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Diamonds and Pearls

PrinceAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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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 1, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002L8Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thunder - Prince
2. Daddy Pop - Prince
3. Diamonds and pearls
4. Cream
5. Strollin'
6. Willing and Able
7. Gett Off
8. Walk Don't Walk
9. Jughead
10. Money Don't Matter 2 Night
11. Push
12. Insatiable
13. Live 4 Love - Prince

Editorial Reviews


At its best, Prince's biggest seller of the '90s is an archetype of seemingly casual inspiration, thanks mainly to the ease tracks such as "Cream," "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," and "Willing and Able" exude. Of course, he's working as hard as ever, whether in a mellow groove or an aggressively funky one ("Gett Off"). Compared with the masterpiece Sign o' the Times, Diamonds and Pearls is a minor creation, but it's one for the long haul. --Rickey Wright

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 10/01/1991

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Following the misfire of Graffiti Bridge, Prince pulled his career from the coals of doom, avoiding being labelled a legacy of the 80's, and reemerged the following year with a new band and new sound, more stripped down, lively, and natural, as if trying to get the feel of a live band rather than studio trickery, and adding hip-hop and rapper Tony B to his repertoire. Diamonds And Pearls may have yielded some radio-friendly singles, but the rest of the album's another matter altogether.
"Thunder" shows Prince as still a religious man, and at times reminds me of a stripped down "When Doves Cry," while "Daddy Pop" has identical instrumentations to "Cream," but with a more rapid beat than the single, and vocals from Prince and Elisa matching the beat. One of the better songs here.
Add the romantic title track to another prime Prince ballad, with special vocal help from Rosie Gaines, whom Prince respected so much that he vowed never to play this song live with anyone else but her. Heraldic horns and guitars in the bridge add to the magic. While stripped down and simple, it's a far cry from sensually lush lovescapes such as "Do Me, Baby," "International Lover," and "The Beautiful Ones." That honour belongs to "Insatiable," which has a slow-dancing/bedroom tempo keyboards and percussion and Prince's crooning falsetto.
"Cream, sh-boogie bop!" Measured and paced percussive beats, guitar and organ riffs, and a sound that turns dark coffee into latte, "Cream" stands as a fair single.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Gems, Some Duds, A Very Uneven Record June 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The review title pretty sums this record up. On the plus side, this album features four strong to excellent cuts: "Cream" (a rocking little boogie but one that borrows a little too obviously from T Rex's "Bang a Gong"), "Daddy Pop" (an unfairly neglected jam), "Gett Off" (an even hotter jam), and best of all, "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" (a homage to 70s Philly Soul and ranks as one of Prince's best singles). Three tracks are above average to solid: "Walk, Don't Walk" (cute and catchy, but a little obvious in its message) "Insatiable" (a solid Prince slow jam, but far from among his best) and "Diamonds and Pearls" (a huge hit, but it never did that much for me). The remaining tracks have little to recommend them. If you find this album cheap (say for less than five dollars), it is not a bad investment (being that it has four strong tracks and three solid ones). But unless you are a major Prince fan, I would not recommend paying full price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated by Prince fans September 15, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Diamonds and Pearls is the most listenable Prince album of the nineties so far. This album contains some of Princes best songs on any album. You'll know the great singles 'Cream', 'Diamonds and Pearls', 'Money Don't Matter 2Night' and the highlight of the album, 'Gett Off', but there are alot of lesser known gems on this album as well. 'Thunder' is an amazing start to the album and should have been a huge hit. 'Willing and Able', 'Strollin', 'Walk Don't Walk', and 'Insatiable' are all great songs. I love 'Live 4 Love', the guitar work on it is amazing. Amazon.com recognizes this disc as an essential recording and rightly so. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prince lite April 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In the early 90's, before the "alternative" music explosion, new jack swing and rap ruled the airwaves. And it's clear that, perhaps for the first time in his career, with "Diamonds and Pearls" Prince was catering at least somewhat to a mainstream audience. It's still a Prince album, to be sure, filled with the usual sexual bravado (on the slinky "Cream" and the throbbing, intoxicating "Gett Off") and mellow political criticism (on the somber "Money Don't Matter 2 Night", and the closer "Live 4 Love"). But the musical influences on the album never stray far from fairly conventional R&B. The album does take a slight detour with the jazzy "Strollin'", but it's a far cry from the sonic adventurousness of "Around the World in a Day", or even the preceeding "Graffiti Bridge". Just call it "Prince Lite".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds & Duds May 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Prince enters the nineties on a promising note with this CD. The hits are there with "Cream", "Gett Off" & "Diamonds and Pearls". But for me the highlights are "Money Don't Matter 2Night" and "Live 4 Love". The latter being one of Prince's best funk jams.

