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The Hits / The B-Sides: Classic Prince,
This review is from: The Hits / The B-Sides (Audio CD)
The greatest Greatest Hits album in the history of popular music, although 'Best Of' would have been a more suitable title than 'The Hits' - there's a number of classic Prince singles (Paisley Park, Girls & Boys, Anotherloverholenyohead, etc.) that didn't make the cut here (one of his very best albums, 'Parade', is only represented by one song) and there's a few tracks that were not released as singles ('Adore', 'I Feel For You', 'Nothing Compares 2 U').
However, this collection does highlight that Prince was the most prolific and indeed talented artist of his generation - The B-Sides disc alone is worth the admission price. Between 1980-1987 particularly (although this album covers the period 1978-1993) the quality and quantity of his output was staggering and he still managed to write, produce and, in a lot of cases, perform music for other artists - three discs are really not enough to showcase Prince's huge contribution to 1980's music. Whether it was funk, rock, pop, or any style of music for that matter, he always managed to add his Minneapolis sound to make it sound so original and unique. The real selling point here for Prince fans is the third disc, The B-sides, as most of the songs are available for the first time on CD. And for B-sides the quality is extraordinary - '17 Days', 'How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore', 'Erotic City' and 'She Always in my Hair' could have all been A-sides. I have two very minor complaints. Some of the tracks have been edited so you don't get the full experience particularly in the case of 'When Doves Cry', 'Controversy', 'Erotic City' and 'Adore' and, on the flip side, the single edit of 'Alphabet St.' would have been welcomed. Also, the album should have been sequenced in chronological order.
In summary, the perfect introduction for newcomers and a welcomed first time on CD release for most of the B-sides for existing Prince fans. And newcomers will not be disappointed if they purchase any of Prince's albums from the period 1980-1988.