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Thread started 02/27/20 9:47pm

SoftSkarlettLo
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What is your take on the Cream maxi single?

I admit I liked it when I first bought it. However, now I find the remixes kinda outdated unlike the timeless original.

The Do Your Dance remix reminds me of early 1990s Madonna outtakes (not in a bad way - it just has that raw demo feel).
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Reply #1 posted 02/28/20 12:10am

robertgeorge

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I like it. I hadn't heard a lot of Maxi singles like this. Took things in a different way, felt ecletic yet cohesive at the same time. Had a sense of adventure and fun. I like this and what he did with get off.

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Reply #2 posted 02/28/20 12:37am

dodger

I still love it. Bit experimental with the instrumental parts. It still sounds funky fresh for the 90's to me

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A highlight is the way Q In Doubt segues into Ethereal Mix

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Reply #3 posted 02/28/20 12:42am

BlueShakooo

"Get Some Solo" is a great, great track.

I don't care abouit the rest.

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Reply #4 posted 02/28/20 12:42am

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

I admit I liked it when I first bought it. However, now I find the remixes kinda outdated unlike the timeless original. The Do Your Dance remix reminds me of early 1990s Madonna outtakes (not in a bad way - it just has that raw demo feel).

"Do Your Dance" is my favorite on there.

I love how that particular remix along with "Get Some Solo" led to "My Name Is Prince".

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Reply #5 posted 02/28/20 1:57am

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TrcikyChristopher said:

SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

I admit I liked it when I first bought it. However, now I find the remixes kinda outdated unlike the timeless original. The Do Your Dance remix reminds me of early 1990s Madonna outtakes (not in a bad way - it just has that raw demo feel).

"Do Your Dance" is my favorite on there.

I love how that particular remix along with "Get Some Solo" led to "My Name Is Prince".

I actually think that those Cream remixes were recorded after "My Name Is Prince" (but still during the same time period, shortly after.)

On the Vault pictures that appeared in 2018, I've seen a 2" tape dating "Get Some Solo" to 29 September 1991.

So it's very likely that the other remixes were either done on the same date or on the same week.

But either way, they happened after "My Name Is Prince" was recorded.

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Reply #6 posted 02/28/20 2:54am

TheFman

I never played that fully, just as i never played fully the Get Off maxi. Not my cup of tea; it was the definitive end of the era of wonderful/interesting B-sides. Still was a die-hard fan at that time but this was another crack in the armor.

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Reply #7 posted 02/28/20 5:33am

RJOrion

i never liked Cream...i always thought Cream and Kiss were his most overrated songs...IMO
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Reply #8 posted 02/28/20 5:51am

darkroman

I always thougt it VERY odd this was such a massive hit in the USA.

Around the time I read the Americans didn't understand what it was about!

Clearly that must have been the case as otherwise it would have never been played on mainstream radio, if at all!!!

Forrest Gump comes to mind!


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Reply #9 posted 02/28/20 5:54am

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robertgeorge said:

I like it. I hadn't heard a lot of Maxi singles like this. Took things in a different way, felt ecletic yet cohesive at the same time. Had a sense of adventure and fun. I like this and what he did with get off.


Yes. Cream and Gett Off are E.P.'s disguised as Maxi-Singles. I'd say the same about The Scandalous Sex Suite, New Power Generation and The Beautiful Experience.

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Reply #10 posted 02/28/20 6:16am

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darkroman said:

I always thougt it VERY odd this was such a massive hit in the USA.

Around the time I read the Americans didn't understand what it was about!

Clearly that must have been the case as otherwise it would have never been played on mainstream radio, if at all!!!

Forrest Gump comes to mind!


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I recall it getting a lot of radio play in the UK and the video constantly being on MTV.

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Reply #11 posted 02/28/20 9:43am

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RJOrion said:

i never liked Cream...i always thought Cream and Kiss were his most overrated songs...IMO
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I don't know about Cream being overrated (it was Prince's last #1 hit) but yeah, Kiss is quite overrated - that song is referenced in all media, including children entertainment.
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Reply #12 posted 02/28/20 10:30am

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Don't be silly, neither songs are overrated. Overplayed perhaps but that's not the fault of the songs. Both have genius production and performances, elevating them more than any amount of clever songwriting would. The Cream Maxi-CD is a good listen, lesser than his other maxi-cd song experiments but still worth getting.

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Reply #13 posted 02/28/20 10:48am

RJOrion

jaawwnn said:

Don't be silly, neither songs are overrated. Overplayed perhaps but that's not the fault of the songs. Both have genius production and performances, elevating them more than any amount of clever songwriting would. The Cream Maxi-CD is a good listen, lesser than his other maxi-cd song experiments but still worth getting.

