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Reply #30 posted 09/09/17 5:35am

jdcxc

dodger said:



Fenwick said:


It's been while since I played in this sand box. It would be fun to see what lesser known songs other people revere. Not necessarily a steadfast rule, but I'm going to mostly stay away from the golden years because they're kinda sorta all gems...



1 - Black Muse - Total masterpiece, master class track. Two songs in one with a gorgeous soulful vibe. In some ways it's heart wrenchingly beautiful that he was still making special tracks like these at the end of his life. The second half brings me to tears. And it's not even that kind of song..... "There ain't nothing better than looking for me..... and seeing you in the mirror".....


2 - Insatiable - All these years later and I would still put this right up there with Do Me Baby as his best song of this style.

3 - It's Gonna Be Lonely - I know this creeps into the golden era. But this song is just too good to pass up. It's such a great song that doesn't get a lot of pub.


4 - F.U.N.K. - Every single time I listen to this song I play the whole thing. More than half the time, I then repeat the whole experience. It's just such a fun tune.


5 - The Future - Since Batman is so choppy, I feel obligated to give this song a shout out. It's so understated. The groove just drips magic.


6 - Look at You, Look At Me - Another master class tune from his last album. Jazzy infectous pop from the master.


7 - EMALE - Yes. The production on Emancipation sucked the life out of its' staying power. But there are still a lot of great songs on it. And in this partiucalr instance, the production is PERFECT for the song. Who else could sing the line "w w w dot email dot com"? It feels like the Sheena Easton La La La Hee Hee Hee challenge being exercised again. Someone said, "oh yeah, make a song with that"!!!!



8 - $ - There are a few really solid tracks on Lotus, but for me, this one is tops. The Camille voice revisited and the attitude he brings to the track is just tops. The horn break at the end. Dreamy.


9 - Willing and Able - Yup. I'm going back to D&P for another track. I'm sorry. But outside some over the top keyboard fills that date the track, everything about this song works for me. Yes... Even the Tony M rap fits seamlessly.



10 - The Gold Standard - I saved the best for last. I remember when AOA came out there were quite a few people that said the album was great except this track. WHAT? I'm sorry. Hand in your Prince card right now! This song is like 1999 and The Black Album got together and made a baby. How can anyone who is a fan of the glory years not LOVE this song? The groove. The chrous. The spoken outro.... An appropriately named song.


Honorable mentions - From the golden era, Condition of the Heart and Positivity have a very space for me. And lastly, the solo on Revelation from Hit n Run 2. Good jesus. What taste. Very sparse and so beautiful.


I'd love to see some thoughts!!!!



Some greats choices, some which I'd also pick but I'll leave off my list, so off the top of my head:


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1) And God Created Woman - timeless classic IMO, love his ad-libs on this


2) It's About That Walk - love the live band sound with horns and his humour on this


3) The Exodus Has Begun - yes MF yes, could have picked a few songs from Exodus


4) Acknowledge Me - great MPLS sound synths 90's style, and cool rap


5) Man In A Uniform - like the different voices he uses like the soldier 'attention!'


6) She Loves Me 4 Me - simple and sincere


7) If I Was The Man In Ur Life - like the the way the music/lyrics of chorus go together


8) Time- love Andy's voice on this, the bass and synth/horns at the end


9) TicTacToe - some silly lyrics and dolphins but love the dreaminess


10) When She Comes - nice Al Green tribute and you can't beat a bit of double entendre


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There's so many could go on and no...



Its About That Walk is such a cool jam. Perfect example of an underrated Gem.
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Reply #31 posted 09/09/17 5:55am

LOVESYMBOLNUMB
ER2

Strays of the world
Arboretum
I love you but I don't trust you anymore
Elephants and flowers
Paisley park
June
The holy river
Endorphin machine
Billy jack bitch
Come back
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Reply #32 posted 09/09/17 7:43am

Black9

Billy Jack Bitch

Shy

Pheromone

Now

Dolphin

Letitgo

Scandalous

Interactive

Zannalee

Temptation

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Reply #33 posted 09/09/17 8:05am

Fenwick

radicalrojo said:

Reflection

Strange but True

77 Beverly Park

Dolphin (I feel like this song shouldn't divide fans. It's sooo good.)

When the Lights Go Down

There is Lonely

Animal Kingdom (I promise I'm not a troll. I didn't know this song was supposed to suck until I got an org account.)

Venus de Milo

The Continental

Lovesexy (Can any song from the '80s be considered overlooked? This is one of his best title/artistic statement songs.)

