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Thread started 02/16/17 10:16am

speakeasy

What's Your Playlist for Prince Newbie's?

After lots of time away from the catalog--I'm having an amazing time on Spotify digging in deep. My wife said to me--so, you're just going to be playing Prince all the time now, huh? Yep!


A buddy of mine (33 year old) who's not an original fan asked me to make a playlist for him. I put a mix together--with not too many hits as most people know those.


Here's my chronological list below. 1 hr and 24 mins. I think it's a good intro! I'm curious as to what your 'mostly-non-hit-oriented' playlist for newbie's might look like. Please share!


I Wanna Be Your Lover
Dirty Mind
Controversy
Let's Pretend We're Married
The Beautiful Ones
Computer Blue
Erotic City
17 Days
Tamborine
New Position
I Wonder U
Under The Cherry Moon
Housequake
The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
Starfish And Coffee
Adore
Electric Chair
Joy In Repetition
Still Would Stand All Time

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Reply #1 posted 02/16/17 10:20am

Genesia

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This is sort of impossible to answer without knowing what other music the person listens to.

It's always easier to introduce someone to a new (to them) artist if the music is similar to something they already like. After they've heard that – and with any luck, liked it – then you can move on to something that might be a little more "challenging."

I've always said that I could make a Prince mix for anyone - no matter what kind of music they like.

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #2 posted 02/16/17 10:25am

speakeasy

Genesia said:

This is sort of impossible to answer without knowing what other music the person listens to.

It's always easier to introduce someone to a new (to them) artist if the music is similar to something they already like. After they've heard that – and with any luck, liked it – then you can move on to something that might be a little more "challenging."

I've always said that I could make a Prince mix for anyone - no matter what kind of music they like.

You are so right. I could have made a dance mix. A ballads mix. A rock mix. A funk mix. etc. etc. I tried to cover a lot of different bases in my mix.

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Reply #3 posted 02/16/17 10:52pm

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Soft and Wet
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad
Let's Work
Controversy
D.M.S.R.
Computer Blue
Erotica City
Pop Life
The Ladder
Mountains
Strange Relationship
Forever In My Life
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
Anna Stesia
Electric Chair
Scandalous
Joy In Repetition
Thieves in the Temple
Money Don't Matter 2 Night
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Reply #4 posted 02/17/17 2:53pm

214

You can't make a playlist for newbie without the classics like 1999, LRC,WDC,Purple Rain,LGC,SOTT,Kiss,IWDFY,7 and Rasperry Beret.

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Reply #5 posted 02/17/17 8:31pm

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I Wanna Be Your Lover

Bambi

When You Were Mine

Head

Sexuality

Let's Work

Jack You Off

Little Red Corvette

Delirious

Let's Pretend We're Married

D.M.S.R.

Lady Cab Driver

Let's Go Crazy

The Beautiful Ones

Darling Nikki

When Doves Cry

Purple Rain

Pop Life

The Ladder

Girls & Boys

Kiss

Anotherloverholenyohead

All of the SOTT double Album

Alphabet St.

Anna Stesia

When 2 R In Love

Electric Chair

New Power Generation

The Question of U

Joy In Repetition

Thieves In The Temple

Cream

Money Don't Matter 2 Night

Insatiable

Live 4 Love

I Wanna Melt With U

Sweet Baby

Damn U

Horny Toad

Feel U Up

I Love U In Me

She's Always In My Hair

How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore

Le Grind

The entire Come album except for Loose and Orgasm

Black MFs in the House

Johnny

The Good Life

The Exodus Has Begun

The entire The Gold Experience album except for TMBGIW, Dolphin and Gold

Zannalee

I Rock, Therefore I am

Somebody's Somebody

Joint 2 Joint

The Holy River

Friend, Lover, Sister Mother/Wife

My Computer

Cloreen Bacon Skin

Day's of Wild

The Ride

Get Loose

The Truth

Don't Play Me

3rd Eye

Mad Sex

Wasted Kisses

Baby Knows

Prettyman

Five Women

When the Lights Go Down

There Is Lonely

Old Friends 4 Sale

Sarah

1+1+1 is 3

Deconstruction

Family Name



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Reply #6 posted 02/17/17 8:59pm

rosylo

This is an awesome thread, thank you! As a newbie (< 1 yr ) I have not listened to

17 Days

Tamborine

New Position

speakeasy said:

After lots of time away from the catalog--I'm having an amazing time on Spotify digging in deep. My wife said to me--so, you're just going to be playing Prince all the time now, huh? Yep!


