The most generous of double albums and therein (for me) lies its failing. Although Prince wrote all of the songs, he performs on only roughly half of the tracks, offering the others to his many disciples and muses: Mavis Staples, The Time and the teenage Tevin Campbell. (Hmm, what happened to him?) The album also … Continue reading #1025 Prince – Music from Graffiti Bridge
This is without doubt, a pretty funktastic album. There’s a lot of good stuff on here, and it’s mostly guaranteed floor-filler at house parties. Or at my house these days, an excellent accompaniment to doing the housework. A brief glance at the track-listing and you can see just how funkadelic it is: Curtis Mayfield, Isaac … Continue reading #1440 Various Artists – Superfunk : The funkiest album in the world ever!
This is a sprawling sexy masterpiece: a double album, Prince’s ninth and the first proudly bearing the statement: “Produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince.” Featuring four hit singles including the era-defining Sign 'O' The Times, it’s actually the hidden gems amongst its 16 tracks that make this album so special. Starfish and Coffee, The … Continue reading #1034 Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times
Now I confess, I get a bit confused with the complex intermingling history of Parliament and Funkadelic, but I do like a bit of funk and this is the biz. Prince was my gateway drug into funk and George Clinton’s rhythmic creations in particular. And this is a super cheap compilation CD that I bought … Continue reading #509 Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop
I remember buying this in Andy’s Records in Norwich, where I bought all my new vinyl LPs until I moved away from home to university. The first Prince album I bought was Parade, and then I worked my way backwards to this. I never made it any further back at the time, probably because Sign … Continue reading #1015 Prince – Dirty Mind
My first introduction to Stevie Wonder was singing an arrangement of Ebony & Ivory in my church choir. I found it nauseating then, and still do. Shortly after that, the entire world was singing I Just Called To Say I Love You. I heard it in the playground way before I heard it on the … Continue reading #1502 Stevie Wonder – The Definitive Collection
I bought this compilation CD of ‘world’ dance music at WOMAD Festival in 2002, where I remember feeling quite smug sleeping in a campervan whilst most of the people around us were slumming it in tents. It was possibly my first ever weekend music festival in the UK. My girlfriend at the time and I … Continue reading #1360 Various Artists – Future World Funk