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Prince - Originals

Prince will forever be remembered as a commanding live performer, chart-topping recording artist, and music business revolutionary. Yet for all the time he spent in the spotlight over his four-decade-long career, Prince also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to nurture talent and pen songs for the rising artists he respected. Several of the iconic songs found on Originals were considerable hits for the artists who recorded them.

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By the mid-1980s, Prince was dominating the charts even as a writer/producer with songs he''d composed and recorded for others. In addition to releasing nine of his most commercially successful full-length albums, he also wrote and recorded endless reels of material for proteges The Time, Vanity 6, Sheila E., Apollonia 6, Jill Jones, the Family, and Mazarati. Occasionally, Prince''s original demo recordings would beused as master takes on their albums, with only minor alterations to the instrumentation and a replacement of the vocal tracks. Other times, artists would rely on his demos to guide them through their own recording process, with Prince''s initial take informing their final version of his song. The aggregate effect was a complete saturation and transformation of the pop music landscape, with Prince both leading and subverting mainstream culture.  

Several of the iconic songs found on Originals were considerable hits for the artists who recorded them. Sheila E.''s "The Glamorous Life" reached #1 on the dance charts in 1984, while the enormous success of "Manic Monday" propelled the single and its accompanying album, The Bangles'' Different Light, to the #2 spot on the pop charts. The Time''s  Ice Cream Castle, featuring the top 20 "Jungle Love", spent a whopping 57 weeks on the Billboard 200. And in 1991, Martika enjoyed international success with "Love... Thy Will Be Done", a top 10 hit in France, Australia, the UK and the USA. 
Originals pulls back the curtain to reveal the origins of these familiar songs, in addition to deeper album cuts such as Vanity 6''s "Make-Up," Jill Jones''s "Baby, You''re a Trip," and Kenny Rogers'' "You''re My Love." The album also features Prince''s majestic original 1984 version of "Nothing Compares 2 U," released in 2018 as a standalone single.

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1 Sex Shooter
2 Jungle Love
3 Manic Monday
4 Noon Rendezvous
5 Make-Up
6 100 MPH
7 You''re My Love
8 Holly Rock
9 Baby, You''re a Trip
10 The Glamorous Life
11 Gigolos Get Lonely Too
12 Love... Thy Will Be Done
13 Dear Michaelangelo
14 Wouldn''t You Love to Love Me?
15 Nothing Compares 2 U

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Jason Stein
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
I think I want to know ya.
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2019
Since Prince died in 2016 his estate, and the record companies, have given us fans a very mixed quality of product. Last year''s "Piano & a Microphone" was awful. It had almost no redeeming value unless you like listening to Prince noodle about with unformed ideas. Not me.... See more
Since Prince died in 2016 his estate, and the record companies, have given us fans a very mixed quality of product. Last year''s "Piano & a Microphone" was awful. It had almost no redeeming value unless you like listening to Prince noodle about with unformed ideas. Not me. In my not so humble opinion, the best thing from ''the vault'' us fans have received was the third disc of b-sides on Prince''s 1993 "Hits/B-Sides". 20 songs that were complete and finished, but that I had mostly never heard before--and most of them were very good songs.

Of the posthumous releases, I feel only the three disc deluxe remastered version of "Purple Rain" has been truly worth anything. That, and maybe the "4ever" two disc compilation.

"Originals" is a step in the right direction, however. It''s nice to have the demos of some classic Prince hits for others. Most of them I was not familiar with. Obviously the ones I knew were "Jungle Love", "The Glamorous Life", "Manic Monday", "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Love...Thy Will Be Done". Those five hits sounded fairly unaltered from their hit versions, but I couldn''t help but notice that The Time, Sheila E., The Bangles, Sinead O''Connor and Martika improved upon Prince''s demos. In other words, their versions are better than Prince''s demos. The other ten songs were unfamiliar to me.

I liked "Sex Shooter", "Make-Up" and "Holly Rock", but the other seven songs? Forgettable. To me, that''s a waste of space. Where''s Sheena Easton''s "Sugar Walls" demo? That seems like an oversight to me.

As a Prince fan I just keep thinking that if Prince allegedly had this ''massive vault'' of unheard material that there just has to be better music in there. This is in addition to his 1978-1996 Warner Bros. catalog needed to be re-released in deluxe, remastered, two or three disc sets with the original album, b-sides/demos/outtakes/live cuts that also need to be done right.

