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Prince and his Album Artworks

Hi all,

I'm currently undertaking an essay attempting to draw links between music and art and one of my sections is on album covers, so I was wondering if anyone knew any good quotes from Prince or people he worked with on the album covers at all?

Thanks

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Reply #1 posted 12/02/21 12:08pm

TrivialPursuit

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Talk to Steve Parke or Sam Jennings. They're both very interactive on social media. Try Instagram.

"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 #2 posted 12/03/21 1:43am

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Steve Park and Sam Jennings artwork for Prince are the least interesting, artwise, imho.

When Prince did his own artwork, it was the best;

''1999'' cover art

''Gett Off'' Maxi cover art

...and like the grafitti on the wall he did in lisas's appartment for the back cover of ''Dirty Mind''

He actually could make great drawings; chek his ''The Beautiful Ones'' book.

(Grafitti Bridge is the worst cover, ever imho.)

"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 #3 posted 12/05/21 6:12am

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Vannormal said:

Steve Park and Sam Jennings artwork for Prince are the least interesting, artwise, imho.

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Agree. It was his weakest era. But they seem accessible, and Parke spent several years with Prince, different from other album artists

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Reply #4 posted 12/07/21 4:04am

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The worst covers to me were once he left WB, Some great concept and promo stuff, but when the final product came out it always seemed to be a reduction of what we were seeing leaked. Crystal Ball is defo one of them, The Truth (although no physcial until recent re-release - which they did a good job on!), Emancipation was ok, NPS was a bit weak, Musicology had better stuff - but they used that weird tree roots image with a distant looking cut out Prince (go figure!). The innner sleeve/booklet images always seemed better to me. Almost like they spent a lot of time working on these things, then at the last minute Prince would change his mind and a shit cover would be used! (My opinion if course!)

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Reply #5 posted 12/08/21 6:01am

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Dandroppedadime said:

The worst covers to me were once he left WB, Some great concept and promo stuff, but when the final product came out it always seemed to be a reduction of what we were seeing leaked. Crystal Ball is defo one of them, The Truth (although no physcial until recent re-release - which they did a good job on!), Emancipation was ok, NPS was a bit weak, Musicology had better stuff - but they used that weird tree roots image with a distant looking cut out Prince (go figure!). The innner sleeve/booklet images always seemed better to me. Almost like they spent a lot of time working on these things, then at the last minute Prince would change his mind and a shit cover would be used! (My opinion if course!)

Ooh, I agree.

Iconic sleeve art is rare.

Now you see only Prince's images/art being used from his early days,

like from the albums Purple Rain (most), Prince, 1999, Parade (a lot), sometimes Lovesexy, and that is about it.

The rest proves simply they're not 'iconic' enough.

At least to me.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves.
And wiser people so full of doubts"
(Bertrand Russsell 1872-1972)
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