Monday, December 1, 2014

Why Has Prince Left The Internet? Again!

There are several theories on why he left the internet, from his taking down videos off of the 3rdeyegirl YouTube page, Twitter gone, Instagram gone, Facebook gone. If fans remember the last time he left he really didn't, he released "Extraloveable" on iTunes,  there was the jazz version of "In A Large Room With No Light", "Purple & Gold", "Hot Summer", "Rich Friends", and "Cause and Effect". So through it all he has maintained some presence on the net. 

Now in 2014 With 2 new albums out, maybe a Purple Rain 30th Anniversary Release, him leaving the net now doesn't make sense. We really shouldn't be surprised this has happened let's be honest this isn't the first time or the last that Prince has done something to raise our eyebrows. Maybe some of the rumors are true that we've heard or maybe he is getting ready for a new campaign. still has social media links that are still there although dead you would think that they would be deleted, there YouTube page still up with no videos. These things are easily deleted and done with if he was rejecting the net again, he's leaving traces he is not.
Plus with all the young talent he's working with they haven't deleted there social media pages so I think it's highly doubtful that he has left. I think there is more to come hopefully and His Royal Badness is trying to do something else to connect with us and bring us a much more enjoyable experience.

Written by,
Mr. Goodnight

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Time - Live At The Roxy Theater 2/16/82.

On February 16th, 1982 The Time put on an amazing show at The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, CA. They headlined this show performing 6 songs The Stick, After Hi School, Oh Baby, Get It Up, Cool, all from there 1st Album and a new song called Dance 2 The Beat. The Band looks in top shape Morris is full of energy, he even asked for a mirror twice which Jerome was glad to bring to him. Jesse Johnson's guitar playing is on point through and through. What really makes this release special is the last song they performed "Dance 2 The Beat" the purple 1 himself Prince joined them on stage. Merely singing a few lines but enough to get the crowd hyper. Dance 2 The Beat reminds me of songs like "Jack U Off" and "Delirious" Jesse Johnson Guitar work is great on this song. This has to be one the best shows I seen The Time do this is highly recommended.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Classic MPLS: The Time Ice Cream Castles

Released July 9th 1984 The Time's Ice Cream Castles LP was there 3rd studio album. With majority of the album being written and recorded by Prince with little input from band members except Morris Day and Jesse Johnson. I really like the album more today then back in the day, the 3 singles Ice Cream Castles,  Jungle Love, and The Bird I thought was great, My Drawers is definitely the sleeper to me with a fast and up beat funky groove. Besides all the songs on this release has grown on me, Jungle Love and The Bird  are amazing songs and I love there place in Purple Rain The Movie. "If The Kid Can't Make You Come" is a ok ballad, "Chili Sauce" is an extended of what Morris was saying to Apollonia at the table in the 1st Avenue in Purple Rain. This is a great release worthy of a listen even if it's just the association to Purple Rain, but for this album can stand on its own.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Classic MPLS: Vanity 6 Self Titled Album

Released August 11th 1982 I like to call this the year of the Triple Threat also formally the name of the tour. For me the year of the Triple Threat consists of 3 Classic Albums Prince's 1999, The Time's What Time Is It?, and Vanity 6's Self Titled . First let me say the Vanity 6 album is a classic, and the original name for the group was "The Hookers" who left an unfinished album when Prince went on the Controversy Tour. I don't know how you all feel but I was 8 years old when this record came out and as a young boy it turned me out, beautiful women half naked running around singing "Nasty Girl" and "Drive Me Wild". Things I couldn't understand at that age but the images look good. The music was a different story as it was explicit especially for 1982 songs like "Nasty Girl" and "Wet Dream" can easily be classified as some of the nastiest songs at the time. "Drive Me Wild" is a funk driven hardcore track and may be my favorite. Seven of the eight song were written or co-written by Prince with He's So Dull being written by Dez Dickerson.  This a great Classic album and very explicit for the time and nowadays Vanity 6 may have been the platform for a lot of the Sexyness going on today.

Classic MPLS: Sheila E. The Glamorous Life

Released June 4th 1984 Sheila E's The Glamorous Life is another flawless classic coming out of the Prince camp. Credits say Directed by Sheila E. and The Starr Company. All honesty all songs on this album was were written by Prince with some input by Sheila E. To me when the credits say "Directed" it puts you in a mood like your listening to a movie on wax. Each track flows together like a stream of water but no song out trumps another, although I have my favorites. I've read that at the time of these album sessions Sheila E. was uncomfortable with her vocals, vocally I think she done great as she came with the Sexyness in her voice which I think got her over. All in all a great classic album and another brick added to the Purple House definitely worthy of a few spins.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Classic MPLS: The Family Self Titled Album

