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Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of ... Read more in Amazon's Prince Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KMV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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
3.0 out of 5 stars A Sign Of Things To Come 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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1.0 out of 5 stars
No thank you. Just annoying mediocre hooks. Don't really like his pomposity. Never did like him or his music.
Published 11 days ago by Yes Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince best album!!
His best album, in my humble opinion!!
Published 16 days ago by Ronald C. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My husband loves it
Published 16 days ago by Mary Leo
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5 Prince album
Every song on here is pretty good but the title track is worth the price of admission. Great album from start to finish.
Published 1 month ago by Walter Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice reissue in purple sleeve with og poster
This is a nice touch for the vinyl.
If you get this,Controversy on 180 mg vinyl from amazon and WB ,you're set.
The OG poster is in there. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SFNico
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince fan
Classic, is all I have to say. Before the Purple Rain and 1999 error. Get the Dirty Mind and albums before that and see why he is a legend:)
Published 4 months ago by Karlton Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Of course I love it.
This really isn't a review of the music because I am most have heard the songs. Prince is a talent. Great workout music.
Published 5 months ago by L. Sabuda
5.0 out of 5 stars price
Since vinyl is making a come back was really excited to find this album. Good music for then excellent music now
Published 5 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince at his finest
Great album-funk and the Purple One at his finest! Let's Work an awesome dance track! Controversy and Sexuality pure excellence. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mikey
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Prince
At his best , early Prince innovating and risqué , This CD (Album ) is ground breaking ! Highly recommend This CD , with explicit lyrics of course.
Published 9 months ago by michael m archuletta
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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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