"Originals" gets a C rating from me--three stars. There''s some good stuff on here, but not enough. Here''s how "Originals" compares to Prince''s other works:

1978 For You: Two Stars
1979 Prince: Three Stars
1980 Dirty Mind: Four Stars
1981 Controversy: Four Stars
1982 1999: Four Stars
1984 Purple Rain: Five Stars
1985 Around The World In A Day: Four Stars
1986 Parade: Three and a Half Stars
1987 Sign O The Times: Five Stars
1987 The Black Album: Three Stars
1988 Lovesexy: Four Stars
1989 Batman: Three Stars
1990 Graffiti Bridge: Three Stars
1991 Diamonds & Pearls: Five Stars
1992 0)+>: Four Stars
1994 Come: Three Stars
1995 The Gold Experience: Four Stars
1996 Chaos and Disorder: Two Stars
1996 Emancipation: Two and a Half Stars
1997 Crystal Ball/The Truth: Two and a Half Stars
1998 New Power Soul: Two Stars
1999 The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale: Two and a Half Stars
1999 Rave Un2 The Dawn Fantastic: Two and a Half Stars
2001 The Rainbow Children: Three Stars
2003 Xpectation: [I have it, but haven''t listened to it yet]
2003 N.E.W.S.: Two Stars
2004 Musicology: Three Stars
2004 The Chocolate Invasion: [I have it, but haven''t listened to it yet]
2004 The Slaughterhouse: [I have it, but haven''t listened to it yet]
2006 3121: Three Stars
2007 Planet Earth: Two and a Half Stars
2009 Lotusflow3r: Three and a Half Stars
2009 MPLSound: Two and a Half Stars
2010 20Ten: Two and a Half Stars
2014 Art Official Age: Three Stars
2014 Plectrumelectrum: Three Stars
2015 HITNRUN Phase One: Three Stars
2016 HITNRUN Phase Two: Three Stars
2018 Piano & a Microphone 1983: One Star
2019 Originals: Three Stars
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David A
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Surprisingly Great
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2019
This is what I was hoping for with the Purple Rain deluxe version - but this was worth the wait and the ten dollars. I was expecting it to be all demo versions, I think based on the absolutely awful "album" cover. Most of these are better that the artists that actually... See more
This is what I was hoping for with the Purple Rain deluxe version - but this was worth the wait and the ten dollars. I was expecting it to be all demo versions, I think based on the absolutely awful "album" cover. Most of these are better that the artists that actually did them - some are just good, but in my opinion, there is nothing terrible on here. Its like getting another CD from Prince during the 80s. I say keep the stuff in that vault comin!
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To Be Simple
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Superb! Nobody Compares
Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
There is Prince, and then there is everybody else. He was both a brilliant songwriter and musician. The songs on this CD are songs that Prince wrote then other artists performed. Now we can hear Prince perform these songs he wrote. I already liked most of the songs on this... See more
There is Prince, and then there is everybody else. He was both a brilliant songwriter and musician. The songs on this CD are songs that Prince wrote then other artists performed. Now we can hear Prince perform these songs he wrote. I already liked most of the songs on this CD as performed by the other artists. I actually like the Prince renditions of these songs better in most instances. It''s a tremendous CD with a good variety of types of songs. It feels like getting a great brand new Prince album back in the 80s. Since getting this CD on release day I have pretty much listened to it several times of day. This CD makes me miss Prince more than ever, while at the same time continue to appreciate his incredible talent.
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W. Clark
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A Sneak Peek into Prince''s process...
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2019
During his career, he released nearly 500 original studio recordings. He also wrote some 200 songs for other acts. This collection is just the tip of the purple iceberg. Several of these songs have long been available in on bootleg. However, most of these are different... See more
During his career, he released nearly 500 original studio recordings. He also wrote some 200 songs for other acts. This collection is just the tip of the purple iceberg. Several of these songs have long been available in on bootleg. However, most of these are different versions newly mixed from the original multi-track masters. And several have never been heard at all. So even if you think you''ve heard them... think again.

