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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000006L4R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By W. Erickson on May 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I signed up to this web site to pay this album its just due. Largely overlooked, this CD was one of Prince's crowning acheivements. If 1999 was a sign of what was to come with Purple Rain, then Diamonds and Pearls was Prince warming for the Symbol album. The album finds Prince sucessfully covering more musical ground in 75 minutes than most artists would attempt in their entire career. There's something here for everyone - Rock (The Continental), Dance (Melt With U), Reggae (Blue Light), Funk (The Maxx, Sexy MF, My Name is Prince) and everything in between (Damn U, Arrogance and Sacrafice of Vistor). Oh and if you need a hit, this the album where the single 7 is from. Each song has its own distinct personality and so well written that they stay in your head after just one listen. I must admit, this is not my favorite album (that title goes to his 1987 classic Sign O' The Times), but its one that shouldn't be overlooked. When people ask me which Prince album they should try first, I always recommend this one as it can not be categorized... most people should find much of this album appealing. He trades in the raunch of the 80's for style and sophistication. The album has it's sexy moments, but they are much more subtle. If you are a music fan, but not a Prince fan - this is an album you should check out!
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Who knows what signs Prince interpreted from the resurgence of his career with the success of Diamonds And Pearls. Songs like "Gett Off" and "Push" signalled a more hip-hop/new jack/house party, with rap incorporated by both he and Tony M. That sound went into overdrive with (Symbol). And despite the new music scene of grunge, Prince seemed to look forward in the same light as he did the 80's, as judged by the futuristic buildings on the (Symbol) album, and the name of his band, the New Power Generation.
"My Name Is Prince"--yes, at least until the Beautiful Experience and then the Gold Experience. After an airy synth beginning, it's hip-hop/house overdrive, where Prince raps more than sings. Raps? His voice is more a loud and hoarse in the same way John Lennon sang "Twist and Shout" till his vocal chords were shredded. Part braggadocio, part affirmation that he's one to be reckoned with, and part reflections on being a star: "big cars and women and fancy clothes/will save your face, but it won't save your soul." Other songs that incorporate that thumping hip-hop/dance is "The Max" and "The Flow," which is another Prince/Tony B rap.
With a title like rapping "S-xy MF" Prince was clearly not looking for radio play in this naughty song with strong guitar, horns, and organ support.
The soulful ballad with jazz/rock stylings, "The Morning Papers" shows Prince in romantic poet mode: "if he poured his heart into a glass and offered it like wine." My favourite song here, especially with the fiery guitar and horns. So is the leisure jazz number "Blue Light," which features Eric Leeds on sax.
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This album, the 1992 followup to 1991's "Diamonds and Pearls," is where the Artist shines beyond anything previous; it is the culmination of all his work up until that point, and it's a purely joyful musical experience. It encapsulates every genre Prince had adapted -- rock, funk, jazz, rap, orchestral, and just plain strange -- and it never lets up; it's a party on a CD. Listen to the musical meltdowns during "The Morning Papers," "The Max," "The Continental," and "The Sacrifice of Victor," and you'll understand what I mean. It also contains the notable hits "Sexy MF" and "7." Though "Purple Rain," "Sign O the Times" and even "Lovesexy" are perhaps more *important* albums, this one is more polished and fun. If you listen to it enough to pick up on the musical nuances, you'll find yourself in pure wonderment as to how he even *conceived* of the arrangements, let alone the lyrics; Prince desreves many kudos as producer alone, aside from his performance!). This album was a fairly big success at the time, topping the Billboard charts at #5 (higher than "Sign O the Times"), selling over 1 million copies, and producing the top-ten single, "7" (which, ironically, peaked at #7 on the singles charts).
The only flaw in this album is the "Kirstie Alley/Reporter theme," which attempts to tell a story, but ends up confusing.
Best Songs: "My Name is Prince," "Sexy MF," "The Morning Papers," "Blue Light," "The Max," "The Continental," "7," "Three Chains O Gold," "The Flow," and "Damn U," (one of his greatest ever ballads).
Find this album and cherish it; things changed for Prince after this one -- it was so good, he didn't even follow it up with an album the following year, only a "Greatest Hits" collection.
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For reasons of simplicity I will call this "Symbol album". It came on the back of Prince's then record breaking $100m record deal with Warner Bros, due in no small part to the bargaining power "Diamonds and Pearls" being a major success had given him.
Prince attempted to incorporate a storyline into this album (featuring Kirstie Alley as a reporter) in a "Rock Opera" type style. However these segues fragment the album, leave the listener confused, and are rather ineffective. We are better to look at the music imbetween. :)
Kicking off with the raw and angry "My Name Is Prince" he lets everyone know he is still the best and makes thinly veiled digs at Michael Jackson amongst others. He half raps the vocal and Tony M joins in at end (As with Diamonds And Pearls he is all over the album). Then follows the homage to James Brown "Sexy Mf", in an edited format it was a substantial single. Very funky and addictive it is too. :)
"Love 2 The 9's" is clever and complex although its attempt to weld two different songs falls a little short (Delicate R&B and hardcore rap chant). "The Morning Papers" is a pretty, swaying rock song with nice guitar solos. "3 Chains O' Gold" is Prince doing "Bohemian Rhapsody" and very interesting, is he being ironic? Is it a pastiche? Nevertheless it's a fun song. :)
Two other highlights in my eyes are "7" a steadily-paced mid-tempo rock song which starts a cappella and the funky gospel chant "Sacrifice Of Victor" which closes proceedings.
Disregarding the "storyline" this long album (16 tracks) is as always diverse in genre (Hip-hop to rock), generally consistent and contains trademark Prince songs "Sexy Mf" and "7" so it is well worth checking out. I prefer the previous years "Diamonds and Pearls" overall though.
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