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Exodus [CASSETTE] Import

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Edel France
  • ASIN: B00005LXIE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Format: Audio CD
This is a Prince 'classic' if ever there was one. Prince and the NPG in full flow and you are in for a wonderfully upbeat and heady mix of funk, r&b and soul.

The album's over-the-top, experimental, weird, (standard Prince then), and joyously funky throughout.

A mainstream label wouldn't touch it, (way too risky and most of it unplayable on radio), and his dispute with Warner was in full flow at the time - which is why it was Prince's own NPG Records that released it during his SLAVE period. On this album the NPG have been given a major input and the result shows they certainly enjoyed themselves. I do feel however, that a tighter production rein was needed on the extremely self indulgent 'conversations' that start and finish the songs. Brilliantly done on the 'Gold' album - its atrocious here !

But that's what CD's are for !

listen to them once as a novelty, realise its totally unnecessary and edit them out when you play it again and again after that. 9 songs out of a 21 track listing shows how much rubbish could have been removed and more songs should have been added ! (and why this gets 4 stars not 5)

The songs are what you buy the album for and you will not be disappointed here.

These include the raunchy 'GET WILD', (concert favourite at the time), and 'THE GOOD LIFE' (CD single in the UK). In no way do they prepare you for the 'RETURN OF THE BUMP SQUAD' - a raucously funky dance track, and 'COUNT THE DAYS' - a slow song with the usual Prince twist (the opening line says it all... "Here's the Church, Here's the Steeple, Here's a MF that I gotta blow away!")

The standout track is 'THE EXODUS HAS BEGUN' which, in my opinion, is worth the money alone.
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By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
During the dark days of his 1990s (and, let's be honest, 2000s) output, Prince whiled away the hours on a few experiments. Some of them were frankly dire ("N.E.W.S." springs to mind, as does "New Power Soul") but the odd one actually worked pretty well. On the days when he wasn't writing the word "SLAVE" on his cheek, he sometimes wrapped a scarf around his face, slung on a bass guitar, and called himself Tora Tora for some reason, and this album is the product of those times.

Initial impressions are mixed. The childish artwork (and a frankly smutty design on the CD itself) doesn't bode well, but when you look on the back and see that there are 21 tracks you feel your heart leap a little. It should be noted however that of the 21 tracks, only 9 or so are actual songs, the others being "segue" pieces, usually recordings of the band larking around, telling jokes, swearing a lot and so on - it's like hearing somebody reminisce about "hilarious" events on a drunken night out which you didn't attend. Keep your finger on the track skip button however and these can be avoided relatively easily.

Of the songs, the keyword here is "funk". Most of the tracks are bass-heavy, fun, and often full of bad language, so be careful who is around when you play it. "Return Of The Bump Squad" and "Get Wild" are probably the most commercial, but the absolute stand-out is "The Exodus Has Begun". Granted, at twelve minutes it does outstay its welcome a little, but the sheer power of the track is undeniable, its spoken verses (Prince with his voice slowed down) bursting into life in the singalong chanted choruses. It is easily the best track here, and worth the purchase on its own, the other tracks inessential but enjoyable enough.
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By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
Officially under the guise of the New Power Generation with a new member, a gold chained "Tora Tora" who was obviously Prince acting as lead vocalist/guitarist for the band, "Exodus" is just another Prince album. With little rationale to exist. Aside from a driving "Get Wild!", and the wonderful "Count The Days", the rest of the record is let down by a distinct lack of memorable material which is driven down and stamped by a largely monotonous muddy groove, and a set of infuriatingly asinine segues of spoken word segments that Prince was infatuated with at the time. It's the type of thing that a Prince devotee will bring out occasionally for difference, but not for the casual fan.
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Considering this one of Prince's numerous side projects, the songs on this album are brilliant. THe only thing that lets it down for me are the segues (far too many) and I never really got into 'Hallucination Rain'. However, 'Return Of The Bump Squad', 'Get Wild' and 'The Exodus Has Begun' more than make up for any shortcomings elsewhere.
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