Bandit wrote:That song is how you can tell who is a real Prince fan. Real Prince fans immediately thought of Sometimes It Snows In April when he died, casual fans brought up Purple Rain 10 billion times.
But Parade didn't sell well in America (although it was a big hit in Europe) and it got some negative reviews by dumbasses. But it's a record for the real fans who want more than the pop hits.
And D'Angelo is the only modern R&B musician who comes close to Prince. He's not nearly as prolific (3 albums in 21 years), but they're all masterpieces and he makes a song in any genre he wants. And he probably has the best studio band in music.
Yea, definitely. I'm all for casual fans buying the Hits & B-Sides/Very best of's/Essential type collections but like when David Bowie passed and Michael you get all the casual fans out who are the biggest fans ever. Who just think Prince is all about Purple Rain & 1999. Some of my favorite Prince songs are the more obscure ones - "Do U Lie?" from Parade, All my Dreams, Moonbeam Levels, Xtralovable, She's Always in My Hair, 17 Days, How Come U Don't Call me Anymore, Let's Work, Train, Sometimes it Snows in April, Glam Slam, I Wish U Heaven, Scandalous, She Loves Me 4 Me, the list goes on & on - plus the more mainstream songs too - Purple Rain, 1999, Sign O The Times, U Got the Look, Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette et al. What I think made Prince so great was he explored every musical avenue he could and was dedicated to making music. The vault is full of his life's work and I'm hoping they don't destroy everything as I have a feeling he wouldn't want the music released to the public as it's not up to his high standards. There's a few names floating around who fans want to be the curators of the Vault - Susan Rogers, Wendy & Lisa and the other Revolution members, Jimmy Jam's thrown his hat into the ring too. Personally I'd like to see them all involved - Morris, Jerome, Jam & Lewis, Wendy & Lisa, Dr Fink, Bobby Z, Dez, Susan Rogers et al and have the Revolution work on their era of the music and get the NPG era to work with their era of material too. I don't want Timbaland, Mark Ronson, the Neptunes, Dr Dre et al to touch anything or remix them for the mainstream. Only outside "hit" producers I'd like to see involved with the Vault material for remixes/etc are Shock G & DJ Quik, maybe Teddy Riley too at a push. I'd also like to see D'Angelo involved maybe they do a Prince & Friends type set where they get Chuck D, D'Angelo, The Time, Rosie Gaines et al work with some of the incomplete unreleased tracks and create a new project out of the fragments of unfinished songs. Plus D'Angelo working with the Revolution on a tour and album in tribute to Prince would be very fitting and I'm a fan of D's too, his Brown Sugar album started the whole Neo-Soul trend of the mid 90's and he also has a history with Prince and covered "She's Always in my Hair" on his Live at the Jazz Cafe CD too.
Yeah, Maya Rudolph was a singer before she went to SNL. She was in The Rentals with ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp on their second record Seven More Minutes (another good record that bombed in America but did well in Europe. It was way better than Weezer's third record.)
Her mom was and still is a phenomenally talented singer., so yea it explains it she was a singer before SNL. Minnie Riperton's big hit was of course "Loving You" (her Purple Rain if you will) but there's a ton of good to great songs in her discography too, one of my favorite's of Minnie's is "Memory Lane" and a duet she did with MJ called "I'm in Love".