A buddy of mine (33 year old) who's not an original fan asked me to make a playlist for him. I put a mix together--with not too many hits as most people know those.


Here's my chronological list below. 1 hr and 24 mins. I think it's a good intro! I'm curious as to what your 'mostly-non-hit-oriented' playlist for newbie's might look like. Please share!


I Wanna Be Your Lover
Dirty Mind
Controversy
Let's Pretend We're Married
The Beautiful Ones
Computer Blue
Erotic City
17 Days
Tamborine
New Position
I Wonder U
Under The Cherry Moon
Housequake
The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
Starfish And Coffee
Adore
Electric Chair
Joy In Repetition
Still Would Stand All Time

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Reply #7 posted 02/17/17 9:08pm

rosylo

Thank you!!! I didn't know these existed:

Black MFs in the House

Johnny

The Good Life

The Exodus Has Begun

I Rock, Therefore I am

Somebody's Somebody

Joint 2 Joint

My Computer

Cloreen Bacon Skin

The Ride

Get Loose

The Truth

Don't Play Me

Mad Sex

Five Women

When the Lights Go Down

There Is Lonely

Sarah

Deconstruction

Family Name

QueenofCardboard said:


I Wanna Be Your Lover

Bambi

When You Were Mine

Head

Sexuality

Let's Work

Jack You Off

Little Red Corvette

Delirious

Let's Pretend We're Married

D.M.S.R.

Lady Cab Driver

Let's Go Crazy

The Beautiful Ones

Darling Nikki

When Doves Cry

Purple Rain

Pop Life

The Ladder

Girls & Boys

Kiss

Anotherloverholenyohead

All of the SOTT double Album

Alphabet St.

Anna Stesia

When 2 R In Love

Electric Chair

New Power Generation

The Question of U

Joy In Repetition

Thieves In The Temple

Cream

Money Don't Matter 2 Night

Insatiable

Live 4 Love

I Wanna Melt With U

Sweet Baby

Damn U

Horny Toad

Feel U Up

I Love U In Me

She's Always In My Hair

How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore

Le Grind

The entire Come album except for Loose and Orgasm

Black MFs in the House

Johnny

The Good Life

The Exodus Has Begun

The entire The Gold Experience album except for TMBGIW, Dolphin and Gold

Zannalee

I Rock, Therefore I am

Somebody's Somebody

Joint 2 Joint

The Holy River

Friend, Lover, Sister Mother/Wife

My Computer

Cloreen Bacon Skin

Day's of Wild

The Ride

Get Loose

The Truth

Don't Play Me

3rd Eye

Mad Sex

Wasted Kisses

Baby Knows

Prettyman

Five Women

When the Lights Go Down

There Is Lonely

Old Friends 4 Sale

Sarah

1+1+1 is 3

Deconstruction

Family Name



[Edited 2/17/17 20:42pm]

[Edited 2/17/17 21:09pm]

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Reply #8 posted 02/17/17 9:08pm

UncleJam

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I'ev always found it easier to turn folks on to Prince with his 80s output, then try to introduce them to his 90s/00s output. I've been burning and giving this CD away for years, almost exactly 1h20min...

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She's Always in my Hair (Extended)

Feel U Up (Extended)

Irresistible Bitch

Pop Life

17 Days

When Doves Cry

Strange Relationship

How Come U Dont Call Me Anymore

Kiss

Susannah's Pajamas

Girls and Boys

Housequake

The Beautiful Ones

Shockadelica (Extended)

Starfish and Coffee

Rockhard in a Funky Place

Make it so, Number One...
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Reply #9 posted 02/17/17 9:16pm

rosylo

Wow, I listened almost non-stop the first few months, it'll probabably take me a few years to catch up with some of you here lol

I'll check out Susannah's Pajamas and Rockhard in a Funky Place

Thank you!

UncleJam said:

I'ev always found it easier to turn folks on to Prince with his 80s output, then try to introduce them to his 90s/00s output. I've been burning and giving this CD away for years, almost exactly 1h20min...

------

She's Always in my Hair (Extended)

Feel U Up (Extended)

Irresistible Bitch

Pop Life

17 Days

When Doves Cry

Strange Relationship

How Come U Dont Call Me Anymore

Kiss

Susannah's Pajamas

Girls and Boys

Housequake

The Beautiful Ones

Shockadelica (Extended)

Starfish and Coffee

Rockhard in a Funky Place

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Reply #10 posted 02/17/17 9:34pm

databank

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It completely depends whom you're making the playlist for. I would make entirely different playlists depending on different people's musical tastes...

