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ControversyPrince's Smash 1981 LP Back on Vinyl for First Time in Ages: Provacateur Turns More Sultry and Political, Increases Synthesizers and Sonic Range
Mastered from the Original Tapes: Lacquers Cut by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Pressed at RTI and Features Complete Reproduction of Original Packaging: Comes With Collectable Poster
Continuing on with the pioneering directions he began pursuing on Dirty Mind, Prince again comes up roses on 1981's Controversy, an enterprising record on which he turns more political and furher assimilates keyboards and synthesizers into arrangements. Dirty Mind is also home to the piano ballad and chart smash Do Me, Baby, a sensitive song that's considered by many as his finest vocal effort. Given that we're talking Prince, that's saying something.
As had already become customary, Prince again handles all production, arrangements and composition duties, using Controversy, Annie Christian, and the unsparingly direct Ronnie, Talk to Russia as potent sociopolitical statements during an era which responsibility had lapsed and conservatism set in. Willing to stir it up, Prince injects contagious grooves, melodies, and refrains into arrangements that mix new wave, rock, funk, and pop, all serving to heighten the immediacy of the lyrics. And he knows how to have fun. Saucy, stylized, and sexy, Jack U Off and Let's Work are tailor-made for getting the opposite sex between the sheets.
After more than two decades of being out of print, Controversy is finally back on vinyl--and how. Mastered from the original tapes, with lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, and pressed at RTI on 180g vinyl, this is the very best version you'll ever hope to hear. No longer will you have to settle for the slightly compressed original or nearly unlistenable CD versions. Rhino's analog reissue also boasts replicate original packaging and comes with the poster that accompanied the first-generation pressings.
Let's go crazy!1. Controversy
3. Do Me, Baby
4. Private Joy
5. Ronnie, Talk To Russia
6. Let's Work
7. Annie Christian
8. Jack U Off$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Naked In The Summertime - Vol 1This two instalment release features Prince performing at Madrid's Vicente Calderón Stadium on 22nd July 1990, on the European leg of the tour, during which the band perform a stunning mix of old and new cuts, including numbers from Batman, and others going back to Controversy and 1999.
As bonus tracks, this two part set also includes songs from the group's gig in Tokyo, Japan on 31st August the same year.1. Dat Intro
2. The Future
5. Sexy Dancer
7. Let's Jam It
8. Purple Rain
9. Take Me With U
10. Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes
11. Blues In C (If I Had A Harem)
12. Alphabet St.
13. It Takes Two/Volare/The Latest Fashion
14. The Question Of U (instrumental)
15. An Honest Man (instrumental)
16. Under The Cherry Moon (instrumental)
17. The Question Of U/Electric Man
19. Do Me, Baby
20. Ain't No Way
21. Nothing Compares 2 U
22. Batdance$32.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Naked In The Summertime - Vol 2This two instalment release features Prince performing at Madrid's Vicente Calderón Stadium on 22nd July 1990, on the European leg of the tour, during which the band perform a stunning mix of old and new cuts, including numbers from Batman, and others going back to Controversy and 1999.
As bonus tracks, this two part set also includes songs from the group's gig in Tokyo, Japan on 31st August the same year.1. Partyman
2. When Doves Cry
3. Baby I'm A Star/Rock The House
5. Game Boyz Groove
6. We Can Funk
7. Baby I'm A Star/Horny Pony
8. I'm In The Mood
10. Alphabet St./It Takes Two
11. The Question Of U
12. Little Red Corvette
13. Partyman/What Have You Done For Me Lately?
14. Baby, I'm A Star/Respect$32.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
My Life In The Bush Of GhostsNow approaching its 25th anniversary, Brian Eno and David Byrnes My Life in the Bush of Ghosts appears downright visionary. With its found vocals, cut-and paste arrangements, funked-up rhythms and embrace of influences from all around the globe, the duos controversial work anticipated the creative cross-pollination and technological innovation of contemporary electronic dance music, world music, hip hop and alternative rock. You can hear echoes of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts in the anthems Moby built around vintage vocal samples, in the outrageously exotic beats of Missy Elliot and Timbaland, in the Middle Eastern-accented chill-out tracks of Thievery Corporation or Bjorks otherworldly soundscapes.
Back in the day, however, critics were divided and audiences were, well, confused. Eno and Byrne themselves didnt know quite what they were looking for at first. They shard an enthusiasm for African music, especially the hypnotic grooves of Nigerian Feka Kuti, and a desire to free themselves from the constraints of conventional songwriting. They embarked on a nomadic journey through studios in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The players who accompanied them on these sessions included drummers Chris Frantz (Talking Heads) and Prairie Prince (The Tubes), bassist Bill Laswell (Material) and Tim Wright (DNA), avant-garde percussionist Dave Van Teighem and conga player Steve Scales, part of the Remain In Light live band. The result of their labors was an album that married West African and American R&B rhythms with the impassioned voices of talk-show hosts and evangelists taped off the radio or the evocative sound of prayerful singers culled from Middle Eastern field recordings. Byrne recalls their entire adventure in fascinating liner notes that detail the recording process and address the resulting critical furor. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts was cut between Talking Heads Fear of Music (1979) and Remain In Light (1980), but sample clearance issues, an almost unheard-of-problem in the analog era, kept it on hold until 1981.1. America is Waiting
2. Mea Culpa
4. Help Me Somebody
5. The Jezebel Spirit
6. Very, Very Hungry
7. Moonlight in Glory
8. The Carrier
9. A Secret Life
10. Come With Us
11. Mountain of Needles$36.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now