Prince & The Revolution – Around The World In A Day

When the record company heard the pseudo-psychedelic ATWIAD for the first Prince_Aroundtime apparently they weren’t impressed. Where was Purple Rain Part 2?  While still touring with Purple Rain Prince was writing and recording ATWIAD and as always moved in a different direction to its predecessor. When I think of Prince albums ATWIAD seems to sit quietly in between Purple Rain and Parade, not always springing to mind when browsing my collection but this doesn’t reflect the quality of the album.  You have undoubtedly heard of the singles but what defines it is its exploration of different sounds, instrumentation and composition that would characterise at least the next two albums.  Where previously Prince would do it all, this is his more co-operative period with the Revolution, Wendy and Lisa in particular.    If you have heard Purple Rain and like musicians that don’t stand still then you have to move on to ATWIAD.

Standout track : Condition of the Heart

 

 

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Prince & the Revolution – Purple Rain (2015 Remaster)

The Purple Rain era was the zenith in Prince’s career in terms of commercial success and recognition which cemented Prince’s purple imagery in the public psyche.  If you really PR Remhave no idea about this album you get lots of screaming guitars as well as funky synthesiser laden tracks in a pop/rock/funk mix that only Prince could produce and provides his main source of radio airplay to this day.  The 2015 Remaster is one of those releases where you are not quite sure what has been “improved”, other than the volume!  I’m sure a close listen would pick out some changes but for me regardless its a solid album that is always a great listen.  Its just a shame they wasted a disc in the “Deluxe” release with singles and B Sides that are available elsewhere when much better unreleased material is known about, but the unreleased stuff included is great!

Standout track: The Beautiful Ones