Sure there are songs I would have wanted to hear ("The Belle Of St Mark", "Sugar Walls", "Nasty Girl", "777-9311", "Time Waits for No One") however this is a much have set. The weirdness of hearing Prince singing a song he wrote for a female gives them an interesting twist.
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T. Kozlowski
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Genius!!
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2019
Prince never disappoints, this is a great collection of songs he wrote for others but with his original vocals, I only hope that we will see more volumes like this in the future.
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J's Opinion
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good for hardcore Prince fans
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2019
I love Prince. Have for a very long time. On occasion, I like listening to some of his more obscure pieces. I was really excited to get this album. But, I really didn''t enjoy it much. I will listen again once or twice just to make sure but in my mind I thought that there... See more
I love Prince. Have for a very long time. On occasion, I like listening to some of his more obscure pieces. I was really excited to get this album. But, I really didn''t enjoy it much. I will listen again once or twice just to make sure but in my mind I thought that there was a reason he hadn''t released these versions of his songs. Many of them I had never heard before. Anyway, If you really like Prince and enjoy some of the artists who recorded these songs he wrote, you will enjoy this album. At this point, we are only going to get stuff from the vault and probably need to change our expectations a little.
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Robert Fyke
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Probably for the Most Hardcore of Fans (Like Me!)
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2019
I had heard a few of these tracks over the years via the bootleg underground, but this is unprecedented. The sound quality is pristine and Prince''s renditions far surpass the artists'' versions that had the primary release. Having said that, the casual fan probably doesn''t... See more
I had heard a few of these tracks over the years via the bootleg underground, but this is unprecedented. The sound quality is pristine and Prince''s renditions far surpass the artists'' versions that had the primary release. Having said that, the casual fan probably doesn''t really want to hear Martika''s "Love Thy Will Be Done" by Prince. The hardcore fans will love this disc. I sure did!
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Tieuel Legacy
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
The Catalogue
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2019
Prince, his music, his story, and his overall creativity are almost unmatched across the board. In "Originals", I find that his influence on his friends and colleagues is top notch. He evidently created demos that were held in such high regard with his peers that they... See more
Prince, his music, his story, and his overall creativity are almost unmatched across the board. In "Originals", I find that his influence on his friends and colleagues is top notch. He evidently created demos that were held in such high regard with his peers that they remained virtually untouched when re-recorded for other groups. The music that you hear on this CD is almost exactly like the versions recorded by Sheila E., The Time, and more. Those artists added their vocal touch and ad libs but you will hear the blueprints to several great songs.
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Andyb
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Originals is the best collection yet
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 5, 2019
Originals is the best collection yet from the Legendary Paisley Park Vault, the Prince magic was in full force in the 80''s to mid 90''s which is where these originate from & they are a joy to listen to, highlights for me are: Wouldn''t You Love to Love Me?. Jungle Love. 100...See more
Originals is the best collection yet from the Legendary Paisley Park Vault, the Prince magic was in full force in the 80''s to mid 90''s which is where these originate from & they are a joy to listen to, highlights for me are: Wouldn''t You Love to Love Me?. Jungle Love. 100 MPH. Holly Rock. Noon Rendezvous Great selection & shows off the Purple Yoda''s wide genre, despite the fact that Prince never intended to release these versions of the songs, as the songs were created for other artists to perform, namely: 1. “Sex Shooter” Apollonia 6: Apollonia 6 2. “Jungle Love” The Time: Ice Cream Castles 3. “Manic Monday” The Bangles: Different Light 4. “Noon Rendezvous” Sheila E.: The Glamorous Life 5. “Make-Up” Vanity 6: Vanity 6 6. “100 MPH” Mazarati: Mazarati 7. “You’re My Love” Kenny Rogers: They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To 8. “Holly Rock” Sheila E.: Krush Groove (OST) 9. “Baby, You’re a Trip” Jill Jones: Jill Jones 10. “The Glamorous Life” Sheila E.: The Glamorous Life 11. “Gigolos Get Lonely Too” The Time: What Time Is It? 12. “Love… Thy Will Be Done” Martika: Martika’s Kitchen 13. “Dear Michaelangelo” Sheila E.: Romance 1600 14. “Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me?” Taja Sevelle: Taja Sevelle 15. “Nothing Compares 2 U” The Family: The Family
Originals is the best collection yet from the Legendary Paisley Park Vault, the Prince magic was in full force in the 80''s to mid 90''s which is where these originate from & they are a joy to listen to, highlights for me are: Wouldn''t You Love to Love Me?. Jungle Love. 100 MPH. Holly Rock. Noon Rendezvous

Great selection & shows off the Purple Yoda''s wide genre, despite the fact that Prince never intended to release these versions of the songs, as the songs were created for other artists to perform, namely:
1. “Sex Shooter” Apollonia 6: Apollonia 6
2. “Jungle Love” The Time: Ice Cream Castles
3. “Manic Monday” The Bangles: Different Light
4. “Noon Rendezvous” Sheila E.: The Glamorous Life
5. “Make-Up” Vanity 6: Vanity 6
6. “100 MPH” Mazarati: Mazarati
7. “You’re My Love” Kenny Rogers: They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To
8. “Holly Rock” Sheila E.: Krush Groove (OST)
9. “Baby, You’re a Trip” Jill Jones: Jill Jones
10. “The Glamorous Life” Sheila E.: The Glamorous Life
11. “Gigolos Get Lonely Too” The Time: What Time Is It?
12. “Love… Thy Will Be Done” Martika: Martika’s Kitchen
13. “Dear Michaelangelo” Sheila E.: Romance 1600
14. “Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me?” Taja Sevelle: Taja Sevelle
15. “Nothing Compares 2 U” The Family: The Family
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dw
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Fake news? Now we''ve got an album of fake unreleased demos
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2019
This is not an album of original tracks in the sense that Prince released them first, nor is it a collection of unreleased material as that term might commonly be understood as tracks considered for one of Prince''s own albums or b-sides. These are tracks that Prince...See more
This is not an album of original tracks in the sense that Prince released them first, nor is it a collection of unreleased material as that term might commonly be understood as tracks considered for one of Prince''s own albums or b-sides. These are tracks that Prince intended for other artists. Hearing Prince''s song guide (and again not even the original as they are new mixes) is like listening to a rehearsal, it has less value than the finished product. After the initial curiosity of listening to them this album has no repeat playability. Only the versions of Nothing Compares 2 U and Love Thy Will Be Done stand up. Why can''t they release all the actual originals, the albums from Apollonia 6, the Family and Mazarati (and Madhouse etc), in remastered versions with the single cuts and any unreleased tracks connected with them? Or why not a sampler of singles released by the various artists on the Paisley Park label? And where are the remastered deluxe versions of all Prince''s albums? This is a very disappointing release. On the basis of this I suppose we can look forward to further amazing long awaited unreleased material such as Prince tuning his guitar, or soundchecks from the Revolution era, surely there must be some recordings of him clearing his throat which his ''fans'' are dying to get hold of?
This is not an album of original tracks in the sense that Prince released them first, nor is it a collection of unreleased material as that term might commonly be understood as tracks considered for one of Prince''s own albums or b-sides.

