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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 (November 20, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Redline Ent
  • ASIN: B00005RFQ5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rainbow Children
2. Muse 2 the Pharoah
3. Digital Garden
4. The Work Pt.1
5. Everywhere
6. The Sensual Everafter
7. Mellow
8. 1+1+1 is 3
9. Deconstruction
10. Wedding Feast
11. She Loves Me 4 Me
12. Family Name
13. The Everlasting Now
14. Last December

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The artist who first blurred lines between sexy and innocent, male and female, slavery and freedom is once again the topic of heated conversation. Prince's long-awaited controversial new album is now available.

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Longtime followers of the artist once again known as Prince won't be surprised by the spiritual content of his erratic yet exhilarating new CD. After all, Prince has been straddling the gulf between the sacred and the profane for most of his career. Yet the almost nakedly religious tone of The Rainbow Children is compelling. Witness (and that's the operative word) the airy closing track "Last December," in which Prince and a choir proclaim "In the name of the Father and the name of the Son / We need 2 come together, come 2gether as one." The release is palpable, and throughout much of this CD, Prince, motivated by this love of the spirit, sounds as good as he has in years. From the gentle waltz "She Loves Me 4 Me" to the laid-back jazzy vibe of "Mellow," redemption is laced underneath the grooves. Even when Prince veers way off into left field (as he does with the cartoonish narrative throughout the CD), he makes a joyful and funky noise. --Amy Linden

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"Everywhere" - I just love this song and I don't care if he is talking about feeling God everywhere.
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There have been bright spots here and there, but nothing he has done has worked on the same level as his music from before the early 90's, plain and simple.
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Therefore, if one were to disagree with any of his views, they would most likely dislike the album or particular song.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B. J. BROWN on November 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Pros: Prince makes a spiritual and political statement without ignoring the music quality
Cons: Formatted just like "LoveSexy"; Entire CD is one track
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In cyber promotions both on the NPGMusicClub site and elsewhere, the album was deemed "controversial". Being a newly converted Jehova’s Witness, Prince seems to have decided the make "The Rainbow Children" his showcase of his spiritual and political opinion. Therefore, if one were to disagree with any of his views, they would most likely dislike the album or particular song. Though this singles out those of his fans that aren’t spiritual in any sense of the word, Prince felt it his duty to make a statement. Surprisingly, the music on the album seemed to be his FIRST priority when making the album while the lyrics were a close second. Prince uses appealing genres of jazz, swing, rock, and funk to tell a story or provide a musical message of sorts. Despite the deep and hard to understand vocal alterations done on the interludes, each song is melded together so well that one might forget the whole hour plus album is not divided into tracks at all. As stated on some cyber promotions online, "The Rainbow Children" was meant to be experienced as a whole work rather than 15 or 16 pieces of music parted by occasional preachy interludes. Prince shows why he has been considered a musical genius for so long with this album. Each transition from song to song it smoothed out with a well placed instrumental or spoken word that directly links to the next song. He adds beautifully melted smooth grooves and funk driven toe tappers that will have fans of all ages talking about this album for years.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By royboy125@hotmail.com on December 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I consider myself 2 b a HUGE Prince fan, but must admit that over the past few years his CD's haven't reached the heights of his earlier work (such as Sign "O" The Times, Parade, Purple Rain, Diamonds & Pearls etc etc). Sure, Emancipation and The Gold Experience were gr8, but last year's Joy Un2 The Rave Fantastic was VERY disappointing. I think many true fans were starting 2 think his time had passed. After hearing The Rainbow Children though, it must b said that he's on top form creatively and musically yet again and seems 2 b moving in2 new areas. Sure, there r a few songs that could have been recorded by him anytime over the past 20years (i.e. they don't really go anywhere differently musically), but the vast majority of the material on this CD is absolutely amazing!!!! It seems that he's no longer concentrating on trying 2 record "hit records" (as he's been doing continually over the past few years) and instead is concentrating on creating music 4 himself.
The highlights of this CD? 2 many 2 mention. Personal favourites r The Digital Garden, She Loves Me 4 Me, The Last December, The Work......shall I continue?
Any1 who has any of Prince's many CD's should consider purchasing this CD - I guarantee that u won't b disappointed. As 4 the guy who gave him 1 star out of 5?!!!!!! Why? Stick 2 Savage Garden and Britney Spears m8 - I'm sure The Rainbow Children is much 2 challenging 4 u.
Just buy this CD folks - it's excellent!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dezbluengreen on November 20, 2001
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This album is definately hot. Prince has again stretched the boundaries of his music. It is definately a liberation CD. With John Blackwell, the Magnificent on Drums and Sir Larry Graham on bass; the rhythm section will take you home. At the same time you feel the Fusion of later Miles. Prince has laid it down, no one can touch him. Don't get too close he's on fire. Check the title track "Rainbow Children" and "Family Name" this cat is off the charts. You realize Prince was born from the union of funk and rock, and is back to claim his throne.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2001
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This is Prince's jazz album. Filled with jazz-funk extended jams all over the place, this really shows how good of a musician Prince is (and John Blackwell, on drums...WOW). I'm not a big fan of artists cluttering their music with religion, but the music overshadows everything else. Anyone interested in jazz-funk fusion or just wishing Prince would put something out worth buying, should get this. The most live, jazzy, and organic sound Prince has ever produced. The spoken word thing gets a bit old, but I've just been fast-forwarding to the songs. This album is in the style of Eryka Badu's last album, D'Angelo and in some places, vintage Santana. I never thought I'd ever say this again, but...I recommend this Prince cd.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A fellow musician and fan on February 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Let go of your preconceived expectations of Prince. This album is nothing like he's ever attempted before. Aside from Hip Hop, when Prince goes into stylistic explorations he has never attempted he always succeeds. The Rainbow Children is no exception.
From the very first few notes of the title track any long time Prince fan can right away decipher that this album is going to be different from all the rest of his career, partly because of the arrangements of these songs, and the myriad Jazz inflections. The coda at the end of the the title track is a gorgeous blend of electric guitar, bass, Fender Rhodes, real drums, and subtle flute by Najee.
When Prince undertakes most (and sometimes all) of the instruments himself on his albums it's a beautiful thing. That's no exception here, where he performs every instrument on all the songs, except: drums, bass on 2 songs ("The Work pt. 1" and "The Last December" - Larry Graham) and horns. That's right, this is NOT a band performing on the album, not the NPG as some have said in their reviews - it's mostly Prince.
The production and performances are truly stellar. For those who say it's overproduced, that's not true at all. I'm a music engineer/musician and this is the most organic sounding album of Prince's career. It's earthy, warm and crystal clear.
The music is inspired and focused like we haven't heard Prince in ages! The sound of the Fender Rhodes dominates most of the album, and that is a welcome new wrinkle to his arsenal, considering he is highly underrated on the keys and hasn't really done much work with a Rhodes keyboard on his albums.
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