Hahaha! Thanks Radical

Overall this is mostly a wonderful list. But I must confess I don't think rather highly of Animal Kingdom either. (But I do love The Truth album).

I literally LOL'd at you clarifying you're not trolling!!!!

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Reply #34 posted 09/09/17 8:06am

Fenwick

dodger said:

Some greats choices, some which I'd also pick but I'll leave off my list, so off the top of my head:

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1) And God Created Woman - timeless classic IMO, love his ad-libs on this

2) It's About That Walk - love the live band sound with horns and his humour on this

3) The Exodus Has Begun - yes MF yes, could have picked a few songs from Exodus

4) Acknowledge Me - great MPLS sound synths 90's style, and cool rap

5) Man In A Uniform - like the different voices he uses like the soldier 'attention!'

6) She Loves Me 4 Me - simple and sincere

7) If I Was The Man In Ur Life - like the the way the music/lyrics of chorus go together

8) Time- love Andy's voice on this, the bass and synth/horns at the end

9) TicTacToe - some silly lyrics and dolphins but love the dreaminess

10) When She Comes - nice Al Green tribute and you can't beat a bit of double entendre

.

There's so many could go on and no...

Thanks Dodger!

This is a great list. I LOVE Exodus. "Have mercy"!!!!!!!!!

I love seeing shout outs from the Truth album.

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Reply #35 posted 09/09/17 8:08am

Fenwick

Romeoblu said:

Free U'reself

The 1 U Wanna C

Compassion

Glass Cutter

Boom

In A Large Room With No Light (2009)

Love

Love Like Jazz

$

Magnificent

I'm embarrassed to say I totally forgot about Magnificent! Great song.

I was delievrately between Boom and $ from Lotus. It's my #2 track off that album for sure!

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Reply #36 posted 09/09/17 8:10am

Fenwick

stpaisios said:

This not an easy task, P. seems to be over-looked big time but let's say:

1. Crazy You -- this acoustic joyful piece sounds so fresh & sexy today.

2. Privite Joy -- a bubblegum pop materpiece w/ heavy guitar twist at the end.

3. Wicki Wating -- I've never known a love so sweet...

4. Dig U Better Dead -- some essential npg jam..

5. Man O' War -- orig. or remix, each way a beautiful melody and song that only P could pull off.

6. Here on Earth -- dreamy, sweet, memorable... one nite alone w/ prince solo and piano.

7. High -- prince will take you High, he really means what he says...

8. The Dance -- 3121ver., sweet, sexy, intense, piano... this is how you use piano John Legend.

9. Damn U -- still underrated as hell. You can't name a man who was able to pull ballad like that.

10. Dance 4 Me. -- my actual ring tone from 4:01 - 4:25 - Hallelujah!

Private Joy is the bomb!

Vicky Waiting is such a great tune...

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Reply #37 posted 09/09/17 8:13am

Fenwick

Overall it's been fun to see a bunch of songs that I do/don't consider top shelf material being added to other people's overlooked top ten.

It speaks to the breadth and the majesty of the man.

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Reply #38 posted 09/09/17 8:48am

fen

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3rdEyeUnlimited said:

1. Clouds (magical bass guitar licks, his last hit out of the park)

2. Act of God (politically conscious funk)

3. Dreamer (awesome Hendrix tribute)

4. Prettyman (80s throwback, semi-sequel to Partyman)

5. Animal Kingdom (love the animal sounds)

6. Damn U (his best torch ballad IMO, great string arrangement)

7. Strolllin' (breezy tune that feels like early autumn)

8. Partyman (best Batman track)

9. Girl (classic under-the-radar B-side, weird but sexy)

10. Something in the Water (sci-fi heartbreak)



Yes, that’s one of my favourite Prince tracks (the full version).

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Reply #39 posted 09/09/17 12:07pm

johnnyribcage

Lots of great ones in the OP that I agree with, Black Muse (one of his best of all time), F.U.N.K. - killer.

The Future though, man that is one of my top 5 favorite Prince songs. It is just spectacular. Play it on a great system and crank the bass - it just grabs your soul. Super, super, super funky. Those sped up funk guitar chunks, creepy synths and strings. Man I can just never get enough of that song.