These are tracks that Prince intended for other artists. Hearing Prince''s song guide (and again not even the original as they are new mixes) is like listening to a rehearsal, it has less value than the finished product. After the initial curiosity of listening to them this album has no repeat playability. Only the versions of Nothing Compares 2 U and Love Thy Will Be Done stand up.

Why can''t they release all the actual originals, the albums from Apollonia 6, the Family and Mazarati (and Madhouse etc), in remastered versions with the single cuts and any unreleased tracks connected with them? Or why not a sampler of singles released by the various artists on the Paisley Park label? And where are the remastered deluxe versions of all Prince''s albums?

This is a very disappointing release. On the basis of this I suppose we can look forward to further amazing long awaited unreleased material such as Prince tuning his guitar, or soundchecks from the Revolution era, surely there must be some recordings of him clearing his throat which his ''fans'' are dying to get hold of?
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Mr. Steven W. Downey
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great original versions
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 21, 2019
Amazing that Prince was so prolific he was able to give away great songs to other artists with having plenty for his own albums! He always recorded the originals himself with his own vocals, and this selection of some of them is a great collection for any fan, there are...See more
Amazing that Prince was so prolific he was able to give away great songs to other artists with having plenty for his own albums! He always recorded the originals himself with his own vocals, and this selection of some of them is a great collection for any fan, there are some obscure ones to discover as well as more well known songs. Looking forward to hearing the rest of them someday!
Amazing that Prince was so prolific he was able to give away great songs to other artists with having plenty for his own albums!
He always recorded the originals himself with his own vocals, and this selection of some of them is a great collection for any fan, there are some obscure ones to discover as well as more well known songs.
Looking forward to hearing the rest of them someday!
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KäuferXY
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
nicht nur für Prince Fans ein Muss
Reviewed in Germany on June 22, 2019
Das erste vom Prince-Estate veröffentlichte Album, dass mir durchgehend gut gefällt. Bei den Songs handelt es sich um Prince-Kompositionen aus den Jahren 1981 bis 1990, die von anderen Künstlern z.T. sehr erfolgreich interpretiert wurden, die Prince zu Lebzeiten aber nie...See more
Das erste vom Prince-Estate veröffentlichte Album, dass mir durchgehend gut gefällt. Bei den Songs handelt es sich um Prince-Kompositionen aus den Jahren 1981 bis 1990, die von anderen Künstlern z.T. sehr erfolgreich interpretiert wurden, die Prince zu Lebzeiten aber nie selbst unter seinem Namen veröffentlicht hatte. Bei diesen Künstlern handelt es sich vorrangig um Mitglieder seines Hofstaates: Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, Mazarati, Sheila E., Jill Jones, The Time, The Family sowie Taja Sevelle und letztendlich auch Martika, deren Alben i.d.R. von Prince komponiert, eingespielt und produziert wurden. Mit The Bangles (Manic Monday) und Kenny Rogers (You''re my love) wurden zwei Außenseiter jenseits des purpurnen Hofstaates mit Prince-Songs bedacht. Hier sind nun also deren Originale zu hören, wie sie von Prince ursprünglich gedacht und selbst eingesungen wurden. Dabei klingen die meisten Songs den bekannten Versionen sehr ähnlich, nur eben mit Princes Stimme. Und überrascht mehr als nur einmal ! Die originalen Songs im Einzelnen: -------------------------------------------------- Sex Shooter ...war als Erstveröffentlichung von Apollonia 6 Teil des Purple Rain Soundtracks. Prince singt den größten Teil mit seiner bekannten Falsettstimme, die Musik ist (nahezu) identisch. Ich find'' die Filmversion erotischer ;-) Das gilt auch für den Gesang, der bei Prince etwas lustlos rüberkommt. Jungle Love, ...der Klassiker von The Time, der ebenfalls aus dem Purple Rain Film bekannt ist. Er klingt hier wie die Erstveröffentlichung (inkl. dem Affengekreische am Anfang), nur das Prince anstatt Morris Day die Lead-Vocals singt – und The Time (Morris Day, Jesse Johnson) sowie Jill Jones die Background Vocals. Manic Monday ...wurde ursprünglich 1984 für Apollonia 6 geschrieben, dann aber 1985 The Bangles angeboten, die damit ihren Durchbruch hatten. Das Arrangement sowie Prince'' Gesang klingen hier überraschend konservativ und brav. Jill Jones und Brenda Bennett (eine der drei Sängerinnen von Apollonia 6 und zudem Ehefrau von Princes damaligem Beleuchter Leroy Bennett) singen die Background Vocals. Noon Rendezvous ...ist als Kooperation mit Sheila E. entstanden und als Erstveröffentlichung auf ihrem Debüt-Album „The Glamorous Life“ zu finden. Während Sheila E. daraus eine eher perkussive Ballade gemacht hatte, wird es von Prince am Klavier im Falsett und mit reichlich Hall gesungen. Make-Up ...wurde 1981 für Vanity 6 (Vorgängerin von Apollonia 6) geschrieben und ist der einzige Song, der mir bislang nicht bekannt war. Insofern kann ich keinen Vergleich zu der bekannten Version aus dem Jahr 1982 ziehen. Der hauptsächlich von einer synthetischen Bassline getragene Song und Princes seltsam monotoner, mechanischer Gesang erinnern mich sehr an Kraftwerks „Autobahn“ (1974). 