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The Hits / The B-Sides [Box set]

Prince Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002MNF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. When Doves CryPrince 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pop LifePrince 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Soft And WetPrince 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Feel For YouPrince 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?Prince 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. When You Were MinePrince 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Uptown [Single Version]Prince 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Let's Go CrazyPrince 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 1999 [Edit]Prince 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your ManPrince 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Nothing Compares 2 UPrince 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Adore (Edit)Prince 4:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Pink CashmerePrince 6:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Alphabet St.Prince 5:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sign 'O' The Times [Single Version]Prince 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Thieves In The TemplePrince 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Diamonds And Pearls [Edit]Prince 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. 7Prince 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Controversy (Single Version)Prince 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Dirty MindPrince 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. I Wanna Be Your Lover [Single Version]Prince 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. HeadPrince 4:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Do Me, BabyPrince 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Delirious (Edit)Prince 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Little Red CorvettePrince 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. I Would Die 4 UPrince 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Raspberry BeretPrince 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. If I Was Your GirlfriendPrince 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. KissPrince 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen30. PeachPrince 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen31. U Got The LookPrince 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Sexy M.F.Prince 5:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Gett OffPrince & The New Power Generation [with Eric Leeds on Flute] 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Cream (W/O Rap Monologue )Prince 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen35. PopePrince 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Purple RainPrince 8:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen37. HelloPrince 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen38. 200 Balloons (Non-Album Track)Prince 5:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen39. EscapePrince 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Gotta Stop (Messin' About)Prince 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Horny ToadPrince 2:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Feel U UpPrince 3:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen43. GirlPrince 3:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen44. I Love U In MePrince 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen45. Erotic City [Explicit]Prince 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen46. ShockadelicaPrince 3:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen47. Irresistable BitchPrince 4:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen48. Scarlet PussyPrince 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen49. La, La, La, He, He, HeePrince 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen50. She's Always In My HairPrince 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen51. 17 DaysPrince 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen52. How Come U Don't Call Me AnymorePrince 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen53. Another Lonely ChristmasPrince 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen54. God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) (Instrumental Version)Prince 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen55. 4 The Tears In Your EyesPrince 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen56. Power FantasticPrince 4:450.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description


Even with single edits substituting for full-length versions in a handful of cases, The Hits/The B-Sides is a mighty testament to the man we once called Prince. (For that matter, we still do.) In addition to most of his singles, from "I Wanna Be Your Lover" to "Thieves in the Temple", from "When Doves Cry" to "7", this triple-CD set throws in some worthwhile new music and a full disc of the fantastic flips that made buying 7- and 12-inches a must even when you already owned the A-side. "You can be the side effect," he mutters herein. "I'd rather be the dope." Witness some of the funkiest pharmaceuticals around. --Rickey Wright

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By jamo
Format:Audio CD
if the 12 best tracks off the b sides disk were released as an album, it would be up there with all his classic records. they really are that good.more experimantal than the hits and fans should buy this even if they own all the albums.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purple Genius 28 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
In the last year and a half i had decided to investigate the genius of Prince having heard Purple Rain the song and a few others. Having grown up in the 90's and liked Britpop the 80's seemed so far off to us and i just believed that the main man in 80's music was Michael Jackson. Of course some of his music is also tremendous but when you hear the three CD's worth of music on offer here it makes you realise that Michael Jackson isnt even close to the genius of Prince. CD1 has an astonishing range of songs. The brilliant early work of 'When you were mine' and 'Uptown' and the original 'I feel for you' to the classics 'Sign o the times', 'Alphabet St', 'Adore', 'Lets Go Crazy', 'When Doves Cry', '1999', 'I could never take the place of your man' and 'Pop life'. 1 also includes a beautiful original song called Pink Cashmere. To top it off is the stunning 'Nothing compares 2 u' which for me in one song puts Prince ahead of Michael Jackson because Jackson could only dream of writing this and then just giving it away. CD2 is so funky. The naughty stuff starts appearing here. 'Dirty mind', 'Head', 'Do me baby', 'Sexy M.F.', 'Gett off', 'Cream'. Of course the classics keep coming too. 'Purple Rain', 'I wanna be your lover', 'I would die 4 you', 'Little Red Corvette', 'Kiss', 'U got the look'. The crowning moment of CD2 is the untouchable 'Raspberry Beret' which is surely the greatest pure pop song of all time. CD3 takes us into the realm of hidden gems Prince puts out there. Amazing songs like '17 days', 'I love u in me', 'Girl', 'Scarlet Pussy', 'She's always in my hair', 'Erotic City', 'Horny Toad' and 'Feel u Up'. Also included on this disc is the fantastic christmas song 'Another lonely Christmas' which is just classic Prince. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the Prince you need 17 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge Prince fan, and I bought this collection purely for the third CD - a collection of some of his legendary B-sides (some will probably be frowning now, muttering "what's a B-side?")

