Prince: The Gold Experience (1995).
For a while it was a competition between this and the Love Symbol Album as to which Prince album was his best of the 90’s. Although I give the edge to The Symbol Album it’s not taking anything away from The Gold Experience. With this album Prince sounds super inspired. On the surface, some of these songs might come off as silly and trite, but they are so enduring that they work. P Control has a bit of a misleading title, as it’s about female empowerment… oh, and it’s a monster jam of song with Prince rapping throughout the verses. Endorphine Machine rocks out and showcases some of Prince’s best screams ever recorded. Shhh is a classic Prince ballad which actually appeared on Tevin Campbell’s album 2 years earlier. The upbeat dance track, We March is the misstep for me on this album. Very similar to Lovesign that came out the year before, it’s also a sign of things to come as this particular sound would dominate his triple CD Emancipation. Dolphin is a cool tune that is a sparse and atmospheric rocker. Now is another rap jam, done with that Prince flair. There are 2 monster jams here and the first one is 319. Sung in his falsetto and driven but a dirty, fuzzy riff this is song that doesn’t know how to stop. Shy is a cool mellow, acoustic life tune. I always thought of this as Walk, Don’t Walk (from Diamonds & Pearls) but done right. The second monster jam here is Billy Jack Bitch. Super catchy, funky jam with a killer keyboard riff. This is actually one of my favorite Prince jams! Things end well with Gold. I know a lot of people are not fond of this, but I like the way it builds and builds as the song plays on. And according to this song – we lived to see ‘the dawn’! There are segues throughout that make it feel like an interactive experience which is neither here nor there, but they don’t distract from anything. It sounds a little dated now but actually in 1995 it was pretty insightful of Prince. Also, this is the album where The Most Beautiful Girl In The World found a #princerogersnelson #cds #paisleypark #music #cdmusic #cd #musicalgenius #musicfan #musiccommunity #inmycdplayer #minneapolissound #prince #cdcollector