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Even geniuses (maybe especially geniuses) are taken for granted, not seen as geniuses, or only appreciated in small doses. Which is a grandiose way of saying that, no matter how partisans may complain, there are many listeners out there that don't want to delve into the deliriously rich catalog of Prince and would rather spend time with a single disc of all the hits -- especially since the first singles compilation was botched, spread too thin over two discs and sequenced as if it were on shuffle play. That doesn't mean that 2001's The Very Best of Prince is perfect, even if it is a better hits overview than its predecessor. First of all, Prince had so many hits, and so many of them were so good, that 17 tracks couldn't possibly summarize everything great. After all, this doesn't have Top Ten hits like "Delirious," "Pop Life," "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," or "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (or the number one "Batdance," for that matter, continuing Batman being unofficially written out of his discography), nor does it have such great second-tier hits as "Take Me With U" and "Mountains," or B-sides like "Irresistible Bitch" and "Erotic City," let alone album tracks. What is here are the big songs -- "1999," "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry," "Kiss," and so on -- all presented in their single edits. And, frankly, that's enough to make this a dynamite collection, perfect for those that just want one Prince disc, and a good, solid listen of some of his best. Besides, this trumps both Hits discs by including "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," his best single never to reach the Top 10. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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1
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Single Version) 00:03:00

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Gary Brandt, Engineer - Mark Ettel, Assistant Engineer - Bob Mockler, Mixing Engineer

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1979 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

2
1999 (Edit) 00:03:39

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Peggy McCreary, Engineer - Don Batts, Assistant Engineer

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1982 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

3
Little Red Corvette (LP Version) 00:04:57

Dez Dickerson, Solo Guitar, Backing Vocals - Lisa Coleman, Backing Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Peggy McCreary, Engineer - Don Batts, Assistant Engineer

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1982 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

4
When Doves Cry 00:03:48

David Leonard, Engineer - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Peggy McCreary, Engineer - David Rivkin, Engineer

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
Let's Go Crazy (LP Version) 00:04:40

Prince & The Revolution, MainArtist - Prince, Writer - PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION, Producer

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

6
Purple Rain 00:08:41

Prince & The Revolution, Producer, MainArtist - Prince, Featured Vocalist, Writer

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

7
I Would Die 4 U 00:02:59

David Leonard, Engineer - Prince & The Revolution, MainArtist - Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Vocals - Wendy Melvoin, Guitar, Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Instruments - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Peggy McCreary, Engineer - David Rivkin, Engineer - Matt Fink, Keyboards, Vocals - Brown Mark, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Robert B. Rivkin, Drums, Percussion

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1984 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

8
Raspberry Beret (LP Version) 00:03:35

Prince & The Revolution, MainArtist - Prince, Writer - PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION, Producer

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1985 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

9
Kiss (LP Version) 00:03:46

Prince & The Revolution, Producer, MainArtist - Prince, Writer

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1986 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

10
Sign 'O' the Times (Single Version) 00:03:44

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Atlanta Bliss, Trumpet - Coke Johnson, Engineer

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1999 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

11
U Got the Look (Album Version) 00:03:48

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - SUSAN ROGERS, Engineer - Camille, Vocals - Sheena Easton, Vocals - Sheila E., Drums, Percussion - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Atlanta Bliss, Trumpet - Coke Johnson, Engineer

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1987 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

12
Alphabet St. 00:05:40

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - EDDIE MILLER, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Joe Blaney, Engineer - Sheila E., Drums - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Atlanta Bliss, Trumpet - Cat Glover, Vocals

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1999 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

13
Thieves in the Temple (LP Version) 00:03:21

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Instruments, MainArtist - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer - Tom Garneau, Engineer - Michael Koppelman, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Mitch Mitchell, Drums

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1990 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

14
Gett Off 00:04:33

Levi Seacer, Jr., Producer, Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Producer, Keyboards, Samples - Rosie Gaines, Producer, Organ, Backing Vocals, Samples - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer - Michael Bland, Producer, Drums - Steve Noonan, Second Engineer - KIRK JOHNSON, Producer, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Eric Leeds, Flute - Michael Koppelman, Producer, Mastering Engineer - Lloyd Thompson, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Tony Mosley, Producer, Backing Vocals - Damon Dickson, Producer, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Ray Hahnfeld, Second Engineer

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1991 Warner Records Inc.

15
Cream (Without Rap Monologue) (LP Version W/O Rap Monologue) 00:04:13

Levi Seacer, Jr., Producer, Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Producer, Keyboards, Samples - Rosie Gaines, Producer, Organ, Backing Vocals, Samples - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer - Keith Cohen, Mixing Engineer - Michael Bland, Producer, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Producer, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Michael Koppelman, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Tim Penn, Second Engineer - Lloyd Thompson, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Tony Mosley, Producer, Backing Vocals - Damon Dickson, Producer, Percussion, Backing Vocals

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1991 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

16
Diamonds and Pearls (Edit) 00:04:20

Levi Seacer, Jr., Producer, Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Producer, Keyboards, Samples - Rosie Gaines, Producer, Organ, Backing Vocals, Samples - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer - Michael Bland, Producer, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Producer, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Michael Koppelman, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Tim Penn, Second Engineer - Lloyd Thompson, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Tony Mosley, Producer, Backing Vocals - Damon Dickson, Producer, Percussion, Backing Vocals

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1999 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

17
Money Don't Matter 2 Night 00:04:48

Levi Seacer, Jr., Producer, Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Producer, Keyboards, Samples - Rosie Gaines, Producer, Organ, Backing Vocals, Writer, Samples - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer - Michael Bland, Producer, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Producer, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Michael Koppelman, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Matt Larson, Engineer - Tim Penn, Second Engineer - Lloyd Thompson, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Tony Mosley, Producer, Backing Vocals - Damon Dickson, Producer, Percussion

2001 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1991 Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

Even geniuses (maybe especially geniuses) are taken for granted, not seen as geniuses, or only appreciated in small doses. Which is a grandiose way of saying that, no matter how partisans may complain, there are many listeners out there that don't want to delve into the deliriously rich catalog of Prince and would rather spend time with a single disc of all the hits -- especially since the first singles compilation was botched, spread too thin over two discs and sequenced as if it were on shuffle play. That doesn't mean that 2001's The Very Best of Prince is perfect, even if it is a better hits overview than its predecessor. First of all, Prince had so many hits, and so many of them were so good, that 17 tracks couldn't possibly summarize everything great. After all, this doesn't have Top Ten hits like "Delirious," "Pop Life," "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," or "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (or the number one "Batdance," for that matter, continuing Batman being unofficially written out of his discography), nor does it have such great second-tier hits as "Take Me With U" and "Mountains," or B-sides like "Irresistible Bitch" and "Erotic City," let alone album tracks. What is here are the big songs -- "1999," "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry," "Kiss," and so on -- all presented in their single edits. And, frankly, that's enough to make this a dynamite collection, perfect for those that just want one Prince disc, and a good, solid listen of some of his best. Besides, this trumps both Hits discs by including "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," his best single never to reach the Top 10. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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