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I would recommend this album to anyone who likes Prince and who may be unsure about how good his really old stuff is. I have been listening to Prince since 1986 and I still play this album regularly, far more than some of his later albums. His singing style is falsetto throughout which I personally love; sexy lyrics sung with the voice of an angel, apart from the rock flavoured 'Bambi' where he laments his girl dumping him for another girl. 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' is probably the best known on this so if you like that softly funky, non-commercial sound that Prince has you will like the whole album. 'Sexy Dancer' is another amazing track with funky guitar throughout. It also has his less commercial, original version of 'I Feel For You' which was written by Prince but later covered by Chaka Khan whose hip hop version is brilliant, but they both have their own place depending on your mood. There are a few dreamy, slow ones too that are inoffensive at worst. I feel like listening to it now!
This is Prince’s second album, and it caused quite a stir when it was released. The cover shows Prince naked from the chest up, with a lot of hair both on his head and on his chest. But it was the songs, and more precisely the subject matter, that raised a few eyebrows. Titles like “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, “Sexy Dancer”, “Bambi” were all full of blatant sexual references, the latter being clearly about female masturbation (and not a cute little deer!). But the music was also somewhat of a revelation, being a fusion of rock pop and funk that would be the cornerstone of the so-called “Minneapolis Scene” for many years to come. The album holds up extremely well all these years later, with fans and newcomers alike enjoying the classics like “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, “Bambi” and “I Feel For You” (later a massive smash when Chaka Khan covered it, but this is a much purer version). Not quite as immediately accessible as some of the later stuff like Purple Rain and 1999, but showed just what a one-off genius this young man (he was only 19 when he finished the album) really is. As so many of his work would, it bore the legendary words “Produced, Arranged, Composed and Performed by Prince”. Even all this time later, “Prince” is well worth discovering.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I Wanna Be Your Lover
2 Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad
3 Sexy Dancer
4 When We're Dancing Close And Slow
5 With You
7 Still Waiting
8 I Feel For You
9 It's Gonna Be Lonely