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BartVanHemelen

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Prince: Official Podcast: The Story of Welcome 2 America

Prince | Official Podcast »The Story of Welcome 2 America, Episode 1: Thank U For Helping Me Get This Out

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https://player.fm/series/...t-this-out

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Reply #1 posted 07/22/21 12:28am

lagantest

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Prince | Official Podcast »The Story of Welcome 2 America, Episode 1: Thank U For Helping Me Get This Out


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https://player.fm/series/...t-this-out


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Listened to it all, have to admit 'Yes' sounds amazing!
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Reply #2 posted 07/22/21 12:45am

Romeoblu

I just listened but was at work so didn't give it 100% concentration but from the song snippets I heard it sounds very promising. Check the Record sounded awesome.

Also Stand up and b strong sounded great.

I think this could be at least as good as Lotusflower.
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Reply #3 posted 07/22/21 12:56am

antonb

The album overall is sounding good to me. Im looking forward to it.

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Reply #4 posted 07/22/21 1:05am

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This makes the album sound better than I expected.
Feeling optimistic.
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Reply #5 posted 07/22/21 1:16am

themanfromnept
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What is the song from 15:46? I can not recognize the title here in office

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Reply #6 posted 07/22/21 1:20am

Marco81

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What is the song from 15:46? I can not recognize the title here in office

1010 (Rin Tin Tin)

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Reply #7 posted 07/22/21 1:27am

themanfromnept
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Marco81 said:

themanfromneptune said:

What is the song from 15:46? I can not recognize the title here in office

1010 (Rin Tin Tin)

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Thank you!

And the last one (37:22 more or less)?

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Reply #8 posted 07/22/21 1:30am

Marco81

themanfromneptune said:

Marco81 said:

1010 (Rin Tin Tin)

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Thank you!

And the last one (37:22 more or less)?

Running Game (Son of A Slave Master)

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Reply #9 posted 07/22/21 1:33am

themanfromnept
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Marco81 said:

themanfromneptune said:

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Thank you!

And the last one (37:22 more or less)?

Running Game (Son of A Slave Master)

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Thank you, again. So there is not snippet from One Day We Will All B Free or I missed it?

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Reply #10 posted 07/22/21 1:33am

Marco81

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Marco81 said:

Running Game (Son of A Slave Master)

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Thank you, again. So there is not snippet from One Day We Will All B Free or I missed it?

If there is, then I missed it. I just quickly browsed through the podcast though...

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Reply #11 posted 07/22/21 2:25am

antonb

Dont think they played any of that. Stand up and be Strong surprised me the most, because that seemed to be the weakest track acording to reviews so far. And i thought it sounded great.

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Reply #12 posted 07/22/21 2:50am

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I like what I'm hearing in the podcast. Firstly, it's nice they do a podcast for a later 'new' prince album and talk to some fresh people who worked with prince later on.

Second, the songs sound good. cool

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 #13 posted 07/22/21 3:40am

Vannormal

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It probably isn't going to be a great album from what i heard so far.

But i'm just thrilled there is a new album.

I'm always thrilled when there is a new Prince album.

And that feeling started in 1984, and it actually never stopped.

Sure albums were fantastic or mediocre, but always the same feeling.

Excitement!

Bits and pieces here and there to be heard, advertisement, some talk, some articles.

Could this be his more vocal focust album ? Not to say sort of a gospel album ?

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So this album possibly got more attention from Prince than the planned 20TEN Deluxe that was postponed somewhere at the end of 2010.

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Getting more curious to hear it now.

I'm just bothered it is released with so much unneeded parafernalia.

Did they put the Welcome 2 America Tourbook in the package ?

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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves.
And wiser people so full of doubts"
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Reply #14 posted 07/22/21 3:50am

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Forty minutes of mindnumbingly boring and trivial non-"stories". Told as if these were exciting and worldchanging events. Back-up singers rehearse! People stay in hotels! At one point Andrea Swensson urges them to tell the wild stories from the hotel and there is nothing. Yet everybody sounds incomprehensibly excited.

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And next week: politics! Ooh boy...

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Reply #15 posted 07/22/21 3:59am

Marco81

BartVanHemelen said:

Forty minutes of mindnumbingly boring and trivial non-"stories". Told as if these were exciting and worldchanging events. Back-up singers rehearse! People stay in hotels! At one point Andrea Swensson urges them to tell the wild stories from the hotel and there is nothing. Yet everybody sounds incomprehensibly excited.

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And next week: politics! Ooh boy...

vs three lines of useless pathetic ranting.

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Reply #16 posted 07/22/21 4:01am

antonb

i thought it was fine, just trying to listen to the music behind it really.

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Reply #17 posted 07/22/21 4:29am

fredmagnus

Awesome podcast. Thanks to all involved. It looks like we have a great album coming out very soon.
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BartVanHemelen

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Marco81 said:

vs three lines of useless pathetic ranting.

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Gotta love the insecurity of Prince famz who cannot stand any criticism.

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Reply #19 posted 07/22/21 5:13am

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This has got me so pumped for the record. I think all of the snippets sound great. 1010 sounds the most interesting to me so far. And I love how different 1,000 Light Years From Here and When She Comes sound.

What a gift it is to be able to receive so much "new" Prince music even though he's gone. I think we all hoped it would be the case, knowing how much music is in the vault, and here we are on vault release number 6 (with number 7 possibly coming later this year), in 5 years. None of them are perfect, and as diehards, we will always want more, but it takes some of the sting out of losing him to be able to continue to receive his music, and to be able to explore his fascinating mind and musical genius.

