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Album Review

Even geniuses (maybe especially geniuses) are taken for granted, not seen as geniuses, or only appreciated in small doses. Which is a grandiose way of saying that, no matter how partisans may complain, there are many listeners out there that don't want to delve into the deliriously rich catalog of Prince and would rather spend time with a single disc of all the hits — especially since the first singles compilation was botched, spread too thin over two discs and sequenced as if it were on shuffle play. That doesn't mean that 2001's The Very Best of Prince is perfect, even if it is a better hits overview than its predecessor. First of all, Prince had so many hits, and so many of them were so good, that 17 tracks couldn't possibly summarize everything great. After all, this doesn't have Top Ten hits like "Delirious," "Pop Life," "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," or "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (or the number one "Batdance," for that matter, continuing Batman being unofficially written out of his discography), nor does it have such great second-tier hits as "Take Me With U" and "Mountains," or B-sides like "Irresistible Bitch" and "Erotic City," let alone album tracks. What is here are the big songs — "1999," "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry," "Kiss," and so on — all presented in their single edits. And, frankly, that's enough to make this a dynamite collection, perfect for those that just want one Prince disc, and a good, solid listen of some of his best. Besides, this trumps both Hits discs by including "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," his best single never to reach the Top 10.

Customer Reviews

A CLASSIC

this album is Great!!! it is full of classic songs by prince! prince is amazing.. the only problem i have with this is where is 'the most beautiful girl in the world' ??? that should definately be on this album, that song is my favourite... but this is definately worth buying

Not really the "very best" of, but it's OK for an intro.

Prince is undeniably one of the coolest acts of the 20th century. His albums have appealed to those young and old, and his songs are huge sensatitions that can't age. So why does this album only get 3 stars? Here's why:

This album is missing so many of his best songs! The albums For You, Dirty Mind, Controversy, Batman and Love Symbol Album are ignored entirely when they had loads of great songs which could have been on this album, such as the title tracks to the first two albums, 7, Soft And Wet, My Name Is Prince, Sexy MF, Sexuality and Batdance (a US Number 1 mind you.) The same neglection of songs can also apply to Prince, 1999, Around The World In A Day, Parade, Sign O' The Times, Lovesexy and Graffiti Bridge. Songs like I Feel For You, Delirious, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Adore, Pop Life, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, Glam Slam and New Power Generation should get their dues. Only Purple Rain and Diamonds and Pearls are hugely stocked up on songs, and there's some missing off those albums too! Where's Take Me With You and Thunder?

What's worse is the edits. Songs like 1999, When Doves Cry and Sign O' The Times are all cut down from their superior album versions, which is the problem of trying to fit all thesr songs on one disc. If I made The Very Best Of Prince, I would have it multi-disc and have all the versions of the songs as their album edits. Here's my tracklisting:

DISC 1: Soft And Wet/Just As Long As We're Together/I Wanna Be Your Lover/Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?/I Feeel For You/Dirty Mind/Do It All Night/When You Were Mine/Uptown/Head/Controversy/Let's Work/Do Me Baby/Sexuality

DISC 2: 1999/Little Red Corvette/Delirious/Let's Pretend We're Married/Automatic/When Doves Cry/Let's Go Crazy/Purple Rain/I Would Die 4 U/Take Me With U/Paisley Park/Pop Life/Raspberry Beret/America

DISC 3: Kiss/Girls And Boys/Sign O' The Times/If I Was Your Girlfriend/U Got The Look/I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man/Strange Relationship/Adore/Alphabet St./Glam Slam/I Wish U Heaven/Batdance/Partyman/The Arms Of Orion/Scandalous/The Future

DISC 4: Theives In The Temple/New Power Generation/Gett Off/Cream/Insatiable/Diamonds And Pearls/Money Don't Matter 2 Night/Thunder/Sexy MF/My Name Is Prince/7/Damn U/The Morning Papers/Pink Cashmere/Peach/Nothing Compares 2 U

Despite what I've said, if you're a minor fan of Prince, this should satisfy your needs for a good song. However, if you have the money, go for "The Hits/The B-Sides". That's got more meat on it!

Great essential collection from the PRINCE of pop!

This nice little collection have his first hit 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' to 'Money Don't Matter 2 Night'. But lack other great classic like 'Delirious, 'Pop Life, Girls & Boys, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, If I Was Your Girlfriend etc.. If worthy adding to your collection if you want the basic hit track. ONLY THING IS MISSING ON iTUNES IS PRINCE OTHER CD'S LIKE '3121' AND THE NEW 'ULTIMATE PRINCE' (DOUBLE CD) which includes all the Classics Hits and Remixes / Alternate Version! Please iTunes add them on your list! :-)

Biography

Born: 07 June 1958 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums, and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album he released, Prince showed remarkable stylistic growth...
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