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5.0 out of 5 stars
Purple Genius, 28 Mar. 2005
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. While everyone is singing about snow, holly and bells he sings about losing someone on the 25th of December. So if you want rock, rap, funk, soul, dance, pop and almost any other musical genre wrapped into one then buy this triple CD. The amazing thing is i have missed out some brilliant songs in this review which highlight his brilliance. Remember this only goes up to 1993 and doesnt include 'The most beautiful girl in the world', 'Gold' or any of the recent material from the brilliant album 'Musicology' which is a shame but dont let that stop you in your tracks, you have come this far. So do yourself a favour and check out the greatest solo artist in the history of music. You wont regret coming and joining the rest of us under the PURPLE RAIN.