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PrinceAudio CD
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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: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KKN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Wanna Be Your Lover
2. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
3. Sexy Dancer
4. When Were Dancing Close And Slow
5. With You
6. Bambi
7. Still Waiting
8. I Feel For You
9. It's Gonna Be Lovely

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince defies sophomore jinx with this one January 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The disco synthesizer and its soul/funk beat of "I Wanna Be Your Lover" gave Prince his first Billboard's Top 20 single (it reached #11), and also topped the Black Charts, and no wonder. Lyrically and rhythmically it's tighter and punchier. The song has a line where he wants to be some overarching expression of love, where he sings, "I wanna be your brother/I wanna be your mother and sister, too." It's sexually charged in one part. This is the full 5:47 version and not the single edit, meaning there's an extended instrumental section. I wonder if there's a 12" mix of this available.
The other single, "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" is another out-and-out synthesizer dance number, articulated with some rock guitar chords, kind of an expansion of what he did in "I'm Yours". I like this better than "I Wanna Be Your Lover". A rock guitar solo, more closer to Hendrix, is included. More shades of Purple Rain.
The upbeat stuff continues with "Sexy Dancer", which has simple lyrics, about the effects of what that sexy dancer has on him: "Sexy dancer, you got my body screaming" etc. One line is more explicit than the others. Some panting is included here, as well as monologue, something he would use in many of his future songs.
"When We're Dancing Close And Slow" is a contrast to the previous three floor-burners. It's closer to a nocturne, featuring a quiet acoustic guitar, piano, and drum.
"With You" is more a Lionel Richie-type radio ballad than "Close And Slow" is, as there's a constant synthesizer backing. It's more a romantic tune without the sex references in "Closer And Slow".
The rock-guitar tinged "Bambi", is surprising coming from someone who advocates sexual openness like him.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 of 5 stars for The Monarch's forgotten crown jewel December 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This LP has what all outstanding Prince LP's have: tremendous range. Prince, at a very early age, demonstrates the ability to master different genres of the day, which few artists of that era (Stevie, Curtis, EWF) were able to pull off.
There are great cuts to please any Prince fan. Of course, there is "I Wanna Be Your Lover," the unique cut with the killer guitar hook. Then there's "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad," a nicely-paced guitar-pop ditty with a great solo. Move next to "Sexy Dancer," a synth-driven disco cut. Then of course, there is the original "I Feel For You," an uptempo, stripped-down piece which is just as enjoyable as the Chaka Khan version. As a matter of fact, the remaining cuts are very good too: the ballads "When We're Dancing Close and Slow" and "It's Gonna Be Lonely," the rockin' "Bambi," and "Still Waiting" (a hidden jewel that is SCREAMING for a country cover).
Hey, I have heard this album for years, and just writing this review, my already-high opinion of this LP has been raised. It's enjoyable from beginning to end, and as I see it, it served as a building block (artistically and commercially) for the rest of his career. Don't pass this one up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time faves.... October 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great ablum!! Prince did all of the work on the ablum too and that is very impressive! This was a perfect follow up to Prince's 1st ablum For You, and I LOVE this ablum!! I Wanna Be Your Lover, Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad, and Still Waiting are my fave from the ablum, but honestly this is one cd that I don't skip any songs, as the entire cd is rocking good. This is on heavy rotation of my daily listening!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my cult prince album November 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
i still love i wanna be your lover,sexy dancer,why you wanna treat me so bad and still's basic sounding and what have you but his voice and the stylings were cool.this along with dirty mind,1999,sign o the times is my faves by prince.this is a cult album.there have probably been more covers from this album than any of his other albums.the keyboards and bass are banging on this disc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare precious and beautiful August 14, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is an album that I think often gets overlooked, it's not pure funk, If I'm not mistaken, it has only one song that regularly gets played, and by the way sir, if you're reading this,you could include it in a set list; those of us who love you would love it! Okay back to the album, I Want to Be your Lover IS NOT the only good one. The original I feel for you is good , under rated. Still Waiting a beautiful ballad it shows where he was headed before he got there! I think those of us who've been listening to him for a long time, will surely see the gold in this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Retro rock royalty May 23, 2010
By IRate
Format:Audio CD
3 1/2

Solid sophomore was for all intents and purposes the debut of an artist who would go on to be one of the eighties most prolific pop stars, offering ample proof of a sexed-up dance-funk that would dominate the airwaves for years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist September 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
One of the greatest musicians of our time. He is playing all the instruments and vocals on this masterpiece! Great song writing, great music. He makes that guitar talks!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince Version 2.0 August 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album lands on my top 5 favourite Prince albums of all time...One thing that seems to be overlooked is that this album has some amazing guitar in it. That old, funky rock and roll guitar I love to hear. The guitar in "Bambi" is absolutley some of the best guitar I've ever heard on any Prince album. The end of that song rocks like no other. I remember seeing the video for "Why U Wanna Treat Me So Bad", which I think promted me to buy this album. Simply amazing. What I think I like most about this album are the ballads. They have some of the most simple lyrics about love, but have so much passion and romantism built in to them. "With U" is a sexy slow jam (actually Jill Jones' version is almost better than the Prince one), the lyrics are sickly sweet. Another powerhouse ballad is "It's Gonna Be Lonely". Prince's high pitch is at it's prime in this period, so he truely wails on this one. Classic underated Prince. Another track I absolutley love is "Still Waiting". A total adolescent Prince with yearing lyrics that seem like Mariah Carey poetry. But the message is plain and clear, and Prince can tear up a love ballad. "Sexy Dancer" has an extremely rare 12" version that's awesome. There is also an outake track that is now a bootleg called "Lisa", that I think is from this period. It's a great song that I wish Prince would release on another Crystal Ball!! To sum up, This is a Prince album I find myself going back to time and time again, and love the way it makes me feel every time. And for the reviewer who critizes the album's cover and fonts, calling it "tacky".....Tacky is timeless, and tacky always ends up being beautiful in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 99Angie61
This CD is a must have, if you call your self a true fan of Prince. His first CD, OMG!!!
Published 8 hours ago by Angie McIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Prince
This CD was my VERY first Introduction to Prince back in the EARLY 80's. When I ordered this I think it was my third copy of it. My first copy probably was on cassette. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christi Kerbs
5.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the song "Jack U Off"?
What happened to the song "Jack U Off" and why did they remove it from this original album??? Only a phony would remove a song off newer pressings of his debut album just because... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yes Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince is great
I love this early Prince stuff ... it's almost still disco music but you can tell it was composed by a genius.
Published 2 months ago by Walter Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars needed this today
I haven't played this album since the 80s.
I had it on vinyl.
I lost my vinyl and now it 's CD.
Prince second album is very much a child of the
Times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SFNico
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and sexy
Prince is the guaranteed panty dropper.....I don't know why you're not listening to this album right now, you could be having dirty indulgent adult fun
Published 2 months ago by Geoffrey Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars great looking
I love Prince. What more can I say. Had never seen Prince with long hair.looks good..he's just good looking period.
Published 3 months ago by stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars My comment regarding my recent purchase of "Prince" album
Still love this album since from way back in the day. I can't play the actual, original LP's that I kept from that era, so I had to obtain the CD, love it still! Thank you.
Published 4 months ago by Dee Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great 35 years later ..
Prince was a hero to me when I was in my early 20's, as a musician, songwriter, producer, engineer, a one man do-it-all band in a studio. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John R. Waldron
5.0 out of 5 stars prince
Had been looking for this for a while. Was extremely excited when I found it. This is early prince but it provides you with whats left to come on his future music
Published 5 months ago by Pen Name
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