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The Very Best of Prince

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)

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listen  7. I Would Die 4 UPrince 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Raspberry BeretPrince 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. KissPrince 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sign 'O' The Times [Single Version]Prince 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. U Got The LookPrince 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Alphabet St.Prince 5:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Gett OffPrince & The New Power Generation [with Eric Leeds on Flute] 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005M989
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Taken literally, this album's title is sure to cause endless arguments. Nothing from Dirty Mind, not a trace of the early anthem "Controversy," no "Erotic City"--no non-LP cuts at all, save some edited single versions--and a cold shoulder to the criminally out-of-print Gold Experience. Damn. As a compendium of 17 key A-sides from 1979 to 1992, however, The Very Best of Prince is (ahem) a quick-'n'-dirty review of the days when the Artist was, in the estimation of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, one of the weirdest musicians in the Top 10. Blessed with both creative cunning and the wish to reach every listener possible, Prince revitalized rock and soul modes from the sex-crazed ("Little Red Corvette") to the cryptically spiritual ("Purple Rain"). Often he blurred lines between attitudes as surely as he did musical ones; the New Testament image of "Thieves in the Temple" became in his hands a complaint about a stolen girlfriend. Though a fine party artifact, this disc is still likely to prove too scanty even for many casual Prince fans. --Rickey Wright

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Putting together a single-disc compilation from Prince must have been a tough task, but whoever put this together did a great job. 17 of the R&B/Pop icon's best including 'When Doves Cry', 'Little Red Corvette', 'Kiss', 'I Would Die For You' and many others. For the full and part-time fan, this is like a trip down memory lane, but for the beginner, this is the best path to take. Warner.

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87 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal For Casual Fans March 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There seems to be some controversy regarding this one CD compilation. Some die hard Prince fans are offended that the record label released this one CD greatest hits when there were already two and three CD sets previously released on the market. Whereas I can understand these perspectives, I am choosing to evaluate the music on this compilation.
In spite of this CD not being all that comprehensive, I enjoy many of the songs on it. Little Red Corvette and 1999 are super classics as are the songs from Purple Rain. Well, I am not too crazy about I Would Die For U but the other tunes rule. Kiss is a funky soul number and Sign O The Times is kind of cool. Surprise gems are Cream and the hip hop Get Off. Alphabet Street and Thieves In The Temple are a bit to helter skelter for me.
Anyway, this compilation is for those who want a quick fix on Prince and aren't too interested in exploring him much further. Maybe that was the reason for this release in addition to the record company trying to bilk some more cash. Nonetheless, those fans seeking to explore this very creative artist should probably sample his originally released material or at least explore the other more comprehensive compilation sets out on the market.
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prince on the Pop Charts 1979-1991 August 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Hits/B Sides covered Prince's last years's on Warner Brothers, but this odd release focuses on 1979-1991 only. The idea is to cover his biggest crossover Pop Top 40 hits. No album cuts and if an album didn't have a Top 40 single (Like Controversy or Dirty Mind) it was skipped. So, while it's missing 4 Top 10's from this period: Batdance, Pop Life, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man and Delirious, all 4 of those are the least played of Prince's Top 10's. As for the inclusion of the Top 30 Money Don't Matter Tonight, well it's a great song that the compilers must have thought deserved a second chance. But at 73 minutes Warner had time to squeeze in the under 3 minute "Delirious", especially considering that the versions of When Doves Cry and 1999 are the single edits. And that's the rub of this whole set. Using single edits (when they had time for the album length versions), no liner notes, no alternate takes and live cuts to entice the Prince collector and cutting off the whole affair in 1991, when The Hits/B Sides didn't, makes for a compilation that can only be recommended for those who are skeptical of Prince and need a reason to take a chance. Nice cover photos, though. For Prince Newbies Only.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few reasons why I passed on this CD. August 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a nice collection of hits, but there's a few things I didn't like about it. You see--Trust, Dirty Mind, Thunder, Pop Life, Sexy M.F., Nothing Compares 2 U, Batdance, If I Was Your Girlfriend, 7, P Control, Partyman, Controversy, Head, and a slew of others are missing. Now, if this is the very best of Prince, how come some real gems like these are out, while a song as lame as Money Don't Matter 2 Night makes the cut? I'm only a casual Prince fan myself, but even I recognize where a double CD would be needed to cover a twenty-plus year epic career.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool For Casual Fans March 19, 2003
By Aaron
Format:Audio CD
I am a casual Prince fan so this suits me. Prince is a fantastic artist. One of the greats of the last few decades so I definitely understand the more hard-core Prince fans getting ticked off at obvious ommisions. This covers Prince's 80's hits pretty well including the "Purple Rain" singles "When Doves Cry," "I Would Die 4 U," and the title track. It also includes Prince standards such as "Raspberry Beret," and "1999." And who can forget the classic "Kiss?" I happen to be one of the people that find "Get Off" oddly amusing so I enjoy the track along with "Cream." But I'm happy to see my favorite Prince song of all time on this CD and that is the beautiful ballad "Diamonds and Pearls." Prince at his pop best. Even though I find this CD up to my own standards, I definitely think "The Most Beautiful Girl In the World" should have been included along with maybe "Controversy." That would've gotten it 5 stars from me.
For people just discovering Prince, or who just like him for the pop hits, this will most likely satisfy. For the bigger fans, I recommend looking elsewhere. :)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For the causal Prince fan August 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Hardly a 'best of' collection and more like a collection of most of the chart topping hits. Prince has too many great songs to try and squish them all on a single CD, which is why the 3 disc The Hits/The B Sides was released. But for the casual fan who's only interested in the radio hits, this should be a good disc to get. Hits like 'Batdance' and 'The Most Beautiful Girl in the World' aren't included, but if you're a casual fan it probably doesn't mean that much to you anyway. It's just too bad that with this collection you'll miss out one some other gems you might not be familiar with. At least the smooth and jazzy, yet (very) minor hit, 'Money Don't Matter Tonight' is included.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yikes! August 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If this is what record companies think are Prince's "best" no wonder why artists are always holding press conferences, demanding more control of their work. No wonder why most music on the radio seems like it was created on an assembly line. Of course, these are all classic songs, but they're not the BEST. For Time-Warner, they have essentially confined Prince's best to what made them the most money and when he was still with the company. (For example, his independently released single "The Most Beautiful Girl In the World" is missing, which was one of his biggest hits ever, a single which reached number 1 even in countries where he never had number 1's before, like Spain. It later appeared on an album released by this company called "The Gold Experience".) What they should have called this is "Some Of Prince's Hit Singles" and not the best of Prince. The best of Prince would probably encompass too many cds to be affordable since he has recorded and released more material than almost anyone. Besides, everyone knows that Prince's "best" is LIVE, where the studio recordings function as a rough blueprint for additional creating and where the songs really come alive and change form. But studio recordings is what this company owns, not live material. (They own the master recordings for all his output with Warner Bros.) This is not a release the artist in question approved of anyway. There have already been two "Hits" cds (sold seperately) released by Warner Bros. which Prince was involved with compiling, as well as a "Hits" 3 cd set which also contains most of his rare b-sides. They have great liner notes written by Alan Leeds, Prince's tour manager from way back, and features material this disc doesn't cover. Read more ›
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