13 Songs, 1 Hour, 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After dominating pop charts in the ‘80s, Prince returned to his R&B roots with Diamonds and Pearls, an album that features some of his most undeniably strong singles. The horsepower under the hood is his backing band, The New Power Generation, who bring maximalist urban-jazz opulence (i.e. digital sitar and wind chimes) and glossy, funk-infused grooves. When it connects—as it does on the epic title track or brilliantly raunchy “Cream” and “Gett Off”—it results in some of the catchiest work of his career. His foray into hip-hop, “Jughead”; the shimmering swing of “Strollin’”; and the politically charged “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” demonstrate Prince’s passion for continuing to push boundaries.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After dominating pop charts in the ‘80s, Prince returned to his R&B roots with Diamonds and Pearls, an album that features some of his most undeniably strong singles. The horsepower under the hood is his backing band, The New Power Generation, who bring maximalist urban-jazz opulence (i.e. digital sitar and wind chimes) and glossy, funk-infused grooves. When it connects—as it does on the epic title track or brilliantly raunchy “Cream” and “Gett Off”—it results in some of the catchiest work of his career. His foray into hip-hop, “Jughead”; the shimmering swing of “Strollin’”; and the politically charged “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” demonstrate Prince’s passion for continuing to push boundaries.

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About Prince & The New Power Generation

"Welcome to the New Power Generation," announced Prince in "Eye No," the opening song on his 1988 album Lovesexy. Two years later, the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack contained "New Power Generation" with a group of the same name credited as background vocalists. The New Power Generation was featured on Prince's Diamonds and Pearls (1991) and The Love Symbol Album (1992), then went on to release albums credited to the group on its own, such as Goldnigga (a platform for rapping associate Tony M, 1993), Exodus (1995), and New Power Soul (1998), all of which were issued on Prince's NPG label. Despite a couple live albums, contributions to as many NPG label compilations, and a credit on 3121, New Power Generation will always be associated primarily with Prince's early-'90s output. ~ Andy Kellman

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