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PRINCE Fans - Ignore this CD at your peril,
By A Customer
This review is from: Exodus (Audio CD)
This is a Prince 'classic' if ever there was one. Prince and the NPG in full flow and you are in for a wonderfully upbeat and heady mix of funk, r&b and soul.
The album's over-the-top, experimental, weird, (standard Prince then), and joyously funky throughout.
A mainstream label wouldn't touch it, (way too risky and most of it unplayable on radio), and his dispute with Warner was in full flow at the time - which is why it was Prince's own NPG Records that released it during his SLAVE period. On this album the NPG have been given a major input and the result shows they certainly enjoyed themselves. I do feel however, that a tighter production rein was needed on the extremely self indulgent 'conversations' that start and finish the songs. Brilliantly done on the 'Gold' album - its atrocious here !
But that's what CD's are for !
listen to them once as a novelty, realise its totally unnecessary and edit them out when you play it again and again after that. 9 songs out of a 21 track listing shows how much rubbish could have been removed and more songs should have been added ! (and why this gets 4 stars not 5)
The songs are what you buy the album for and you will not be disappointed here.
These include the raunchy 'GET WILD', (concert favourite at the time), and 'THE GOOD LIFE' (CD single in the UK). In no way do they prepare you for the 'RETURN OF THE BUMP SQUAD' - a raucously funky dance track, and 'COUNT THE DAYS' - a slow song with the usual Prince twist (the opening line says it all... "Here's the Church, Here's the Steeple, Here's a MF that I gotta blow away!")
The standout track is 'THE EXODUS HAS BEGUN' which, in my opinion, is worth the money alone. A gloriously over-the-top jam session lasting 12 minutes, (which shows they were enjoying it), which builds and builds and builds to an outrageously mad ending. It's Prince and the NPG showing off again admittedly but it works superbly.
I'm not saying all the songs will satisfy everyone, as I said we are in 'experimental non-commercial Prince-land' here
('HALLUCINATION RAIN' takes some listening to for example), but lets face it - a few Prince gems are worth more than most of the absolute rubbish being released today in our 'manufactured pop' era.
I have no doubt that most of the songs will hit the target and you'll be glad you forked out the cash.