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Reply #30 posted 01/29/19 6:25am

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It's a wonderful track, a perfect pop song. I know people were sick of it and Raspberry Beret at 90% of the shows but the few times I caught Prince live it was a total highlight based just on how much the crowd loved it. Sonically it's maybe a bit ahead of the rest of the Purple Rain album but he was always dropping those hints, whether consciously or not, on where he was going next wasn't he? It has a lightness of touch that side one of Purple Rain needed.


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Reply #31 posted 01/29/19 6:41am

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I love it, I think it fits perfectly on the album and in the movie. Agreed, Apollonia is not a great singer, but Prince more than makes up for it.

One memory I have of the song: I was playing the album at work one day, and my coworker/friend who is a drummer heard the intro to Take Me With U and his ears perked up. He kept hitting starting the song over to try to figure out just how it was done.

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Reply #32 posted 01/29/19 9:31am

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I love this song too. The weird thing is that Apolliana's pitchy vocals add to the wonderful casual and breezy element to the song. I also think that the song is irresistible as a sing along. If Apolliana can do it, then so should I with no embarrassment.
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Reply #33 posted 01/29/19 9:31am

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Image result for Take Me With U Prince and the Revolution single


Damn I loved that single art. Couldn't quite justify spending my allowance on it just for the picture, though. :p

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Reply #34 posted 01/29/19 9:31am

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dupe!
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Reply #35 posted 01/29/19 9:33am

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LOL I know what U mean
But I would have. I'd by a $5+ magazine just for a picture

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OldFriends4Sale said:

Image result for Take Me With U Prince and the Revolution single


Damn I loved that single art. Couldn't quite justify spending my allowance on it just for the picture, though. :p

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Reply #36 posted 01/29/19 3:18pm

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Appollonia’s vocals are just fine for the song. I remember most reviews reported them as indistinct, almost buried, indistinguishable from Prince Rogers Nelson’s so complaints about her vocals seem daft.
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Reply #37 posted 01/29/19 11:27pm

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Today in 1984, Prince recorded this gem. Really a gorgeous, sugary-sweet little song, especially with the unedited ending. I feel it's quite underrated. Thoughts?

UNedited Version shoulda been a 12"!! With a B-Side!!!

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Reply #38 posted 01/30/19 12:14pm

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It's my most-played Prince song on last.fm. So I love it, obviously. A little sugary by Prince standards, but there's nothing wrong with a bit of sugar. Plus, I seem to be one of the few people who actually kinda like Apollonia's voice.

I LIKE Apollonia's voice too. It's my favourite song on the Purple Rain album. It has such an uplifting vibe to it. yes

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Reply #39 posted 01/31/19 8:10am

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rdhull said:

Appollonia’s vocals are just fine for the song. I remember most reviews reported them as indistinct, almost buried, indistinguishable from Prince Rogers Nelson’s so complaints about her vocals seem daft.



I was one who had to listen to the song a few times before I knew which lines Appollonia was singing. In fact, the first few times I heard it I thought, "Duet? No one's singing but Prince!"

Prince has some AWESOME harmonies buried deep in the mix, too. Especially on the last verse.

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Reply #40 posted 01/31/19 11:25am

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RodeoSchro said:

rdhull said:

Appollonia’s vocals are just fine for the song. I remember most reviews reported them as indistinct, almost buried, indistinguishable from Prince Rogers Nelson’s so complaints about her vocals seem daft.



I was one who had to listen to the song a few times before I knew which lines Appollonia was singing. In fact, the first few times I heard it I thought, "Duet? No one's singing but Prince!"

Prince has some AWESOME harmonies buried deep in the mix, too. Especially on the last verse.

"As fine as she is she don't haveta sing!". lol

I think I hear Lisa helping too.

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Reply #41 posted 01/31/19 12:25pm

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Things came to a head on January 28, following the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, at which Prince was nominated for ten awards (Sheila E. had two nominations, and the Time picked up one, as well). A few days earlier, “Take Me with U” had been released as a single, the final single from Purple Rain; it was also the only one with another track from the album, an edit of “Baby I’m a Star,” as the B-side, and the only one to fall short of the Top Ten, peaking at number 25.

