(Reviewed by djdaffy1227):
1981 album was Prince's 4th album (not including 1977's Minneapolis Genius
by 94 East featuring Prince). Prince wrote, produced, arranged and played
every instrument on the album.
Side one starts with the title track that takes on subjects as varied
as racism, homosexuality, and politics. He asks the questions "Am
I black or white? Am I straight or gay?" Questions many people still
ask to this day, making it a timeless classic. The song was even used
on an early episode of "Different Strokes". A 7 minute barnburner
that was #1 on the R&B charts and that you can dance to! This song
was re-released in the UK to promote the album "The hits/the b-sides"
is "Sexuality". Not quite as powerful as "Controversy"
but a great tune nontheless. It would be one of the first videos by a
black artist on MTV.
Next we have
"Do me baby". A very sweet ballad about a subject Prince loves
to cover in his songs. starting off with the line "Here we are in
this big old empty room, staring each other down, looking for a reason
for you to lay me down". You just know it's gonna get good. Melis'a
Morgan took her version of the song to #1 on the R&B charts and top
50 on the pop charts.
only has three songs but is still 20:00 minutes in duration.
starts with "Private Joy". A song about a personal love "slave"
and the fun they have together. LaToya Jackson covered this song on one
of her albums(gag)
work" is the next song. One of my all time favorite Prince singles.
This was the first official Prince 12" single released in the states.
It has a value of over $100 (I bought mine at the used store for $18).
It is sought after by collectors because the 12" had "Gotta
stop (messin' about)" on the b-side. The first of many, not available
on any album b-side tracks by Prince. (although it was released as an
a-side in the UK)
Next we have
"Ronnie talk to Russia" the b-side for the 45 of "Let's
work". It kind of dates itself but it is still a really fun song
that talks about nuclear war and guerillas in the zoo (yes, I said fun).
"Ronnie talk to Russia before it's too late, before it's too late,
before we blow up the world". He even goes as far as to tell Ronald
Reagan "Don't say I didn't warn ya"
song is "Annie Christian". My personal favorite non released
album track by Prince. It's a song dealing with the anti-christ and the
Revelation.(Annie Christian, say it fast and you'll understand) He sings
"Annie Christian, Annie Christ until you're crusified, I'll live
my life in a taxi cab". Very profound if you ask me.
ends with "Jack you off". I'll never forget hearing this on
an episode of Phil Donahue talking about raunchy rock lyrics and the PMRC.
I think the title says it all,
All the songs
on side two run right into each other seamlessly. Only Prince could take
two subjects like sex and politics, mix them together and make it work!
Not one of
his more popular albums, but in my mind it was his best, ranking up there
with "Sign o' the times" and "1999". He only deals
with a couple of subjects (As per usual), sex and politics, but he handles
them in a way nobody else can. A true classic in my mind.Plus if you buy
the original vinyl copy you get a promotional poster (which I have) that
makes the album worth a little bit more money.
Take my advice
and buy this album! You won't be sorry.