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Parade: Music from the Motion Picture "Under the Cherry Moon" Soundtrack

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Psychedelic-tinged 1986 album, as the soundtrack to "Under The Cherry Moon". Includes "Kiss" and "Mountains".

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Calling this one of Prince's most interesting albums doesn't do justice to how kicky and playable it is. The soundtrack from his failed romantic comedy Under the Cherry Moon, the disc often sounds like a preview of the supremely surefooted quirkiness of its follow-up, the classic Sign o' the Times. Marrying lean funk grooves to over-the-top orchestrations and trying his hand at Parisian balladry and a hushed, Pet Sounds-style instrumental, he triumphs as few other record makers did in 1986. --Rickey Wright
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: July 2, 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002L9B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1986 release is not only a soundtrack to my favorite Prince movie, but stands as the most cohesive work he ever produced with The Revolution. The addition of guitarist Mico Weaver and horn players Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss is a touch of pure brilliance that lends the album a jazzy sophistication. The opening triumvirate of "Christopher Tracy's Parade", "New Position" and "I Wonder U" will hook even casual fans, but the treasures only begin there! The slow, almost somber title track is one of Prince's most effortless ballads, in which he wonders if he'll 'die young, like heroes die', and sports a lovely piano solo courtesy of Lisa Coleman. One of my personal favorites has always been the funky jazz of "Girls And Boys" with the most insistently catchy sax line ever put on a pop record, it'll have you pressing rewind several times! The remainder of "Cherry Moon..." is an adventurous grab bag of brittle, jittery funk (the classic "Kiss" comes to mind), light pop ("Life Can Be So Nice", "Mountains",) cabaret ("Do U Lie?") classical ("Venus De Milo"), bottom-heavy soul ("Anotherloverholeinyohead") and spare, acoustic balladry (the almost unbearably lovely "Sometimes It Snows In April") that is unabashedly eclectic, but works as a suite of songs versus a collection of singles strung together. There's not a bad song to be found here, and it will probably have you longing for the days when Prince was this diplomatic with his band members and let everyone join the fun. The joy of their collaboration is evident on this joyous album. A Classic.
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This richly textured album consolidated the core fanbase after others had dropped off during "Around The World In A Day" and although "Under The Cherry Moon" the film was harshly criticized the soundtrack on the whole was received very well.
The obvious highlight is the pop-funk masterpiece "Kiss". Once mixed by David Z and Mazarati, this originally blues based song was given life. It's simple stripped down drums and funky wah-wah guitar lick couple with Prince's mischievious falsetto equal one of his trademark singles and most defining moments. NOTE: Tom Jones' version is to be avoided. Such a shame that some people associate the song with him before Prince.
The album as a whole contains a big French influence garnered in so small part from the movie, which was set on The Riviera. This is best displayed in the funky and fun "Girls & Boys". There is also a lot of intrumental experiementation, plenty of hand cymbals and even a Big Band on the opening cut "Christopher Tracy's Parade". Soul however is as always at the root, with the horn section helping Prince give an old school soul review vibe, particularly for the album's tour.
Another personal favourite of mine is "Anotherloverholenyohead". With it's P-Funk style title and swaying Stevie Wonder-esque sound it's a really cool track. The following "Somtimes It Snows In April" is a beatiful, patient, ode to a departed friend and good closure to the album.
In short don't associate this soundtrack with the negative feelings some hold about the film it's taken from. This album again showed Prince's rich diversity and ranks amongst his most essential work.
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Upon hearing the lush opening track, "Christopher Tracy's Parade," one might think Parade is a continuation and slight variation of Around The World In A Day. Well, that assessment is accurate, as evidenced by the lush backing vocals by Wendy And Lisa, who figure more prominently in accompanying vocals than in any Prince album, strings, and psychedelic sounds.
It's on songs like "New Position" that the is accompanied by a funky bass beat along with the bell-like synthesizers. The beat slows down towards the end, with the sounds of laughter seguing into "I Wonder U."
"Under The Cherry Moon," also the title to Prince's second movie, is a slow ballad with piano accompaniment. While it's not bad, Prince would record a similar but improved cousin on Sign 'O' The Times, "Slow Love."
Things get more upbeat with the next two songs: "Girls & Boys" and "Life Can Be So Nice." The first incorporates funk elements on a synthesizer and beat while maintaining the thematic lushness introduced on the first song. The chorus is accompanied by a catchy rhythm: "I love u baby, I love u so much/Maybe we can stay in touch/Meet me in another world, space and joy/Vous etes tres belle, mama, girls & boys." Sheila E. helps out on backing vocals and cowbells on "Life Can Be So Nice." It features the lyric, "Nobody plays the clarinet the way you play my heart."
Following the piano instrumental interlude "Venus De Milo" comes the best song on the album: "Mountains." That underrated classic begins with a heavy synth drums, followed by a gaggle of instruments and a majestic horns towards the end.
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