Sheila E. – The Glamorous Life (1984)

After leaving behind her early bands as well as playing along side her musician father, Pete, Sheila Escovedo's career took a distinctively purple turn in 1983. Having first met Prince in the late 70s after one of her shows with her father, they reconnected in time for her to contribute to a classic Purple Rain … Continue reading Sheila E. – The Glamorous Life (1984)

The Time – What Time Is It? (1982)

The Time's second album, What Time Is It?, aka their best album, was created during Prince's most prolific year. In late 1981 and into early 1982, Prince was writing and creating music at a rate that most musicians can only dream of. A song for Vanity 6, a song he'll keep for himself, a song … Continue reading The Time – What Time Is It? (1982)

Vanity 6 (1982)

At this point, simply calling Prince "prolific" doesn't really add much to his already well-established narrative. By August 1982, at the age of 24, Prince had already released 4 solo albums as well as co-writing, producing and playing most instruments for The Time's 1981 self title debut. On top of that, he had another Time … Continue reading Vanity 6 (1982)

High Speed Dub Review: Prince – Let’s Work Dance Remix 12″

On the surface, Prince’s “Let’s Work” is a fun, funky, upbeat dance song from his stylistically all-over-the-place 1981 album, Controversy. He leaves the politics, religion, and nuclear fears behind for this particular party track that happens to be buried in the middle of Controversy’s Side B, sandwiched between two political tracks. Instead of all that … Continue reading High Speed Dub Review: Prince – Let’s Work Dance Remix 12″

Prince’s Sexual Revolution – Dirty Mind/Controversy Era

From day one, Prince exuded sexuality. There he was, shirtless, or possibly even nude (if you bought a dirty mind), for his album and record sleeve appearances on For You and Prince. Breathy, risque vocals and lyrics could be found on “Soft & Wet,” “When We’re Dancing Close & Slow,” and “Sexy Dancer.” These artistic … Continue reading Prince’s Sexual Revolution – Dirty Mind/Controversy Era

The Would Be Teen Heartthrob…. All Of This And More

Little Princie Rogers Nelson. Is that what Warner Brothers was hoping for when they signed the teenage wunderkind out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1977? Were they hoping to capture the singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist lightning in a bottle that Motown had captured with Stevie Wonder a decade earlier? Possibly. Or possibly they wanted to sign a super-talent to … Continue reading The Would Be Teen Heartthrob…. All Of This And More

Prince’s Vault Material – 1977 to 1978

https://youtu.be/BpA4YWnQvgU Prince's vault is well known and immensely speculated about. We know there's lots of stuff in there we've never heard. We also have to accept there's lots of stuff in there we may never get to hear. Thankfully for us, but maybe less so for Prince while he was alive, vault leaks and bootlegs … Continue reading Prince’s Vault Material – 1977 to 1978

High Speed Dub Review: Prince -Just As Long As We’re Together 12″ Disco Mix

There isn't a lot of officially released, non-album Prince music out there to pore over and obsess about during the first few years of his career. We also don't have hours and hours of bootlegs (Grand Central tracks notwithstanding) or demos of songs that either ended up on the albums released during the early years … Continue reading High Speed Dub Review: Prince -Just As Long As We’re Together 12″ Disco Mix

Prince – Diamonds & Pearls (1991)

After spending the previous couple of years either clearing out the vault or creating new tracks designed to fit the narrative of feature films (Batman, Graffiti Bridge), Prince was likely ready to MOVE ON. Not a simple, "Alright, let's get in the studio and create a new song" type of MOVE ON. I mean the … Continue reading Prince – Diamonds & Pearls (1991)