Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD.
Fans expecting Purple Rain, Part 2 need not apply. Still, I loved from Raspberry Berry from the get-go and bought this psychedelic trip anyway. The album definitely furthered Prince's image as a musical enigma that could write a good song in any genre seemingly on a whim. Prince thought of this as a cohesive album (see pic below) and the critics bought into the lyrics as being "confounding metaphors" - I call shenanigans on both.
May 4, 1985
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (3 consecutive weeks, June 1 - 15, 1985)
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #4
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #1 (6 consecutive weeks)
Tracks: In addition to Raspberry Beret, I also dig the shuffle of Paisley Park, the funk of Tamborine, and Pop Life. I've always skipped the experimental ramblings of Condition Of The Heart and America (which I preferred when it was called "The Bird" and performed by The Time).
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: This LP was mainly heard in my dorm room in Berry Hall, this means I didn't buy the album until the fall of 1985, several months after its release. I don't remember ever dubbing it to cassette for Walkman/Markmobile listening. To be honest, I mainly bought this CD for the super sweet tri-fold longbox packaging:
Previously revisited for the blog:
The Hits 2 (1993)
Music from Purple Rain (1984)