My top 10 Favourite albums: Recap and observations I think this is the first time that I've participated in on of these "top 10" lists. I did so that I would 'force' myself to start writing in this blog again regardless if people were to read my blog posts or not. I just wanted to get into the habit of writing again if only in short bursts. Are all of the records that I mentioned on my list necessarily ones that I would take with me on a deserted island? Nah. But they are records that I have been around at some fairly significant periods of my life and when I thought about them brought enough "oh, yeah! That one!" to where I just put them down. I also wanted to follow some self-imposed criteria that went something like this:Read More
The Chronic is such a game changer that forever changed hip-hop. This record is to hip-hop what James Jamerson, Jaco Pastorius, Larry Graham and Victor Wooten are to the electric bass guitar. There's "this" thing and then when these guys come on the scene there is something completely different that changes the game in a way that makes it clear that anything that comes after it is clearly influenced by it.Read More
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.Read More
Day 2 - Top 10 favorite albums
Prince - Dirty Mind
I got the single “Uptown” as a gift in 1980 in a stack of 45s given to me by my auntie. This was the lead single from Prince’s third album, “Dirty Mind” which, in my opinion, marked the first real introduction to the Prince persona that the world would come to know throughout the 80’s.
It’s rock, it’s funk, it’s new wave. It was on the funkin’ edge, man. For me, the song “Uptown” fed into my imagination in a pretty profound way. The vision of a utopia where people were free to be who they wanted to be
“Now, where I come from we don't give a damn
We do whatever we please
It ain't about no downtown, nowhere-bound, narrow-minded drag
It's all about being free
Everybody's going uptown
It's where I want to be
This is, oddly enough - considering how funky bass playing was in this golden era - the first place I really feel like I noticed bass. I’ve credited this song as being the one that made me want to be a bassist which may be a bit of a stretch but it definitely had a profound impact on me.
“Dirty Mind” is indeed pretty out there for the times with songs like “Head” and “Sister” but it just isn’t about the dirty part. The grooves are insane. I mean absolutely insane. The rhythm playing is quintessential cake, pocket for days and days just the right amount of synth and guitar icing. I also think that this really marks the entrance of that rhythm guitar playing that has become so synonymous with the MPLS vibe particularly on “Party Up”. This album truly is “Revolutionary Rock & Roll”.
Still relevant lyric:
“Because of their half-baked mistakes
We get ice cream, no cake, all lies, no truth
Is it fair to kill the youth?