'Madhouse 16' (1987, Paisley Park/WEA) is a SUPER RARE collectable for Prince fans, released the same year as the more subtle 'Madhouse 8'! Back in 1986-1987, Prince was behind so much music (including Madhouse, Jill Jones, Mazarati, Sheila E, as well as his own CDs!), and with 'Madhouse 16', he decided to add FUNK to his jazz mix. Madhouse 16 featured the same players from the previous project (Prince, Eric Leeds, Dr.Fink, Levi Seacer Jr, John Lewis, and Sheila E), and they created a more accessible project this time around. Also of note are a variety of brief snippets of dialogue from 'The Godfather' movie, which are used between tracks. When listening to 'Madhouse 16', it becomes obvious that Prince wanted to tap into his regular fanbase as well as the jazz heads. As for 'Madhouse 16', a measly 8 tracks still doesn't justify the cost of the CD (sometimes more than $25.00!), so I expanded it with a few RARE bonus tracks! Collectors should try adding the following tracks for a better experience:
9. Ten (The Perfect Mix)
10. Thirteen (The Paisley Park Mix)
11. Ten 1/2 (B-Side)
12. Ten (The Perfect 10/7 Mix)
13. Thirteen 1/4 (B-Side)
I also created a special 2 on 1 CD featuring BOTH 'Madhouse 8' & 'Madhouse 16', plus a BONUS TRACK from 1988, 'Madhouse 17'(Penetration). It's a shame Warner Brothers won't reissue this great music, but if you're going to invest in 'Madhouse 16' (or any of these rare CDs!), you should get more out of it! 'Madhouse 16' showed us another interesting chapter from the glorious past of Paisley Park! NJOY!