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Ultimate Prince [Import]

PrinceAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 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 (August 22, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000E6EHI6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Wanna Be Your Lover
2. Uptown
3. Controversy
4. 1999
5. Delirious
6. When Doves Cry
7. I Would Die 4 U
8. Purple Rain
9. Sign "O" the times
10. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Let's Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix)
2. Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix)
3. Let's Work (Dance Remix)
4. Pop Life (Fresh Dance Mix)
5. She's Always In My Hair (12" Version)
6. Rasberry Beret (12" Version)
7. Kiss (Extended Version)
8. U Got the Look (Long Look)
9. Hot Thing (Extended Remix)
10. Thieves in the Temple (Remix)
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The artist who will forever be known as Prince-and could fittingly be known as "The Artist"-is one of the most brilliant, versatile and influential musical forces of his, or any, time. Prince took R&B and regally marched it into genre-blurring horizons previously unknown, fusing rock, funk, soul, psychedelia, pop, and singer-songwriter aesthetics into a sound that was mind-bending and booty-shaking. Sensual, literate, explosive, and groundbreaking, his artistry never stopped evolving and the hits and acclaim never stopped coming. His adventurous reinventions, bold experimentation, stellar instrumental and composing skills and genius for showmanship have placed him high in the pantheon of all-time superstars. "Unique" doesn't begin to describe his royal powers, showcased herein on the first-ever two-disc compilation of his masterful Warner Bros. years. Rhino. 2006.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The extended versions on Disc 2 are worth the money. August 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The double cd is finally out and for the Prince dance freaks that this cd is a major buy. There have been so many Prince collections out with Single mixes that for a collection to finally put out what was either on vinyl in the 80's or German cd singles is something good. The first disc should have been longer extended versions of his hits as well. A lot of his great dance cuts are not on here and that is bad-- No "Erotic City", "Housequake", "Anotherloverholeinyohead" and espcially "Batdance" are not here. BUT you get the mega rare "Let's Work" and to say that I finally own this track after being 11 years old and my mother not allowing me to buy it is beyond words. "Let's Work" is very rare and the original 12" is worth between 100-300 bucks .

Disc 1:

1- I Wanna Be Your Lover (Single-2:57)

2- Uptown (4:09)

3- Controversy (LP 7:15)

4- 1999 (Single 3:37)

5- Delerious (2:38)

6- When Doves Cry (Edit 3:47)

7- I Would Die 4 U (2:56)

8- Purple Rain (LP 8:40)

9- Sign O The Times (Edit 3:42)

10- I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (3:39)

11- Alphabet St. (LP 5:38)

12- Diamonds And Pearls (4:19)

13- Gett Off (4:31)

14- Money Doesn't Matter 2 Night (4:47)

15- 7 (5:08)

16- Nothing Compares 2 U (LIVE 4:57)

17- My Name Is Prince (4:03)

Disc 2:

1- Let's Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix- 7:36) number 1 dance.

2- Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix- 8:22) number 61 dance track.

3- Let's Work (Dance Remix- 8:02)-- number one along with "Controversy" for 6 weeks in 1981. Very very rare version.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where did the 12" of "Erotic City" go? August 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I wish Warner Bros. had stuck to the original 29-track listing instead of the revised one that went to the presses. The other reviewers are right. Amazon has the wrong tracklisting (the original), so if you think you are getting "Erotic City (12" Version)" you won't find it here, unfortunately! Apparently, it seems that the label wanted to throw all the 12" versions on the second disc and keep the original shorter versions, including 7" edits, on disc one. Both discs clock in close to 80 minutes each, so there's no room for any more tracks, unless of course a few more 7" edits were used on disc one or a track or two were removed. I'm not sure why we got edits of many of the tracks on disc one coupled with the full-length versions of "Purple Rain" and "Controversy".

Prince simply has too many chart hits to fill two discs. I love the idea of including 12" versions of the many hits. It's the first time I've heard many of these extended cuts. However, we still are missing the #1 single "Batdance" and the gold-selling "Partyman" from 'Batman'. I imagine that the idea was to offer fans a new Prince compilation to follow up the 2001 'The Very Best Of' release. By including the rare 12" versions many fans would be drawn in to picking up yet another Prince hits collection.

