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Thread started 01/08/21 12:53pm

JayCrawford

90s Prince albums from best to worse

I'm going to let the original and younger generation of Prince fans do this one because I'm sure most of you know how I feel about his decline lol. This should be interesting though.
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Reply #1 posted 01/08/21 10:16pm

Phase3

The Gold Experience
Graffiti Bridge
Come
The love symbol album
Crystal Ball
Emancipation
Newpower Soul
The Vault..old friends 4 sale
Chaos and disorder
Diamonds and pearls
Rave un2
The Truth

Think that's right.I think a few of those might rate equally to me.For example, I rate chaos & disorder and newpowersoul on the same level.Not sure one is better than the other. Emancipation could have been number 1 if it lost the fuller tracks.It rates this highly on my list only because of my self made track list and not as a whole release like Prince put it out.
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Reply #2 posted 01/09/21 1:05am

MattyJam

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Emancipation (his true 90s masterpiece)

Come

Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (underrated around here)

Love Symbol

New Power Soul

The Gold Experience

Chaos & Disorder

Crystal Ball (some amazing shit, some mediocre shit, a hodge podge which doesn't really gel together)

The Truth

Graffiti Bridge

Diamonds & Pearls

The Vault

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Reply #3 posted 01/09/21 2:52am

Henaz

  • Emancipation
  • Symbol
  • Chaos And Disorder
  • New Power Soul
  • Diamonds And Pearls
  • The Gold Experience
  • Come
  • Old friends 4 Sale

  • Black

  • Grafitti Bridge
  • Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic
  • Crystal Ball


For me the 1990s is the hardest decade of Prince to rank. This is the decade i became a prince fan.... around 1995/1996



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Reply #4 posted 01/09/21 3:29am

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They are impossible to rate for me. All of them are flawed. I like certain songs on almost all of these albums, but not these albums as a whole. The only one I really love is the Black album, but I find it hard to count that one as a nineties album. I can say likely Come and The Vault are the easiest to listen to as a whole, but on other nineties albums there are better individual songs.

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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Reply #5 posted 01/09/21 3:29am

alphastreet

Don’t have all of them but like the following

Diamonds and pearls
Gold experience
New power soul
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Reply #6 posted 01/09/21 5:54am

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Is this in the wrong forum?

Either way... he has no real masterpieces in this era,but still, all the albums have some good stuff on them...
Diamonds and Pearl's
Gold
Love symbol
Come
Emancipation
Rave
the truth
Graffiti bridge
Chaos
The vault... old friends
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Reply #7 posted 01/09/21 6:21am

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1. The Gold Experience

2. Come

3. prince

4. Emancipation

5. Crystal Ball

6. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

7. Diamonds & Pearls

8. Chaos & Disorder

9. The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale

10. The Truth

11. Graffiti Bridge

If we were to include NPG albums...

1. The Gold Experience

2. Come

3. Exodus

4. prince

5. Emancipation

6. Crystal Ball

7. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

8. Diamonds & Pearls

9. Chaos & Disorder

10. Newpower Soul

11. The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale

12. Goldnigga

13. The Truth

14. Graffiti Bridge

I became a fan in 1994 so have much love for his 90s work.

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Reply #8 posted 01/10/21 7:44am

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A 1990s list is too hard to make because, unlike the 1980s, the 1990s albums are impossible for me to listen in their entirety without skipping some tracks. Most of the albums had some really good tracks but then a shit hop sounding track would come on that would just totally ruin the mood of the album. In the beginning of the decade, the presence of a rapper in only a section of a normal sounding song was tolerable but then there would also be songs where the entire song sounded shit hoppish all the way down to the sound of the music behind the rapping which was totally intolerable and I would have to press the skip button. When the 2000s arrived, I got to where I couldn't even tolerate a rapper even in a portion of a normal sounding song, not just from Prince, but from anyone, because I saw it this way....hey, new decade now, time for a new sound.....just like every other previous decade. It's time for the 1990s and shit hop to become simply a bad memory of the past.

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I would say that probably two of the top albums of that decade would be Symbol and Come. However, they still have their bad moments too. Crystal Ball had some of my favorite tracks of the decade such as "Cloreen Bacon Skin", "Crucial", "Sexual Suicide", etc. but the album as a whole was ruined by the presence of shit hop like "18 and Older", "Ripopgodazipper", "Poom Poom", and those absolutely horrible remixes of previously released songs such as "So Dark" which absolutely ruined a great song like "Dark". I got all excited when I heard about the release of The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale only to be very disappointed when it was released. All that jazz on there. That didn't sound like no 1980s tracks from the vault to me. They sounded like he re-recorded them for a different era like he had previously done with "Tick Tick Bang".

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At the absolute bottom of my list would be Newpower Shit. Not only is that the worst album of the 1990s, but it is also one of the worst albums of his entire career. Other than "When You Love Somebody", almost the entire album is shit hop. When I first heard that album, the first thing I thought was... "Whatever rough trade that bitch has been fooling around with must have given him some damn good dick for him to sellout like this.".... Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is the second worst album of the decade which is another album with the most sellout sounding tracks.

