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Around the World In a Day

Prince & The Revolution

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Prince DID give them Purple Rain II!

This was a very, very clever album by Prince.

You see Prince DID repeat himself! But diffently. America is really a repeat, sort of, of Baby Im A Star. The Ladder is Purple Rain pt 2! Tamborine in essence is Darling Nikki 2! Condition Of The Heart - The Beautiful Ones Sequal! Temptation is Computer Blue! Now mind you, not exact copies but like sister songs. Listen closely.

I also dont think this album started a "new" sound but rather progressed a sound he had established and found success with which ultimatley set him apart from other mainstream artists. Prince still uses the Linn LM-1 drum computer throughout and the synths also play a big part.

But what gives the album a beautiful atmosphere is his addition of more acoustic colors in terms of using an acoustic grand piano for Condition of The Heart and using actual other persusive instruments like shakers, tamborines, finger-cymbals and how he mixed them with electronic instruments of the day. Add to that the recording methods which were done to tape, sometimes in a big warehouse in Minneapolis he used for researsals and recording and those big pro studios of the day with all to tape for final mixes. Its a warm, intimate but open sound, like the music is literally being perfomed at a big Paisley Park.

So, then, musically, the album does sound very colorful, happy, yet troublesome and lonely at times. The emotions covered is wide ranging.

Factoids - if you look at the original album cover, a hint is found in the artwork for each 45 single, each song is represented by a "character" on the cover. An early version of the cover had a more realistic painting in the same sort of strange way. One character was a large man with a tiger, I wonder what song that was. Also in this original cover artwork was Lisa Coleman's brother David Coleman who's original demo of Around The World In A Day song was the basis for Prince's version and subsequent creative musical direction in this album. David apparently turned Prine onto the Los Angeles Paisley Underground music scene where bands such as The Bangles, The 3 'O Clock sprung from. Thus you get a Prince fusion of that and his electro-Funk-Rock sound you find in his earlier big albums like 1999 and Purple Rain.

I wish oneday, we'll get a full remastered double, triple disc special edition. I say three, because a disc has GOT to hold the 20+ minute long version of America! C'mon! And the 7 inch singles B-Side Hello which has a slightly different ending on the fade out than on the 12 inch! And imagine pulling out a gatefold album with that wonderful artwork, wow.

A Smart Move for Prince

This album was released soon after the largely successful Purple Rain album (and movie) without any publicity. Simply surprising fans in record stores. The album went Multi-Platinum selling over 2 million copies. He threw a curve ball to his listeners though. Instead of doing the predictable he challenged his listeners to a new sound. I love what he did with this album. He used instruments from around the world (hints the album title) american musicians seldom use such as an oud and a darbouka just to name a few. It may not have been the move everyone expected but it sure was a smart move for Prince!

Wonderful Album

This is a wonderful, highly enjoyable album- from start to finish, and all of the songs still sound fresh after more than twenty years. I would suggest purchasing the entire album instead of picking and choosing, but a few personal favorites are: Pop Life, Around the World In a Day, Condition of the Heart, and of course Raspberry Beret. Also, if you live near a music store that sells vinyl records- check and see if they have this in stock- because the artwork for this album is really beautiful (interior & cover).

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