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Thread started 07/29/16 2:25pm

kristy

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Did the ballads get the Respect?

I know prince was funky and could get a party started like nobody's business but, I heard someone from Npg say, that prince didn't get the credit for his ballads like he should have, i know for me that I love his ballads so its hard for me to tell if the ballads got the respect like the funk did, because iam looking at it from my point and love it all, any thoughts?
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Reply #1 posted 07/29/16 2:28pm

derrick31

kristy said:

I know prince was funky and could get a party started like nobody's business but, I heard someone from Npg say, that prince didn't get the credit for his ballads like he should have, i know for me that I love his ballads so its hard for me to tell if the ballads got the respect like the funk did, because iam looking at it from my point and love it all, any thoughts?

People who mostly listen to R&B loved his ballads for sure. I listen to mostly rock and alternative, but I loved his ballads. In fact, almost every album always had at least one or two great ballads.

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Reply #2 posted 07/29/16 2:35pm

Guitarhero

His one and only number one in the UK ( which is a disgrace by the way, he should of had a lot more here in the UK) was a ballard TMBGITW. cool

[Edited 7/29/16 14:35pm]

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Reply #3 posted 07/29/16 2:40pm

kristy

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Guitarhero said:

His one and only number one in the UK ( which is a disgrace by the way, he should of had a lot more here in the UK) was a ballard TMBGITW. cool

[Edited 7/29/16 14:35pm]




eek , really, disgrace is right!
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Reply #4 posted 07/29/16 4:08pm

thedoorkeeper

It really is a disgrace when you look at some of the shitty music that has hit #1 in the UK thru the years.
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Reply #5 posted 07/29/16 8:41pm

maplesyrupnjam

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His ballads are unique. The good ones anyway. They are quirky and interesting for the most part and very unusual to my ears. Fair play to ya Kirsty, you're right on the money biggrin

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Reply #6 posted 07/29/16 8:56pm

ForeverPaisley

Guitarhero said:

His one and only number one in the UK ( which is a disgrace by the way, he should of had a lot more here in the UK) was a ballard TMBGITW. cool

[Edited 7/29/16 14:35pm]

nod I love that song. biggrin I don't care what anyone says. It's truly a lovely song. mushy

And i completely agree, not just in UK...he should have had way more number ones! A few tracks of his more recent albums should have absolutely made the charts - FunkNRoll, Another Love & RNR Love Affair for sure. It really got me thinking. He was back with WB for two of those albums. He often said, speculated that he wasn't being marketed similarly to other artists on their label. But things like that happen, and it really becomes clear. There was no promotion or radio play of those SUPER catchy songs...they would have been well received if he was given the proper chance.

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Reply #7 posted 07/29/16 9:16pm

RJOrion

When 2 R In Love

Its Gonna Be Lonely

Insatiable

these 3 songs should have been major hits...to me they always will be

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Reply #8 posted 07/30/16 2:07am

PeteSilas

His ballads were always top notch, going all the way back to Baby, I think they got better and better as he went on, his voice got better and he used funkier chords the older he got. He seemed to want to go back to his black roots just as soon as he crossed over. A tricky thing to do really but he sure did it. lots of people hated that, wendy and lisa, what was it they called it? a r&b revue? Prince said, about 20 years ago "people just write off my slow jams" it was true. I'd even argue he did more great ballads than any other type of song. Forgive me, i miss the man, forgive me if I'm overstating anything. God, what a loss, that is the biggest thing that hurts, what a huge, huge loss.

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Reply #9 posted 07/30/16 4:53am

gollygirl

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They sure did with me - I love them so much biggrin

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Reply #10 posted 07/30/16 5:31am

Guitarhero

thedoorkeeper said:

It really is a disgrace when you look at some of the shitty music that has hit #1 in the UK thru the years.

nod Confusing ain't it.

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Reply #11 posted 07/30/16 5:32am

carlluv

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During the early 80's yes, but it was mostly on urban radio. Then after that it was so so
why in God's name do u wanna make me cry
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Reply #12 posted 07/30/16 5:38am

carlluv

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During the early 80's yes, but it was mostly on urban radio. Then after that it was so so
why in God's name do u wanna make me cry
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Reply #13 posted 07/30/16 5:47am

gandorb

Some of my favorite Prince songs are ballads, including two of my absolute favorites Condition of the Heart and Sometimes it Snows in April. Those two and a hand full of others were so unique to Prince in that they were totally non-commercial and showed his artistry and heart so much. Even his more traditional ballads provided welcome diversity in albums otherwise filled with funk, dance, and rock.

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Reply #14 posted 07/30/16 6:05am

Guitarhero

ForeverPaisley said:

Guitarhero said:

His one and only number one in the UK ( which is a disgrace by the way, he should of had a lot more here in the UK) was a ballard TMBGITW. cool

[Edited 7/29/16 14:35pm]

nod I love that song. biggrin I don't care what anyone says. It's truly a lovely song. mushy

And i completely agree, not just in UK...he should have had way more number ones! A few tracks of his more recent albums should have absolutely made the charts - FunkNRoll, Another Love & RNR Love Affair for sure. It really got me thinking. He was back with WB for two of those albums. He often said, speculated that he wasn't being marketed similarly to other artists on their label. But things like that happen, and it really becomes clear. There was no promotion or radio play of those SUPER catchy songs...they would have been well received if he was given the proper chance.

