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
Not my usual listening matter, and consequently I’ve not picked this CD out of my collection for a good few years. You can’t deny their hit-making prowess, the biggest ‘girl’ group ever, rivalling the Beatles in popularity in the 1960s and at one point having five #1 singles in a row. Much of that is … Continue reading #1142 Diana Ross & The Supremes – Number Ones
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