Monday, March 13, 2017

Prince & the Revolution - Parade - 1986

Have to admit, although this was really fun compiling, it was also extremely difficult.  As most of you know, Prince's work during the 80s was voluminous, and a lot of it was unreleased, or released on different collections throughout the decades.  It wasn't so much of finding the music as it was identifying the proper era/session that it belonged to.  Of all of his releases, this one is probably the toughest.  Probably because you had to contend with the bootleg Black Album as well as all of the material for Sign O the Times (which is almost as bad.)  That being said, does the Black Album belong on it's own, or should the material be absorbed into the releases around it?  I still haven't figured that one out, yet.

After my love of Around the World In A Day, I had to get this album, and also see the accompanying film Under the Cherry Moon.  Well, yes, the movie sucked IMO, but the music was some of his best.  Along with the obvious singles, which were all some of his best, we also have Venus De Milo and Sometimes It Snows In April and Anotherloverholeinyohead and the list goes on.  At this time in my life, my love for this brand of Pop music was a secret hidden love (as my skater punk friends of the time wouldn't have approved) so I listened to this one mostly in my room, doing homework or reading comic books.  So, it is still an album that I listen to when I'm alone, or want some solace or during quiet times around our house.  To me, that's how it's meant to be, that's how I remember it.

So, there are two discs worth of material for this one, plus a "bonus" disc of demos (of differing quality) that were mixed differently than the other tracks so they didn't sound right being on the album proper.  So, three discs total from what I think is the majority of the Parade recording sessions.  PLEASE, if there are any additional tracks for these sessions that I may have missed... tell me!  And, if you feel some of the tracks belong on other albums, then we can make adjustments that way, too.  But, I think I got them right.  We'll see....



  1. One question: Is this a Prince version of "Neon Telephone," or is it the Three O'Clock's version of the song? I thought they were the only ones who had recorded it, but since Prince seems to have done at least a demo version of EVERY song that he gave to other artists, finding out that he'd recorded this as well before he gave it to the band wouldn't surprise me at all!

    1. Were you able to figure this one out, yet? I haven't listened to it in SO long, and I didn't know he gave it to someone else, so I don't have an answer for you....

    2. It IS a Prince version! I had no idea that he'd actually recorded this song -- though, even as a big Prince fan, I have to admit that I'm more partial to the Three O'Clock's version, mainly because I love that band SO MUCH and I think the song fits Michael Quercio's voice so perfectly. But the Prince version is pretty good, too!

  2. -= Martin L. Gore =-March 16, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Prince rules!!! and his albums can never be expanded enough. All of his B-sides are excellent. I expected that, after his death, they would re-release all his albums in expanded format. But knowing record companies, they would mess that up anyways. I would love to have an expanded edition of Sign O' The Times, IMO his third best album.

    thank you so much