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2 : Incomparable 18-track set spanning 1979 to 1993! Includes "Purple Rain", Kiss", "Controversy", "Little Red Corvette", "Cream", "Raspberry Beret", "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and others.
The second volume of Prince's collection of singles (and a couple of outtakes) has sex on the brain, and a few other places. Apparently aimed at, shall we say, the harder-core fan of the Artist, this disc still ends its parade of R-rated sallies ("Dirty Mind," "Sexy M.F.," "Head") with a cleansing "Purple Rain." And just to blur things even more, among its Top 10 hits are candidly horny moments like "Kiss" and "Little Red Corvette"--songs that add new twists to the African-American store of body-talkin' funkin'-blues poetry. --Rickey Wright
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Now, here's the cool thing about Prince - he NEVER tried to carry a song on edgy lyrical content alone. Every one of these songs has a hook, a melody, a groove, and whatnot to stand on. So rather than just come off as a pervert, he comes off as an extremely talented pervert, which he is - all the discussion about his image and iconic status have blocked his merits as a singer, composer, and guitarist. That is just too bad.
Like the last "hits" album every tune here is fantastic. My favorites are the ones I discussed above - especially "Little Red Corvette" and "Purple Rain", though I've also got a soft spot for "Raspberry Beret". It's got a lot from Dirty Mind, one of my favorite Prince albums, and contains two of his best ballads, "Do Me Baby" (though sadly presented in edited form) and "Purple Rain".
My biggest problem with this is there are too many single edits - much like the first volume of Hits. "Controversy" is gutted, sadly; "I Wanna Be Your Lover" is one of those songs you need to hear in full; "Do Me, Baby", "Delirious", "Kiss" (TOTAL classic there), and "If I Was Your Girlfriend" also have amazing full versions. At least "Purple Rain" was untouched, because if they cut that one short I'd flip out. And wasn't "U Got the Look" a big hit? Because it missed the boat entirely.
It's true that neither of the "Hits" albums show off Prince's diversity, instead offering his funkiest hits - to quote Miles Davis, "Prince can certainly stretch", and you need to hear an album like Emancipation (my favorite Prince disc), Sign O' the Times (not one of my favorites but very diverse), Around the World in a Day, 1999, Controversy or Purple Rain to get the full idea of what Prince can do. But hey, the two "Hits" albums are a nice way to start your Prince collection, and that's all that counts. I'd also steer you towards Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, and (for those looking for Prince at his most eccentric) the three-disc blowout Emancipation, a wonderful mix of ego, ambition, and a whole lotta music. I could go on about how this is missing a bunch of obscure Prince songs that I love - "Gotta Broken Heart Again", "Sexuality", "The Beautiful Ones" (arguably his best song, vying for that spot with "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man", "Little Red Corvette" and "Purple Rain"), "Temptation", "Paisley Park", "Play in the Sunshine", "3 Chains o'Gold", about half of Emancipation and so on and so forth, but what would be the good? That would take away further incentive to buy the original albums, which are amazing.
The disc contains 16 of his hits, and 2 new songs. The songs are illogically sequenced, in no real special order from release of the singles (which would have made it more coherent). The new tracks, "Pope" and "Peach", don't really fit with the other songs, or the other new songs from HITS 1, but they are great songs nonetheless.
Some highlights among the set include "If I Was Your Girlfriend", "Raspberry Beret", "I Would Die 4 U", "Controversy", "Dirty Mind", "Little Red Corvette", "Kiss", and of course "Purple Rain". Other hits on the set include "Delirious", "Do Me, Baby", "I Wanna Be Your Lover", "Cream", "Gett Off", "U Got The Look", "Sexy M.F.", and more.
THE HITS 2 is a stronger collection as whole than THE HITS 1, but if you buy this one, it goes without saying that THE HITS 1 is also a must buy.