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Graffiti Bridge [VINYL] Import


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Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of ... Read more in Amazon's Prince Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl (10 Aug 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B00008G160
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,666,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
Before taking the plunge, be aware that this is not a "proper" Prince album, in that of the 16 tracks only 9 or so feature lead vocals by the man himself, yet all of the tracks were written (or co-written) and produced by him.

The "other" tracks first...

"Round and Round" is sung by the squeaky-voiced (well, he was young) Tevin Campbell, and is a pleasant enough bit of throwaway pop fluff. "Melody Cool" is a good soul / R&B track by the vocal powerhouse that is Mavis Staples, and isn't bad at all. "Graffiti Bridge" is the much-derided ensemble piece which plays over the end credits of the (frankly dire) film, and whereas most Prince fans hated this track I've always quite liked it! Sure, it sounds like something from a sickly-sweet musical, but it is well done and - like me - if it comes on in the car you'll probably find yourself singing along despite yourself. "Release It", "Shake!", "Love Machine" and "The Latest Fashion" are all performed by The Time, one of Prince's funkier associated acts, and of these "Love Machine" and "The Latest Fashion" are probably the best (interestingly, "The Latest Fashion" reappeared on The Time's "Pandemonium" album but with a different lyric, and was retitled "My Summertime Thang".) So far, the album is a very mixed affair.

So what of the Prince tracks?

"Can't Stop This Feeling I Got" is a pop / rock song which gallops along and is enjoyable enough, if a little throwaway. "New Power Generation" is a chuggy, bass and synth-driven track which appears in two versions, the second of which is just a coda to the album and offers nothing new. "The Question Of U" is one of his better ballads, an interesting percussion loop and distorted keyboards giving the track a slightly unnerving edge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RjR on 7 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
Speaking as a huge admirer of Prince as a recording artist and performer, I am sorry to say that "Graffiti Bridge" is a relatively mediocre offering (although not as bad as the film it soundtracks, which is a real shocker although perversely I enjoyed it more than "Purple Rain"!). It is a hodge-podge consisting mainly of reworked material from the vaults (eg. "Tick Tick Bang" is a re-recording of a 1981 demo and "Can't Stop This Feeling I've Got" is a re-recording of a 1986 demo) with only a handful of tracks ("Thieves in the Temple" for one) composed and recorded especially for the project.

Some reviewers have rightly singled out the album's one true standout track, "Joy In Repetition", with its explosive guitar solo - listeners familiar with Prince's classic 1980's output will note that the background club ambience on the intro is identical to that found at the end of "Eye No" on "Lovesexy" and that the production is redolent of "Sign 'O' The Times"-period Prince.

So it should come as no surprise that this absolutely incredible track was originally slated for inclusion on the three disc "Crystal Ball" set (not to be confused with the 1998 outtakes collection of the same name) and was shelved when the project was whittled down to a two disc set at Warners' behest to form the classic Sign 'O' the Times we all know (and love!). Oh, and for the record, the aforementioned "Eye No" itself is a radically reworked version of a track called "The Ball" which immediately preceded "Joy In Repetition" on the original "Crystal Ball" triple album. Hope that clears a few things up!

But I digress.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is surely one of Prince's best efforts, to be ranked along side Purple Rain, Diamonds and Pearls, Sign 'O' the Times and Emancipation. Although the film was not a commersial success, the album clearly demonstrates the diversity of Prince's talent. Reading the album notes, one realises than nearly all the instruments are played by the man himself. The performances by the Time and Mavis Staples are great too. The songs are all good, but the ones most worthy of note are 'Can't Stop This Feeling I Got', 'The Question of U', 'We Can Funk', 'Thieves in the Temple', and, of course, 'Graffiti Bridge'. My personal favourite is 'The Question of U'. Composed and structured in a similar way as 'Under The Cherry Moon', if features an amazing guitar solo. I would fully reccomend this album to anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is full of great tracks and as always with Prince theres alot of styles and musical ideas in there. Many of the tracks on the album were old songs taken from the infamous Princely Vault and either recorded or given a little polish. The inclusion of other artists adds to the follow of the album. The standout tacks are TheQuestion of U, Joy in repititon, Thieves in the Temple, Melody Cool and still would stand all time. A wonderful album
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 9 Aug 2005
Format: Audio CD
I think this is a very mixed album, but some of the tracks are great - Melody Cool, Love Machine and most of all Joy in Repetition. This track has my favourite ever guitar solo - IT IS BRILLIANT! Am I the only one who think this?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted Maul VINE VOICE on 10 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although the film is absolutely dreadful,the soundtrack to Graffiti Bridge is a actually pretty good-elephants & Flowers,Question Of U,We Can Funk,Can't Stop This Feeling I Got,New Power Generation and The Time's Release It are all great,and if the other tracks aren't as good half a good Prince album is better than what most other people can achieve.
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