Parade (Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon)
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||Christopher Tracy's Parade||Prince||2:11||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||New Position||Prince||2:20||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Wonder U||Prince||1:39||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Under the Cherry Moon||Prince||2:57||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Girls & Boys||Prince & The Revolution||5:31||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Life Can Be So Nice||Prince||3:13||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Venus de Milo||Prince||1:55||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mountains||Prince||3:57||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Do U Lie?||Prince||2:44||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Kiss||Prince & The Revolution||3:46||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Anotherloverholenyohead||Prince||4:00||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sometimes It Snows In April||Prince||6:49||£0.99||View in iTunes|
Recorded as a soundtrack for Prince’s directorial debut, Under the Cherry Moon, Parade melds his deepening funk explorations with a fascination for Sgt. Pepper’s-era Beatles. The album comes on strong and playful, stripped-back yet bursting with colour. There are a handful of classics here in the steel-drum double-dutch of “New Position” and the ‘40s fantasia “Under the Cherry Moon”, but nothing reaches the heights of “Kiss”, which makes more of empty space than most artists make of sound.
This is Prince at his most inventive, creative, successful and maginficent (and, arguably, commercially successful). Buy it, listen to it, love it, and then love it even more. Just absolute genius.
I personally feel that this is the best album that Prince has ever released. It contains a mixture of musical styles ranging from the upbeat pop hit Kiss, to a slower and more moving Sometimes It Snows in April, to the more usual Prince-esque sensual beat and lyrics of New Position. If you want to hear a diversity of genres from Prince, then I feel this the best album of his to buy.
Long live Christopher Tracy
This is the first Prince album I bought when I was 13; it's still my favourite Prince album. It contains some of my most loved Prince songs, including the uplifting Mountains (a forgotten single that never makes it onto his greatest hits collections) and the sublime I Wonder U. I love it when the frantic beats of Life Can Be So Nice end so abruptly to be followed by the gorgeously mellow piano-driven Venus De Milo. The album version of funk-pop classic Kiss is slightly shorter than the single version, but this is because it segues perfectly into Anotherloverholenyohead (another brilliant but overlooked single). I will always have a soft spot for this album.
Born: 07 June 1958 in Minneapolis, MN
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s