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Everything else inbetween had some great tracks but also several skippable tracks so no, I don't think there are any great Prince albums of the 1990s. Decent, yes. Tolerable, yes. But only back then. I can't tolerate more stuff like some of the skippable tracks back then and try to expose myself to as little of it as possible these days. When it comes to music from all artists, not just Prince, unlike the general public, I put the 1990s to bed a long time ago and moved on, even if it meant having to go to previous decades and genres to get a completely different sound from the 1990s.

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Reply #9 posted 01/10/21 8:08am

JayCrawford

vainandy said:

A 1990s list is too hard to make because, unlike the 1980s, the 1990s albums are impossible for me to listen in their entirety without skipping some tracks. Most of the albums had some really good tracks but then a shit hop sounding track would come on that would just totally ruin the mood of the album. In the beginning of the decade, the presence of a rapper in only a section of a normal sounding song was tolerable but then there would also be songs where the entire song sounded shit hoppish all the way down to the sound of the music behind the rapping which was totally intolerable and I would have to press the skip button. When the 2000s arrived, I got to where I couldn't even tolerate a rapper even in a portion of a normal sounding song, not just from Prince, but from anyone, because I saw it this way....hey, new decade now, time for a new sound.....just like every other previous decade. It's time for the 1990s and shit hop to become simply a bad memory of the past.


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I would say that probably two of the top albums of that decade would be Symbol and Come. However, they still have their bad moments too. Crystal Ball had some of my favorite tracks of the decade such as "Cloreen Bacon Skin", "Crucial", "Sexual Suicide", etc. but the album as a whole was ruined by the presence of shit hop like "18 and Older", "Ripopgodazipper", "Poom Poom", and those absolutely horrible remixes of previously released songs such as "So Dark" which absolutely ruined a great song like "Dark". I got all excited when I heard about the release of The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale only to be very disappointed when it was released. All that jazz on there. That didn't sound like no 1980s tracks from the vault to me. They sounded like he re-recorded them for a different era like he had previously done with "Tick Tick Bang".


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At the absolute bottom of my list would be Newpower Shit. Not only is that the worst album of the 1990s, but it is also one of the worst albums of his entire career. Other than "When You Love Somebody", almost the entire album is shit hop. When I first heard that album, the first thing I thought was... "Whatever rough trade that bitch has been fooling around with must have given him some damn good dick for him to sellout like this.".... Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is the second worst album of the decade which is another album with the most sellout sounding tracks.


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Everything else inbetween had some great tracks but also several skippable tracks so no, I don't think there are any great Prince albums of the 1990s. Decent, yes. Tolerable, yes. But only back then. I can't tolerate more stuff like some of the skippable tracks back then and try to expose myself to as little of it as possible these days. When it comes to music from all artists, not just Prince, unlike the general public, I put the 1990s to bed a long time ago and moved on, even if it meant having to go to previous decades and genres to get a completely different sound from the 1990s.


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His career died in the 90s in my opinion. He was never the same again
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Reply #10 posted 01/10/21 8:09am

MattyJam

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vainandy said:

A 1990s list is too hard to make because, unlike the 1980s, the 1990s albums are impossible for me to listen in their entirety without skipping some tracks. Most of the albums had some really good tracks but then a shit hop sounding track would come on that would just totally ruin the mood of the album. In the beginning of the decade, the presence of a rapper in only a section of a normal sounding song was tolerable but then there would also be songs where the entire song sounded shit hoppish all the way down to the sound of the music behind the rapping which was totally intolerable and I would have to press the skip button. When the 2000s arrived, I got to where I couldn't even tolerate a rapper even in a portion of a normal sounding song, not just from Prince, but from anyone, because I saw it this way....hey, new decade now, time for a new sound.....just like every other previous decade. It's time for the 1990s and shit hop to become simply a bad memory of the past.


.


I would say that probably two of the top albums of that decade would be Symbol and Come. However, they still have their bad moments too. Crystal Ball had some of my favorite tracks of the decade such as "Cloreen Bacon Skin", "Crucial", "Sexual Suicide", etc. but the album as a whole was ruined by the presence of shit hop like "18 and Older", "Ripopgodazipper", "Poom Poom", and those absolutely horrible remixes of previously released songs such as "So Dark" which absolutely ruined a great song like "Dark". I got all excited when I heard about the release of The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale only to be very disappointed when it was released. All that jazz on there. That didn't sound like no 1980s tracks from the vault to me. They sounded like he re-recorded them for a different era like he had previously done with "Tick Tick Bang".


.


At the absolute bottom of my list would be Newpower Shit. Not only is that the worst album of the 1990s, but it is also one of the worst albums of his entire career. Other than "When You Love Somebody", almost the entire album is shit hop. When I first heard that album, the first thing I thought was... "Whatever rough trade that bitch has been fooling around with must have given him some damn good dick for him to sellout like this.".... Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is the second worst album of the decade which is another album with the most sellout sounding tracks.


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Everything else inbetween had some great tracks but also several skippable tracks so no, I don't think there are any great Prince albums of the 1990s. Decent, yes. Tolerable, yes. But only back then. I can't tolerate more stuff like some of the skippable tracks back then and try to expose myself to as little of it as possible these days. When it comes to music from all artists, not just Prince, unlike the general public, I put the 1990s to bed a long time ago and moved on, even if it meant having to go to previous decades and genres to get a completely different sound from the 1990s.