100 MPH Wer Princes Hit „Kiss“ kennt, kennt auch Mazarati. Eine der vielen Pseudo-Bands, die seinerzeit zu Princes Hofstaat im Paisley Park gehörten und die von Prince oder einem seiner Musiker (hier der The Revolution Bassist Brown Mark) gefördert wurden. Mazarati singt die Background-Vocals zu „Kiss“ und bekam von Prince dafür den Song „100 Mph“. Prince selbst hatte es bereits zwei Jahre früher aufgenommen und ist hier mit Jill Jones als Backgroundsängerin zu hören. Mich erinnert der Groove sehr an das ebenfalls von Prince geschriebene „The sex of it“ von Kid Creole & The Coconuts. You''re my love Oh mein Gott! Die für mich größte Überraschung auf diesem Album. Kenny Rogers hat es zwar komplett neu eingespielt, sich bei seiner Version aber offenbar weitestgehend an Princes Original gehalten (Prince singt zum Ende etwas leidenschaftlicher). Mich erinnert es in seiner Kitschigkeit an Princes „Baby“ von 1979, nur mit sonorer Neil Diamond Stimme gesungen. Holly Rock … wurde von Sheila E. in dem Film „Krush Groove“ (1985) performt und auch als mäßig erfolgreiche Single veröffentlicht. Er ist auch in der von Prince gesungenen Version („...my name is Sheila E...“) eine Gemeinschaftsproduktion von Prince und Sheila E., die Percussion spielt und Background Vocals singt. Baby, you''re a trip ...wurde zwar erst 1987 von Jill Jones auf ihrem ersten Soloalbum gleichen Namens veröffentlicht, aber sie hatte bereits auf dieser Originalversion von 1982 die Background Vocals für Prince (und ihn damit fast an die Wand) gesungen. Hier ist deutlich zu hören, warum Prince ihr das Debütalbum auf den Leib geschneidert hatte. Und das zu Recht. The Glamorous Life ...ist hier in der von Prince im Dezember 1983 eingesungenen Version zu hören – ohne die Percussion von Sheila E. Nur zwei Monate später (Februar 1984) hatte Sheila E. den Song neu aufgenommen und mit ihrer Percussion und Stimme bereichert. Nur 3 Monate später (Mai 1984) wurde es ihr erster großer Hit. Gigolos get lonely too ...ist eine Ballade aus dem zweiten The Time Album „What time is it?“ von 1982, die die zarte Seite des klischeeträchtigen Vorzeige-Chauvinisten Morris Day zeigt. Der sitzt auch hier am Schlagzeug und singt zusammen mit Jesse Johnson die Background Vocals. Ich muss gestehen, die Morris Day gesungene Version finde ich ergreifender, auch wenn Princes Falsett souliger klingt. Love… Thy will be done ...klingt fast genauso wie bei Martika, nur mit der entrückten Falsettstimme von Prince aus allen Ecken des Lautsprechers. Bei beiden kommt das Gospelfeeling, das dem Song zugrunde liegt, sehr gut rüber. Dear Michaelangelo ...ist eine weitere Kooperation mit Sheila, die auf ihrem zweiten Album „Romance 1600“ veröffentlicht wurde. Auch hier singt Sheila E. die Background Vocals und spielt Percussion. Die Stimmung der Originalversion ist etwas düsterer und rauer. Wouldn''t you love to love me ...wurde von Prince ursprünglich 1976 geschrieben und ist hier mit reichlich Hall in der Version von 1982 zu hören. Nachdem Prince den Counterpart in Michael Jacksons Song (und Video) BAD abgelehnt hatte, lehnte wiederum Michael Jackson Princes Angebot ab, „Wouldn''t you love to love me“ auf BAD aufzunehmen. (In Kenntnis dieser Originalversion kann ich das sogar verstehen.) So wurde es dann von Taja Sevelle erstmals 1987 offiziell veröffentlicht und ist definitiv besser, als diese Originalversion. Das Beste zum Schluss: Nothing compares 2 U ...ist hier als 15. und letzte Originalversion zu hören. Prince hatte bereits 1993 eine Live-Version (mit Rosie Gaines) veröffentlicht. Eine Studioversion schien aber nicht zu existieren. Princes Originalversion ist nicht nur beeindruckender gesungen als die Erstveröffentlichung von The Family aus dem Jahre 1985 und sogar als die berühmtere Coverversion von Sinead O''Connor von1990. Sie ist hier als Rock Ballade komplett anders (und besser) arrangiert, als die bislang bekannten Versionen. Susannah Melvoin (Background Vocals) und Eric Leeds (Saxophon) von The Family sind auch hier dabei. Fazit: --------- Dem ein oder anderen werden mit Sicherheit der persönliche Favorit auf dieser Zusammenstellung fehlen. Ich finde dieses Album insofern beeindruckend, als das es zeigt, wer tatsächlich der Kopf hinter all den Hits ist. Prince hatte bereits bei diesen Originalaufnahmen (Demos ?) alles bis ins Detail im Kopf und auf Tonband gebannt. Er hat seinem Hofstaat jedes Stöhnen, jedes Ah und Oh, jeden Witz in den Songs vorgegeben. Die Interpreten haben es tatsächlich „nur“ 1 zu 1 interpretiert. Manchmal waren Sie besser und erfolgreicher als der Meister selbst - aber eben nur manchmal ;-) Für Prince-Fans ein absolutes Muss. Für Leute, die die Vielfältigkeit und den Einfluss von Prince auf die Musik der 80er näher kennenlernen wollen, eine klare Empfehlung!
Das erste vom Prince-Estate veröffentlichte Album, dass mir durchgehend gut gefällt.

