TITLE: For You
YEAR RELEASED: 1978
CHART ACTION: #163 US, #156 UK
SINGLES: Soft and Wet (#92, #12 R&B), Just as Long as We’re Together (#91 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No. This is obscure Prince.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Teenage wonder writes, plays, and sings an entire album. While not earth shaking, the feat is notable in itself.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The opening vocal montage of Prince’s debut album shows the meticulous craftsmanship that Prince would put toward most all of his work in his career. Even in his early years, Prince was comfortable in his artistry, and able to conceive and play all of the parts on his records.
Yet what he needed the most seasoning in was songwriting. “Soft and Wet” definitely is Prince as we knew him, but the rest of the album is just OK. He had a long time to get better though.
Nothing else really sticks besides the single, but it’s interesting to hear where Prince started to his peak and beyond. It wasn’t that long until he really became Prince.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The final recording tripled the budget allotted. Also, this is only streaming on Tidal. If $10 a month is worth it for Prince, then by all means.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C+: It amazing that he played all 27 instruments and did all of the intricate vocal work, but the songs aren’t there yet.