Bob... Ain't dat a bitch?
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Reply #40 posted 09/09/17 1:56pm

NorthC

fen said:



3rdEyeUnlimited said:


1. Clouds (magical bass guitar licks, his last hit out of the park)


2. Act of God (politically conscious funk)


3. Dreamer (awesome Hendrix tribute)


4. Prettyman (80s throwback, semi-sequel to Partyman)


5. Animal Kingdom (love the animal sounds)


6. Damn U (his best torch ballad IMO, great string arrangement)


7. Strolllin' (breezy tune that feels like early autumn)


8. Partyman (best Batman track)


9. Girl (classic under-the-radar B-side, weird but sexy)


10. Something in the Water (sci-fi heartbreak)







Yes, that’s one of my favourite Prince tracks (the full version).


Imagine hearing it live... woot!
Don't ever lose your dreams.
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Reply #41 posted 09/09/17 2:25pm

rayfeb09

I couldn't get it to 10, lol 13 of them

Let's Pretend We're Married

Thunder

Blue Light

Superfunkycalifragisexy

Dig U Better Dead

I Can't Make U Love Me

Until U're In My Arms Again

Mar O War

Love - (what a funky dance song)

Valentina

Ain't Gonna Miss U When Ur Gone

Da Bourgeoise

The Gold Standard

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Reply #42 posted 09/09/17 3:24pm

206Michelle

Fenwick said:

It's been while since I played in this sand box. It would be fun to see what lesser known songs other people revere. Not necessarily a steadfast rule, but I'm going to mostly stay away from the golden years because they're kinda sorta all gems...



1 - Black Muse - Total masterpiece, master class track. Two songs in one with a gorgeous soulful vibe. In some ways it's heart wrenchingly beautiful that he was still making special tracks like these at the end of his life. The second half brings me to tears. And it's not even that kind of song..... "There ain't nothing better than looking for me..... and seeing you in the mirror".....


2 - Insatiable - All these years later and I would still put this right up there with Do Me Baby as his best song of this style.

3 - It's Gonna Be Lonely - I know this creeps into the golden era. But this song is just too good to pass up. It's such a great song that doesn't get a lot of pub.


4 - F.U.N.K. - Every single time I listen to this song I play the whole thing. More than half the time, I then repeat the whole experience. It's just such a fun tune.


5 - The Future - Since Batman is so choppy, I feel obligated to give this song a shout out. It's so understated. The groove just drips magic.


6 - Look at You, Look At Me - Another master class tune from his last album. Jazzy infectous pop from the master.


7 - EMALE - Yes. The production on Emancipation sucked the life out of its' staying power. But there are still a lot of great songs on it. And in this partiucalr instance, the production is PERFECT for the song. Who else could sing the line "w w w dot email dot com"? It feels like the Sheena Easton La La La Hee Hee Hee challenge being exercised again. Someone said, "oh yeah, make a song with that"!!!!



8 - $ - There are a few really solid tracks on Lotus, but for me, this one is tops. The Camille voice revisited and the attitude he brings to the track is just tops. The horn break at the end. Dreamy.


9 - Willing and Able - Yup. I'm going back to D&P for another track. I'm sorry. But outside some over the top keyboard fills that date the track, everything about this song works for me. Yes... Even the Tony M rap fits seamlessly.



10 - The Gold Standard - I saved the best for last. I remember when AOA came out there were quite a few people that said the album was great except this track. WHAT? I'm sorry. Hand in your Prince card right now! This song is like 1999 and The Black Album got together and made a baby. How can anyone who is a fan of the glory years not LOVE this song? The groove. The chrous. The spoken outro.... An appropriately named song.


Honorable mentions - From the golden era, Condition of the Heart and Positivity have a very space for me. And lastly, the solo on Revelation from Hit n Run 2. Good jesus. What taste. Very sparse and so beautiful.


I'd love to see some thoughts!!!!


