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The Very Best of Prince

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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

Good introduction to Prince's career

This album would be the one to get if you are just starting to listen to Prince, since it only has the hits on it. Although this is by no means a summary of his career (nothing from "For You", "Dirty Mind", or "Controversy", and nothing after "Diamonds And Pearls"; missing "7" and "Batdance", his final two #1s, and "Pop Life", "Delirious", "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man" and "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" (which isn't even available in the store), all top 10s; and many of the songs in their single edits due to time constraints), it's a good place to start. And besides, we finally have "Little Red Corvette" and "Purple Rain" on iTunes.

To the Princess guy

If you are not a fan, why even listen? Prince, happens to be one of the most prolific artist of the 21st century. You listen to his music because you can't help yourself. It's contagious. Instead of insulting a great artist, why not find out what the hype is all about? Don't knock it until you've tried it.

Teaser Album

I grew up in Minneapolis and pretty much stalked Prince to ensure I wouldn't miss him playing live. I fell in love with his music because he was crazy funk with an artistic flare that is like no other. If you are reinesing about your yester-years and want that song from high school that you remember, sure, buy this albumn and be done with it. If you are a true fan of music and you want to understand one of the most influential musical artists of the last 60 years... I'd suggest you buy the albumns 1999, Purple Rain and Parade Under the Cherry Moon for starters and listen to the albums as complete albumns. If you like what you hear, go deeper into Controversy, Dirty Mind, Around The World in a Day and Sign O' The Times. Then, go really deep into the Black Album, LoveSexy and the B-Sides from the original greatest hits albumn in 1993. Personally, I've always enjoyed listening to them in chronological order because the music is so amazingly heart felt that you begin to understand the man... as much as one could possibly think that they understand Prince, that is. Past that, I personally haven't appreciated his later albumns, but it's not to say that they aren't worth a listen.

Biography

Born: June 7, 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 has shown remarkable stylistic...
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