There's an interesting scream at the start of 'Around The World In A Day' and another one at the end of 'The Word'...
Oooh yeah, oooh yeah.
I'm pretty sure this is an inhaled one too. Try it. Just try to hit a high note inhaling.
Like newbies, you may cough at first. Imagine being strangled and having to call for help. Inhale 'help'.
This is the one in the "God (Vocal)" before the first verse, and the the one in the ad lib,
where he mixes it with a short synth strings note right behind.
And this is Prince's genius right there, because you don't know which sound is Prince's voice and which one is the synth.
Then he goes "Rrrrrrrah!", and inhales another one, but he fails to get high. And then he chokes.
And leaves it on tape! On the fucking master tape, man. I imagine Bernie receiving this shit and be in awe.
You know, the first listening.
Moreover, I still don't know if the very, very high note held for ever before the final raging screams in the background is him.
I would say it's a collage of him, because you have to take your breath at some point, there is a bizarre shift between the two notes,
but even though, it's astounding if it's him.
But to have hit the first note, and then come with that precise synth note, it's a miracle,
and what's cool is that it just passes. Prince does not try too much, or rather yes, he bangs his head,
the song has no more to say, God made U, God made me, he made us equally.
God is almighty, and comes in a rage. Then he gets black: "Who screamed?"
I find fascinating that the entire "Purple Rain" concept carries so much christianity.
It probably explains its massive success. "Footloose" tried it, "Dirty Dancing" tried it,
But no one nailed it as Blinn, Magnoli, Bennett and Prince did on "Purple Rain", the movie, the album, the show.
What is "Purple Rain" but a mass chant? Prince is the only christian rocker who didn't bother you with scriptures.
He just went straight to it, the oozing, fidelity, what 4, but then again, maybe, who screamed, was it me?
The whole drama of it, you're doomed, we're doomed, temptation,
Purplelectricity whenever our bodies touch
Ooh baby, I love it when our bodies TOUCH - WHOOO!
But it sounds like "bodies stretch".
And who dare to sang the orgasm before Prince?
I mean here's a guy who goes right after the Coco Boys to the open mike night: "hey, I'm gonna make you when I'm coming, listen".
If Prince had been just about sex, it would already have been great for the social aspect of it, but there was more depth to go after.
There is this very high note he helds for ages at the end of "Diamonds and Pearls",
there's no vibrato at all, and you need to wait for the end of it to realize it's actually his voice, not Rosie's.
A synth this is not, and he sures sings like he was an instrument. He could play Carey/Houston if he wanted too.
That's how hard he worked at his craft. But, like he said, it wasn't work. Otherwise it wouldn't sound like that.
It's just drive.
It's like the one I call the Miles trumpet effect: in "Adore".
« Ah-ah-ah, cruciaaaal-bébé ». This incredible "ah-ah-ah", I hear Miles muted trumpet everytime.
Like a very short riff and he comes in. Except it's just him, and I bet my ass this is not a collage.
And if it is, well, more power to SKipper anyways.
And what about the kind of sleepy "wa-oooh" before "it's time we all reach out..." in "Purple Rain", which was kept intentionally? That one cracks me up.
Was it Lisa? Was it someone in the crowd? "Wa-ooh". After the anguished dove screams in "When Doves Cry",
and it's like now the dove's cool, she made peace, she just makes a calm "Wa-ooh". That incredible "Purple Rain" B Side... But I digress...
There's no pop singer who stretched his voice so far, so unabashedly, so cooning, so deranged, so pleading.
Soft and wet, grinning, yelping: "Mayday. Mayday!" — he's so smart and witty.
He's also completely bunkers. Mayday! That's hilarious.
Funnily enough, the word comes from the french "m'aider", some short grammatical liberty for aeronautics sounding purposes.
John Lennon was crying "Help!" because he was in some kind of Purple Heart depression,
where Prince, my superhero, yells "Help!" because of all the things he wants to do to her. This is so funny and sincere, and it sounds incredible,
right after the fantastic alternate bass line section of "Little Red Corvette (Dance Mix)".
Speaking of "Help me God", there is good screamin' in "Eye Hate U".
Either my memory tricks me, but I seem to recall a funny hysterical scream sounding like " I'm in a caaage! I'm living in a caaage!", and I'm not referring to "Art Official Cage", that's not the one. It's pobably older. Google says zilch, but then maybe I had too many screams and my brain does not compute.
[Edited 12/22/17 3:32am]