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 … 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)