Bei den Songs handelt es sich um Prince-Kompositionen aus den Jahren 1981 bis 1990, die von anderen Künstlern z.T. sehr erfolgreich interpretiert wurden, die Prince zu Lebzeiten aber nie selbst unter seinem Namen veröffentlicht hatte.

Bei diesen Künstlern handelt es sich vorrangig um Mitglieder seines Hofstaates: Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, Mazarati, Sheila E., Jill Jones, The Time, The Family sowie Taja Sevelle und letztendlich auch Martika, deren Alben i.d.R. von Prince komponiert, eingespielt und produziert wurden. Mit The Bangles (Manic Monday) und Kenny Rogers (You''re my love) wurden zwei Außenseiter jenseits des purpurnen Hofstaates mit Prince-Songs bedacht.

Hier sind nun also deren Originale zu hören, wie sie von Prince ursprünglich gedacht und selbst eingesungen wurden. Dabei klingen die meisten Songs den bekannten Versionen sehr ähnlich, nur eben mit Princes Stimme. Und überrascht mehr als nur einmal !

Die originalen Songs im Einzelnen:
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Sex Shooter
...war als Erstveröffentlichung von Apollonia 6 Teil des Purple Rain Soundtracks. Prince singt den größten Teil mit seiner bekannten Falsettstimme, die Musik ist (nahezu) identisch. Ich find'' die Filmversion erotischer ;-) Das gilt auch für den Gesang, der bei Prince etwas lustlos rüberkommt.

Jungle Love,
...der Klassiker von The Time, der ebenfalls aus dem Purple Rain Film bekannt ist. Er klingt hier wie die Erstveröffentlichung (inkl. dem Affengekreische am Anfang), nur das Prince anstatt Morris Day die Lead-Vocals singt – und The Time (Morris Day, Jesse Johnson) sowie Jill Jones die Background Vocals.

Manic Monday
...wurde ursprünglich 1984 für Apollonia 6 geschrieben, dann aber 1985 The Bangles angeboten, die damit ihren Durchbruch hatten. Das Arrangement sowie Prince'' Gesang klingen hier überraschend konservativ und brav. Jill Jones und Brenda Bennett (eine der drei Sängerinnen von Apollonia 6 und zudem Ehefrau von Princes damaligem Beleuchter Leroy Bennett) singen die Background Vocals.

