The news of Prince’s death rocked me to the core.
When a friend pointed out the troubling reports coming out of Paisley Park, I prayed it was somebody else. Like a roadie. Maybe a cleaning lady. Anybody but Prince.
Less than an hour later, his death was confirmed.
For a few hours, I was in shock. Disbelief.
Then the tears showed up.
Sometimes It Snows In April
If there’s one consolation to today’s heartbreaking news, it is this…
There’s tons of unreleased Prince music in The Vault.
Prince fans have heard for decades about a “secret vault” filled with Prince music that has yet to be released. Today we know this vault does indeed exist.
So we can look forward to many future Prince albums being released in the future.
In the meantime, we still have his amazing catalog to peruse.
Do You Listen to Music While Blogging?
Now, I’m not one to listen to music with lyrics while writing…I pretty much stick to instrumentals.
Not today though….I’ve been listening to Prince as I work and probably because of today’s news, it’s working for me. His music is perfect for this post.
Outside of writing, I often turn to Prince music for creative inspiration.
Well, pretty much all his albums here and there.
Yes, we all know the hit songs like 1999, Purple Rain and Kiss. Those are givens.
Yet his music output extends way beyond those tunes and if that’s all you listen to, you’re missing out big time.
Let’s Honor Prince and Pick Up Our Spirits With This Fun Exercise
I thought I’d do a spontaneous creative exercise tonight. Something I’ve refrained from doing before because I’m such a big Prince fan, this isn’t easy.
I’m talking about making a top ten list of my favorite Prince albums.
No small task. Think about your favorite things, like musicians or movies or whatever…it’s always hard to keep it at “a list of ten” or less…things always get left out.
I always felt like doing this with Prince was sacrilegious. Like trying to capture the wind, the list was always moving so don’t even try it.
Tonight, to honor his legacy, I’ll give it a shot…
So as Morris Day used to say: What time is it?!
Time to make a quick list, without too much preplanning.
Matt’s Top Ten Prince Albums
10. LotUSFLOW3R / MPL SoUND – This was packaged together as a two disc album, although it may technically be two separate albums. I’m going to count it as one here. Each one is quite different in style. This album sounded better than anything he had put out the previous 5 years. Lots to feast on here.
9. Art Official Age – Tight album. Lots of his genius found here, and this was the most enjoyable album since the 2007 Lotus Flower. His last masterpiece, IMHO.
8. 1999 – This is the album that started it all for most of us.
7. Parade – I know this one didn’t do well commercially, but who cares. This is a work of art.
6. Around the World in a Day – Most people didn’t enjoy this experimental follow up to Purple Rain. I’ve always loved this album and still listen to it.
5. Sign of the Times – A masterpiece. I saw the concert film in the theater (who else can say that? 🙂 ) This double album was declared by Time magazine as the album of the decade. (Yep, better than Purple Rain.)
4. Musicology – One of the best Prince albums ever. Incredibly tight. Lots of biographical lyrics here. One of his best “independent label” albums.
3. Purple Rain – Was already a big fan when this came out. Wendy and Lisa heavily influenced this sound, which helped Prince become a legend.
2. The Symbol Album – 18 epic songs. Great mix of rock and funk.
1. Lovesexy – In my opinion, this album was Prince’s creative pinnacle. The entire album is one track, and each song is perfect…except for the last one. I’ve always thought this album was almost perfect. The final song Positivity is a disappointing close, but still his best creative effort.
Of course, there are plenty of albums that couldn’t make the list that are awesome–Diamonds and Pearls, Graffiti Bridge, The Black Album…the Batman Soundtrack (yep, I said it. Some great songs like The Future, Electric Chair and Trust. Just not Bat Dance. That was lame.)
Okay, your turn.
What Music By Prince Do You Like?
Share in the comments your Prince top ten albums list. I’d love to hear what you think. If you think my list is way off, tell me why!
I can’t help but think Prince would thoroughly enjoy reading our conversation. 🙂
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