An interview with one of my professors at Berklee about recording with Prince. It’s fucking ridiculous to think that I’m taught by someone who straight up worked with one of the greatest musical talents of all time.
I can’t think of any other artist who has ever done what he’s done. His competition at that time was Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. Now there have been other artists since that have seemingly done it all in the studio. But they don’t really do it all. They are not writing, producing and arranging all of their material. And playing every instrument and writing music for movies at the same time and writing for other artists. Prince was doing all this and designing every aspect of his live show. He even designed his own clothes. To do all this and be on top for as long as he was and to have that many hit records and exercising that much control and power and that much anonymity over that many aspects of your music there’s no precedent for that.
LETSGOCRAZY - Prince x 3RDEYEGIRL
Happy 30th Anniversary to what I consider the greatest album/soundtrack/record/everything of all time, Purple Rain.
Long story short: in his 6th studio album effort, Prince and his backing group, The Revolution, created what is simply the most perfect collection of songs in a single LP.
Everything from its effortless flow, instrumental and vocal mastery, utterly brilliant songwriting, and complete cohesiveness contribute to its timelessness as an album. It’s a distinctly 80’s album that mindlessly neglects its era’s zeitgeist, instead erring to a production value that only the greatest albums elevate to. Purple Rain is the Kind of Blue, the What’s Goin’ On, the Pet Sounds of its time.
With the gospel preacher intro in “Let’s Go Crazy,” you’re in a daze. Then the Linn Drum kicks in. The classic Prince synths are genre-bendingly contrasted by the slamming hard rock bass and guitar riff. It’s all a blur until Prince rips an epic distorted guitar cadenza followed by an even more grandiose, climactic ending.
Transitioning instantly to an eerie synth line and hypnotic drum solo, the album takes you right into its second track, “Take Me with U.” The jovial atmosphere carries then fades into the dark and longing scene of the album’s first of two power ballads.
Prince paints the perfect picture in “The Beautiful Ones.” Producing a gorgeous soundscape, one only suitable for royalty, he confronts his lover. You feel his raw and unabated emotion. Undoubtedly one of the greatest vocal performances of all time.
Now at the scene of two lesbian lovers getting a little action in the tub, the singer deliberates his love life. Prince crashes the party as “Computer Blue” transfers mid-song into another super funky dance zone.
As the previous track ends in angst and confusion, “Darling Nikki” brings in sense of curiosity. The singer meets a kinky gal, one with the affinity for pleasuring herself in hotel lobbies. She takes him down for an all-out thrash fest. The guitars are raw. The drums are raw. The vocals are raw. Some other things probably are too.
The post-bang high quickly subsides as an iconic guitar intro fades in the most interesting track of the record, “When Doves Cry.” Completely bass-less, the spellbinding drums and convincing vocals put you into a trance. Confronting his lover, Prince rips yet one more truthful guitar solo. His primal vocal yells further his point. Synths dance around as this epic suite of heartbreak comes to a close.
"I Would Die 4 U" instantly brings you to a much more nostalgic and uplifting sonic sphere. Perhaps speaking of Jesus’ own plight or perhaps more easily speaking about his own undying love for his lover, it’s not known.
Segueing right into the following track, it’s an all out funky dance party. Non-stop dancing the entire track, he calls out to his synth-funk mastermind, Doctor Fink, for a mind-melting keys solo. Applause closes the song and festivities.
Prince’s chorused guitar starts, and so does the album’s title track. The final climactic ballad is a conversation. It could mean whatever you want. It could even change from one listen to the next. But it’s all perfectly executed. The enigma of art is so clearly present in one of the most iconic songs of the era. 19-year-old Wendy Melvoin speaks volumes with her guitar. Lighters waving and heads nodding, emotions fill First Avenue. A more epic ending to the epic album I cannot think of.
Fever Charm- Still Have You
The world needs more of this alt/rock! Oakland-based Fever Charm just released their new single today and I’m loving it. It feels like Grouplove with a 90’s alt/rock flair, and it’s definitely making me ready for summer. Take a listen here, and stay tuned for their next album, Sound of Summer, coming really soon!
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George Harrison (right) puts his feet up during a long mixing session at Abbey Road; Ringo Starr looks on.
Fever Charm’s newest single, “Moonshine.”
A song all about groove, nostalgia, and shitty women.