Wednesday, March 08, 2006


Got the new Ultimate Prince compilation in the mail today. I'm hardly a huge Prince fan, but even for me, in no sense does this live up to its title. Here's the track listing...

Disc 1
I Wanna Be Your Lover
When Doves Cry
I Would Die 4 U
Purple Rain
Sign O' The Times
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
Alphabet St.
Diamonds And Pearls
Gett Off
Money Don't Matter 2 Night
Nothing Compares 2 U
My Name Is Prince

Disc 2
Let's Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix)
Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix)
Let's Work (Dance Remix)
Pop Life (Fresh Dance Mix)
She's Always In My Hair (12" Version)
Raspberry Beret (12" Version)
Kiss (Extended Version)
U Got The Look (Long Look)
Hot Thing (Extended Remix)
Thieves In The Temple (Remix)
Cream (N.P.G. Mix)

Now, I know no legit Prince best-of is gonna include "Le Grind," "Cindy C" or "Bob George," but there's so many other songs ("Sexy MF," "Housequake," the regular version of "Kiss," "It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night," "Baby I'm A Star")I'd rather have seen on here, and these remixes are just crap. I wish they'd just remaster the back catalog - then I could buy a really great-sounding CD of Sign 'O' The Times and one of the Black Album, and be done with the guy once and for all. At least this was free.


Sly Ciccone said...

just out of interest, where did you buy this? i thought it had been put back til june. btw i agree the tracklisting could be better and some of the 12" mixes are noodly and sound dated. some are pretty good though. but the exclusion of bob george is just not on. hey at least there's no batdance.

Phil Freeman said...

I'm a freelance music critic, so I got mine in the mail before the street-date pushback was announced.