in the UK yet.

Looking forward to the podcast tomorrow.

What can I tell you, I'm in the UK and I can see it on Tidal.
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Reply #138 posted 07/21/21 2:00pm

Romeoblu

I checked again. Still can't see it.

Is it under ep's and singles?
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Reply #139 posted 07/21/21 2:33pm

Marco81

Romeoblu said:

I checked again. Still can't see it.

Is it under ep's and singles?

Yep, I don't have the app though, I just search for Prince Tidal on Google, open the artist page and it's there under EPs and singles. Anyway, not that big of a deal.
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Reply #140 posted 07/21/21 3:13pm

LILpoundCAKE

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HOT SUMMER now also on spotify

If U're lookin 4 dirt look in Ur own back yard - Plant some Peace Flowers in Ur warzone so I can fire my bodyguards.
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Reply #141 posted 07/21/21 7:39pm

ThirdStrike

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LILpoundCAKE said:

HOT SUMMER now also on spotify


In what country? I’m in the US, and it’s nowhere…
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Reply #142 posted 07/21/21 8:24pm

sauko

Hot Summer's up on Apple Music in Australia, FWIW.

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Reply #143 posted 07/21/21 9:16pm

Nuernberg72

Hot Summer is on you tube
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Reply #144 posted 07/21/21 9:31pm

SoulAlive

I just listened to “Hot Summer” on YouTube.I think it’s just OK….nothing special.
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Reply #145 posted 07/21/21 9:44pm

Marco81

Episode 1 of The Story of Welcome 2 America podcast seems to be out now on Apple. They play clips of pretty much all tracks.
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Reply #146 posted 07/21/21 10:34pm

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Reply #147 posted 07/22/21 1:47am

LILpoundCAKE

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SoulAlive said:

I just listened to “Hot Summer” on YouTube.I think it’s just OK….nothing special.



you hadn't heard it the first time round? lol

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Reply #148 posted 07/22/21 2:17am

antonb

from the clips of the other songs I have listened too, Hot Summer is by far the weakest track on the album. However, like no23 has posted maybe it works in the context of the album. I like all the clips of the songs played.Im really looking forward to this album.

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Reply #149 posted 07/22/21 2:52am

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The podcast got me pumped.. then I went and listened to Hot Summer 😑

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