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Four years ago today we lost perhaps the greatest all-around musical entertainer of all time

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  1. Ian T

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    The other thing that sticks out to me about Prince is that he is one of the biggest pop icons of my time, along with MJ, Elvis. Mega superstar. Not an "A-lister" - it's a tier above.

    As a child, I could think of no greater success than being a pop megasuperstar.

    He received so much appreciation from fans and peers. Probably couldn't step foot in public without fans approaching him to tell him how much they loved him.

    He reached the absolute pinnacle of success.

    All of these dudes died from drug overdoses.
     
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    There are masters in this world who require admiration from all whether you are into them (or their field of artistry) or not. Examples: Scorsese, Kurosawa, Herzog in film; Michael Jordan, Sugar Ray Robinson, AJ Foyt in sports; Shakespeare, Milton, Tolstoy, JK Rowling in literature; Dylan, Lennon, Prince in music.

    You may not like Prince's particular style of music (funk/rock/pop/jazz/dance hybrid), but there is no way you are allowed to not respect his brilliance. As I said, there are masters so astonishingly gifted in their craft that they demand admiration from all. Prince is one of the rare few who are in that category.
     
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    Girls don't pass out at Prince concerts because they are grown women. Female reaction to Paul was really no different from those Backstreet Boy bands and that Korean pop bands BTS. Big deal, little girls screamed and cried at Paul. You do realize they also scream and cry when they watch "The Bachelor" on TV.

    Bruce v Prince battle is absurd. Sure Bruce was a top songwriter, fantastic performer, great guitarist (plays some piano, too). Uhh, but that's it. And here is the key: that was all limited to one genre - rock. Prince was expert on numerous instruments (you should hear him play drums) and his songwriting encompassed an amazing number of genres. Rock, pop, funk, jazz, electro-dance, soul, gospel, rhythm and blues, the strange un-named genre on the "Xpectation" album.... Comparing Bruce to Prince is like comparing McDonald's dollar menu to a Thanksgiving Day dinner.
     
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  4. blowtorch

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    Well duh. You're not a chick.

    ask any woman who had better moves, Prince or the boss.

    any woman.

    playing guitar and singing by themselves , that's fine.

    for a sausage fest.
     
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    Reminds me of the old saw, 'Tis better to keep quiet and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
     
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    I immediately thought of Glen Campbell as well.
     
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    Danb541 Friend of Leo's

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    Prince was an amazing multi talented guy.
    Glen Campbell being mentioned a few times is noteworthy, he was amazing as well.
    Another guy with enormous musical skill on many instruments and genres was Roy Clark. Also had a good sense of humor.
    All three are once in a century type musicians.

     
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    When alive, I found his music slightly interesting, but cloying when listened to in an album setting (I’d lose interest about 3 songs in). Didn’t actually pay much attention to him, so for me to rate his skills or importance is superfluous.

    Rolling Stone, on the other hand, did rate his importance. They empaneled a group (I know not who) in 2004/2005 and again in 2011. In neither of those did Prince break into the top 25. So, amazing musician. Yep. Loyal fans? Just look at the slag given to the doubters in this thread. Greatest of all time? Rolling Stone says close, but no cigar.

    Lists in link
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_Stone's_100_Greatest_Artists_of_All_Time

    Before you argue with me, just note, I have no dog in this hunt. Just reporting what I found. I’m much more of a slightly interested bystander.
     
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    Yeah, and as far as performance craft, he had that whole HEE HAW schtick down cold o_O
    :)
     
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    I liked a few of his tracks but most of his output was garbage IMO.
     
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    Prince changed what I listened to and how I listened to it.

    I was a little burnout listening to Robin Trower* when I went over to one of my older sisters houses.

    She had Dirty Mind and Controversy. I looked at the cover and had to play them. A lot of it blew my mind.

    You might forget but he was doing a really hard mix of new wave and funk. The keys in particular sounded like ...tomorrow .

    Then 1999 came out and it got a glowing review in some magazine and I, a rock snob and record freak bought it . Double record .

    I never had guilty pleasures again.

    I told anyone who would listen how great it and he was. I could give a crap that half my “friends” were rockers who had no use for any black music much less stuff you could dance to and his sexuality made them uncomfortable as well.

    Lady Cab Driver ? They did not get that :lol:

    I saw that tour and then the Lovesexy one (underrated record) and I regret not seeing the Musicology era ones when he was just serving up hugely long shows of everything .

    Dude changed my musical life.

    *still think he’s ok and it brings back memories but - so limited in retrospect .
     
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    Prince was never a favorite, but nobody can doubt his talent.

    I always liked his pop songs like "Little Red Corvette" and "Manic Monday."

    Drugs suck.
     
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    Awesome story richie, nice! thanks for sharing.
     
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    I thought sure you were posting this because, tonight, the very night (Tuesday 4/21), is a big tribute show on CBS, (pm EST!!!!

    Let's Go Crazy!
     
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    sorry, 9pm to 11pm EST
     
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    Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr, Beck, St Vincent, Chris Martin etc etc.
     
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    Here’s a mini Prince primer that should help.
    A. “Sign ‘O The Times” - The Concert.
    B. “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” Live Version.
    C. “Musicology” on YouTube. Prince Pure GENIUS.

    I believe Prince is The Duke Ellington of My Generation.

    Bonus: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” :D:D
     
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    Pete Townshend called Prince the Mozart of this generation, although I think he may have had that backwards ;)
     
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    I think Prince embarrassed himself at the Tribute to George by making it about himself. All the while, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, & band drone on and on. The song goes on too long because Prince won't stop making an ass of himself.

    I think it was another dick move.
     
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