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Funk - Verschenen op 25 september 2020 | Warner Records

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Prince and the Revolution released the Parade album in March 1986, after which, the following Prince projects were conceived, mostly completed, and abandoned: a single LP Dream Factory, a double-LP Dream Factory, the 3-LP Crystal Ball, a musical known as either The Dawn or Dream Factory, and a single LP Camille. Finally, in March 1987, the double-LP Sign O' The Times was released, cherry-picking highlights from most of those projects and adding brand-new material. It is—even for an artist who has gone down in history as one of the most prolific pop musicians of the 20th century—an astonishing volume of work. Even more astonishing is the consistently high quality of the work. The original Sign O' The Times has long been recognized as Prince's creative zenith, garnering the sort of contemporaneous and retrospective critical admiration that very few double albums have ever claimed. But the fact that this work was the result of a 27-year-old creating at such a fast clip and such a high level is, when you stop and think about it, not just the mark of a genius at the top of his game, but something truly singular. That uniqueness may bedevil listeners of this Super Deluxe Edition. While the Sign O' The Times album itself is, of course, still an incredible work that benefits immensely from the careful remastering (this album, probably more than any other in Prince's catalog, was in dire need of it), there is no easy way to mentally process its 45 unreleased tracks. They are sequenced in chronological order of recording, which makes sense, as there really is no other simple way the Estate could have presented this work. However—believe it or not—this isn't even everything! Due to licensing restrictions and the fact that many of these tracks exist in multiple versions, there is no way this set could be comprehensive. So, while this presentation does deny listeners the chance to compile their own versions of the Dream Factory or Camille albums from the unreleased material, it also declines to provide any sort of narrative listening experience. Which is probably for the best. When, in just two years, you can go from the height of the Revolution's powers ("In A Large Room With No Light,""Soul Psychodelicide") through a collaboration with Miles Davis ("Can I Play With U?") and a run of inventive, immersive home-studio creations ("Cosmic Day") and then on to the sounds that would define Lovesexy ("The Cocoa Boys,""Walkin' in Glory"), the only story to tell is one of a prodigy at his most prodigious. With four albums' worth of unreleased material here—nearly all of which is in surprisingly solid sonic condition—your best bet is to proceed slowly, soak it all in, and find your favorites. And, if the original album and 45 unreleased tracks wasn't enough, this set also includes a handful of edits and remixes along with the two b-sides that were released contemporaneously with the album and an absolutely blazing live set from the album's European tour. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 17 juli 2020 | Warner Records

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With her third album, British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas once again proves that her voice is unlike anything else in this world. She unleashes its full transcendence straight out of the gate with the sexy piano R&B of "Bittersweet," going from a husky, dusky alto on the verses to soaring high above the trees on the chorus. For the dream-like "Green Papaya," she manages to match it to the ambient strings so they together sound like pouring liquid—water finding its way around rocks. Her style is soul and R&B that refuses to fit neatly into a box; no wonder Prince was a big fan and mentored her creatively in his last years. There's a Roberta Flack tenderness to "Courage" and shades of Alicia Keys on the simmering "Can't Fight," and La Havas easily branches out to cover Radiohead's "Weird Fishes," drawing out the words "eyes" and "I" to dizzying effect. Meanwhile, "Seven Days" and "Please Don't Make Me Cry"—all stuttering percussion and free-floating melody—make a solid case for the return of trip-hop. Her jazz phrasing on "Read My Mind"—magic on the line "sweet joy when a girl meets a boy"—is like an aural push-pull with the song's gentle rubber-band-bounce rhythm before the whole thing unspools into piano trills and hypnotic chanting: "What are you waiting for?" Single "Paper Thin" uses organ and laidback drums to set a slow and easy rhythm, building a safe cocoon for La Havas' fragile, low-to-the-ground delivery. "Paper-thin/God only knows the pain you're in... I know your pain is real/But you won't let it heal," she soothes. It's a cliché that music is an escape, but an apt one here. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz
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Funk - Verschenen op 14 september 2018 | Warner Records

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Two years after his premature death, Prince’s Ali Baba cave has offered up its first treasure. With the aptly named album Piano & A Microphone 1983, it’s with the simplest devices that his art is heard. At only 25 years old, Prince had already released five albums (For You, Prince, Dirty Mind, Controversy and 1999) and was just about to release the album that would turn him into a global star, Purple Rain. The multi-instrumentalist spent his days and nights in the studio and we find him here alone at the piano for a medley of personal compositions and two covers: Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You and the gospel song Mary Don’t You Weep. The intimate context of this recording only amplifies the intensity of this unpublished work. Just close your eyes and you’ll find yourself alone with Prince…With his elastic voice and skilled playing, the musician from Minneapolis proves to those who doubted him that he was a true artist; both entertainer and composer, showman and improviser. His stripped back version of Purple Rain touches on the sublime and the track Strange Relationship gives an insight into the evolution of his productions, as four years later the track appeared, more muscular this time, on the album Sign o’ the Times. While Piano & A Microphone 1983 may be primarily aimed at Prince fans, novices – if there are any left – will no doubt enjoy discovering this impressive artist. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Rock - Verschenen op 18 oktober 2013 | Warner Records

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