High Speed Dub Review: Mötley Crüe – Theatre of Pain (1985)

On my latest "High Speed Dub Review", I do a quick down and dirty look back at an album in my collection that had an impact on me in my youth. The intent isn't to go super in depth on each track, give a mini-biography on the artist or offer up a thesis on their … Continue reading High Speed Dub Review: Mötley Crüe – Theatre of Pain (1985)

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

Little Princie Rogers Nelson. Is that 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 were simply wanting to sign a super-talent … 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

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)

Prince – Batman (1989)

“Hi, Prince? It’s Warner Brothers. You know, the record company that signed you as an unproven teenage musician over ten years ago? The record company that pulled your already pressed record from distribution channels last year when you decided it was evil? The record company that really needs a commercial success from you after your … Continue reading Prince – Batman (1989)

Prince – Lovesexy (1988)

Prince's Lovesexy, also known as "the album where Prince is naked on the cover", certainly came about quickly. Primarily recorded in a two month burst from December 1987 and January 1988, Lovesexy was the response to Prince's "spooky electric" period in late 1987. There's been speculation about what caused this period of darkness and despair but … Continue reading Prince – Lovesexy (1988)

Michael Jackson – Bad (1987)

Five years is a long, long time in the music industry. Today, it’s not completely unusual for artists and bands to go five years or more between album cycles with all the promotion and extensive worldwide touring that corresponds to most major label releases. In the 1980s, however, five years was long enough to be … Continue reading Michael Jackson – Bad (1987)

Prince – Sign O’ the Times (1987)

Prince was at a crossroads during the creation of what would ultimately end up as "Sign O' the Times". By mid-1986, the "Under the Cherry Moon" film and its soundtrack, "Parade", were ancient history (in his mind). In typical Prince fashion, he was already moving on to his next project or projects as it would … Continue reading Prince – Sign O’ the Times (1987)