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Reply #11 posted 02/17/17 10:17pm

khill95

Soft and Wet

Bambi

Feel For You

When You Were Mine

Uptown/Head/Sister

Do Me Baby

Sexuality

Something in the Water

Lady Cab Driver

Beautiful Ones

Darling Nikki

Condition of The Heart

Paisley Park

Sometimes It Snows

Mountains

ALL OF SOTT

When 2 R In Love

Positivity

Electric Chair

Gives a good insight to the rocker/funkster/balladeer/prodigy that he was, without choosing big hits that the average person would know.

Still discovering his 90s material so I can't have any say on that.

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Reply #12 posted 02/17/17 10:42pm

Ingela

Couldn't answer that as others have said it depends on what the person likes.

I certainly wouldn't include any of the pop hits they've listened to a million times. And which do not not really touch on Prince as an artist.

I would say to have them explore on their own.
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Reply #13 posted 02/18/17 12:19am

jaawwnn

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I call it ChangesOnePrince lol

1. I Wanna Be Your Lover (7" edit)
2. Why You Wanna Treat me so Bad
3. When You Were Mine
4. Controversy (7" edit)
5. 1999 (7" edit)
6. Little Red Corvette (7" edit)
7. When Doves Cry
8. I Would Die 4 U (7" edit)
9. Raspberry Beret
10. Kiss (7" edit)
11. Purple Rain

Short, succinct, and nothing too offensively non-pop song for even the lamest of tastes.

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Reply #14 posted 02/18/17 11:48am

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214 said:

You can't make a playlist for newbie without the classics like 1999, LRC,WDC,Purple Rain,LGC,SOTT,Kiss,IWDFY,7 and Rasperry Beret.



The OP asked for non-hits.
It's a hurtful place, the world, in and of itself. We don't need to add to it. We all need one another. ~ PRN
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Reply #15 posted 02/18/17 12:06pm

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sonshine said:

214 said:

You can't make a playlist for newbie without the classics like 1999, LRC,WDC,Purple Rain,LGC,SOTT,Kiss,IWDFY,7 and Rasperry Beret.



The OP asked for non-hits.

Oh yeah. He also asked "what's your playlist for Prince newbies". I wouldn't givea newbie non hits tbh
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Reply #16 posted 02/18/17 1:11pm

QueenofCardboa
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jaawwnn said:

sonshine said:
The OP asked for non-hits.
Oh yeah. He also asked "what's your playlist for Prince newbies". I wouldn't givea newbie non hits tbh



I think that I doesn't hurt have some of the big hits in the list.

The Newbies know which songs they have heard, and they can remove them from the list themselves if they have already heard them.


I'd like to add the following song to my list


Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance

Dear Mr. Man

Underneath The Cream

Sexmesexmenot

Vavoom
High

S & M Grove

Daisy Chain

Fury

The Word

Crimson And Clover (cover)

Colonized Mind (ripoff)

(There'll Never B) Another Like Me

Dance 4 Me

Valentina

Breakfast Can Wait

1,000 O's & X's



Unreleased Prince Songs

You're In My System 84 Groove

Irrisistible Bitch

Do Yourself a Favor
Extralovable

Lust U Always

We Can Funk (1983 version)





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Reply #17 posted 02/18/17 2:40pm

CharismaDove

As others said, it depends on the person. I've put a few of my friends on to Prince. They knew almost nothing about him except Dave chapelle and Purple Rain (although my generation generally respects P as an American icon & legend regardless). What really resonated with my friends (who mostly fuck with contemp R&B and alternative hip hop) was P from the 90s. Light up a few spliffs and play Joy in Repetition, Money Don't Matter 2 Night, Days of Wild, maybe even a little bit of Bob George and Superfunky, 7, Sexy MF, Good Life, Space, The Flow, and of course some 80s gems like Something in the Water, 17 Days, and the original OF4S.

