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Personal tools Log in. All Singles. All Related Artists Singles. Musicology Live ever. Musicology is the 28th full-length studio album by Prince , and his first release on a major label since 's Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic.
The compact disc version is the original issue. Man Reflection The MC format was released at same time as the CD. Prince - producer, arranger not listed as such , engineer Jess Sutcliffe - engineer uncredited L. Additional Information Promotion at time of release. As a result of all of this attention, Musicology skyrocketed to the top of the charts, breaking into the top 5 in the U. It was certified gold in Canada, Switzerland, and the U.
It was only his third release and third in as many years. Some of the songs were recorded on the same day. The performances are roundly great, if a bit restrained in hindsight, but the songwriting is masterfully efficient and otherworldly in its sophistication.
Other steps forward—the purple imagery, the first use of simplified, one-letter words—would flower fully in later years. As a result, Controversy feels both open-minded and innocent, a proclamation of love and sexual freedom that was a direct, tuneful affront to the increasingly materialistic society around it.
As with everything else in the top ten, this is an essential album not only for Prince fans but pop, soul, funk, and rock devotees of any persuasion. And yet the quality here was never a given, compiled as it was from recording sessions for other, abandoned albums like Dream Factory and Camille. Only once before, or after, did Prince cook up such an irresistible buffet. Purple Rain gets the top spot on this list and many others because it is undeniable.
The album dropped about a month before the film, not so much whetting appetites as saturating listeners in bold and exciting sounds. Nearly every song on here is a No.Musicology is the 28th full-length studio album by Prince, and his first release on a major label since ’s Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic.