Prince Vinyl, CD & tapes by Prince at Norman Records
His name was Prince. You knew that. We knew that. Everyone knows that. In his fifty-seven years on this planet, Minneapolis’ most famous son wowed the world time and again, altering the course of popular music several times over while shifting absolutely vast quantities records.
Prince’s most popular works need no introduction, but we’re going to do it anyway: ‘Purple Rain’ (1984), one of the best-selling albums of all time and one of those records where every single song is a classic; ‘1999’ (1982), an album that is possibly more famous than the year itself; ‘Sign O’ The Times’, the 1987 double-album that still ranks high on the ‘greatest ever’ lists; ‘Batman’ (1988); ‘Dirty Mind’ (1980); the one that no-one can pronounce because it’s named after the unpronounceable symbol to which he had changed his name (1992). For an artist to have produced even one of these albums would be a huge achievement - to have made these and many more is straight-up iconic.
Prince’s music is a heady brew. If pushed, you’d probably describe it as funk, but compared to the muscular sweat of Parliament/Funkadelic, Prince’s songs are more supple and lithe. They’re great pop songs, but again, too sexually charged to sit comfortably in the genre’s centre. He was good for a ballad, as anyone who's ever drunkenly blared along to 'Purple Rain' at the end of a night out can attest, but he wasn't a balladeer. Down the years Prince kept pace with the changing seasons too, incorporating everything from synth-pop to stadium rock to hip-hop as times changed. But whatever the sound, style or time-period Prince was making music in, you always knew his name.