"Wow bro I thought Prince had only guitar music and shit. His music's trippy!"
Maybe eye do, just not like eye did before pimp2
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Reply #18 posted 02/18/17 2:59pm

Ingela

CharismaDove said:

As others said, it depends on the person. I've put a few of my friends on to Prince. They knew almost nothing about him except Dave chapelle and Purple Rain (although my generation generally respects P as an American icon & legend regardless). What really resonated with my friends (who mostly fuck with contemp R&B and alternative hip hop) was P from the 90s. Light up a few spliffs and play Joy in Repetition, Money Don't Matter 2 Night, Days of Wild, maybe even a little bit of Bob George and Superfunky, 7, Sexy MF, Good Life, Space, The Flow, and of course some 80s gems like Something in the Water, 17 Days, and the original OF4S.

"Wow bro I thought Prince had only guitar music and shit. His music's trippy!"


Exactly. Prince is not one thing. Prince is so different in even in its own eras.
I personally think these type of "lists" will turn people off to Prince than vice versa.

And doubly so any list originating from prince.org.
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Reply #19 posted 02/18/17 3:09pm

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Ingela said:

CharismaDove said:

As others said, it depends on the person.

I've put a few of my friends on to Prince.

They knew almost nothing about him except Dave chapelle and Purple Rain (although my generation generally respects P as an American icon & legend regardless).

What really resonated with my friends (who mostly fuck with contemp R&B and alternative hip hop) was P from the 90s.

Light up a few spliffs and play Joy in Repetition, Money Don't Matter 2 Night, Days of Wild, maybe even a little bit of Bob George and Superfunky, 7, Sexy MF, Good Life, Space, The Flow, and of course some 80s gems like Something in the Water, 17 Days, and the original OF4S.

"Wow bro I thought Prince had only guitar music and shit. His music's trippy!"



Exactly.

Prince is not one thing.

Prince is so different in even in its own eras.

I personally think these type of "lists" will turn people off to Prince than vice versa.

And doubly so any list originating from prince.org.



Well,

I think that you are wrong about that.

I have already turned on two people to Prince, who were only aware of his big hits and the albums 1999, Purple Rain, Parade and SOTT.



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Reply #20 posted 02/21/17 7:44am

Ingela

QueenofCardboard said:



Ingela said:


CharismaDove said:

As others said, it depends on the person.

I've put a few of my friends on to Prince.

They knew almost nothing about him except Dave chapelle and Purple Rain (although my generation generally respects P as an American icon & legend regardless).

What really resonated with my friends (who mostly fuck with contemp R&B and alternative hip hop) was P from the 90s.

Light up a few spliffs and play Joy in Repetition, Money Don't Matter 2 Night, Days of Wild, maybe even a little bit of Bob George and Superfunky, 7, Sexy MF, Good Life, Space, The Flow, and of course some 80s gems like Something in the Water, 17 Days, and the original OF4S.

"Wow bro I thought Prince had only guitar music and shit. His music's trippy!"




Exactly.

Prince is not one thing.

Prince is so different in even in its own eras.

I personally think these type of "lists" will turn people off to Prince than vice versa.

And doubly so any list originating from prince.org.




Well,

I think that you are wrong about that.

I have already turned on two people to Prince, who were only aware of his big hits and the albums 1999, Purple Rain, Parade and SOTT.





Well..

I actually think if playlists are created and curated into the different types of music, that would be more effective and educational. I think if any artist needed curated lists is Prince.

The Beatles have a lot of different curated lists on the different types of Beatles music, but Prince more than almost anyone, has some of the most far ranging sounds. From the soft jazzy stuff, the pop, the R&B, the funk, rock, psychedelic, ballads, the electronic, the acoustic, the experimental, live, the side acts, the music for others, the hodgepodge homogenous stuff, the quirky, on and on.

I'm sure someone has already created curated lists like that on Spotify for him by now, so for a newbie, I think I would just say to them to just explore and let them know how vast his breadth as an artist is beforehand so they know what to expect and not pigeonhole him. Send them to the more stylistically curated lists than to simplify him into his pop hits.

I think those top hits list only marginilizes him and turns a bigger audience away.
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Reply #21 posted 02/21/17 11:07am

speakeasy

Hey! I really appreciate what everyone has shared! There's definitely some overlap with my original list and some cool variations. Some deep songs! I look forward to the day when I can catch up with the post-1995 work which I don't know as well. So much more Prince to discover! (Both released and yet-to-be-released)

Thanks, everbody!

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Reply #22 posted 02/21/17 11:22am

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Just give them 4ever or the Hits/B-sides.

