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The Very Best Of Prince [CD]

Prince Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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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 (30 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005M989
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Raspberry BeretPrince 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Sign 'O' The Times [Single Version]Prince 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. U Got The LookPrince 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Alphabet St.Prince 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Thieves In The Temple ( LP Version )Prince 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Gett OffPrince & The New Power Generation [with Eric Leeds on Flute] 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen17. Money Don't Matter 2 NightPrince 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Taken literally, the Very Best of Prince title is sure to cause endless arguments. Nothing from Dirty Mind, not a trace of the early Controversy, no "Erotic City", no non-LP cuts at all, save some edited single-versions and a cold shoulder to the criminally out-of-print Gold Experience. As a compendium of 17 key A-sides from 1979 to 1992, however, The Very Best of Pri nce is (ahem) a quick-'n'-dirty review of the days when the Artist was, in the estimation of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, one of the weirdest musicians in the Top 10. Blessed with both creative cunning and the wish to reach every listener possible, Prince revitalised rock and soul modes from the sex-crazed ("Little Red Corvette") to the cryptically spiritual ("Purple Rain"). Often he blurred lines between attitudes as surely as he did musical ones; the New Testament image of "Thieves in the Temple" became in his hands a complaint about a stolen girlfriend. A fine party artefact, this disc is still likely to prove too scanty even for many casual Prince fans. --Rickey Wright

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The beautiful ones 18 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm going to keep this short and sweet, there are far too many hardcore fan reviews telling us how disappointingly uncomprehensive this album is. Suffice to say, although there is nothing here for the die hard fans, they are not who the album is aimed at, they should already have all of these songs and everything in between. What we have here is the Prince party album. If you want catchy, varied, funk-driven pop songs.. then buy this album. It serves well as a trip down memory lane, or an introduction to the catalogue of Prince, one of the greatest artists of our time. Dare I say a musical genius. Enjoy.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Album 9 Aug 2003
By Zenia
Format:Audio CD
Having just come across Purple Rain showing extremely late on Channel 5, I remembered just how much I used to enjoy listening to Prince when my uncle used to play him. I never owned any of the albums before, I just had what my uncle gave me so I decided to buy this as somewhere to start.
I agree that this is not the most comprehensive of 'best of' albums, even I wondered where Controversy and The Most Beautiful Girl In the World were, but show me any compilation album that will satisfy a die-hard fan! Die hard fans will have all of these tracks already and will lament the omittance of many tracks, but then that's what being a die hard fan means. For the rest of us, this is a great album containing most of the tracks that we know and love. If it's not enough go and buy the other albums as I'm probably going to, but for now, this will keep me going.
Buy this album if you enjoy Prince's music and want his most well known hits all on one album.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET YO FREAK ON!!! 31 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
Well, I bought this CD as an introduction to Prince, since I'm only 21 and therefore remember him best as being a huffy little man with a squiggly name. People seemed to be making a fuss over him so I figured he was fair game.
Wise move.
Now my mate John's got Purple Rain on DVD and our fashion tastes are bordering on the exotic. I personally blame this album.
If you are indeed a long-time Prince fan, I understand if this 'Best Of' annoys you, but for all those other guys out there: its only a fiver at the moment! DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am so glad this CD was released. 25 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD on it's initial release in 2001 and was totallyre-introduced to Prince. Although it only contains the songs that manypeople associate with him, it is a perfect starting point for anyone tobegin their musical discovery and journey with Prince. I bought theoriginal Lovesexy Lp in 1988 and the Batdance single in 1989 and nothingelse by him until this CD in 2001, since then I have bought everything hehas ever released on CD(albums)and even some of the original vinyl fromthe 80's and now have over 30 CD's by him. That is the impact that justbuying this CD had on me. For anyone who doesn't know much about thisincredible artist, start here and let the journey begin, you will discoversome of the most awesome music ever made by anyone as your collectiongrows, just as I have. Right now I am experiencing how wonderful his newCD 'Musicology' is, something I may never have done had I never boughtthis CD to start with!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the memories... 23 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I LOVED Prince all throughout the 80's and listening to this really takes me back to being a teenager with my gang of equally Prince obsessed mates, when it was still really 'fun' to smoke and get drunk! It puts me in a great mood, takes me back and makes me want to go out and party. What more can you ask for from an album?!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PRINCE GREATEST HITS? 2 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In a word this in reality is not the very best of Prince. Like UK 1 'The most beautiful girl in the world', (his most successful single) is not here and also the mega top-ten hits of 'My name is Prince', and 'Gold', are not here as well as others.
But these are still a collection of the most diverse, varied and influential songs of the decade. The first hits package had his current very best singles at the time, were only released a few years ago, so i guess u have them.
But if u don't, get it, this is a real muscian.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great. 6 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was a fan of Prince, although not huge. I bought this album on chance recognising many of the songs and can honestly say that I'm not disappointed. Some of his great songs aren't here (Seven), but it is a great album of his less swearing songs. It combines great lyrics with great tunes.
I would advise everyone you likes this sort of music, and doesn't have specific albums of Prince to give this a whirl. I hope you won't regret it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
Straight away you know a one disc best of, of one of the most prolific artists ever, is not going to satisfy any of his fans and indeed it hasn't!
However, this cd got me into Prince, and I now have about 17 of his albums, including his latest jazz-funk fusion album, NEWS, so it does serve its purpose.
For a fiver, I don't think you can go wrong with this album, it lets you know what all the fuss was about in the 80s and provides a fairly good direction on where to go for his other albums too.
Obviously there are singles not on here, but for a full Warner Brothers best of Prince it would be probably spilling onto 4 CDs, and this CD is clearly a money spinner from Warner, released without Princes input or blessing. While that is a shame as I say it still stands as as good an intro as any other Prince cd.
If you buy this CD I would be shocked if you did not like at least 90% of it, and then when you get the rest of his CDs, you can post on here complaining about the multitude of songs left off it too!
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