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  • Audio CD (21 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000002KMT
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Get It Up
2. Girl
3. After Hi School
4. Cool
5. Oh, Baby
6. The Stick

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Essentially a side project for Prince in the wake of his tour with Rick James in support of Dirty Mind (1980), the Time made their self-titled album debut in 1981, a few months before the release of Controversy. The band's lineup is listed as Morris Day (vocals), Jesse Johnson (guitar), Terry Lewis (bass), Jimmy Jam (keyboards), Monte Moir (keyboards), and Jellybean Johnson (drums) -- all from the same Minneapolis music scene as Prince -- though reportedly all the music heard on The Time was performed by Prince with the exception of the vocals and a couple synthesizer solos. Moreover, Prince wrote all but one of the songs. None of this information is evident in the liner notes, however (at least not on the initial edition), as the only sign of Prince's involvement is a production credit for Jamie Starr, one of his pseudonyms. The origin of the Time -- and subsequently Vanity 6 -- came about because Prince was a prolific artist and his record label, Warner Brothers, recognizing this, gave him its contractual blessing to create side projects. This worked out well for Prince since he was able to release music in addition to his proper solo recordings, and he would have himself an opening band for his tours. The Time may have not written or performed the music on their self-titled debut, but they were fully capable of performing it live on-stage as Prince's opening act. Far from a bunch of stage actors, the Time was actually a talented bunch: Morris Day would prove himself a charismatic frontman and had previously co-written "Partyup" for Dirty Mind; Jesse Johnson would develop as a virtuosic guitarist; and most accomplished of all, Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam would become a first-rate production duo, helming Janet Jackson's Control in 1986, among many other projects. As for the album itself, The Time is short on material, featuring only six songs, a couple of them quite slight, but there are a few truly fantastic songs here on a par with Prince's best work of the era, namely "Get It Up," "Cool," and "The Stick," all extended synth-funk jams in the eight-to-ten-minute range. Successive albums by the Time would be more typical of the band itself, yet The Time is no less noteworthy for the lack of the band's involvement; in fact, this debut release is especially noteworthy for Prince fans enamored of his Dirty Mind-era output, for the music here feels like a session of outtakes as sung by Morris Day.

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The only problem with the Time's first album is that it isn't really the Time. Sure, that's Morris Day singing. Who else could it be? The music, however, is provided by Prince. Back in 1981, Prince was a superstar waiting to happen. So you have Day's swagger and sexual come-ons ("Oh Baby"--actually, every track here!) and Prince making the whole shebang sound like a more psychedelic Ohio Players. No small compliment, that, although soon after this came out, the real Time formed and became the Twin City's all-time best R&B group. Which is why What Time Is It? is really the Time's classic debut. --Bill Holdship

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having previously been a fan of Prince, I have been always interested in hearing the first Time album. Prince was rumoured to have played and written all the tracks here. This can be confirmed on the first listen. While Morris Day sings the lead on all tracks, you can certainly hear Prince supplying all the backing vocals. Only two songs stand out. The lengthy jams "Get it Up" and "Cool" are as good as anything Prince released under his own name at the time and his guitar solo on the former is among his best. What is interesting about the Time is the fact that their least talented member by far, Day, featured the most on their recorded material. As well as this, his camp jokey persona and silly schoolboy bragging lyrics in a way resigned the Time to being seen and remembered as the funny, but funky band that used to open for Prince. Shame really as it would have been good to see what Jam & Lewis, backed by the rest(who incidentally all became respected producers in their own right)could have come up with if Prince had let them rip it up in the studio,like they did live. Janet Jackson's breakthrough album Control is basically the Time with JJ taking the mike. Check the credits.All in all the best Time album is the next one, "What Time is it". It is frustratingly patchy as well in view of the potential talent involved but has more consistency than this one.
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The Time...
Released in July 1981, The Time's eponymously titled debut album is by and large a Prince product.

Although not credited himself (using the pseudonym Jamie Starr), the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, ASCAP lists Prince as the writer of five of the six songs on this album.

Sandwiched between the two in terms of release dates, without doubt 'The Time' sounds very much like Prince's 'Dirty Mind' and 'Controversy'. Four up-tempo 'Minneapolis Sound' dance-funk numbers and two ballads, make up the six tracks on this album.

The emphasis is on dance-orientated funk tunes of the time and place, which often stretch into long extended jams, that allow plenty of scope for guitar and synth solos, ultimately pointing towards some of the unedited tracks on Prince's later '1999' album.

The cheerful up-tempo funk n' roll of 'Get It Up', 'Cool', and 'The Stick' work best in this vein, whereas the two ballads, 'Girl' and 'Oh Baby' make an attempt to sound serious, but simply end up sounding a little tedious and over-long.

If you download one track, you should download 'The Stick'.

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By DMN5 on 17 Sept. 2011
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I bought the other Time albums at the time of release and never bothered with this one until August 2011. That week I saw Prince at Hop Farm Festival where he did 'Cool' which was the first time I heard the song. After hearing it I was singing it all week and wondered if it was actually a new songs as I did not know it from his catologue. What a great treat to finf it on this Time album and to find the album more heavily Prince sounding than the subsequent Time albums.

Beyond Cool, which deserves it's full 10 mins plus length, other tracks such at Get it Up and After Hi School are funky but the ballads may have either not aged well or always sounded corny but can be unticked when adding this to your ipod.
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