Still, this is easily obtainable as a used CD at a bargain price.

When are they going to re-master those 80's classics?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Prince album April 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't too old when this album was released, so I don't know how well it was received or what singles got played alot and whatnot. I'm judging this cd based purely on the music only.
The musical styles on this album vary alot. You get power-pop, hip-hop/R&B, love ballads, and rock n' roll. Maybe Prince was experimenting or maybe he was trying to please all of his fans. Whatever the case, this album is pretty decent. I'll rate the songs as follows:
1. Thunder- 5/5: This song is like a rock opera with a gospel tinge to it. You can also hear a slight hip-hop influence with the backing beat. This tune is pretty catchy.
2. Daddy Pop- 4/5: This song is heavily based in hip-hop and even features some rapping. But the music is great and the refrain is pretty catchy too. It doesn't sound like classic Prince though if thats what you like.
3. Diamonds and Pearls- 5/5: This is a pretty little love ballad that makes you really pine for romance in your life.
It kind of reminds me of all those couples sitting down for champagne and making love afterwards near a fireplace.
4. Cream- 5/5: Pure R&B that coincidentally goes through my ears like a fine lotion. Its got that slight little hip-hop influence to it because you can dance to it.
5. Strollin- 4/5: This isnt a bad song; it just didnt really stand out to me. Has kind of a basic feel to it.
6. Willing and Able- 5/5: Shows some rock influence and kind of makes me bob my head.
7. Gett Off- 5/5: A major hip-hop influence here that benefits the song greatly. It's incredibly catchy and danceable.
8. Walk Dont Walk- 3/5: This song kind of bores me and I also think it's a bit corny.
9. Jughead- 3/5: The music is pretty good to this song but the rapping just totally messes it up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds and pearls
I Love this album, I just notice it was missing out my collection I had too get it I hop prince is working on something new
Published 6 days ago by Memsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Classic prince it's a great album. One of the few albums I can just let play without skipping a song. A must have for any prince fan.
Published 1 month ago by zeke8787
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Customer
not much needed to say had this in my CD collection, somehow came up missing?? just one work needed Prince..
Published 2 months ago by Greg Salter
5.0 out of 5 stars Purpleguy and
Not his best work but prince is still light years better than everyone else it's a solid cd it's worth the 9.99
Published 2 months ago by Curt baby
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
Just as promised.

I love strawberry jam. I wish I had more strawberry jam. I would bathe in it.
Published 3 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars NUMBER 3 IS GREAT SONG I LOVE IT
well well this song number 3 its my favorite i love it. I'm listening to that song like 10000 time. BECAUSE IM TRUCK DRIVER I PUT THAT CD STAR FROM NEW YORK TO CALIFORNIA C. Read more
Published 3 months ago by manuel c....
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
Prince is just awesome and I have enjoyed his music since I was in high school. The condition the cd came in was great. Read more
Published 4 months ago by lisa williams parker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
I had this album a long time ago - my girlfriend took it when we broke up. I had to settle for a cassette for a long time. Now to have it back digital - what a great album. Read more
Published 11 months ago by droidle3
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince Prince Prince!
I lost my CD and have been looking to replace it for quiet sometime. I love his music. He's one of the best singers ever!
Published 11 months ago by Lisa Hook
4.0 out of 5 stars So Happy
What's sad is I didn't realize I didn't have it till I wanted to hear a particular song. I needed this CD to complete my Prince Album collection!
Published 12 months ago by Autumn Maria Watson
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