First, the vinyl release sounds fantastic. Another amazing job by Sony legacy. Now, the music:
I'm a lifelong Prince fan for over thirty years and bought this album at midnight of release, ran home, popped on the cd.... and then promptly turned it off half way through. I hated it. 19 years later though, I can finally look past the questionable lyrics and misguided narration running over the top of most of these songs and enjoy the music. Because musically, at least, this thing is a thunder clap of genius. One of his best musical works. Sadly the awful narration promoting Jehovah's Witness beliefs just never ever gets any easier to swallow. You should own at least 15 Prince albums before buying this one I think, not because it's not sonically amazing but rather because any casual fan will turn it off within the first ten minutes due to the narration. Still, I'm glad to have it on vinyl and it is a great addition to anyone who wants to hear just how strange and brilliant this guy was. Rainbow Children shows off both traits more clearly than most albums. The fact that it is still the most divisive Prince album almost 20 years after release though should give a buyer pause. Stream it first and then see if you're up for this odd, wonderous, crazy, misguided and ingenious journey into Prince's uncompromising world view.