YEAR RELEASED: 1982
CHART ACTION: #7 US, #28 UK
SINGLES: 1999 (#12 US, #4 R&B, #1 Dance, #4 UK), Little Red Corvette (#6 US, #11 R&B, #61 Dance, #12 UK), Delirious (#8 US, #18 R&B, #33 UK), Let’s Pretend We’re Married (#52 US, #55 R&B, #52 Dance)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Automatic, Free
LINEUP: Prince, Dez Dickerson, Lisa Coleman, Jill Jones, Vanity, Wendy Melovin – but Prince did almost ALL of the instruments except the guitar solos on Little Red Corvette.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Early 90’s R&B diva’s hits collection has some nice confections, but ultimately dissolves into the air with no substance.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Well, it’s not the ultimately perfect record – I think the sequencing could have been better – it’s as close as you can get.
His last three records had been steps in this direction, but nothing on those albums prepared you for this. From the bombast of “1999”, to the soul of “Little Red Corvette”, to the hook-laden “Delirious” (and that’s just Side 1) and “Let’s Pretend We’re Married”, to the funk of “DMSR” . “Lady Cab Driver”, and “Automatic”, the ballads and experimentation that end the album, it’s just, well, a revolution.
This not only set the scene for the 80’s, but all R&B based music afterwards.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The B-side to “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” was “Irresistible Bitch”, my favorite Prince B-side, probably left off the album because of its sonic similarity to “Lady Cab Driver”
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A+: I may have wanted to move a ballad to the first half of the album, but that’s just me. If you don’t have this record, grab it, and start by listening to the lesser known cuts.