#1025 Prince – Music from Graffiti Bridge

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

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#1034 Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times

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

#1205 Patti Smith – Land (1975-2002)

Patti Smith, the punk poet laureate; there’s no one else quite like her. She stands alone yet has influenced many: from PJ Harvey to Peaches. Rock and Roll and women in rock wouldn’t be the same without her. This compilation is as idiosyncratic as she is, covering a generous 30 songs over 2 CDs and … Continue reading #1205 Patti Smith – Land (1975-2002)

#509 Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop

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

#568 Goldfrapp – Supernature

Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory are gleefully channelling Marc Bolan on this, their third, glamtastic album, not least on their big hit and album opener Ooh La La. They even have a song called Ride A White Horse (somewhat more practical than a swan), referencing the heights of hedonistic disco nights at Studio 54. It’s … Continue reading #568 Goldfrapp – Supernature

#996 Prince – Batman

I’ll go out on a limb here and say this isn’t Prince’s best album. But it is lots of fun. The soundtrack to the 1989 Tim Burton directed Batman movie, back when superhero movies were a camp bit of nostalgic nonsense, before they all turned into identikit versions of overblown dialogue and CGI explosions. (Deadpool … Continue reading #996 Prince – Batman