The collection isn't arranged in chronological order, so the songs jump wildly from style to style. It begins with "When Doves Cry", the song which introduced me to his music way back in 1984, and continues with 1985's "Pop Life", then goes back to 1978's "Soft And Wet". There isn't much in the way of continuity here, and you won't find "sections" as such, where there are a number of rock songs, then funk, then ballads... so it is a little all over the place, but when the songs are this good it doesn't really matter.

Stopping at 1992's "Symbol" album the collection thankfully doesn't include any of the weaker stuff he's released since then. There are a couple of extra tracks included for completists: disk 1's "Nothing Compares 2U" is a live version of the song Prince wrote for a group called The Family (seek out their version if you can - it is incredible) and later covered by Sinead O'Connor. It is pleasant but far from essential. "Pink Cashmere" is a slick, summery pop ballad, similar to some of the tracks from "Diamonds and Pearls", and again it is pleasant if not vital. Disk 2 features the tremendous "Peach", and the far from tremendous "Pope".

However, the main event for me and many fans is the third CD. Many of Prince's B-sides were actually as good as or better than his A-sides, and some of these songs are now fan favourites, often being played live over the years, examples including the phenomenal "17 Days" and "Erotic City". There are some startling omissions here, such as my personal favourite "Alexa De Paris", but on the whole this third disk is worth the price of admission alone.

An incredible artist, and probably the best collection of his material released to date. Great notes from Alan Leeds in the booklet too.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince for the iPod generation 29 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
At this price you pretty much cannot go wrong; this triple CD is packed with great music.
This a slightly odd offering - it is exactly what the title says it is - a collections of hits and b-sides gathered into a triple CD. The sequencing is a bit of a mystery to me and (for me) often does not work but it does not matter, you are only ever a couple of tracks away from another great song.
Personally, I think that Prince is best appreciated by listening to the albums (although he has been so prolific it would be rather expensive to buy them all) so this is great compromise. I have listened to it all the way through once and I do not think I will do it again - but the tracks have already permeated most of my iPod playlists.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking set, and a bargain for a tenner 5 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
You get all this for just 10 quid? Prince is one of the most incredible pop artists that has ever lived, and you get to pick up all his best stuff for a tenner?
Don't hesitate, add it to your basket.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy and be pleased! 8 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you like listening to good music you have to buy this box. There are two cd's with some of the best songs Prince made. Fantastic music and great to listen to. The third cd is truly a gem. It has got the b-sides from the single's that Prince has put out there over the years. The thing with Prince is that when he makes a b-side or even a song that never gets released it still rocks! You will not be dissapointed when you listen to this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all the hits
prince the successor to Hendrix listen to purple rain and you'll know what I mean
Published 7 days ago by Big Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Although we have most of Prince's stuff on various CDs this a really comprehensive collective mix and the B side tracks are a real bonus.
Published 2 months ago by Sarahk4skd
5.0 out of 5 stars Super CD!
I choose this rating due to Prince best of sound. I recommend to all who like that type of music. Only problem is mold smelling CDs and box.
Published 3 months ago by srok
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious
Prince at his best. This is a great introduction to his fantastic music. A must have for all fans, new and old. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brenda Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars So good
Prince is amazing and this album show cases it in all its glory. It has all this major hits and b-sides.
Published 5 months ago by I like music
4.0 out of 5 stars The man is a legend
I bought this on the recommendations of other reviewers and I am happy to endorse the positive nature of this product.
Published 10 months ago by PGTIPS65
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes!
What can I say, Prince is well, Prince! His B-sides are better than most pop/funk/rock/dance you hear today or even back in the days of yore. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joe D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince
Really love this compilation of Prince's greatest hits! I listen to this CD all the time for it is one of the best sounds ever ! Great purchase thank you Amazon
Published 13 months ago by Ladytstar
4.0 out of 5 stars Canny
Middle-aged, mixed-race multi-instrumentalist song-and-dance man Prince Rogers Nelson has tried out a variety of styles - including sexually- and spiritually-charged funk, rock and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by S. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince - The Hits/The B-Sides
I had this on tape back in the 90's and obviously I ran out of devices on which I could listen to this. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. C. Appleford
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