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The symbolism behind Prince’s Love Symbol Album

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Love Symbol

October 13th marked the 25th anniversary of Prince’s Love Symbol album. This 14th studio release from 1992 would mark the beginning of the most rebellious era in Prince’s musical career. By 1993 Prince’s growing frustration with Warner Brothers’ attempt to stifle his musical output would cause him to change his name to the unpronounceable male/female symbol hybrid on the album’s cover. Love Symbol was originally slated to be a “fantasy rock soap opera” with numerous segues to tell the story of Prince and his love affair with an Egyptian princess, played by his future wife Mayte Garcia in her debut with Prince’s New Power Generation band. Many of the segues were cut to shorten the album’s playing time, but the missing portions surfaced on subsequent bootleg recordings in later years. Some music critics and fans were less than enthusiastic about the Love Symbol album, but it still managed to go platinum in the U.S. and the U.K. It’s often forgotten that Prince was another artist who delved into the visual album concept. In 1994 he released the direct to video film 3 Chains o’ Gold that he also produced and directed. It’s a collection of videos from the Love Symbol…

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What Time Is It? celebrates 35th anniversary

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What Time Is It

What Time Is It? was the sophomore album by one of the greatest funk bands ever, The Time. During this time, Prince was unstoppable as a producer and songwriter. In between tours in 1981, Prince not wrote, recorded and produced The Time’s sophomore album What Time Is It and Vanity 6’s album, but also created his own masterpiece 1999. His distinctive, funky and innovative Minneapolis Sound is injected into every track on the album while boasting the band’s flashy, stylish theatrics with Morris Day’s smooth vocals and comedic interludes. View this post on Instagram If "Funk" were inside a bracket my assessment is that it starts w Sly Stone's #TheresARiotGoinOn in 71….& ends w #WhatTimeIsIt? released 35 years ago today probably one of the best Prince side project releases ever. It officially served warning to what was coming down the pike (1999 would be a month away & the Purple Rain movie two years) the Funk the Wit the Humor & the Style. In 6 songs all came home here. Let the church say Ame–naw my bad, let the church say YEEEEEEEASE!!!!! A post shared by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Aug 25, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT Further Reading:   [urlpreviewbox url=”http://www.princevault.com/index.php?title=Album:_What_Time_Is_It%3F”/]…

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