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Reply #15 posted 07/30/16 6:49am

aerdna25

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I absolutely LOVED his ballads (Adore being my #1).

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Reply #16 posted 07/30/16 9:58am

jcurley

I love prince ballads.commercially though they were not generic . For mainstream taste they were too femne. They were extremely beautiful as were all his takes on genre
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Reply #17 posted 07/30/16 1:31pm

PeteSilas

just off the top of my head I can list some great slow jams that weren't hits, weren't in his "golden period" and were as good or better than songs like TMBGITW.

I Hate U

I love You but I don't Trust You Anymore

Insatiable

Man O'War

Call My Name

On The Couch

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Reply #18 posted 07/30/16 1:44pm

Bunsterdk

I love his ballads just as much as his funky music. Probably more. They are the ones that really make me miss still having him with us somewhere here on earth. And the funk is amazing, so it's really saying something.
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Reply #19 posted 07/30/16 1:52pm

PeteSilas

Bunsterdk said:

I love his ballads just as much as his funky music. Probably more. They are the ones that really make me miss still having him with us somewhere here on earth. And the funk is amazing, so it's really saying something.

ya, that's a great one too, probably would fit in perfectly in the 40's 50's jazz world.

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Reply #20 posted 07/30/16 8:07pm

ForeverPaisley

I love Damn U - one of my favourite Prince songs/ballads. His vocals are exquisite!! Did these songs get the respect? No probably not. But those would be the same people that were/are miffed that he stopped swearing...what a dumb thing to get your panties in a bunch for. disbelief

The rest of us appreciated his music, and the changes/growth that happened over the course of his career, without being stuck with the early 80s version of Prince in your head. Not that that's a bad vision. drool lol

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Reply #21 posted 07/30/16 9:03pm

DakotaLady

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[Edited 8/1/16 22:48pm]

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Reply #22 posted 07/30/16 9:21pm

gandorb

ForeverPaisley said:

I love Damn U - one of my favourite Prince songs/ballads. His vocals are exquisite!! Did these songs get the respect? No probably not. But those would be the same people that were/are miffed that he stopped swearing...what a dumb thing to get your panties in a bunch for. disbelief

The rest of us appreciated his music, and the changes/growth that happened over the course of his career, without being stuck with the early 80s version of Prince in your head. Not that that's a bad vision. drool :lol

yeahthat

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Reply #23 posted 07/30/16 9:46pm

PeteSilas

ForeverPaisley said:

I love Damn U - one of my favourite Prince songs/ballads. His vocals are exquisite!! Did these songs get the respect? No probably not. But those would be the same people that were/are miffed that he stopped swearing...what a dumb thing to get your panties in a bunch for. disbelief

The rest of us appreciated his music, and the changes/growth that happened over the course of his career, without being stuck with the early 80s version of Prince in your head. Not that that's a bad vision. drool lol

that was another great one, he had so many, i'd have to take my time to recall them all. I loved "when god created woman" too.

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Reply #24 posted 07/31/16 1:11am

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For the most part, a lot of fans liked his ballads (most of them). He had plenty of great ballads; but he had many, many stinkers.
Here are total crap ballads by Prince (fans often call these "generic Prince ballads")
Insatiable
Damn U

I Can't Make U Love Me

One Kiss At A Time
4ever
Call My Name
On The Couch
Satisfied
Here
Better With Time
Walk With Sand
When She Comes
Revelation

But, here are the most recognized ballads that are much better...
Adore
Do Me, Baby
The Beautiful One

Condition of the Heart
Crucial

Scandalous
Diamonds & Pearls

So, "did the ballads get Respect?" Well, the right ones got the "respect", I guess for the most part.

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Reply #25 posted 07/31/16 1:20am

PeteSilas

PurpleTrollster said:

For the most part, a lot of fans liked his ballads (most of them). He had plenty of great ballads; but he had many, many stinkers.
Here are total crap ballads by Prince (fans often call these "generic Prince ballads")
Insatiable
Damn U

I Can't Make U Love Me

One Kiss At A Time
4ever
Call My Name
On The Couch
Satisfied
Here
Better With Time
Walk With Sand
When She Comes
Revelation

But, here are the most recognized ballads that are much better...
Adore
Do Me, Baby
The Beautiful One

Condition of the Heart
Crucial

Scandalous
Diamonds & Pearls

So, "did the ballads get Respect?" Well, the right ones got the "respect", I guess for the most part.

it's all subjective, diamonds and pearls I never liked and i really didn't consider it a ballad, but I don't think it's a great song. My assertion is he did many and lots of them were pretty darn good, a lot better than the attention they got. but it happens. I heard a Paul Simon song "Bernadette" blew me away but it completely went under the radar, one of the best ballads i've ever heard. It happens, not everything great gets it's day in court.

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Reply #26 posted 07/31/16 4:39am

Bunsterdk

I'm totally into The Dance from 3121 at the mo. I just love the ambivalence and contradiction in the song, the longing, despair and denial. Wonderful song. love
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Reply #27 posted 08/02/16 6:04am

Bunsterdk

And Te Amo Corazon. I can play this on repeat all day sometimes.
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