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Book Reviewed by Thumper
My number one is Aretha Franklin. Aretha Franklin is my
favorite artist of all times. When I was 13 years old, her
album, I Never Loved a Man, saved my life, literally. My number
two is Ella Fitzgerald. Prince is my number 5. He comes after
Ray Charles and Billie Holiday. I am a fan of Prince. When I say
fan, I mean fan-by the definition of the word fanatic. His
music, his public persona, I am utterly, completely,
devotionally captivated by Prince. There was a time in my life,
back in my early 20’s; I would have followed him like I was the
disciple Peter. When I got word that he was releasing a coffee
table photograph book, pre-ordering my copy of the book went
without saying. A couple of days ago, I got my book.
intermittently, in the book are song lyrics and poetry written
by Prince. Seeing his writing presented in this manner allowed
me to look at Prince's words from a purely poetic perspective.
Prince is deep. There is a strength and depth to his poetry. I
did not realize this until I read the first poem in the book,
The Unknown. Man, that's tight. I ended up reading the book
twice. The first time, I looked only at the photographs. The
second time, I read the poetry. I came away with a new
appreciation of Prince.
Indigo Nights/Live Sessions clued me into a fact that I have not realized a difference between today's younger recording artists and the older generation; the ability to sing, perform and record a concert LIVE! When did the live concert recordings go out of style? Back in the day, everybody did at least ONE concert recording. Fortunately Prince is one of the only artists today who can deliver live recordings that make me feel like I'm there. What a show he gave me this time.
On this CD, he covers Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love,
Dorothy Moore's Misty Blue and Aretha's Rock Steady. For a
number of years, Prince began releasing covers, recording songs
originally recorded by another artist, starting with his
Emancipation CD package. It is always interesting to hear
Prince's interpretation of other artist's songs. I was in my own
private heaven when I heard Prince's take of Aretha's Rock
Steady. I always wanted Aretha to record some of Prince's songs,
especially How Come U don't Call Me. If I could play a Misery, I
would lock Aretha and Prince in a recording studio and not let
them out until I got a double CD of new music from them.
Vocalist Beverly Knight handled the lead vocals of Rock Steady
and handle it she did. Rock Steady is FUNKY baby. Then with the
Rock Steady bass line still thumping, Prince launches into Whole
Lotta Love and rocks it!