1985 was a great year for music The Family's self titled LP falls into that classic realm of albums. With 7 out of 8 tracks being written by Prince this is one of the best associate artist albums and all around great albums. Released August 19th 1985 this record is a mixture of super funk and great jazz to me, this album was the first Prince-related release to feature saxophone by Eric Leeds and string orchestration by Clare Fischer which makes it awesome. This record by far is one of the reason we as fans of Prince love him so much because with this album he proved he could go so far left and make it sound great. I remember the 1st time I heard this record I was blowed away by the different arrangement of music, strings, and vocals. My favorite tracks are High Fashion, Nothing Compares 2 U, And The Screams Of Passion, I'm always in debates about what version of Nothing Compares 2 U is better, The Family's Version Prince and Rosie's Live Version, or Sinéad O'Connor's. Time after time I have to say The Family's version is my favorite. Over all this is a great edition to your collection and great music so check it out if you haven't.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Classic MPLS: Jesse Johnson's Revue 1985

Who knew after the break up of The Time that one of the first artist out of the gate would be Jesse Johnson with the classic 1985 release Jesse Johnson's Revue. With the smashes "Be Your Man" and "I Want My Girl". This album IMHO is up there with the likes of Prince's 1999 or Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key Of Life (2 of my favorite albums).

It is classic MPLS sound not matched by a lot coming out of Minneapolis at the time including Morris Day's Color Of Success or I dare say Prince And The Revolution's Around The World In A Day.

Although those releases were great Jesse Johnson's Revue trump the game with great R&B and Funk which really feels like when you listen to it he's  going back to basics. There is great guitar work on this record, the rhythm guitar on "She Won't Let Go" is killer, there's a killer guitar solo on "She's A Doll". Overall this is one of the best all around records you can hear believe me those that has heard it already know and so should you.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Purple Rain 30th Anniversary Release What I Envision.

With this being 30 years since the release of Purple Rain the Soundtrack such a great landmark in pop culture, now we are here an anniversary album announced, new deal with Warners Bros., and New music. This is what I Envision for The Anniversary Release of Purple Rain, 1st how about all of the 12 inch versions and mixes being included like Let's Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix), the unreleased extended versions of The Beautiful Ones, Computer Blue, and Darling Nikki. B - sides 17 Days, Erotic City, Another Lonely Christmas, and God, check it in God (Instrumental) which wasn't released in the states. What about a version of When Doves Cry with a bass line sounds good so far.

What about unreleased material here's where it gets interesting because although it's been stated that there will be unreleased songs will they be original compositions or will Prince himself remake them? Hopefully we will get all originals from 1983-1984 or maybe an original and a remake that would be awesome. I think it's safe to say that Electric Intercourse will be on this release,  I only say that because he did perform it recently in England. Possessed is another unreleased track I would like to see come to light and the instrumental. 

Unreleased tracks like Wednesday and Father's Song should make an official appearance due to them being on earlier configurations of Purple Rain. Now associate artists like The Time songs like Jungle Love, The Bird along with Dez Dickerson Modrenaire and Apollonia 6 Sex Shooter deserves some love. One other thing how about an official Blu-Ray release of the 1985 Live In Syracuse show that would be hot. Overall I know everyone has there own feelings about this but this is just to get the blood jumping and pumping for this release.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Prince - An Entirely New Galaxy

This is 1 of my favorite Bootlegs An Entirely New Galaxy features great work from Prince in 2009 including The 3 nights he was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The 1st night he performed Ol’ Skool Company, the 2nd night he performed Dreamer and he totally wreck the stage, and the 3rd night he performed Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful. The 2 shows feature are from The Conga Room, Los Angeles 3\28\09, and Club Nokia, Los Angeles 3\29\09. The Conga Room show Prince remembers past band members like Sonny T., Micheal B., And touring with Tamar. All of the guitar work on this set was excellent my favorites were when he did I'm Yours from the For You Album and his version of The Beatles " With A Little Help From My Friends", I love this to death. This set also features Prince discussing AEG and Sweet Thing which he performed with Chaka Khan. This is 1 for the collection while the Leno Performances are of course Soundboard, The rest of the set is an Audience Recording but a pretty good one.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Complete Hawaii Tapes Volume 1

Released in 2004 by Sabotage Records this outstanding show Prince and the NPG performed is one of my favorites. December 16th 2003 the venue Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Band Lineup included Prince, John Blackwell, Rhonda Smith, Renato Neto, Rad, Chance Howard, Greg Boyer, Maceo Parker, and Candy Dulfer. By far one of the best NPG configurations yet. The music performed on this show to me seems like a Musicology Tour warm up with a high level of energy that only the man himself can give, from the Let's Go Crazy and Baby I'm A Star workout to the great Drum work by John Blackwell and the Sensual SHHH! DMSR the classic funk jam, hearing this live really gets the party started while Rhonda Smith plucking the Bass and he gets the crowd into the funk with a I like funky music chant. Controvery is great, this jam was released with the Prince in Hawaii: An Intmiate Portrait of an Artist Book. Slowing it down with 3 claasics The Beautiful Ones, Nothing Compares 2 U, and Insatiable I must say I felt like the vocals were on point. I can go on and on about this 3 CD set from Sabotage let me just say it is EXCELLENT, it also includes the aftershow which was great if you haven't heard copp it if you can you will love it.