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Thread started 10/11/20 10:08pm

Graycap23

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Is there a general consensus on which album sounds the best sonically?

Not counting remasters of course.

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Reply #1 posted 10/11/20 10:45pm

ForceofNature

Personally I would go with Parade. That album is mixed incredibly well, probably his best sounding '80s album and the quality of the music puts it over the top for me. Listen on good cans and the drums on the medley at the start pop like no other, it sounds like Prince is laying down the drum track right next to you

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Reply #2 posted 10/12/20 1:25am

Toofunkyinhere

"Come", for me. Or even "The Vault, Old Friends 4 Sale"
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Reply #3 posted 10/12/20 1:48am

dodger

TRC
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Reply #4 posted 10/12/20 1:49am

ForbiddenFruit

Prince (1979)

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Reply #5 posted 10/12/20 5:13am

Se7en

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I'll 2nd The Rainbow Children.

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Reply #6 posted 10/12/20 6:41am

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Love Symbol
Come
The Rainbow Children
HitNRun Phase 2

I would've been happy if he'd made another 5 albums with the production style of 'Come'. Hopefully, he did and they'll see the light of day. Or at least the original 93 configuration with some outtakes.

'Revelation' from Phase 2 is about as close to sonic perfection any song by any artist will ever reach for me.
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Reply #7 posted 10/12/20 7:02am

jaawwnn

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I'd need to know your parameters for what counts as good sonically. I've heard people praise and criticise the sonics of Parade for the same reason.

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Reply #8 posted 10/12/20 7:11am

PurpleColossus

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I've seen many claim that Diamonds & Pearls is Prince's best sonically sounding album. It's often described as being very 'polished' and 'clean' sounding. I tend to agree with this as well.

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Reply #9 posted 10/12/20 7:12am

embmmusic

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The Rainbow Children for me sounds excellent. It's not compressed to hell like a lot of the later pop albums and the mix really lets the jazzy music breathe, especially John Blackwell's phenomenal drums.

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Reply #10 posted 10/12/20 7:17am

emesem

Parade. Its timeless and dream like. Perfect combination of organic and electric sounds.

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Reply #11 posted 10/12/20 7:42am

mediumdry

Rainbow Children, Come, The Vault Old Friends For Sale, Dirty Mind, Exodus and Parade

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Reply #12 posted 10/12/20 7:43am

LoveGalore

If you can't feel the warmth in TRC, something's wrong.

I would also say D&P and Symbol sound great.
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Reply #13 posted 10/12/20 10:28am

thebanishedone

embmmusic said:

The Rainbow Children for me sounds excellent. It's not compressed to hell like a lot of the later pop albums and the mix really lets the jazzy music breathe, especially John Blackwell's phenomenal drums.

Its an amazing album but sound wise are you sure there are not a lot of loudness problems?

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Reply #14 posted 10/12/20 11:39am

Milty2

This may or may not touch on what you're asking about but a production lecturer of mine at Berklee College of Music back in the mid-90s once said that Let's Go Crazy was one of his favourite songs ever but also that it is a badly produced song sonically. He said it was all over the place - the mix, the EQ, etc. But everytime he heard that song, he couldn't help but dance to it simply because of the way it sounds. I'll never forget it.

I suppose he was saying that there is an intention sometimes as to how a song might sound whether it is produced well or not. I'm also not saying that Prince had an intention with that song production-wise. It was just another point of view.

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Reply #15 posted 10/12/20 12:07pm

mediumdry

Oh yeah, I forgot... one of the best sounding Prince releases ever is Deliverance....

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Reply #16 posted 10/12/20 12:37pm

Neves26

Rainbow Children
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Reply #17 posted 10/12/20 1:32pm

thebanishedone

Milty2 said:

This may or may not touch on what you're asking about but a production lecturer of mine at Berklee College of Music back in the mid-90s once said that Let's Go Crazy was one of his favourite songs ever but also that it is a badly produced song sonically. He said it was all over the place - the mix, the EQ, etc. But everytime he heard that song, he couldn't help but dance to it simply because of the way it sounds. I'll never forget it.