Noon Rendezvous
...ist als Kooperation mit Sheila E. entstanden und als Erstveröffentlichung auf ihrem Debüt-Album „The Glamorous Life“ zu finden. Während Sheila E. daraus eine eher perkussive Ballade gemacht hatte, wird es von Prince am Klavier im Falsett und mit reichlich Hall gesungen.

Make-Up
...wurde 1981 für Vanity 6 (Vorgängerin von Apollonia 6) geschrieben und ist der einzige Song, der mir bislang nicht bekannt war. Insofern kann ich keinen Vergleich zu der bekannten Version aus dem Jahr 1982 ziehen. Der hauptsächlich von einer synthetischen Bassline getragene Song und Princes seltsam monotoner, mechanischer Gesang erinnern mich sehr an Kraftwerks „Autobahn“ (1974).

100 MPH
Wer Princes Hit „Kiss“ kennt, kennt auch Mazarati. Eine der vielen Pseudo-Bands, die seinerzeit zu Princes Hofstaat im Paisley Park gehörten und die von Prince oder einem seiner Musiker (hier der The Revolution Bassist Brown Mark) gefördert wurden. Mazarati singt die Background-Vocals zu „Kiss“ und bekam von Prince dafür den Song „100 Mph“. Prince selbst hatte es bereits zwei Jahre früher aufgenommen und ist hier mit Jill Jones als Backgroundsängerin zu hören. Mich erinnert der Groove sehr an das ebenfalls von Prince geschriebene „The sex of it“ von Kid Creole & The Coconuts.

You''re my love
Oh mein Gott! Die für mich größte Überraschung auf diesem Album. Kenny Rogers hat es zwar komplett neu eingespielt, sich bei seiner Version aber offenbar weitestgehend an Princes Original gehalten (Prince singt zum Ende etwas leidenschaftlicher). Mich erinnert es in seiner Kitschigkeit an Princes „Baby“ von 1979, nur mit sonorer Neil Diamond Stimme gesungen.

Holly Rock
… wurde von Sheila E. in dem Film „Krush Groove“ (1985) performt und auch als mäßig erfolgreiche Single veröffentlicht. Er ist auch in der von Prince gesungenen Version („...my name is Sheila E...“) eine Gemeinschaftsproduktion von Prince und Sheila E., die Percussion spielt und Background Vocals singt.

Baby, you''re a trip
...wurde zwar erst 1987 von Jill Jones auf ihrem ersten Soloalbum gleichen Namens veröffentlicht, aber sie hatte bereits auf dieser Originalversion von 1982 die Background Vocals für Prince (und ihn damit fast an die Wand) gesungen. Hier ist deutlich zu hören, warum Prince ihr das Debütalbum auf den Leib geschneidert hatte. Und das zu Recht.

The Glamorous Life
...ist hier in der von Prince im Dezember 1983 eingesungenen Version zu hören – ohne die Percussion von Sheila E. Nur zwei Monate später (Februar 1984) hatte Sheila E. den Song neu aufgenommen und mit ihrer Percussion und Stimme bereichert. Nur 3 Monate später (Mai 1984) wurde es ihr erster großer Hit.

Gigolos get lonely too
...ist eine Ballade aus dem zweiten The Time Album „What time is it?“ von 1982, die die zarte Seite des klischeeträchtigen Vorzeige-Chauvinisten Morris Day zeigt. Der sitzt auch hier am Schlagzeug und singt zusammen mit Jesse Johnson die Background Vocals. Ich muss gestehen, die Morris Day gesungene Version finde ich ergreifender, auch wenn Princes Falsett souliger klingt.

Love… Thy will be done
...klingt fast genauso wie bei Martika, nur mit der entrückten Falsettstimme von Prince aus allen Ecken des Lautsprechers. Bei beiden kommt das Gospelfeeling, das dem Song zugrunde liegt, sehr gut rüber.

Dear Michaelangelo
...ist eine weitere Kooperation mit Sheila, die auf ihrem zweiten Album „Romance 1600“ veröffentlicht wurde. Auch hier singt Sheila E. die Background Vocals und spielt Percussion. Die Stimmung der Originalversion ist etwas düsterer und rauer.

Wouldn''t you love to love me
...wurde von Prince ursprünglich 1976 geschrieben und ist hier mit reichlich Hall in der Version von 1982 zu hören. Nachdem Prince den Counterpart in Michael Jacksons Song (und Video) BAD abgelehnt hatte, lehnte wiederum Michael Jackson Princes Angebot ab, „Wouldn''t you love to love me“ auf BAD aufzunehmen. (In Kenntnis dieser Originalversion kann ich das sogar verstehen.) So wurde es dann von Taja Sevelle erstmals 1987 offiziell veröffentlicht und ist definitiv besser, als diese Originalversion.

