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Thread started 01/31/20 8:01pm

mydrawers

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Have you ever liked a side project better than a PRINCE album?

I'll admit back in the day to liking the Time albums and the Appolonia 6 album better than Purple Rain, which came across as pretty "thin" sounding after 1999.

But then again, Ice Cream Castles was also pretty "thin" sounding compared to the two albums that came before it (though I still really liked it).

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Reply #1 posted 02/01/20 4:46am

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This is a good question.

Looking back at 1985 I prefer 'The Family' LP & Sheila E's 'A Love Bizarre' over 'Around The World In A Day'. I think 'Condition of the Heart' is an incredible track and amongst his best ballads, but on the whole it's not my style of Prince album. 'The Family' on the other hand is an album I enjoy from start to finish.

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Reply #2 posted 02/01/20 6:16am

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I think Exodus is a better album than Come

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Reply #3 posted 02/01/20 7:26am

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Definitely Mazarati, I liked it much more than the albums that came out during the NPG/jazz/horns Prince era (I'll never forget the disappointment when I first heard Rainbow Children).

Even though 100MPH was the one hit off the album, I absolutely loved Lonely Girl on Bourbon St and also Strawberry Lover.

And just think .... according to BrownMark, Kiss was basically his song and was supposed to be included on that Mazarati album ... until Prince changed his mind and took it for himself.

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Reply #4 posted 02/01/20 8:01am

mydrawers

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Does "New Power Soul" count as a side project? Because I like it way better than a lot of Prince albums.

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Reply #5 posted 02/01/20 9:30am

BlueShakooo

1991
Eric Leeds: "Times Squared"
better than "Diamonds & Pearls"
IMO
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Reply #6 posted 02/01/20 10:16am

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embmmusic said:

I think Exodus is a better album than Come

I'd even go so far to say, Exodus is better than Come and better than The Gold Experience, too.

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Reply #7 posted 02/01/20 10:17am

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BlueShakooo said:

1991 Eric Leeds: "Times Squared" better than "Diamonds & Pearls" IMO

Good shout, this...odd one, too, considering how close Times Squared veers towards Kenny G-land, at times.

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Reply #8 posted 02/01/20 11:11am

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SimonCharles said:

embmmusic said:

I think Exodus is a better album than Come

I'd even go so far to say, Exodus is better than Come and better than The Gold Experience, too.

Yeah I'd agree with you there actually. In fact, it's probably my favourite Prince-related album of the 90s

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Reply #9 posted 02/01/20 11:25am

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embmmusic said:

SimonCharles said:

I'd even go so far to say, Exodus is better than Come and better than The Gold Experience, too.

Yeah I'd agree with you there actually. In fact, it's probably my favourite Prince-related album of the 90s

It's pretty spectacular, yes. biggrin

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Reply #10 posted 02/01/20 12:06pm

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I like the first 3 Time albums more than the majority of Prince's own albums so I'd say yes.

Unless you're comparing side projects and Prince albums that were released around the same time? In which case I'd say no.
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Reply #11 posted 02/01/20 12:30pm

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Hmmm. No, not an entire album. Maybe singles from the same year.

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Reply #12 posted 02/01/20 1:31pm

TheFman

Definitely The Family, I can still play this today without it sounding dated at any point.

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Reply #13 posted 02/01/20 3:59pm

sexton

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I like The Time's Pandemonium--the first true collaborative effort between Prince and the guys pictured on the actual cover--a lot more than the companion Graffiti Bridge. And more than most of Prince's own albums too.

In fact, many of Prince's post-2000 albums I think are kind of weak and prefer hearing many of the 80s Jamie Starr/Paisley Park associated artist releases over them.

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Reply #14 posted 02/02/20 4:36am

RJOrion

yes...i liked The Time's first 2 albums better than "Controversy" and "1999"
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Reply #15 posted 02/02/20 6:43am

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I liked Chaka Khan's Come 2 My House more than Newpower Soul.

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Reply #16 posted 02/02/20 6:52am

SoulAlive

I have to admit....in 1986,I was enjoying the Mazarati album alot more than Prince's Parade.

