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Editors’ Notes

Coming off the psychedelic turn of Around the World in a Day, Prince was reveling in the heady rush of experimentalism on Parade, the soundtrack to his film Under the Cherry Moon. From the outset, it's clear that he's aiming here for a blend of his pop inclinations and his more avant-garde urges, as the complex, polytonal orchestrations of renowned progressive jazz composer Clare Fischer weave their dizzying way around Prince's tunes. While the album contains one of Prince's biggest hits—the simple, sexy funkfest "Kiss"—and such similarly styled cuts as "Girls & Boys," these danceable, instantly accessible tracks rub shoulders with everything from the orchestral jazz stroll "Do U Lie?" to the gently atmospheric, piano-led instrumental "Venus De Milo." And by the time the album's eclectic journey comes to a close with the bittersweet, reflective ballad "Sometimes It Snows in April," with Prince crooning poignantly amid acoustic guitar and piano arpeggios, you feel like you've come to the end of a dramatic arc even if you've never seen Parade's cinematic partner.

Customer Reviews

One of the Funk-Master's most underrated

This album was very underrated and often misunderstood. Very ambitious and different styles were the main-stay of this album. With Kiss being the first single, many thought that the rest of the album would be much of the same radio friendly tunes. Girls and Boys was the only other song to find much success on the airwaves. Many people missed out by not buying this album and tapping into songs such as the beautiful "Sometimes It Snows in April", the ever funky "Anotherloverholenyohead", and the super-funk jam of "New Position". This was the soundtrack to his second movie Under the Cherry Moon which received harsh reviews. Prince will never be mistaken for an Academy Award winning actor, but the movie was definitely artsy, funky, and fun all in one. Did you know that at one time, Prince was the only person who had ever won a Grammy and an Academy Award? Grammy was for Purple Rain and Academy Award was for the musical score for Purple Rain. He might still hold that designation today.

prince parade album review

This is when people started pulling away from him as fans. It is sad really because they felt they his music was too dramatically different from his previous work up until this point. Fans often forget that most artist are out there to express themselves through their art, unlike most pop stars who are only out there for a buck. I've always enjoyed Prince's artistic endevours and relish his different approaches to music and entertainment. I love this albulm even though it is so far from the approach that he took with Purple Rain and his other work. He keeps it fresh that way.


This album is not ranked among Prince's classic records, but it should be "Mountains," "Sometimes in Snows in April," "New Position" and "Girls & Boys" are some of His Royal Badness' best work.


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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