In no particular order:
- Black Muse - For the same reasons as Fenwick
- Venus de Milo - This song is so pretty. I love the jazzy vibe. It showcases his skills on the piano.
- Colonized Mind - I think this song is a masterpeice. His political and social commentary is razor-sharp. For example, he sings "a two part system, the lesser of 2 dangers, illusion of choice." The guitar work is excellent, and compliments the lyrics and his voice perfectly. It's my favourite track on Lotusflow3r.
- Live 4 Love - This is one of my favourite tracks from D&P. There are insightful lyrics from both Prince and Tony M., great guitar work, and a really good scream on there too.
- Let's Have a Baby - I love the beauty and simplicity of the piano. His vocals are gorgeous. I know he goes a little off track at the end of the song (second verse), but I still think that this is a strong track because it is so passionate and heartfelt. He was so in love with Mayte, and he expresses his love so beautifully in this song.
- Temptation - I think this is the song that best expresses the tension Prince felt regarding his love of sex (non-marital) and his love of God. I feel like he puts his inner struggle with sexual temptation out there for everyone to hear. I love the rawness and vulnerability of this track. There is a great scream and awesome guitar work.
- Do It All Night - This is my favourite track on Dirty Mind. I love the falsetto, the funky vibe, and I just love to dance to it.
- Willing and Able - For the same as reasons as Fenwick. And Fenwick, don't be sorry about choosing 2 tracks from D&P.
- Sweet Baby - My favourite song off of prince. I love the uplifting lyrics, such as "the road you choose to walk in this life is the one that leads into the next." I have loved the song since I first heard it, by the lyrics never made complete sense to me until I read The Most Beautiful and Mayte talks about some issues she had with other members of the NPG (namely Diamond and Pearl talking sh** about Mayte behind her back). She didn't say that SB was specifically about the context I just described, but the song makes more sense with that context.
- 4 The Tears in Your Eyes, acoustic version - This is a beautiful song about Jesus Christ. I love the Biblical references, and the acoustic guitar and falsetto are a gorgeous combination.
[Edited 9/9/17 22:53pm]
Live 4 Love ~ Love is God, God is love, Girls and boys love God above
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Reply #43 posted 09/09/17 8:43pm

luvgirl

1-Here

2-Baltimore

3-Continental

4-New World

5-Elephants and Flowers

6-Free urself

7-If I could Get Your attention

9-Push It Up

10-I Don't Wanna Leave You ( The Time- written by Prince) I would absolutely explode blowup if I ever heard the Prince vocal version.

I just want you here, I just want you near me baby, cause I'm scared I'll cry, I love you like crazy.
~RIP~
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Reply #44 posted 09/10/17 8:33am

muleFunk

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Can't argue with any one of these lists.

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Reply #45 posted 09/10/17 9:18am

cfluid

1. Revelation

2. When The Lights Go Down

3. Anotherloverholenyourhead

4. Allegiance

5. Pheremone

6. I Hate U

7. I Love But I Don't Trust U

8. I Can't Love U Anymore

9. And God Created Woman

10. Power Fantastic

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Reply #46 posted 09/10/17 2:41pm

214

Xarina said:

Stare X's Face Valentina Digital Garden Undisputed Empty Room Rebirth of the Flesh Love Sign The Word One Nite Alone

Empty Room a mesterpiece of a song, it should have been released on Purple Rain.

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Reply #47 posted 09/10/17 4:12pm

luvgirl

Glad to see some other love for these;

Here

The Continental

Elephants and Flowers

free Urself

I agree with these;

Le Grind

Still Would Stand All time

Vikki Waiting

Girl

White Mansion

I just want you here, I just want you near me baby, cause I'm scared I'll cry, I love you like crazy.
~RIP~
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Reply #48 posted 09/10/17 4:43pm

Fenwick

johnnyribcage said:

Lots of great ones in the OP that I agree with, Black Muse (one of his best of all time), F.U.N.K. - killer.

The Future though, man that is one of my top 5 favorite Prince songs. It is just spectacular. Play it on a great system and crank the bass - it just grabs your soul. Super, super, super funky. Those sped up funk guitar chunks, creepy synths and strings. Man I can just never get enough of that song.

Thanks Johnny!

Yeah. The Future was such a great song for so many reasons. Of course, the track itself is phenomenal. But when you factor it came on the heels of Lovesexy. (Possibly my favorite Prince album to be clear that I don't mean that in a bad way). All the horns/production/world tour spectacles associated with Lovesexy.

And then.


The simple subtle groove of the Future. It's literally perfect.

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Reply #49 posted 09/10/17 4:45pm

Fenwick

206Michelle said:

Fenwick said:

