Jill Jones (1987)

Jill Jones, or JJ, as she was referred to in Prince's 1999 album credits ("1999", "Lady Cab Driver"), is sort of known in the Prince Fam-Community as his secret weapon during the 1980s. Jill entered the Prince camp shortly after they met on the Dirty Mind tour when she was singing back-up for Teena Marie (Prince's opening act). Side … Continue reading Jill Jones (1987)

Prince’s Vault Material – 1980 to 1981

1980-1981 is a bit of a mystery when it comes to Prince's vault material. The late '70s was a boon for vault track bootleg collectors, with many of Prince's early demos having been leaked, plus the shelved Rebels tracks were widely distributed over the years. Then we got the deluge of tracks Prince was working … Continue reading Prince’s Vault Material – 1980 to 1981

Sheila E. – Romance 1600 (1985)

What’s the opposite of a sophomore slump? A sophomore smash, possibly? Well, whatever it’s called, that’s what Sheila E.’s second album, Romance 1600, is. The follow-up to her debut, The Glamorous Life, Romance 1600, contains a more confident Sheila E. in terms of a vocalist and a co-writer. Plus, I am of the opinion that … Continue reading Sheila E. – Romance 1600 (1985)

High Speed Dub Review: Prince’s Around the World In a Day Era B-Sides and 12″ Remixes

Prince continues his streak of exceptional 12" remixes and B-sides for the Around the World In a Day era. For the first time, all of the North American singles not only received previously unreleased B-sides but extended versions of both A and B-sides for the 12" singles. The Purple Rain era may have had superb … Continue reading High Speed Dub Review: Prince’s Around the World In a Day Era B-Sides and 12″ Remixes

High Speed Dub Review: Prince’s Purple Rain Era B-Sides and 12″ Remixes

Starting with the 1999 era, Prince began delivering stellar, unique, and memorable B-sides for his hit singles. I reviewed all of these 1999 era B-sides, including the "Little Red Corvette" 12" remix here: High Speed Dub Review: Prince's 1999 Era B-Sides and 12″ Remixes. Now it's time for me to tackle the next album era, Purple Rain. 1999 is the album … Continue reading High Speed Dub Review: Prince’s Purple Rain Era B-Sides and 12″ Remixes

The Family (1985)

With the disbanding of The Time and Apollonia 6 after the whirlwind promotional monster that was Purple Rain, Prince needed another funk outfit to re-direct his creative energies. Poaching members of the Purple Rain-era version of The Time (Paul Peterson, Jellybean Johnson, Jerome Benton), adding then girlfriend Susannah Melvoin and touring saxophonist Eric Leeds, he … Continue reading The Family (1985)

High Speed Dub Review: Prince’s 1999 Era B-Sides and 12″ Remixes

The 1999-era (1982) was extraordinarily creative and fruitful for Prince in terms of musical output. There was the Vanity 6 project, The Time's second album, the massive double 1999 album. It was all very impressive, no matter how you looked at it. Prince had so much creative output that he couldn't find a home for all of it. … Continue reading High Speed Dub Review: Prince’s 1999 Era B-Sides and 12″ Remixes

Purple Rain As A Choose Your Own Adventure – The Spiritual Path

Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure series of books? Aimed at young readers, they offered an opportunity to periodically take the wheel and steer the direction of the book's story. At some point, while reading, you are asked to make a choice. A choice that could completely change the plot's direction, the fate of the … Continue reading Purple Rain As A Choose Your Own Adventure – The Spiritual Path