At Bedrock, we are all very saddened by the passing of the monumental musician Prince. Both an exceptional songwriter and virtuoso of the guitar, as well as many other instruments, Prince leaves quite a vacancy in his absence from the world. Primarily known for the electrifying performances of his live shows, the artist leaves behind the residue of his recorded catalog, which is full of idiosyncrasies, brilliant creativity, and fun. Upon Prince’s death many of our customers have expressed interest in familiarized themselves with Prince’s work, a daunting task considering that he was consistently releasing material for almost forty years (not to mention the colossal amount of unreleased work). Part of the joy of going through Prince’s catalogue is that it’s all actually exceptional and worth hearing (assuming you are a Prince fan). At Bedrock we are committed to hunting down as much of the Prince catalogue as is available and presenting it to you for you consumption.
A good place to start is the three CD set The Hits/B sides. The album is comprised of two discs worth of hit singles (some of which do not appear on any other albums) and a disc of B-sides that are very compelling and aren’t available anywhere else. This CD is a great introduction to Prince’s world and contains essential tracks, which are exclusive to this release.
If a listener is hoping to get a little deeper into Princes music I suggest that the start combing through Prince’s iconic 80’s releases. Check out Dirty Mind, Controvery, 1999, and Purple Rain. These are the most commercial albums and cemented Princes reputation as an ingenious innovator.
After getting the classics go back to the beginning where it all started in the 70’s with Prince’s first two albums For You and Prince, fantastic releases in themselves despite the fact that Prince is still in a state of becoming.
Next fill out the rest of the 80’s and early 90’s with classics that that Prince made while already established as an artist to watch. Start with the masterpiece Sign “O” The Times (a digestible double album). Get Parade, Diamonds and Pearls, The symbol album from when he changed his name. Also try and grab the epic albums Emancipation and Crystal Ball, both whopping three disc albums without a dull moment on them. Crystal Ball is particularly notable for the superb fourth bonus disc it comes with, The Truth.
Once you’ve rounded out your classic Prince add some of his more contemporary work. Check out The Rainbow Children, Musicology, 3121, and finally obtain the most recent Prince releases Hit ‘n’ Run Phases 1&2, a fitting finale to a rich full career.
Prince has an exceptional and lengthy catalogue but hopefully one can wade their way through the immense quantity of material and discover the greatness in this artist. The one’s I have mentioned are just an introduction and any other Prince albums not included in this write up are not bad albums by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just hard to digest such an enormous output of material all at once.