Joy Un2 the Light Fantastic [VINYL] Import
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Even his change of name and subsequent nose dive into hardcore funk never really put me off.
I buy all his CD's, always have, probably always will.
But not since Diamonds and Pearls and perhaps Symbol has the purple enigma produced anything really...really...you know...really vintage Prince.
There have been flashes; Emancipation showed signs.
But 'Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic' is the album I have been waiting oh so long for.
It's a proper CD, not some 5 disc boxed set. Just 17 real songs. And Oh boy, what songs. They are Prince at his swaggering best.
This is what a Prince album should sound like, hell, this is what every album should sound like.
I would pin-point a highlight, but that would imply there are low points, and quite simple there aren't any.
Prepare to be blown away...at last.
Now repeat after me, 'I must buy this record'.
There's nothing wrong with the quality of the songs found on the album, the problem with 'Rave' is the production - it's simply too 'slick' for a Prince record... all of the wonderful drum programming the man used to put in his music from the 80's is
absent here, and the job is instead left, pretty much, exclusively to Kirk Johnson.
Plastic-production aside though,'Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic' is a fine Prince album with a selection of brilliant songs on it.
The albums title track is in fact an outtake that had been in the Prince vaults for quite some time; over 10 years in fact, since his 'Batman' days. It's a stripped down demo-like number dominated by deep guitar licks and a solid organ-line. It's simplicity makes it a standout track and it benefits from not being over-produced like much of the album.
'Undisputed' contains the only interesting drum-programming on the album, it's an unusual song with quick chants from the 'N.P.G' and Prince singing over the rhythm of the drum-loop,
not as impressive;' Hot Wit U' is a non-descript r'n'b song which to this day remains one of Prince's weakest album tracks, even less distinguished is 'Everyday Is A Winding Road' which I won't even go in to.
'The Greatest Romance Ever Sold' (the album's first ballad) is one of the few brilliant tracks on the album, the songs structure is terrific and it contains a simple melancholic keyboard line throughout.
The albums two other conventional ballads; 'Man O' War' and 'I Love U But I Don't Trust U Anymore' are equally as impressive.Read more ›
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This album from 1999 has to rank as THE worst Prince album out of them all!!
I love Prince but this album is best forgotten. As is HitNRun Phase One :-(
One of his best cds, with some great songs. Would definitely recommend it to anyone buying Prince for the first time.Published on 15 Jun. 2014 by Theresa Kolmodin
Upon 1999, and in what looks to be an attempt to reclaim his commercial appeal, Prince gave the world this intensely promoted, and long, epic. Read morePublished on 9 July 2012 by Mr. M. A. Reed