Das Beste zum Schluss:

Nothing compares 2 U
...ist hier als 15. und letzte Originalversion zu hören. Prince hatte bereits 1993 eine Live-Version (mit Rosie Gaines) veröffentlicht. Eine Studioversion schien aber nicht zu existieren. Princes Originalversion ist nicht nur beeindruckender gesungen als die Erstveröffentlichung von The Family aus dem Jahre 1985 und sogar als die berühmtere Coverversion von Sinead O''Connor von1990. Sie ist hier als Rock Ballade komplett anders (und besser) arrangiert, als die bislang bekannten Versionen. Susannah Melvoin (Background Vocals) und Eric Leeds (Saxophon) von The Family sind auch hier dabei.

Fazit:
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Dem ein oder anderen werden mit Sicherheit der persönliche Favorit auf dieser Zusammenstellung fehlen. Ich finde dieses Album insofern beeindruckend, als das es zeigt, wer tatsächlich der Kopf hinter all den Hits ist. Prince hatte bereits bei diesen Originalaufnahmen (Demos ?) alles bis ins Detail im Kopf und auf Tonband gebannt. Er hat seinem Hofstaat jedes Stöhnen, jedes Ah und Oh, jeden Witz in den Songs vorgegeben. Die Interpreten haben es tatsächlich „nur“ 1 zu 1 interpretiert. Manchmal waren Sie besser und erfolgreicher als der Meister selbst - aber eben nur manchmal ;-)

Für Prince-Fans ein absolutes Muss. Für Leute, die die Vielfältigkeit und den Einfluss von Prince auf die Musik der 80er näher kennenlernen wollen, eine klare Empfehlung!
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Material from The Vault and a worthy addition to Prince''s catalogue of releases.
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Very well thought out collection of recordings from the late artist''s legendary Vault. While some of the songs should be familiar to non-fans what makes this collection is the lesser known songs such as the song he gave to Kenny Rogers which is one of the most pleasant...See more
Very well thought out collection of recordings from the late artist''s legendary Vault. While some of the songs should be familiar to non-fans what makes this collection is the lesser known songs such as the song he gave to Kenny Rogers which is one of the most pleasant surprises on the album. A must listen for true fans and casual fans alike!
Very well thought out collection of recordings from the late artist''s legendary Vault. While some of the songs should be familiar to non-fans what makes this collection is the lesser known songs such as the song he gave to Kenny Rogers which is one of the most pleasant surprises on the album. A must listen for true fans and casual fans alike!
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Prince - Originals

Prince will forever be remembered as a commanding live performer, chart-topping recording artist, and music business revolutionary. Yet for all the time he spent in the spotlight over his four-decade-long career, Prince also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to nurture talent and pen songs for the rising artists he respected. Several of the iconic songs found on Originals were considerable hits for the artists who recorded them.

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By the mid-1980s, Prince was dominating the charts even as a writer/producer with songs he''d composed and recorded for others. In addition to releasing nine of his most commercially successful full-length albums, he also wrote and recorded endless reels of material for proteges The Time, Vanity 6, Sheila E., Apollonia 6, Jill Jones, the Family, and Mazarati. Occasionally, Prince''s original demo recordings would beused as master takes on their albums, with only minor alterations to the instrumentation and a replacement of the vocal tracks. Other times, artists would rely on his demos to guide them through their own recording process, with Prince''s initial take informing their final version of his song. The aggregate effect was a complete saturation and transformation of the pop music landscape, with Prince both leading and subverting mainstream culture.  

Several of the iconic songs found on Originals were considerable hits for the artists who recorded them. Sheila E.''s "The Glamorous Life" reached #1 on the dance charts in 1984, while the enormous success of "Manic Monday" propelled the single and its accompanying album, The Bangles'' Different Light, to the #2 spot on the pop charts. The Time''s  Ice Cream Castle, featuring the top 20 "Jungle Love", spent a whopping 57 weeks on the Billboard 200. And in 1991, Martika enjoyed international success with "Love... Thy Will Be Done", a top 10 hit in France, Australia, the UK and the USA. 
Originals pulls back the curtain to reveal the origins of these familiar songs, in addition to deeper album cuts such as Vanity 6''s "Make-Up," Jill Jones''s "Baby, You''re a Trip," and Kenny Rogers'' "You''re My Love." The album also features Prince''s majestic original 1984 version of "Nothing Compares 2 U," released in 2018 as a standalone single.

Track Listings

1 Sex Shooter
2 Jungle Love
3 Manic Monday
4 Noon Rendezvous
5 Make-Up
6 100 MPH
7 You''re My Love
8 Holly Rock
9 Baby, You''re a Trip
10 The Glamorous Life
11 Gigolos Get Lonely Too
12 Love... Thy Will Be Done
13 Dear Michaelangelo
14 Wouldn''t You Love to Love Me?
15 Nothing Compares 2 U

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