Of course, there was going to be more Prince on my list....c'maaaaaahhhhn! Lovesexy is Prince at one of his most brilliant moments. His tenth studio album was released on May 10, 1988, just over a year after Sign O' the Times which received critical praise and a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year Coincidentally, the 30 year anniversary was a couple of days ago on May 10. Lovesexy was issued as a substitute record after the last minute cancellation of the infamous Black Album which was planned for release as a follow up to Sign O' the Times but wouldn't officially see the light of day for many years.
Here are some of the things that really make this a standout for me.
1. Concept - The theme of the album is the struggle between good and evil, virtue and sin. God and "Spooky Electric" (perhaps Prince's codename for his own darker impulses). Lovesexy is Prince's attempt to reconcile his carnal obsessions with the spiritual. Before Lovesexy the former has been explicit while all the god-talk has been vague and hamfisted. These songs lay bare the struggle and confusion within Prince's soul, his sexuality and spirituality are all here at once.
2. The CD and LP are indexed as one track - no skipping around on the CD from song to song. Annoying as hell for some, for others (like me) it was concept album genius; you've got to listen to this album from 'cover to cover'.
3. The concert was like a Broadway musical. No, really, separate "Acts" and everything. Don't believe me? Take a look!
Lovesexy Set List/s
- "Erotic City" (Includes "Escape" intro and "Sex Shooter" interpolation)
- "Slow Love"
- "Jack U Off" (Includes snippets of "Twelve")
- "Sister" (Includes "Adore" coda)
- "U Got the Look"
- "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
- "When You Were Mine" (Includes 'blues improvisation', "When You Were Mine" coda)
- "Little Red Corvette"
- "Pop Life"
- "Dirty Mind"
- "Superfunkycalifragisexy" (Includes "Controversy" coda)
- "Bob George"
- "Anna Stesia"
Intermission: during the intermission, an unreleased song entitled "Intermission" was played.
- "Eye No"
- "Alphabet St."
- "Glam Slam"
- "The Cross"
- "I Wish U Heaven" (Includes snippets of "I Wish U Heaven (part 2)" and "God is Alive")
- "Dance On" (Includes drum solo coda)
Act III: Encore
- "When 2 R in Love"
- "Let's Go Crazy"
- "When Doves Cry" (Includes "La, La, La, He, He, Hee" interpolation)
- "Purple Rain"
Act IV: 2nd Encore
- "Lovesexy" (Includes snippets of "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" and '80s medley')