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Format: CD
Sku: 60490215
UPC: 081227427221
UPC 14: 00081227427221
Release Date: 7/31/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I Wanna Be Your Lover ~ Prince
2. 1999 ~ Prince
3. Little Red Corvette ~ Prince
4. When Doves Cry ~ Prince
5. Let's Go Crazy ~ Prince
6. Purple Rain ~ Prince
7. I Would Die 4 U ~ Prince
8. Raspberry Beret ~ Prince
9. Kiss ~ Prince
10. Sign O' The Times ~ Prince
11. U Got The Look ~ Prince
12. Alphabet St. ~ Prince
13. Thieves In The Temple ~ Prince
14. Gett Off ~ Prince
15. Cream ~ Prince
16. Diamonds And Pearls ~ Prince
17. Money Don't Matter 2 Night ~ Prince
 
This is the "greatest hits" album we've been waiting for: all of Prince's biggest hits packed onto one disc. Arguably the most influential artist of the '80s, Prince is one of the very few musicians of this or any other era to find a massive and intensely loyal audience while still being praised by critics and musical contemporaries alike for his bold experimentalism and prodigious instrumental skills. His brash, high-NRG mix of pop, rock, funk, and psychedelia picked up where Sly Stone left off, and the result was music that was revolutionary in its sonic experimentation and provocative fashion. This collection brings together the absolute best of Prince's Warner Bros. recordings - perhaps the most important recordings since the '70s - on one hit-jammed disc.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Prince (vocals, various instruments); Wendy, Dez Dickerson (vocals, guitar); Bonnie Boyer (vocals, Hammond organ); Rosie Gaines (vocals, organ); Lisa Coleman (vocals, keyboards); Sheila E. (vocals, drums, percussion); Sheena Easton, Camille, Tony M. (vocals); Levi Seacer Jr. (guitar, bass, background vocals); Miko (guitar, background vocals); Eric Leeds (flute, horns, background vocals); Atlanta Bliss (horns); Matt Fink (keyboards, background vocals); Tommy Barbarella (keyboards); Brown Mark, Sonny T. (bass, background vocals); Bobby Z., Michael B. (drums, percussion); Kirk Johnson, Damon Dickson (percussion, background vocals); Mayte, Mazarati (background vocals).
Muze PNote Engineers include: Gary Brandt, Peggy McCreary, David Leonard.
Muze PNote Producer: Prince.
Muze PNote Compilation producer: Gregg Geller.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Keith Blake.
Muze PNote Recording information: 1st Avenue; Alpha Studios, Burbank, CA; Paisley park; Record Plant, NY; Sunset sound; The Warehouse; UpTown.
Muze PNote Considerably more streamlined than previous compilations THE HITS 1 and THE HITS 2, the 17 songs that make up THE VERY BEST OF PRINCE offer a nice tour through the Purple One's chart successes for Warner Brothers from 1978 to 1993. Mixed in among chart toppers like the quirky "When Doves Cry," Hendrix-fueled mania of "Let's Go Crazy" and stripped-down funk of "Kiss" are enough brilliant moments to make you wish the guy had focused more on music and less on the identity shifts that characterized most of the '90s.
Muze PNote Starting with the 1979 #1 "I Wanna Be Your Lover," Prince's pop sensibilities and inquisitive nature have found him cleverly bouncing back and forth between the twin poles of sex and spirituality. Whether it's the runaway pledge of faith found in "I Would Die 4 U," sly lasciviousness of "Gett Off" or battle-of-the-sexes throw-down with Sheena Easton on "U Got The Look," this Minneapolis native's way with a hook makes more of an impression in retrospect than his ability to shock. Other highlights include the millennial jam "1999," chilling view of the world "Sign O' The Times," gorgeous "Diamonds And Pearls" and irresistible "Alphabet Street."

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Sheena Easton
Muze Guest Artist Wendy & Lisa
Muze Guest Artist Sheila E.
Muze Guest Artist Rosie Gaines
Muze Guest Artist Dez Dickerson

Artist Overview

The word "genius" may be used a little too freely when describing pop musicians, but many would have to agree that Prince is deserving of such an accolade. Since his 1978 debut album, the Minneapolis-based multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/singer has scored numerous hits with his sexually charged, original funk/pop/dance/rock style, penned big hits for other artists, and has even tried his hand at acting as well. In the early 1990s, Prince's name-changing antics and his messy break with Warner Brothers overshadowed his music, but his extensive back catalog of amazing songs has secured his place in musical history.

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Best Of Rock Roll Hall Of Fame Plus
Muze Music Compilations Raise Up
Muze Music Compilations Power Of Soul:tribute To Jimi Hendrix
Muze Music Compilations Electric Lady
Muze Music Compilations Icon:sheila E
Muze Music Compilations Self Induced Illness

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/31/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2001
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8122742722
Music Label Name Label : Warner Bros.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227427221

Professional Reviews

Q (9/01, p.133)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...He really was the exciting new face of popular music....The hits that transformed Prince into a superstar to rival Michael Jackson remain some of the most thrilling in pop history..."

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