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Prince

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Accomplished 1979 album! Includes "I Wanna Be Your Lover", plus his original version of "I Feel For You" later covered by Chaka Khan.
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002KKN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on January 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The disco synthesizer and its soul/funk beat of "I Wanna Be Your Lover" gave Prince his first Billboard's Top 20 single (it reached #11), and also topped the Black Charts, and no wonder. Lyrically and rhythmically it's tighter and punchier. The song has a line where he wants to be some overarching expression of love, where he sings, "I wanna be your brother/I wanna be your mother and sister, too." It's sexually charged in one part. This is the full 5:47 version and not the single edit, meaning there's an extended instrumental section. I wonder if there's a 12" mix of this available.
The other single, "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" is another out-and-out synthesizer dance number, articulated with some rock guitar chords, kind of an expansion of what he did in "I'm Yours". I like this better than "I Wanna Be Your Lover". A rock guitar solo, more closer to Hendrix, is included. More shades of Purple Rain.
The upbeat stuff continues with "Sexy Dancer", which has simple lyrics, about the effects of what that sexy dancer has on him: "Sexy dancer, you got my body screaming" etc. One line is more explicit than the others. Some panting is included here, as well as monologue, something he would use in many of his future songs.
"When We're Dancing Close And Slow" is a contrast to the previous three floor-burners. It's closer to a nocturne, featuring a quiet acoustic guitar, piano, and drum.
"With You" is more a Lionel Richie-type radio ballad than "Close And Slow" is, as there's a constant synthesizer backing. It's more a romantic tune without the sex references in "Closer And Slow".
The rock-guitar tinged "Bambi", is surprising coming from someone who advocates sexual openness like him.
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This album still sounds amazing today here in 2016 - that’s when you know your an icon, that’s when you know you are rare, Prince brought a sound we never heard before to the music industry and this album was like his re-introduction to yet another generation of music lovers. You never would have thought that after this master piece there was sooooooo much more to come. If your looking for music that stands the test of time this is your ticket to bridge generations. This truly was one of the best albums Prince ever made and I’ve been a fan since his first hit Soft & Wet and his album For You - Rest in peace my friend even though I never met you in person, I knew you through your music, memories and the special moments it brought to my life. From my first love as a teenager till now at age 50. Much Love forever.
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This album lands on my top 5 favourite Prince albums of all time...One thing that seems to be overlooked is that this album has some amazing guitar in it. That old, funky rock and roll guitar I love to hear. The guitar in "Bambi" is absolutley some of the best guitar I've ever heard on any Prince album. The end of that song rocks like no other. I remember seeing the video for "Why U Wanna Treat Me So Bad", which I think promted me to buy this album. Simply amazing. What I think I like most about this album are the ballads. They have some of the most simple lyrics about love, but have so much passion and romantism built in to them. "With U" is a sexy slow jam (actually Jill Jones' version is almost better than the Prince one), the lyrics are sickly sweet. Another powerhouse ballad is "It's Gonna Be Lonely". Prince's high pitch is at it's prime in this period, so he truely wails on this one. Classic underated Prince. Another track I absolutley love is "Still Waiting". A total adolescent Prince with yearing lyrics that seem like Mariah Carey poetry. But the message is plain and clear, and Prince can tear up a love ballad. "Sexy Dancer" has an extremely rare 12" version that's awesome. There is also an outake track that is now a bootleg called "Lisa", that I think is from this period. It's a great song that I wish Prince would release on another Crystal Ball!! To sum up, This is a Prince album I find myself going back to time and time again, and love the way it makes me feel every time. And for the reviewer who critizes the album's cover and fonts, calling it "tacky".....Tacky is timeless, and tacky always ends up being beautiful in the end.
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This is a great ablum!! Prince did all of the work on the ablum too and that is very impressive! This was a perfect follow up to Prince's 1st ablum For You, and I LOVE this ablum!! I Wanna Be Your Lover, Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad, and Still Waiting are my fave from the ablum, but honestly this is one cd that I don't skip any songs, as the entire cd is rocking good. This is on heavy rotation of my daily listening!!!
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This is an album that I think often gets overlooked, it's not pure funk, If I'm not mistaken, it has only one song that regularly gets played, and by the way sir, if you're reading this,you could include it in a set list; those of us who love you would love it! Okay back to the album, I Want to Be your Lover IS NOT the only good one. The original I feel for you is good , under rated. Still Waiting a beautiful ballad it shows where he was headed before he got there! I think those of us who've been listening to him for a long time, will surely see the gold in this one.
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