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Princely perfection and perfect summer listening!,
This review is from: Parade: Original Soundtrack - Under the Cherry Moon (Audio CD)
As with all important, life changing events, I remember very clearly the moment I first heard "Kiss": I was in Holland at my cousin's place and this just happened to come on the radio. It sounded really futuristic and absolutely out of this world, y'know? An instant classic! Two decades on, the track hasn't really aged at all: in fact, it has taken almost that long for the rest of the music world to catch up!
Anyway, as great as "Kiss" is, it's parent album has a lot more to offer than just that one track, which is not really representative of the album itself (in fact Prince hadn't thought much of the song and had given a demo to producer David Z to work on for Paisley Park artist Mazarati - it was only when Prince came in and heard the finished track that he decided to nab it back for himself!).
"Kiss" aside, other classic tracks on this disc are "Girls & Boys" (you probably know this one already because it was top ten UK hit but you're not going to find it on any hits compilations because it wasn't released in the US as a single), "Mountains" (an ill-advised choice as second single but a truly brilliant, funky, driving track anyways - the 12" full length version is well worth tracking down too!), "Anotherloverholenyohead" (one of his funkiest ever cuts with a killer chorus - again, the 12" is worth seeking out) and "Sometimes It Snows In April" (one of his most beautiful ballads which for some reason I always find profoundly moving). I also really like "Do U Lie" because although it is a bit silly, it has a lot of charm!
I would describe the contents of the rest of the disc but to be honest, words really couldn't do it justice. Stylistically, it is absolutely unique both in Prince's discography and in the world of music generally. Special credit should go to Claire Fischer for the orchestral arrangements because the enhance the tracks no end but of course the original inspiration for all this was Prince and the Revolution, who are at their absolute creative peak here.
I feel this album often gets overlooked because the film it soundtracked "Under The Cherry Moon" (directed by and starring Prince) was such a critical and commercial flop. But "Parade" is a truly a thing of wonder and is definitely Prince's most beguiling and playful album. For me personally, on a balmy summer's day this just edges Sign 'O' the Times and Lovesexy for coveted title of "Personal Favourite Prince Album" and is definitely one of the best albums recorded by anyone, IMO - so add this to your basket and enjoy!