When I was growing into being a teenager in the early 90’s Prince was a magician. He was this crazy artist, who I could only reach through my FM radio. Nobody I knew listened to Prince, but across those airwaves I heard his magic.
There are six key singles and a cover that between 1990 and 1995 shook me, my early education in Prince. Beginning with Sinead O’ Connor’s cover of Nothing Compares 2 U in 1990, moving on to Cream in 1991, 7, My Name is Prince, Sexy M.F., Peach from 1993 and The Most Beautiful Girl in the World from 1995. You’d be hard-pressed to find any musician that could write a string of hits like that in half a decade.
Of course my obsessive Prince fan behavior did not express itself immediately, but by my late 20s, I had a sizeable collection of his vast catalogue. Going back, digging through his past, taking in his artistry.
What’s the saddest part about his passing is that in the last two years, he has released some really great albums, which seemed to hint he was experiencing resurgence in his craft. Now those albums are the last Prince albums we have.
The Purple One made this world a much sexier, funkier place. Hope you enjoy the mix.