The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

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The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby hectorthebat » Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:24 am

I imagine we'll see a few more lists like this: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/a ... and-ranked

1 Sign O’ the Times 1987 ★★★★★
2 Parade 1986 ★★★★★
3 Purple Rain 1984 ★★★★★
4 Dirty Mind 1980 ★★★★★
5 1999 1982 ★★★★★
6 Around The World In A Day 1985 ★★★★★
7 Lovesexy 1988 ★★★★★
8 Diamonds And Pearls 1991 ★★★★
9 Prince 1979 ★★★★
10 Controversy 1981 ★★★★
11 The Black Album 1987/1994 ★★★★
12 The Gold Experience 1995 ★★★★
13 Love Symbol 1992 ★★★★
14 For You 1978 ★★★★
15 Hitnrun Phase Two 2015 ★★★★
16 Graffiti Bridge 1990 ★★★
17 Crystal Ball / The Truth 1998 ★★★
18 3121 2006 ★★★
19 Come 1994 ★★★
20 The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale 1999 ★★★
21 Plectrumelectrum 2014 ★★★
22 Art Official Age 2014 ★★★
23 Hitnrun Phase One 2015 ★★★
24 Emancipation 1996 ★★★
25 Batman 1989 ★★★
26 Musicology 2004 ★★★
27 Planet Earth 2007 ★★★
28 Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic 1999 ★★★
29 Lotusflow3r/Mplsound 2009 ★★★
30 One Nite Alone 2002 ★★★
31 Chaos And Disorder 1996 ★★★
32 Xpectation 2003 ★★★
33 The Chocolate Invasion 2004 ★★★
34 The Slaughterhouse 2004 ★★★
35 20Ten 2010 ★★
36 The Rainbow Children 2001 ★★
37 N.E.W.S. 2003 ★★

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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby Romain » Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:16 am

Not bad.
I will have put five star to Controversy and Come, four for Crystal Ball but only three to Love Symbol. Except that, we are almost agree for all.

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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby JR » Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:45 pm

I don't think acts' albums lists have been included at AM?

I didn't realize he had so many albums (even considering ones that weren't traditional releases).

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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby bootsy » Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:12 pm

Romain wrote:Not bad.
I will have put five star to Controversy and Come, four for Crystal Ball but only three to Love Symbol. Except that, we are almost agree for all.

Agree with you on Controversy. Never listened to Come. What is special about it for you to give it a five out of curiosity?

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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby babydoll » Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:40 pm

bootsy wrote:
Romain wrote:Not bad.
I will have put five star to Controversy and Come, four for Crystal Ball but only three to Love Symbol. Except that, we are almost agree for all.

Agree with you on Controversy. Never listened to Come. What is special about it for you to give it a five out of curiosity?

Alright, what's up with Controversy? I listened to it a long time ago and I didn't like it much except for the classic three songs on it (Controversy, Sexuality, Do Me Baby). I feel like an outsider for not liking it enough. Can someone help me understand what's so great about it?

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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby Romain » Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:07 am

For me, Controversy and Dirty Mind have exactly the same production, style and quality of songs. All the songs by these two albums are excellent. It's a perfect double album ;-) I always listen the first and the second after.
You are talking about three classics on Controversy but I did not know they were regarded as classics, the others songs are as good as these three first songs.

For Come, like Controversy, it's a perfect album (almost, I didn't like only one song) which came out after Love symbol, my first deception by Prince (beacause mostly of the Rap Songs). Come, like Controversy is an extension of Dirty Mind, is an extension of Diamonds and Pearls, which I love hugely. Come, Pheromone, Letitgo and, chiefly, Papa are incredible songs. Two excellent pop albums.

But as usual, they are albums I listened with my two big brothers for years, when I'm young, so I'm biased ... but the music should not be assessed objectively, so no matter ;-) If you don't like... you don't like...it's no important.

For both of you, you can maybe like a lot Love Symbol and The Gold Experience, which are albums that I appreciate moderately.
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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby Romain » Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:43 am

I make my own ranking:

1 Sign O’ the Times 1987 ★★★★★
2 Parade 1986 ★★★★★
3 Purple Rain 1984 ★★★★★
4 1999 1982 ★★★★★
5 Dirty Mind 1980 ★★★★★
6 Controversy 1981 ★★★★★
7 Around The World In A Day 1985 ★★★★★
8 Lovesexy 1988 ★★★★★
9 Diamonds And Pearls 1991 ★★★★★
10 Come 1994 ★★★★★
11 Crystal Ball / The Truth 1998 ★★★★★

12 The Black Album 1987/1994 ★★★★
13 Prince 1979 ★★★★
14 For You 1978 ★★★★
15 Lotusflow3r/Mplsound 2009 ★★★★
16 Hitnrun Phase Two 2015 ★★★★
17 Chaos And Disorder 1996 ★★★★
18 The Chocolate Invasion 2004 ★★★★
19 The Slaughterhouse 2004 ★★★★
20 The Rainbow Children 2001 ★★★★
21 Batman 1989 ★★★★

