The surprise follow-up to ‘Purple Rain’, Prince’s ‘Around The World In A Day’ album proved he was ‘the great Prince he wanted to be’.
A mere portion of his body of work, the best Prince albums present a multi-faceted discography in all its world-changing glory.
Recorded when he was still a teenager, ‘For You’ introduced Prince as a precocious young artist who was already ‘streets into the future’.
Originally sketched as an acoustic blues and given to another band, Prince eventually released Kiss as his own slice of future-shaping funk.
A song written for ‘every woman’, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World marked Prince’s first major move towards independence.
Starkly funky and unapologetically sexual, ‘The Black Album’ was Prince’s ‘angry bitter’ response to his critics – and he shelved it.
With his '1999' album, Prince perfected the ‘Minneapolis sound’: a futuristic pop-funk concoction the world has yet to catch up with.
The record on which ‘his original ideas broke through’, Prince’s self-titled second album served notice that a star was in the making.
A challenging mix of sex, politics and religion, Prince’s ‘Controversy’ album contained the seeds of much that would follow in the 80s.
With a brazen new look and outrageously forthright songs, ‘Dirty Mind’ marked a tipping point in the evolution of Prince’s artistic vision.
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