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Written, produced, arranged, and performed by that little old funkmaster, Controversy hit stores in 1981 and still rocks 17 years later. As the title suggests, the subject matter Prince tackles here was meant to spark discussion. From the nasty anthems "Sexuality" and "Do Me Baby", to the slice of '80s political commentary "Ronnie Talk to Russia" and "Annie Christian," Prince does just that. Oh, and he doesn't forget about the booty either, making this the ultimate agit-prop, sex-you-up soundtrack. --Amy Linden

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  2. Sexuality 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Do Me, Baby 7:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Private Joy 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Ronnie, Talk To Russia 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Let's Work 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Annie Christian 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Jack U Off 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002KMV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on November 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Review from The Controversial Daily--dated 2001.
On the title track, which begans with a funky beat, he poses such questions as "I can't believe all the things people say/controversy/Am I black or white/am I straight or gay?" "Do I believe in God, or do I believe in me?" Obviously with the release of Dirty Mind, lots of critics and people were really wondering about him and had a few things to say. Well, this is Prince's take on that.
His reciting the Lord's Prayer and his provocative utopian view is also included in the title track, which is the most potent and important track on this album: "People call me rude/I wish we all were nude/I wish there was no black or white/I wish there were no rules." Given the traditional U.S. view of sex which has refused to get out of its Puritan shadow and covert racism, those lines are not to be laughed off lightly. It makes me think, "Well, sure, why not?"
The irresistible "Sexuality", a political disco number of the principles of the new breed leaders: in their regime, one needs no money, clothes, anti-segregation anti-racism, anti-tourists, given that tourists are pocket-camera-visioned idiots, "a bunch of double-drags who tell their kids that loving is bad." He furthers his argument that "no child is bad from the beginning, they only imitate their atmosphere."
"Do Me Baby" is probably one of the damn, hottest and sexiest songs he has ever written. After the singing, he goes into a monologue where he is making love to a woman while the music plays. One biographer described the song as Prince making love on hot dripping wax--wax as in what LPs are made of. And people wonder why the single version clocks in at 3:55?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on April 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album was released in the fall of 1981, and basically
exbounds on where it's predecessor, the ground-breaking &
career direction-changing "Dirty Mind" left off!
At this time, Prince was still fairly unknown to most of
the pop world, but was building quite a cult following between
the lines with a fanbase that was all races, backgrounds and
sexual persuasions. Prince's fans were then ultra-hip blacks,
whites, latinos, gays, bi's, men & women who liked to live
ahead of the curve, and who longed to break free from what had
been established R&B/Funk as well as Pop/Rock.
Prince moves effortlessly between all 4 of these genres
without being defined by any of them...the sure sign of
a true genius..AN ARTIST WHO DEFIES CATEGORY & CONVENTION!!
Not only was this evident in his music by then, but in his image!
Was he black, white, or latino?--Straight, Gay, or Bi?
Why did he strut around in black silky bikini-like underwear
with garter-belts, thigh-high leggings, and high heeled boots on?
What was his music?--Was it rock, pop, funk or R&B?
Why was this peculiar little 5'5", sexually ambiguous,
reclusive musical mastermind from the far off and unlikely
city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who never really bothered
to explain himself to the media, bucking the established way
of being at the time?

(Remember, R&B/Funk was: Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament/Funkadelic,
The O'Jays, Cameo, Teddy Pendergrass, etc., and Pop/Rock was:
Rod Stewart, Van Halen, The New Wave Movement, etc.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Mitchell on January 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
True Prince fans pre-Purple Rain own and love this one - I don't understand the many reviews on this site bagging the CD as "uneven" or "poor" - HELLO?! This was released way back in 1981, post-DIRTY MIND, but pre-1999, before Prince would breakthrough as one of the first artists on MTV (with 1999/Little Red Corvette), but it's on "Controversy" he truly hones his trademark musical style, image, and vision - look at the "cheap" version of the signature purple trenchcoat that would later become glitzy - all the tracks are stripped down and potent blasts of socio-sexual-political electro-funk NO ONE else dared to produce/release at the time - listen to CONTROVERSY (the full version w/ prayer!), SEXUALITY, PRIVATE JOY, JACK U OFF, ANNIE CHRISTIAN, LET'S WORK, and more to know where Prince's head was at during the early 80s - side two (yes, remember LPs) is a bit more experimental and off the mark, but STILL you gotta give it up for the Purple One - hurry up, someone remake PRIVATE JOY today (Gwen? Britney?) and have a #1 hit all over again...and you cannot forgot those like me who bought the original LP when it first came out were treated to a ltd. editon POSTER of PRINCE almost butt-nekkid in the shower with his cross - YOWZAH!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. J Wiener on November 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Not quite prime time Prince material. Nonetheless, there are some good bouncy tunes. Of course the title track stands strong as well as the album closer Jack You Off. Do Me, Baby has a captivating slow groove and Joy is just enjoyable. Funny when you find the right word.
Definitely a good album to put on when you feel like dancing. However the eight songs do not distinguish themselves as much as later releases(1999, Purple Rain, Sign O' The Times)would. However, there is some Joy that you will experience when listening to this CD.
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Where are the remasters?
I personally don't think Prince cares. Aside from a number of 'farewells' to 'Greatest Hits' live shows I doubt he's all too concerned about rediscovering these pieces of music, however incredible they may be.
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