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opinion...opinions... i dont like either song...id honestly rather hear "Jughead" and "Daddy Pop", than "Cream" or "Kiss", which were definitely overplayed as well...."Cream" always reminded me of "Something To Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt, and i HATE that song
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Reply #14 posted 02/28/20 11:56am

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A lot of people hear T. Rex Get it On in Cream but to my ears he he was going for Addicted To Love with it in that it's a total "written-to-be-a-hit" basic rock'n'roll song with modern production to get it over the line - i'd forgive anyone who sees it as a bit cynical but it works imho


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Reply #15 posted 02/28/20 12:21pm

dodger

jaawwnn said:

A lot of people hear T. Rex Get it On in Cream but to my ears he he was going for Addicted To Love with it in that it's a total "written-to-be-a-hit" basic rock'n'roll song with modern production to get it over the line - i'd forgive anyone who sees it as a bit cynical but it works imho



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Yes, I've always heard T Rex's Get It On.
Especially with the line 'you're filthy cute' he used in Cream and Get It On has 'you're dirty sweet'
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Reply #16 posted 02/28/20 3:26pm

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IMHO most of the remixes are just filler. Not too much substance to them. Now the Gett Off remixes are another story.... smile

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Reply #17 posted 02/28/20 4:15pm

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djThunderfunk said:

robertgeorge said:

I like it. I hadn't heard a lot of Maxi singles like this. Took things in a different way, felt ecletic yet cohesive at the same time. Had a sense of adventure and fun. I like this and what he did with get off.


Yes. Cream and Gett Off are E.P.'s disguised as Maxi-Singles. I'd say the same about The Scandalous Sex Suite, New Power Generation and The Beautiful Experience.


Agree, and I'd also throw Space in there as an EP disguised as a maxi-single.

As for Cream, I like the maxi with the EXCEPTION of the Cream NPG Mix, which is just too thumpy and over-scratched. I would've rather had an audio version of his performance of the song on the Arsenio show. His guitar solo at the end of that one is excellent and made the track even more raw and bluesy. So, I added that myself and love to revisit it when the urge to Cream beckons.

Many of the other tracks on that maxi single turned one of my friends into a Prince admirer, especially Do Your Dance (KC's Remix) and the Q In Doubt mix; fun vocals and keyboards on the former; great guitar playing on the latter.

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Reply #18 posted 02/28/20 4:35pm

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Ethereal is where it's at. I still play that track to this day.

A very atmospheric and memorable instrumental.
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Reply #19 posted 02/28/20 4:36pm

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Reply #20 posted 02/28/20 7:22pm

SoftSkarlettLo
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OperatingThetan said:

Ethereal is where it's at. I still play that track to this day.

A very atmospheric and memorable instrumental.


Agreed. smile
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Reply #21 posted 02/28/20 7:59pm

LoveGalore

Like someone else said, to me this is just another step down the path away from interesting b-side material. I've never really been into remixes like this anyway except in some rare instances and these tracks (like Gett Off before it) don't really go anywhere to me.

At least the NPG sessions produced a bunch of standalone songs that were cool. This is way to o mainstream marketing ploy to me.
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Reply #22 posted 02/28/20 9:12pm

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

I admit I liked it when I first bought it. However, now I find the remixes kinda outdated unlike the timeless original. The Do Your Dance remix reminds me of early 1990s Madonna outtakes (not in a bad way - it just has that raw demo feel).


It's one of the better examples of taking elements of an existing song and creating a totally new track. New Power Generation was the first real example (with Batdance being a lighter exploration) of him doing this. And I love "Loveleft Loveright."

For Gett Off EP and Cream EP, these are aural orgies of Prince just doing whatever. It goes beyond remixes or alternate versions. They're different songs, yet we can hear the original song in every one of them. They're prime Prince, for me, when it comes to derivative songs; I don't mean that in a bad way.

One example that really never got out officially was the similarities with "My Tree," "Number One", "Oopey Doop" (orwhateveritscalled), etc. Prince was on speed when he programmed those and they're horrible.

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Reply #23 posted 02/29/20 3:56am

dodger

Always been curious if the rumour was true about one of the prank calls at the end being Prince calling up his step-father
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Reply #24 posted 02/29/20 10:29am

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Boring as hell. I don't even have it anymore. There used te be a time when his maxi singles were fantastic, a longer version of the track itself and the b side, which was often a great song in its own right. Not half an hour of variations of a song that wasn't that great to begin with. bored
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Reply #25 posted 02/29/20 2:10pm

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dodger said:

Always been curious if the rumour was true about one of the prank calls at the end being Prince calling up his step-father


It's likely been discussed on here before. Do a quick search. I've no doubt you'd find that answer. (I forget the deets offhand, or I'd share.)

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Reply #26 posted 02/29/20 3:08pm

Galaxy

Gett Off EP is a Masterpiece!
No other artist can do that.
As for the Cream Ep couldnt really get into it.
I will have a spin and see whether I like it or not.
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Reply #27 posted 03/02/20 8:46am

Se7en

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The Ethereal Mix makes it all worthwhile!

I always liked the album version too.

It was great hearing Prince get a LOT of airplay back then, especially after Graffiti Bridge tanked. The D&P era was cool for a Prince fan . . . Arsenio Hall show, Special Olympics, media appearances and magazine covers. And a video collection to accompany the album!

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Reply #28 posted 03/02/20 9:44am

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i thought this was going to be another thread about the prank calls!

i still don't think it was Prince making the calls.

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Reply #29 posted 03/09/20 9:24am

iamafan

I have never liked the song Cream, so I haven't heard the maxi single.

However, I loved the maxi singles that came out in the 80s!

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