Despite the complaints the remastering easily makes up for it's faults. These songs are punchy, crisp, and full! From the soaring highs of "Let's Go Crazy" to the punchy drums of "Little Red Corvette" this is the ultimate Prince collection to own for the remastering. Originally, I was going to give this compilation a 5-star review based on the stunning sound alone.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another hits collection - but some nice mixes August 22, 2006
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This seems to be a re-release of the single disc hits collection released a few years ago, and "THE HIT/B-SIDES" several years ago. However, there are some nice remixes included with this offering. Amazon has the tracks listed on this CD incorrectly. The correct tracklisting is:

Disc 1

1. I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER (SINGLE VERSION)

2. UPTOWN (SINGLE VERSION)

3. CONTROVERY

4. 1999 (SINGLE VERSION)

5. DELIRIOUS (SINGLE VERSION)

6. WHEN DOVES CRY (SINGLE VERSION)

7. I WOULD DIE 4 U

8. PURPLE RAIN

9. SIGN "O" THE TIMES (SINGLE VERSION)

10. I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN (SINGLE VERSION)

11. ALPHABET ST.

12. DIAMONDS AND PEARLS (SINGLE VERSION)

13. GETT OFF

14. MONEY DON'T MATTER 2 NIGHT

15. 7

16. NOTHING COMPARES 2 U

17. MY NAME IS PRINCE (SINGLE VERSION)

Disc 2

1. LET'S GO CRAZY (SPECIAL DANCE MIX)

2. LITTLE RED CORVETTE (DANCE REMIX)

3. LET'S WORK (DANCE REMIX)

4. POP LIFE (FRESH DANCE MIX)

5. SHE'S ALWAYS IN MY HAIR (12" VERSION)

6. RASPBERRY BERET (12" VERSION)

7. KISS (EXTENDED VERSION)

8. U GOT THE LOOK (LONG LOOK)

9. HOT THING (EXTENDED REMIX)

10. THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE (REMIX)

11. CREAM (N.P.G. MIX)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A DISSERVICE August 30, 2006
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This "Ultimate" collection simply doesn't do justice to the vast wealth of material available from one of the absolute best music artists of the last fifty years. Flawed for not only what it includes ( the painfully dated "Kiss" and "Cream" remixes, when the originals would do ) but also for what it doesn't ( superior singles like "Mountains" and essential tracks like "Erotic City" and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World".)Better than this two disc set of semi-rare remixes and single edits, the Prince back catalogue would be much better served by a complete overhaul. Imagine how good it would be to have remastered versions of classic Prince albums, each with a bonus disc of remixes and b-sides. Or better yet, how about a box set? "The Singles" set is woefully outdated, and there is so much more to Prince than the singles he releases anyway. But because Warner Brothers won't do the obvious and give Prince fans what they really want ( and indeed what this man really deserves ) this kind of thing is what we have to settle for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Out Dated
Stick with 3 cd set, the 12" mixes are out dated and go on forever, think 80's big drum sound. Audio Sound is good, better then the older warner brothers cds.
Published 1 month ago by F. vieira
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!
Excellent album and completely satisfied with the purchase! If you like Prince, get this CD, you will not regret this buy!
Published 3 months ago by Mare
5.0 out of 5 stars YESS
Although I'm not sure if there could ever be a true "Ultimate" album when it comes to Prince, especially if you feel like I doand think that some of Prince's best work has... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Slow, Warm, Fuzzy Feeling
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Prince
I liked a lot of the songs but I bought it for the party music. Prince can play almost every intrument in band and write his own songs.
Published 8 months ago by poppad75
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Prince
The title is "Ultimate Prince" but it should be called the Best. This is a terrific cd. It contains all my favorites and some are so old that its almost like listening for... Read more
Published 8 months ago by PL Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Prince Collection
I love Prince. This is lots and lots of Prince, one great dance tune after the other just like I like it. Not too many ballads.
Published 11 months ago by S. Good
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best
Can not beat this collection plus some great mixes that are hard to find anywhere. Buy and be pleased with the minimal investment.
Published 14 months ago by Eli Ilano
5.0 out of 5 stars Has the longer versions to certain songs!
This album has the movie version to Let's go crazy, and the video version to Raspberry beret, you know the one with the oooooo, over and over. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Shun H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
This CD was a gift for my mom at Christmas. One shocker is that it does not have "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" on it! Otherwise it's great!
Published 14 months ago by The X-Files
5.0 out of 5 stars best album
This has all of Prince's greatest hits and with this price ..its a great deal... this is for my husband's birthday...
he will love this.
Published 15 months ago by Terri
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