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I would've pegged you as a Rave fan, considering moments like Everyday Is A Winding Road, Strange But True, Prettyman and the title track are all very funk/disco infused. The only hip-hop moments are Undisputed and Hot Wit U. And what Prince fan doesn't love I Love U But I Don't Trust U Anymore?
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Reply #11 posted 01/10/21 8:27am

vainandy

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MattyJam said:

vainandy said:

A 1990s list is too hard to make because, unlike the 1980s, the 1990s albums are impossible for me to listen in their entirety without skipping some tracks. Most of the albums had some really good tracks but then a shit hop sounding track would come on that would just totally ruin the mood of the album. In the beginning of the decade, the presence of a rapper in only a section of a normal sounding song was tolerable but then there would also be songs where the entire song sounded shit hoppish all the way down to the sound of the music behind the rapping which was totally intolerable and I would have to press the skip button. When the 2000s arrived, I got to where I couldn't even tolerate a rapper even in a portion of a normal sounding song, not just from Prince, but from anyone, because I saw it this way....hey, new decade now, time for a new sound.....just like every other previous decade. It's time for the 1990s and shit hop to become simply a bad memory of the past.

.

I would say that probably two of the top albums of that decade would be Symbol and Come. However, they still have their bad moments too. Crystal Ball had some of my favorite tracks of the decade such as "Cloreen Bacon Skin", "Crucial", "Sexual Suicide", etc. but the album as a whole was ruined by the presence of shit hop like "18 and Older", "Ripopgodazipper", "Poom Poom", and those absolutely horrible remixes of previously released songs such as "So Dark" which absolutely ruined a great song like "Dark". I got all excited when I heard about the release of The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale only to be very disappointed when it was released. All that jazz on there. That didn't sound like no 1980s tracks from the vault to me. They sounded like he re-recorded them for a different era like he had previously done with "Tick Tick Bang".

.

At the absolute bottom of my list would be Newpower Shit. Not only is that the worst album of the 1990s, but it is also one of the worst albums of his entire career. Other than "When You Love Somebody", almost the entire album is shit hop. When I first heard that album, the first thing I thought was... "Whatever rough trade that bitch has been fooling around with must have given him some damn good dick for him to sellout like this.".... Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is the second worst album of the decade which is another album with the most sellout sounding tracks.

.

Everything else inbetween had some great tracks but also several skippable tracks so no, I don't think there are any great Prince albums of the 1990s. Decent, yes. Tolerable, yes. But only back then. I can't tolerate more stuff like some of the skippable tracks back then and try to expose myself to as little of it as possible these days. When it comes to music from all artists, not just Prince, unlike the general public, I put the 1990s to bed a long time ago and moved on, even if it meant having to go to previous decades and genres to get a completely different sound from the 1990s.

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I would've pegged you as a Rave fan, considering moments like Everyday Is A Winding Road, Strange But True, Prettyman and the title track are all very funk/disco infused. The only hip-hop moments are Undisputed and Hot Wit U. And what Prince fan doesn't love I Love U But I Don't Trust U Anymore?

When the first track started, the self titled track, I absolutely love it and said this sounds like something off of Batman. Prince is back! Then it went downhill after that.

Andy is a four letter word.
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Reply #12 posted 01/10/21 8:33am

vainandy

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Oh my God, and talk about the biggest disappointment of the decade was the year 1999. This would have been the perfect time for him to finally release that follow-up album to "1999" that he said in "Rolling Stone" in 1985 that he had in the vault and could have released instead of "Around The World In A Day" and people would have loved it but he wanted to go in a different direction. The actual year, 1999, would have been perfect for that. Instead, we got a weak, re-recorded version of the song.

Andy is a four letter word.
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Reply #13 posted 01/10/21 8:49pm

RODSERLING

Are we not in the wrong section of the forum?
I mean, since when talking about Prince album is in the non-Prince section?
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1. Crystal Ball
2. D&P
3. Lovesymbol
4. Gold Experience
5. Come
6. Emancipation

7. Exodus
8. The Vault
9. Chaos and Disorder
10. Rave

11. Newpower Soul
12. The Truth

Not so bad of a decade after all.
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Reply #14 posted 01/10/21 9:02pm

RODSERLING

Are we not in the wrong section of the forum?
I mean, since when talking about Prince album is in the non-Prince section?
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1. Crystal Ball
2. D&P
3. Lovesymbol
4. Gold Experience
5. Come
6. Emancipation

7. Exodus
8. Graffiti Bridge
9. The Vault
10. Chaos and Disorder

11. Rave
12. Newpower Soul
13. The Truth

Not so bad of a decade after all.
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Reply #15 posted 01/11/21 3:25am

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I like his side projects from that era much more than his albums: The Undertaker, The War, The Truth... Probably because he was just jamming and trying things and that feels much more natural than his albums, where he was trying way too hard to have a hit, to be a big badass rapper or turn them into concept albums.
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