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Reply #23 posted 02/21/17 6:18pm

stpaisios

This could work in my case:

Chapter 1:

1. Crazy You

2. Bambi

3. When You Were Mine

4. Let's Work

5. D.M.S.R.

6. Conditions of the heart

7. I would DIe 4 U

8. Raspeberry barret

9. Mountains

10. If I was Your girlfriend

11. I could Never take a Place of your man

12. I wish U Heaven

13. Annastesia

14. Joy in Repetition

15. Daddy Pop

Chapter 2:

16. The Sacrifice Of Victor

17. Damn U

18. Come

19. In This Bad I Scream

20. Come on (remix)

21. Days of Wild

22. The Everlasting Now

23. Supercute

24. Call My

25.Black Sweat

26. U're Gonna C Me

27. Future Soul Song

28. This Could B Us

29. Stare

30. 1000 x's & o's

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jaawwnn said:

I call it ChangesOnePrince lol

1. I Wanna Be Your Lover (7" edit)
2. Why You Wanna Treat me so Bad
3. When You Were Mine
4. Controversy (7" edit)
5. 1999 (7" edit)
6. Little Red Corvette (7" edit)
7. When Doves Cry
8. I Would Die 4 U (7" edit)
9. Raspberry Beret
10. Kiss (7" edit)
11. Purple Rain

Short, succinct, and nothing too offensively non-pop song for even the lamest of tastes.

As a bit of an addendum here this review of the re-release of ChangesoneBowie is worth a read.

http://pitchfork.com/revi...sonebowie/

It strikes me that there's no similar Prince release (possibly in 2017 it's not possible for such a release to happen). The Very Best Of is as close as you can get but that's covering a much longer time period and several massive career changes.

With the above I tried to put together a similar set to the bowie one that was riff and pop hit heavy while roughly telling the (much abridged) story. Many massive hits are missing but that's ok (Let's go Crazy I left off because I find that it only works at the start or end of an album.)

When I make a playlist for friends of an artist I think they might be like they usually can't handle more than a short albums worth of material before they start tuning out. 30 or so tracks of Prince brilliance is just too much for them to begin with.

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Reply #25 posted 02/22/17 7:33am

speakeasy

jaawwnn said:

When I make a playlist for friends of an artist I think they might be like they usually can't handle more than a short albums worth of material before they start tuning out. 30 or so tracks of Prince brilliance is just too much for them to begin with.


Agreed! The best way to insure a (focused) playlist doesn't get listened to is to put 30+ songs on it. To get your playlist listened to--it must be concise and focused or folks will feel overwhelmed.

One exception is if you're making a playlist intended to be played on Shuffle mode--like curated radio. You needs hours of music to make those work. (I love Shuffle lists for car rides, etc!)

I remember taking stacks of CDs (and before that records and tapes) in order to make someone a playlist. Now we can put one together and share it in minutes. Ah, modern technology...

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Reply #26 posted 03/02/17 11:03am

CAL3

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I Wanna Be Your Lover

Bambi

When You Were Mine

Head

Sexuality

Let's Work

Jack You Off

Little Red Corvette

Delirious

Let's Pretend We're Married

D.M.S.R.

Lady Cab Driver

Let's Go Crazy

The Beautiful Ones

Darling Nikki

When Doves Cry

Purple Rain

Pop Life

The Ladder

Girls & Boys

Kiss

Anotherloverholenyohead

All of the SOTT double Album

Alphabet St.

Anna Stesia

When 2 R In Love

Electric Chair

New Power Generation

The Question of U

Joy In Repetition

Thieves In The Temple

Cream

Money Don't Matter 2 Night

Insatiable

Live 4 Love

I Wanna Melt With U

Sweet Baby

Damn U

Horny Toad

Feel U Up

I Love U In Me

She's Always In My Hair

How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore

Le Grind

The entire Come album except for Loose and Orgasm

Black MFs in the House

Johnny

The Good Life

The Exodus Has Begun

The entire The Gold Experience album except for TMBGIW, Dolphin and Gold

Zannalee

I Rock, Therefore I am

Somebody's Somebody

Joint 2 Joint

The Holy River

Friend, Lover, Sister Mother/Wife

My Computer

Cloreen Bacon Skin

Day's of Wild

The Ride

Get Loose

The Truth

Don't Play Me

3rd Eye

Mad Sex

Wasted Kisses

Baby Knows

Prettyman

Five Women

When the Lights Go Down

There Is Lonely

Old Friends 4 Sale

Sarah

1+1+1 is 3

Deconstruction

Family Name

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Probably overwhelming for a new listener.

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