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  • Audio CD (19 May 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002L9B
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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In the mid- to late-eighties, Prince had the world at his feet. He had burst onto the musical scene at the end of the previous decade and rackee up a commercialy successful albums at the rate of one a year ever since his debut. His first film, Purple Rain, was also a major hit and he quickly followed it with Under the Cherry Moon. While the film struggled to make an impact, the OST was another successful evolution in Prince's musical career.
The film is a romantic tragedy and so many of the songs on the OST have a melancholic and/or romantic theme. After the psychedelia of the previous year's 'Around the World in a Day', Prince continued to experiment with the sound and production values on his recordings. Some of the tracks are accomapnied by the nicest strings on any Prince record so far and some are really stripped to the bones funk (New Position for example).
Although this record did not chart as highly as some of its predecessors, it is still a firm favourite in many a fan's collection. It contains aome of his most emotive writing. 'Sometimes it Snows in April', for example, is a really beautiful song about losing someone you love. 'Mountains' calls us all to believe there is something better waiting for everyone willing to try and get there. 'Do U Lie?' absent mindedly poses questions to a lover to the accompaniment of a French Riviera style accordion. The singles are pretty good too. 'Girls & Boys' was the first Prince video I ever saw and the saxophone on the bridge is still one of my favourite sounds. The original version of 'Kiss' is here too. Accept no substitutes. Even though I liked the production Art of Noise did, Prince is still the best man to sing this song.
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1986.
Prince and the Revolution fans were slavering for the new album and film. I think we'll gently pass over "Under The Cherry Moon", which has luckily sunk without a trace since release.
But, awkward as the film was, I don't think anyone expected the gorgeous wall of sound and shock of "Parade". Exquisite, happy tunes thick with instrumentation allied with sparce, brilliant songs that really made the most of the new invention: the CD. In tracks like "Girls and Boys" or most famously, "Kiss", Prince really was pushing and stretching to see what he could make of this new scratch-free mode of delivery.
And how utterly different to the playful and wayward "Around the world In a Day"! It was almost as if the guys folded their arms and said, "Right - you want a hit album? We'll show you a hit album". Then delivered an extraordinary, no compromises slice of extraordinary talent.
Having just listened to the album again for the first time in about seven years or more (hence this review), the glorious fun of tracks like the album's introduction, "Christopher Tracy's Parade", alongside "Life Can Be So Nice" and "Mountains" make this one hell of an uplifting album and I well remember putting the 12" of "Mountains" on over and over again at home.
You just can't help grinning. It's so obvious they had great fun recording it. This is a great, great album. Buy it, you idiot!
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1999 is often cited as the start of his artistic peak, Purple rain was the 'Big one' and Sign o' the times is the 'critics album'. This album seems to be slightly overlooked in Prince's catalog, by critics anyway and overlooked in popular music in general yet this for me is his true masterpiece.I have never heard anouther album quite like this, it rivals Tom Waits' 80's work in its originality and quirkyness.I wont spend time picking out induvidual moments or tracks, all ill say is this album is simply amazing, a joy from beginning to end. It is endlessly experimental and packed with ideas and has consistently great lyrics (unusual for some of his other work). Nobody ever talks about this album and it leaves me completely bewildered.I am into every genre of music you could name and yet this is one of maybe 4 albums out of my 500 plus CDs that I always come back too. If you like Prince - buy this, if you like truly original music -. Funky/Quirky/Sexy/Experimental/European/Smart/Beautiful/timeless
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By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2009
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Apparently Prince hated this album, saying the only song he was truly proud of was "Kiss" (which, incidentally, he gave to another band but snatched back when he heard the arrangement their producer had given it - the arrangement it has to this day). This may or may not be the truth, but for me "Parade" is Prince's finest album.

From the start it sounds fresh, bright and summery, conjuring images of a glorious day on the French riviera, its lush orchestration (courtesy of Clare Fischer) giving the album a wonderful edge. The opening salvo of tracks is just astonishing - "Christopher Tracy's Parade" becoming "New Position", then "I Wonder U" and finally "Under The Cherry Moon", effectively a medley, Prince playing the drums for all four tracks in one continuous take so the story goes. The vampy "Girls and Boys" comes next, followed by the riotous "Life Can Be So Nice" ("scrambled eggs are so boring" he wails, and we cannot disagree) before the gorgeous instrumental "Venus de Milo" brings the first half to a close.

The second half starts strongly with "Mountains", a song written with strong involvement from band members Wendy and Lisa, and this is probably the poppiest moment on the album. This is followed by "Do U Lie?", a very French-sounding track, heavy on accordions, before the unmistakable guitar introduction of "Kiss" bursts forth from the speakers. The penultimate track, and my personal favourite on the set, is "Anotherloverholenyohead", a gloriously soulful, funky chug of a track, an impassioned vocal rolling over the top. Finally, "Sometimes It Snows In April" is the emotional ballad to end it all, not in the same league as "Purple Rain" but excellent all the same, and a lump fills your throat as the final piano notes drift away.

Magnificent.
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