Prince is a talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose heydey was in the mid 80s.
His early albums including Dirty Mind
, For You
concentrated purely on funk and soul.
His most creative years are probably between 1983 and 1988 when he released a string of classic albums starting with 1999
and going on through Purple Rain
, Around The World In A Day
, Sign o' the Times
There is hardly a bad track on any of these albums.
During the 90s, most of his albums have been filled with anonymous groove based tracks which are done better by many other artists. Diamonds And Pearls
is his best album from this period.
There are a few good/interesting tracks to be found on his 90s albums and these include Pussy Control
and Cloreen Bacon Skin
Sadly he became more famous for his eccentricities such as changing his name to a squiggle
and painting his face with the word Slave
during a contract dispute.
He did have a massive hit a few years back with the ballad The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Over the years he has made a few dodgy films that he has starred in including Purple Rain
, Under The Cherry Moon
and Graffiti Bridge
He also provided the soundtrack to Batman
Many artists have benefited from covering Prince songs. To name a few:
- Nothing Compares 2 U,
- I Feel 4 U,
- Manic Monday,
Indeed he's probably had as many hit singles through other artists than by himself.
Many other artists have gone on to success after working with him such as Wendy & Lisa
and Shiela E
Other artists such as Jill Jones
and Ingrid Chavez
have released great albums which are basically Prince
records under another name.
He currently has tracks available for download at http://www.npgonlineltd.com/.
I saw Prince last year in London and although the newer material isn't as good as his 80s stuff he hasn't lost anything as a performer.
Editor's note: Prince died, aged 57, on April 21, 2016. He was found unresponsive at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.