Mazarati had that Minneapolis funk that I was craving,while the music on Parade was more complex/artistic.I just wanted to party and have fun,lol.

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Reply #17 posted 02/02/20 8:25am

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Exodus. Nothing i dont like on the album. Except for the soup segue...

Always good to play loud if you are having a bad day and unable to vent your frustrations....
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Reply #18 posted 02/02/20 9:17pm

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smiler69 said:

Exodus. Nothing i dont like on the album. Except for the soup segue... Always good to play loud if you are having a bad day and unable to vent your frustrations....

I personally think The Exodus Has Begun is the best song he released in the 90s. I know it's a shameless Funkadelic ripoff but it's a hell of a lot of fun

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Reply #19 posted 02/02/20 9:57pm

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Jill Jones album is better than some Prince albums for me.

An amazing album i till listen to.

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Reply #20 posted 02/02/20 10:20pm

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If it were songs instead of albums, definitely.

I can remember wishing Dance Electric and Holly Rock were Prince songs, and wishing Wendy and Lisa's Waterfall were a Revolution song (for some reason).

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Reply #21 posted 02/03/20 8:26am

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Definitely The Family project was heavy in rotation during a pivotal time in my life. The songs both lyrically and musically soothed my soul during my college years. To this day all goes silent when that CD is in play. Thanks for asking...good question.

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Reply #22 posted 02/03/20 9:40am

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If we're comparing relative like-with-like (eg. not comparing Prince's early '00s jazzy stuff with '80s Time albums)... no, not really.

I *did* like the Vanity 6 and Apollonia 6 albums before I was into Prince's main catalogue in a big way, but it would be a bold call for me to say those are better albums than his main early '80s output *now*.

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Reply #23 posted 02/03/20 12:26pm

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EmmaMcG said:

I like the first 3 Time albums more than the majority of Prince's own albums so I'd say yes.

Unless you're comparing side projects and Prince albums that were released around the same time? In which case I'd say no.

That's a good one. If you say, "I like What Time Is It more than 20Ten" then you're really not saying anything.
My answer: no albums, but I like the songs Prince wrote for other acts in the early 90s, such as The Voice, Love Thy Will Be Done etcetera, better than what's on Diamonds And Pearls or prince.
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Reply #24 posted 02/04/20 8:00am

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This is a good question.

Looking back at 1985 I prefer 'The Family' LP & Sheila E's 'A Love Bizarre' over 'Around The World In A Day'. I think 'Condition of the Heart' is an incredible track and amongst his best ballads, but on the whole it's not my style of Prince album. 'The Family' on the other hand is an album I enjoy from start to finish.


The Family album from start to finish was his best side project. St. Paul, then and now, sounds closer to Prince than anyone ever has.
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Reply #25 posted 02/04/20 8:01am

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nextedition said:

Jill Jones album is better than some Prince albums for me.

An amazing album i till listen to.

Yes, amazing album!

the beautiful ones, you always seem to loose
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Reply #26 posted 02/04/20 8:29am

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I liked Romance 1600 better than Parade.

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Reply #27 posted 02/05/20 3:05am

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I loved the Jill Jones album (full album) and Taja Seville (most songs) also quite a lot back in the days...

And The Time Pandemonium was also on heavy rotation...

But first price goes to : Carmen Electra (not!) biggrin

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Reply #28 posted 02/05/20 5:53am

wilmer

Maybe not whole albums, but there's a bunch of songs from throughout P's career that he handed over to other artists that he coulda kept for himself and woulda been nice additions to his own albums. Off the dome, I would say Mutiny and High Fashion off the Family Album. Another song I wish he woulda held on to is With This Tear. Would kill to hear that sung by him. Ok, I guess I'm digressing
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Reply #29 posted 02/05/20 8:35am

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"Ice Cream Caste"

is a damn good album !

But to say it's better than "Purple Rain" ? wink

The song "The Beautiful Ones" or even "Computer Blue",both, are sxtand alone

better songs than the whole "Ice Cream Castle" album.

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My pick is like already stated here by someone, "The Exodus" album.

Which is far more better than the by then released "Gold" album imho.

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