I suppose he was saying that there is an intention sometimes as to how a song might sound whether it is produced well or not. I'm also not saying that Prince had an intention with that song production-wise. It was just another point of view.

well Lets Go Crazy album version is a lve track recorded with a mobile unit but i think that Purple Rain album have great production

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Reply #18 posted 10/12/20 2:49pm

ufoclub

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We were told by Femi Jiya himself at the "Xenophobia" prince celebration that Rainbow Children was mixed to have more dynamic range instead of all faders UP.

Does it have more dynamic range than say albums right before and after?

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Reply #19 posted 10/12/20 4:05pm

Milty2

thebanishedone said:

Milty2 said:

This may or may not touch on what you're asking about but a production lecturer of mine at Berklee College of Music back in the mid-90s once said that Let's Go Crazy was one of his favourite songs ever but also that it is a badly produced song sonically. He said it was all over the place - the mix, the EQ, etc. But everytime he heard that song, he couldn't help but dance to it simply because of the way it sounds. I'll never forget it.

I suppose he was saying that there is an intention sometimes as to how a song might sound whether it is produced well or not. I'm also not saying that Prince had an intention with that song production-wise. It was just another point of view.

well Lets Go Crazy album version is a lve track recorded with a mobile unit but i think that Purple Rain album have great production

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I agree with you but I also believe it's unpolished in many areas.

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Reply #20 posted 10/12/20 4:52pm

Graycap23

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4 me the Rainbow Children just stands out way above all of the others.

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Reply #21 posted 10/12/20 5:56pm

thebanishedone

Milty2 said:

thebanishedone said:

well Lets Go Crazy album version is a lve track recorded with a mobile unit but i think that Purple Rain album have great production

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I agree with you but I also believe it's unpolished in many areas.

Dont you think its unpolished on purpose ? remember Prince wanted to do a rock album

.Purple Rain is a rock album.rock needs to be a little unpolished raw and dangerous,

if its perfect than it lacks something extra.

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Reply #22 posted 10/12/20 6:34pm

Milty2

thebanishedone said:

Milty2 said:

I agree with you but I also believe it's unpolished in many areas.

Dont you think its unpolished on purpose ? remember Prince wanted to do a rock album

.Purple Rain is a rock album.rock needs to be a little unpolished raw and dangerous,

if its perfect than it lacks something extra.

I'm not challenging anything. I'm just saying that it's unpolished in many areas. I'm not denigrating the album for that opinion either. I love the album in its entirety. I'm just saying.....it's unpolished in many (or some) places.

I dont agree that rock needs to be a little unpolished, raw and dangerous.

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Reply #23 posted 10/12/20 8:05pm

Shockedelicus

I'd say Parade is snappy, crisp, really balances the baroque elements and the hard-hitting funk percussion.

DnP and prince could have ben disasters, but the instrumentation is all crystal clear and the bass is deep and resonant.

Come is really clean, with a feeling of space and openness in its production.

Rainbow Children feels close and intimate, like a private live performance.

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Reply #24 posted 10/12/20 10:46pm

Sydney

Parade

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Reply #25 posted 10/12/20 11:33pm

Nightcrawler

The Rainbow Children and Emancipation come to mind.
Just like the sun, the rainbow children rise...
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Reply #26 posted 10/13/20 2:03am

BlueShakooo

The Rainbow Children,

The Vault - Old Friends 4 Sale,

Jill Jones

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Reply #27 posted 10/13/20 2:13am

fredmagnus

The bests for me are Diamonds & Pearls, Lovesymbol, Emancipation, OF4S & Rainbow Children.

The worsts : TGE, CB '98, Planet Earth & Lotus Flower...

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Reply #28 posted 10/13/20 12:18pm

RJOrion

The Rainbow Children

Love Symbol

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Reply #29 posted 10/13/20 12:47pm

herb4

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I'm no audiophile but TRC was the first one that came to mind so glad to see others agreeing with me.

There's something really organic sounding about it that works. Only track on the album that sounds "off" is "She Loves for Me" that seems to get...I dunno..."overloaded" I guess in certain spots (?)

Anyone know what I'm talking about?

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