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Reply #42 posted 01/31/19 12:34pm

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"Apollonia was not a singer," explained Lisa Coleman. "She was an actress. So the poor thing was thrown into the studio: 'Here, you have to sing this.' She was like, 'Oh my God, I don't know how to sing.' And she did the best she could. I doubled her vocals on 'Take Me With U' to make it sound a little better."

Jill Jones was also recruited to help by providing a ghost track for Apollonia to follow. "It wasn't ever to take anything away from her," said Jones. "It was just to strengthen her so she would come back and approach the studio differently. I believe that's how he felt about it, because we saw a difference. Like, 'Oh, wow, she's getting there.' And it made for better performances in the studio, and he could discover their style."

After spending seven hours getting the vocal overdubs right on Jan. 30, and five more perfecting the final mix the next day, Prince sequenced the song as the opening track on the proposed Apollonia 6 album. However, on April 14, he decided to move it over to the Purple Rain soundtrack.

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Reply #43 posted 01/31/19 1:09pm

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It's an OK song...not great,but OK.....probably my least favorite track on the album.

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Reply #44 posted 02/01/19 10:07am

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Appolonia does sound horrible, but i still love the song. as i have learned to tune her out as static
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Reply #45 posted 02/01/19 10:09am

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OldFriends4Sale said:


The addition of the strings by David Novi & Suzi worked magic on this song


The bolded part rhythm and melody is ever so wonderful



Image result for Take Me With U Prince and the Revolution single






I can't disguise the pounding of my heart
It beats so strong
It's in your eyes, what can I say
They turn me on

I don't care where we go
I don't care what we do
I don't care pretty baby
Just take me with you

Come on and touch the place in me
That's calling out your name
We want each other oh so much
Why must we play this game?

I don't care where we go
I don't care what we do
I don't care pretty baby
Just take me with you



I don't care if we spend the night at your mansion
I don't care if we spend the night on the town
All I want is to spend the night together
All I want is to spend the night in your arms
To be around you is so-oh right
You're sheer perfection (thank you)
Drive me crazy, drive me all night
Just don't break up the connection
I don't care where we go
I don't care what we do
I don't care pretty baby
Just take me with you

I don't care where we go
I don't care what we do
I don't care pretty baby
Just take me with you

Just take me with you
Won't you take me with you
Honey, take me with you




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Prince - lead vocal and instruments


Apollonia - co-lead vocals


Bobby Z -drums & percussion


Dr Fink -keyboards and vocals


Lisa Coleman -keyboards and vocals


BrownMark - bass and vocals


Wendy Melvoin -guitar and vocals


Jill Jones -background vocals


David Coleman - cello


Novi Novog - violin and viola


Suzi Katayama -cello



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perfect comment, especially about the bolded part
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Reply #46 posted 02/02/19 7:15am

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For me this is the worst song on the album due to Apollonia's singing (whining) throughout the song. The music is of course excellant as is Prince's vocals but I just can't handle A's voice. Wish we had had the version with Vanity.....


Agreed.

It's the weakest track on Purple Rain. And Apples could not sing that song.

That's why the live version with The Revolution, and Wendy and Lisa singing her part, is a thousand times better than the recorded version. I don't think Vanity singing it would have been much better, as she did not have a very strong voice either.

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The best versions of this song are during the PR concerts. I still get goosebumps when I watch the Syracuse performace of that song. They start the song, the house lights come up on the first few notes, and the crowd goes ballistic - you can barely hear the band. It's simply awesome. Lisa Coleman has stated when they played that song she would have "audio distortion" because the crowd screaming was so loud - like "Beatle-mania".

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Reply #47 posted 02/03/19 6:28pm

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kingricefan said:

Wish we had had the version with Vanity.....

yeahthat beg that would be cloud9

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Reply #48 posted 02/06/19 7:40pm

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COLEMAN Apollonia came and saved the day. But she was not a singer. She was an actress. So the poor thing was thrown into the studio: “Here, you have to sing this.” She was like, “Oh my God, I don’t know how to sing.” And she did the best she could. I doubled her vocals on “Take Me With U” to make it sound a little better.

KOTERO I don’t remember that. But I would imagine she’s on [the song].Much of the Purple Rain soundtrack was recorded over the summer of 1983 at a warehouse in suburban Minneapolis and live onstage at First Avenue.

