Prince

Remembering Prince & Opinions on Beyoncé

Jim and Greg remember music icon Prince who died on April 21 at age 57. As a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, the Minnesota monarch dominated the pop charts and had an enormous impact on funk, R&B, and rock and challenged the way the music industry does business. Later, they review the refreshing release from Beyoncé.

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Remembering Prince

Prince Remembered

"Life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last." Yet the party ended much too soon for music legend Prince, who died on April 21 at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Volumes have been said about the late Prince Rogers Nelson in the past week, but Jim and Greg draw attention to aspects of his music and career that aren't acknowledged enough. Growing out of the Minneapolis funk scene, Prince refused to be boxed into a single genre, fearlessly blending funk, pop, rock, soul, new wave, and R&B to create a sound all his own. He was known as a guitar god, but could really play any instrument he touched and often was the only musician on his recordings. Prince carried on the Marvin Gaye and Al Green tradition in R&B of mixing the sacred and the profane, sex and salvation. On records like The Black Album, he created some of the most lascivious music ever, but at the same time, Jim and Greg argue he showed a deep respect for women. Not only did he mentor and collaborate with up-and-coming female stars, but he also was eager to help out his idols like Chaka Khan and Mavis Staples.

Prince was unafraid to explore psychedelia, especially in the crucial three album run of Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, and Parade in the mid-80s. He spent the rest of his life toiling away at Paisley Park, churning out recording after recording – not without quality control issues. But in the past couple decades, Prince was defined by his unpredictable and often transcendent live performances. Prince was ahead of his time in recognizing the internet as a way to sell music directly to his fans without a label. But his greatest legacy will of course be his music, and his influence on generations of artists is immeasurable.

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Beyoncé Lemonade

Queen Bey is back with her refreshing new visual album, Lemonade. In the vein of her last work, the self-titled Beyoncé, Lemonade was a surprise release. This time, she put out a one-hour visual film of the same name on HBO about enduring infidelity, difficult times and Becky with the good hair. One of the many things Greg enjoys about Lemonade is Beyoncé's ability to become more vulnerable and gritty both in what she's singing about and how she's singing it. He also loves that she's working with unlikely collaborators like Jack White, James Blake and more. Greg thinks this is the best work of her career and gives Lemonade a Buy It. Jim wholeheartedly agrees, calling the album a masterpiece. He encourages listeners to listen beyond the drama of Jay Z & Beyoncé's struggling relationship to the greater picture Bey paints about the mistreatment of black women in America. He loves that she made an artistic record with some serious substance. Jim gives it an enthusiastic Buy It.

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Featured Songs

  1. Prince, 1999, 1999, Warner Bros., 1982
  2. 94 East, If You See Me, If You See Me / Games, Numero Group, 2013
  3. Prince, Just As Long As You're Mine, For You, Warner Bros., 1978
  4. Prince, I Feel For You, Prince, Warner Bros., 1979
  5. Prince, When You Were Mine, Dirty Mind, Warner Bros., 1980
  6. Prince, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Prince, Warner Bros., 1979
  7. Prince, Le Grind, The Black Album, Warner Bros., 1994
  8. Prince, Soft and Wet, For You, Warner Bros., 1978
  9. Sinéad O'Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, Ensign, 1990
  10. Prince, The Ballad of Dorothy Parker, Sign O' the Times, Paisley Park, 1987
  11. Chaka Khan, I Feel For You, I Feel For You, Warner Bros., 1984
  12. Mavis Staples, Melody Cool, Melody Cool, Paisley Park, 1990
  13. Prince and The Revolution, Take Me With U, Purple Rain, Warner Bros., 1984
  14. Prince, Controversy, Controversy, Warner Bros., 1981
  15. Prince and The Revolution, Let's Go Crazy, Purple Rain, Warner Bros., 1984
  16. Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain, Purple Rain, Warner Bros., 1984
  17. Prince and The Revolution, Raspberry Beret, Around the World in a Day, Warner Bros., 1985
  18. Prince and The Revolution, Paisley Park, Around the World in a Day, Warner Bros., 1985
  19. Prince, Anotherloverholenyohead, Parade, Paisley Park, 1986
  20. Prince, Sign o' the Times, Sign O' the Times, Paisley Park, 1987
  21. Prince, Adore, Sign O' the Times, Paisley Park, 1987
  22. Prince, Fury (Live on Saturday Night Live), 3121, NPG, 2006
  23. Prince (covering Radiohead), Creep (Live at Coachella 2008), Pablo Honey, Capitol, 1993
  24. Beyoncé, Hold Up, Lemonade, Parkwood, 2016
  25. Beyoncé, Don't Hurt Yourself, Lemonade, Parkwood, 2016
  26. Beyoncé, Sandcastles, Lemonade, Parkwood, 2016
  27. Beyoncé, Formation, Lemonade, Parkwood, 2016
  28. Prince and The Revolution, I Would Die 4 U, Purple Rain, Warner Bros., 1984
  29. Erykah Badu, I'll Call U Back, But You Caint Use My Phone, Motown, 2015
  30. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, American Girl, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Shelter, 1976
  31. Midnight Oil, River Runs Red, Blue Sky Mining, Columbia, 1990
  32. John Hiatt, Fly Back Home, Beneath This Gruff Exterior, New West, 2003
  33. Randy Newman, Burn On, Sail Away, Reprise, 1972
  34. Prince, Planet Earth, Planet Earth, NPG, 2007

Footnotes

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