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 … 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 extremely 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 … 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 direction of the plot, the fate … Continue reading Purple Rain As A Choose Your Own Adventure – The Spiritual Path

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)

High Speed Dub Review: 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 High Speed Dub Review: The Time – What Time Is It? (1982)

High Speed Dub Review: 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 High Speed Dub Review: 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