22 Love Symbol 1992 ★★★
23 The Gold Experience 1995 ★★★
24 The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale 1999 ★★★
25 Graffiti Bridge 1990 ★★★
26 3121 2006 ★★★
27 Emancipation 1996 ★★★
28 Plectrumelectrum 2014 ★★★
29 Art Official Age 2014 ★★★
30 Musicology 2004 ★★★
31 20Ten 2010 ★★★
32 Planet Earth 2007 ★★★
33 One Nite Alone 2002 ★★★
34 Xpectation 2003 ★★★
35 Hitnrun Phase One 2015 ★★★
36 N.E.W.S. 2003 ★★★

28 Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic 1999 ★★

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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby bootsy » Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:26 pm

Romain wrote:For me, Controversy and Dirty Mind have exactly the same production, style and quality of songs. All the songs by these two albums are excellent. It's a perfect double album ;-) I always listen the first and the second after.
You are talking about three classics on Controversy but I did not know they were regarded as classics, the others songs are as good as these three first songs.

For Come, like Controversy, it's a perfect album (almost, I didn't like only one song) which came out after Love symbol, my first deception by Prince (beacause mostly of the Rap Songs). Come, like Controversy is an extension of Dirty Mind, is an extension of Diamonds and Pearls, which I love hugely. Come, Pheromone, Letitgo and, chiefly, Papa are incredible songs. Two excellent pop albums.

But as usual, they are albums I listened with my two big brothers for years, when I'm young, so I'm biased ... but the music should not be assessed objectively, so no matter ;-) If you don't like... you don't like...it's no important.

For both of you, you can maybe like a lot Love Symbol and The Gold Experience, which are albums that I appreciate moderately.

Thanks for this. I am definitely going to listen to Come and Diamonds and Pearls. The albums that I have listened to from Prince are his essential 80s albums + The Black Album, The Hits and The Love Symbol.

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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby JR » Sun May 29, 2016 11:43 pm

Henrik- I'm bumping this, as it pertains to a general question- artist album lists, ranked, aren't eligible for AM? A possible reason for exclusion could be that, in most cases, the lists aren't as lengthy as songs lists.

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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby Henrik » Mon May 30, 2016 7:13 am

I actually included this right away when it was posted, as it includes over 30 albums (the required limit for songs). For now the same rule applies to albums, but if there will be similar lists of other artists with fewer albums, I might reconsider it.
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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby JR » Mon May 30, 2016 1:25 pm

Most acts haven't- or won't- release 30+ studio albums, though (Prince was crazy prolific- a notable exception), so I'm not sure if they should be treated the same. As you can imagine, I've come across some Madonna Albums Ranked lists, some with fewer than 13, some with 13 and some with 14 and 15 (as some include 1990's concept album I'm Breathless- The Telegraph list even includes The Immaculate Collection). Some look to be collaborative, while others do not (as is the case with other types of lists, of course).

While I don't think the requirement should be as low as 10, maybe "lucky" 13 would be a good number in this case.

I will add the Prince list to the albums post in the summary thread.

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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby Henrik » Mon May 30, 2016 1:37 pm

JR wrote:maybe "lucky" 13 would be a good number in this case

I'm sure you would like that. :D

I need some time to think about this...
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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby JR » Mon May 30, 2016 1:49 pm

Well, as I said, not all the M lists are collaborative, so it wouldn't be a total onslaught of lists for her. ;)

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Re: The Guardian (UK): Prince: every album rated – and ranked

Postby Moonbeam » Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:40 am

I'd go something like this:

1 1999 1982 ★★★★★
2 Lovesexy 1988 ★★★★★
3 Sign O’ the Times 1987 ★★★★★
4 The Gold Experience 1995 ★★★★★
5 Controversy 1981 ★★★★★
6 Love Symbol 1992 ★★★★
7 Parade 1986 ★★★★★
8 Purple Rain 1984 ★★★★★
9 Crystal Ball 1997 ★★★★★
10 Dirty Mind 1980 ★★★★★
11 3121 2006 ★★★★1/2
12 Around The World In A Day 1985 ★★★★1/2
13 Batman 1989 ★★★★1/2
14 Prince 1979 ★★★★1/2
15 Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic 1999 ★★★★1/2
16 Art Official Age 2014 ★★★★1/2
17 Lotusflow3r ★★★★
18 Graffiti Bridge 1990 ★★★★
19 Come 1994 ★★★★
20 One Nite Alone 2002 ★★★★
21 Planet Earth 2007 ★★★★
22 Mplsound 2009 ★★★★
23 The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale 1999 ★★★★
24 Diamonds And Pearls 1991 ★★★1/2
25 Hitnrun Phase Two 2015 ★★★1/2
26 Musicology 2004 ★★★1/2
27 Plectrumelectrum 2014 ★★★1/2
28 The Black Album 1987 ★★★1/2
29 Chaos And Disorder 1996 ★★★1/2
30 20Ten 2010 ★★★1/2
31 Emancipation 1996 ★★★
32 Hitnrun Phase One 2015 ★★★
33 For You 1978 ★★★
34 The Rainbow Children 2001 ★★★
35 The Truth ★★★
36 The Chocolate Invasion 2004 ★★1/2
37 The Slaughterhouse 2004 ★★1/2
38 N.E.W.S. 2003 ★★1/2
39 Newpower Soul ★★
40 Xpectation 2003 ★★


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