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Reply #49 posted 02/07/19 10:43am

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Today in 1984, Prince recorded this gem. Really a gorgeous, sugary-sweet little song, especially with the unedited ending. I feel it's quite underrated. Thoughts?

Always one of my favories. Pure pop genius. And it was not the worst song on Purple Rain because there is no such thing.

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Reply #50 posted 02/07/19 1:58pm

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sulls said:


Today in 1984, Prince recorded this gem. Really a gorgeous, sugary-sweet little song, especially with the unedited ending. I feel it's quite underrated. Thoughts?



Always one of my favories. Pure pop genius. And it was not the worst song on Purple Rain because there is no such thing.


It was fantastic live, especially with The Revolution. A great upbeat pop song and crowd favorite.
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Reply #51 posted 02/10/19 1:12am

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Appollonia’s vocals are just fine for the song. I remember most reviews reported them as indistinct, almost buried, indistinguishable from Prince Rogers Nelson’s so complaints about her vocals seem daft.

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Reply #52 posted 02/10/19 7:27am

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rdhull said:

Appollonia’s vocals are just fine for the song. I remember most reviews reported them as indistinct, almost buried, indistinguishable from Prince Rogers Nelson’s so complaints about her vocals seem daft.

yeahthat

Well.....her vocal is "fine" for the song, because they are buried under Prince's, Matt's, Wendy's and Lisa's biggrin

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Look, I think Apollonia was perfect for her role PR, and she brought that light and more "campy" feel to the film, but a singer she was not smile

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Reply #53 posted 02/10/19 9:08am

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teoalcantara said:

yeahthat

Well.....her vocal is "fine" for the song, because they are buried under Prince's, Matt's, Wendy's and Lisa's biggrin

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Look, I think Apollonia was perfect for her role PR, and she brought that light and more "campy" feel to the film, but a singer she was not smile

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Exactly.

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Reply #54 posted 02/10/19 2:36pm

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Reply #55 posted 02/10/19 3:23pm

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ya know,Prince could have easily just recorded the song with Jill Jones (someone who can sing) hmmm and it would have worked out perfectly.

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Reply #56 posted 02/11/19 8:47pm

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ya know,Prince could have easily just recorded the song with Jill Jones (someone who can sing) hmmm and it would have worked out perfectly.

OR.......Brenda Bennett!! They were His 2 PUREST Singers B4 Boni Boyer or Rosie Gaines!!

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Reply #57 posted 02/12/19 7:04am

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SoulAlive said:

ya know,Prince could have easily just recorded the song with Jill Jones (someone who can sing) hmmm and it would have worked out perfectly.

OR.......Brenda Bennett!! They were His 2 PUREST Singers B4 Boni Boyer or Rosie Gaines!!

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Except they weren't the one ridin on the motocycle or on the album cover.

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Reply #58 posted 02/12/19 7:13am

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woogiebear said:

OR.......Brenda Bennett!! They were His 2 PUREST Singers B4 Boni Boyer or Rosie Gaines!!

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Except they weren't the one ridin on the motocycle or on the album cover.

Right - he had to get her into the song mix somehow, because she was the female lead. So, he was smart and buried her vocal several layers deep under his, Matt's, Mark's, Wendy's, and Lisa's biggrin Well, except for the "thank you" after he sings "you're sheer perfection", although, it could still be Wendy or Lisa's voice smile

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Even the Apollonia 6 record - Brenda, Jill, Susannah and Lisa were the main vocalists for that record. Apollonia's parts were posing for the album cover and lip syncing in the videos biggrin

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Reply #59 posted 02/12/19 7:17am

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rdhull said:

Except they weren't the one ridin on the motocycle or on the album cover.

Right - he had to get her into the song mix somehow, because she was the female lead. So, he was smart and buried her vocal several layers deep under his, Matt's, Mark's, Wendy's, and Lisa's biggrin Well, except for the "thank you" after he sings "you're sheer perfection", although, it could still be Wendy or Lisa's voice smile

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Even the Apollonia 6 record - Brenda, Jill, Susannah and Lisa were the main vocalists for that record. Apollonia's parts were posing for the album cover and lip syncing in the videos biggrin

Oh, and Brenda should've had a solo record!!!!!!!!!!!!

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