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2 Pleasers 4 Fillers
on 7 March 2004
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.