In no particular order: - Black Muse - For the same reasons as Fenwick - Venus de Milo - This song is so pretty. I love the jazzy vibe. It showcases his skills on the piano. - Colonized Mind - I think this song is a masterpeice. His political and social commentary is razor-sharp. For example, he sings "a two part system, the lesser of 2 dangers, illusion of choice." The guitar work is excellent, and compliments the lyrics and his voice perfectly. It's my favourite track on Lotusflow3r. - Live 4 Love - This is one of my favourite tracks from D&P. There are insightful lyrics from both Prince and Tony M., great guitar work, and a really good scream on there too. - Let's Have a Baby - I love the beauty and simplicity of the piano. His vocals are gorgeous. I know he goes a little off track at the end of the song (second verse), but I still think that this is a strong track because it is so passionate and heartfelt. He was so in love with Mayte, and he expresses his love so beautifully in this song. - Temptation - I think this is the song that best expresses the tension Prince felt regarding his love of sex (non-marital) and his love of God. I feel like he puts his inner struggle with sexual temptation out there for everyone to hear. I love the rawness and vulnerability of this track. There is a great scream and awesome guitar work. - Do It All Night - This is my favourite track on Dirty Mind. I love the falsetto, the funky vibe, and I just love to dance to it. - Willing and Able - For the same as reasons as Fenwick. And Fenwick, don't be sorry about choosing 2 tracks from D&P. - Sweet Baby - My favourite song off of prince. I love the uplifting lyrics, such as "the road you choose to walk in this life is the one that leads into the next." I have loved the song since I first heard it, by the lyrics never made complete sense to me until I read The Most Beautiful and Mayte talks about some issues she had with other members of the NPG (namely Diamond and Pearl talking sh** about Mayte behind her back). She didn't say that SB was specifically about the context I just described, but the song makes more sense with that context. - 4 The Tears in Your Eyes, acoustic version - This is a beautiful song about Jesus Christ. I love the Biblical references, and the acoustic guitar and falsetto are a gorgeous combination. [Edited 9/9/17 22:53pm]

Thanks Michelle!!!


lol. Thanks for having my back on the D&P shout outs!!! razz


With a few exceptions for personal taste, your list is phenomenal!

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Reply #50 posted 09/11/17 11:47pm

sonshine

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With You

It

Money Don't Matter 2 Night

Blue Light

17 Days

Papa

319

Rock N Roll Love Affair'

She Gave Her Angels (+Crucial, So Dark)

Get Yo Groove One

And all of Plectrumelectrum + much of AOA = grossly overlooked.

Have you had your plus sign (+) today?
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Reply #51 posted 09/12/17 11:45am

partyup77

Joint 2 Joint

Love 2 the 9s

And God Created Woman

Blue Light

So Dark

When The Lights Go Down

What Do U Want Me 2 Do

Ripopgodazippa

Shy

Judas Smile

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Reply #52 posted 09/12/17 12:06pm

Genesia

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214 said:

Xarina said:

Stare X's Face Valentina Digital Garden Undisputed Empty Room Rebirth of the Flesh Love Sign The Word One Nite Alone

Empty Room a mesterpiece of a song, it should have been released on Purple Rain.


That would have been a neat trick - since he hadn't even written it yet.

I mean if he did have sex he would break every rule Jehova's have regarding premarital sex so Prince is really just friends with them all anyway.
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Reply #53 posted 09/12/17 1:29pm

lion88

1. The Ride
2. Dolphin
3. When The Lights Go Down
4. Somewhere Here On Earth
5. Last December
6. Clouds
7. The Question Of U
8. The One
9. When We're Dancing Close and Slow
10. Girl
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Reply #54 posted 09/12/17 2:18pm

214

Genesia said:

214 said:

Empty Room a mesterpiece of a song, it should have been released on Purple Rain.


That would have been a neat trick - since he hadn't even written it yet.

lol lol where does that song belong to?

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Reply #55 posted 09/12/17 6:20pm

TruthTella777

Okay so this is more chronological than anything else. I didn't rank them or anything.

Lady Cab Driver

Condition of the Heart

And God Created Woman

Damn U

The Good Life

Soul Sanctuary

So Far So Pleased

Illusion Coma Pimp & Circumstance

Incense & Candles

Sticky Like Glue

There are a few others but I tried hard to limit myself to 10. Hope you like.

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Reply #56 posted 09/13/17 11:05am

coldasice

Reflection
Black Muse
Love
In This Bed I Scream
The One you wanna See
Eye Hate U
Pheromone
Zannalee
C&D
Extraordinary
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Reply #57 posted 09/13/17 11:46am

NorthC

Zannalee! Yeah! That may be the best bluesrock song he ever did! headbang
Don't ever lose your dreams.
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Reply #58 posted 09/13/17 12:35pm

lynx

NorthC said:

Zannalee! Yeah! That may be the best bluesrock song he ever did! headbang

That's my 13-year-old's favourite Prince song, he plays it all the time

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Reply #59 posted 09/13/17 12:55pm

TKO

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Love your list.

Look At Me Look At You is definately one of those songs!! It's beautiful and i can't stop playing it.

Solo is magnificent.

My Computer is so good, overall The Emancipation album is very overlooked. If i have to pick one of the many good songs, i would pick this one.

Breakdown is classic Prince. It deserved to be a comeback hit for Prince.

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