Jill Jones – Jill Jones

It’s easy to think that Prince’s side projects as nothing but token artists providing an Jill_Jones,_cover_album,_US,_1987outlet for his ego, however most (if not all) were/are talented artists in their own right.   Jill Jones provided backing vocals and appeared in the video’s for 1999, Little Red Corvette and Automatic but her debut album didn’t surface until 1987.  The Family and The Revolution make appearances on the album with Prince providing the songs.  It is very much a Prince album, and he features on backing vocals, but Jill’s performance stands up on it’s own and her voice really suits the tracks.  Jill has spoken very positively about the whole experience of working with Prince and if you like that 80’s Prince sound it is well worth a listen and for big Prince fans its an essential if you can get it – mine is ripped from my vinyl copy!

Standout track : For Love

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Florence + The Machine – Lungs

You used to be able to get a Mars Bar for less that 50p. Nowadays it can’t get you much but in my local charity shop it got me this CD!  This is another album that passed me by Florence-And-The-Machine-Lungs-Official-Album-Coveron release in 2009 even though I am a fan of Florence Welch’s distinctive vocal style.  It’s possible that her version of “You’ve Got the Love” put me off this album.  For me the definitive version of this song is the unofficial Candi Staton / Frankie Knuckles version from 1989 however Florence’s  album version is different to her single release and it seems more original than the remixed single was.   It is an album with a several musical styles but rooted in incredible vocals and one of my pet loves – interesting lyrics and narratives that pull you into little four minute worlds. Definitely one of the best ways to spend 50p!

Standout track : My Boy Builds Coffins

New Year, New Music?

se425I’ve had a short hiatus from posting due to (amongst other things) not commuting for a few weeks and Christmas. Now I’m back with a lovely set of new earbuds, some Shure SE425’s, thanks to my lovely wife who has also provided inspiration for my first blog posts of the year.  Another Christmas pressie was tickets to the Prince Exhibition at the O2 in London.  Prince is one of my favourite artists and his untimely death in 2016 is a great loss to the world of music.  His breadth of musical styles and influences is massive and following my visit I decided to listen to his albums in chronological order.  I don’t intend to post about each album separately as I can probably do two a day, but might if I get inspired enough. By the way if you are a big Prince fan the exhibition is really worth seeing.