Favorite Prince after "Sign o' the Times"?

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  1. supergenius365

    supergenius365 Silver Supporting Member

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    While I always respected Prince, I never really enjoyed a full album of his after Sign. I like a handful of singles and I would check in every few years when he released something new (Emancipation, Rave unto the Joy Fantastic, Musicology, the three disc thing and Plectrum Electrum), but nothing stuck with me like Sign has over the years.

    Please share your favorites or what you think I should check out of his post Sign o' the Times work.
     
  2. Average Joe

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    I'm going to cheat and say One Nite Alone. It's probably the Prince album i listen to the most

    I like Rainbow Children for the grooves. And I think Diamonds and Pearls would have been rated higher if it had come before the highwatermark of Sign in the discography.

    Most of his albums post Sign have good songs, but they are uneven. He continually tried new things, and the nature of that is that it doesn't always pan out
     
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    Sign is such a masterpiece, so it's hard to name an album afterwards, that comes close to it.
    But I would say that Lovesexy, the follow-up to Sign and the 1991 release Diamonds and Pearls are really good. I also like Come ('94) and Chaos and Disorder ('96).
     
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    Lovesexy, Rainbow Children, NEWS.

    NEWS is an all instrumental almost jazz fusion album that I really love. I also really like the Batman soundtrack.
     
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    Don't forget Parade.
     
  6. chrisjw5

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    True, but Parade was pre-Sign. It was the follow-up to Around The World In A Day, which is a great piece of psychedelia.
     
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    The Lovesexy cassette did not leave my car until I got a new car that had no cassette player, so I bought it on CD, then on iTunes.
     
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  8. A-Bone

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    Absolutely.
     
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    Emancipation
     
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    Absolutely! And let's not forget, that ATWIAD was the follow-up to Purple Rain. Back then it was a total surprise to come up with. Today we know it was his awesome capability to change his style on the fly.
     
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    Sign was such a landmark album,it would have been hard to follow.
    But,a weak Prince album would be a career highlight for a lesser
    artist. :cool:
     
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    This may not be popular to say right now, but I always felt that Prince needed a good editor - or at least someone that could say, "Nah, leave those 7 tunes off of this, make it a killer single album." I know that he was following his own highly creative muse, but the guy was so darn prolific. A lot of his stuff was genius, and then other stuff was of the head scratching variety. My wife and I have been listening to "2nd nite alone in Chicago" off and on for the past few months. The "1+1+1=3" and "Rollercoaster" jam is just sooooooooooooo intense! Then he starts teasing "this big sister down front who isn't feeling my groove. Maybe she's just trying to find a way to get her big ol'
    behind in my little red Corvette." Wicked!
     
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    I don't disagree. Prince's massive volume of material and productivity made it so hard for me to follow him after Sign O' The Times. I appreciate having that massive trove of material to dig through in years to come, but with life swirling around me, he was hard to keep up with.

    I heard today from Gary on the Stern Wrap-Up Show that someone with knowledge of The Vault said that there's enough material to release 1 album a year for the next 100 years. And Gary's response was 'how about someone go through it and release 5 albums, because they might be the 5 greatest albums ever.'
     
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    i'm surprised to be in the minority on this but i actually really liked 3121. A lot of it still sounds really fresh and modern even 10 years later:

     
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    The third disc from One Night Alone is BLAZING! The guitar playing on this is the best I ever heard him play. I wish more people had heard this one.
    Super firey rock to uber funky skinny rhythm.
    The version of Peach is like a textbook on how to play slow deep nasty sevenths.
     
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    I've been listening to The Gold Experience for the last few days..really dig it. This tune rocks.
     
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    The Black Album by that skinny motherf*cker with a high voice
     
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    Lars?
     
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    That was the last time my ears perked up to his music.

    I think I need to check his Musicology album out though, what I've heard is really solid.
     

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