"That's when stars collide. When there's space for what u want, and ur heart is open wide."
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Reply #20 posted 07/22/21 5:14am

lagantest

BartVanHemelen said:



Marco81 said:




vs three lines of useless pathetic ranting.



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Gotta love the insecurity of Prince famz who cannot stand any criticism.




I agree with Bart.

The only thing i listened to it for was the music. The silly backslapping was mind numbing and clearly there to fill out the time
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Reply #21 posted 07/22/21 5:31am

antonb

Maybe they just like each other and get on!
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Reply #22 posted 07/22/21 6:04am

themanfromnept
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SchlomoThaHomo said:

This has got me so pumped for the record. I think all of the snippets sound great. 1010 sounds the most interesting to me so far. And I love how different 1,000 Light Years From Here and When She Comes sound.

What a gift it is to be able to receive so much "new" Prince music even though he's gone. I think we all hoped it would be the case, knowing how much music is in the vault, and here we are on vault release number 6 (with number 7 possibly coming later this year), in 5 years. None of them are perfect, and as diehards, we will always want more, but it takes some of the sting out of losing him to be able to continue to receive his music, and to be able to explore his fascinating mind and musical genius.

+1

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Reply #23 posted 07/22/21 7:17am

dodger

The snippets sound very promising. And the excited backing singers take nothing away from the tracks. Stand Up And B Strong sounded great to me
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Reply #24 posted 07/22/21 7:25am

Romeoblu

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The snippets sound very promising. And the excited backing singers take nothing away from the tracks. Stand Up And B Strong sounded great to me


I agree. It's the one song that has been criticized in a few reviews so far.

But Number 23 picked out as one of his favourites
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Reply #25 posted 07/22/21 8:04am

Number23

Romeoblu said:

dodger said:

The snippets sound very promising. And the excited backing singers take nothing away from the tracks. Stand Up And B Strong sounded great to me


I agree. It's the one song that has been criticized in a few reviews so far.

But Number 23 picked out as one of his favourites

I like the fact that he chose this song to express his emotions about getting older, increasingly irrelevant to popular music audiences and his decent into painkiller abuse. We were never going to get a middle aged ‘Wally’ - but who knows what lies in the Vault? With SU&BS, musically speaking I can understand why some people feel it’s like eating three baked potatoes with a pile of mature cheddar followed by two or three Curly Wurlys. But it’s deliberate - Prince knew what saccharine was. He loved it. He trolled with it even lol. But here I think he’s masking with it - if this was as raw as I would love it to have been, just P and the piano, it would have given too much away. Here, he can tell the truth without having to own it.
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Reply #26 posted 07/22/21 8:53am

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Romeoblu said:



I agree. It's the one song that has been criticized in a few reviews so far.

But Number 23 picked out as one of his favourites

I like the fact that he chose this song to express his emotions about getting older, increasingly irrelevant to popular music audiences and his decent into painkiller abuse. We were never going to get a middle aged ‘Wally’ - but who knows what lies in the Vault? With SU&BS, musically speaking I can understand why some people feel it’s like eating three baked potatoes with a pile of mature cheddar followed by two or three Curly Wurlys. But it’s deliberate - Prince knew what saccharine was. He loved it. He trolled with it even lol. But here I think he’s masking with it - if this was as raw as I would love it to have been, just P and the piano, it would have given too much away. Here, he can tell the truth without having to own it.


Interesting take.
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The other thing that struck me with the snippets was Running Game (Son Of A Slave Master) sounded musically reminiscent of When Will We Be Paid
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And one more other thing; I forgot how much I love Shelby's rap on Same Page, Different Book. Yes I said it
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Reply #27 posted 07/22/21 10:24am

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I should preface my statement(s) thus far by saying, I had really grown to not like a lot of Prince's production and sound in the last 10-15 years of his career. It was flattened, compressed, acrylic. The organic nature of The Rainbow Children seems to have been gentrified on later albums. There are remote gems here and there, but overall I think people gravitate toward anything before 1996 for a reason, more than someone's humming "The Word" or "Chocolate Box."

Often, listening to something like this podcast, or watching a TV show about the songs, is what burgeons, in me, an interest in music. It's not always just the artist. It's the stories.

Hearing how these songs came together, hearing the stories of the vocals on "Yes" or the bass fills on the title track - those are interesting moments. It pulls me into hear more.

And while some of the production still has a tinge of that flatness, the albums is certainly more organic in the way it was built with the trio, then other people and things added later.

So as I'm often hesitant AF to hear new Prince music like this (opposed to older stuff coming out as 'new'), I am anxious to sit and listen to this record, and hear where Prince was eleven years ago while bouncing around Paisley Park with his friends, making tunes, touring around, and generally being Prince.

"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 #28 posted 07/22/21 10:40am

antonb

From what i have heard so far, it seems like a record you can sit back with your headphones on and relax and take it in and enjoy. Whatever you think of shelby and the others , those harmonies sound on point and classy.

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Reply #29 posted 07/22/21 10:41am

lion88

I listened to the Podcast. So far I like the organic sound and the concept (with the trio) how the songs were structured and started instrumentally with musicians who did not know the lyrics (and music) when they played. And prince giving them the freedom. Some interesting songs I think. I assume Prince decided he would only perform the songs and promote the songs with these musicians on stage and not with the ultimate 2010 band. I really like Prince 2010 output and live concerts.

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