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Reply #30 posted 12/09/17 7:43am

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I'd say NPS, "Prince" and For You.

1999 is my favorite album but I never dug the cover much.

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Reply #31 posted 12/09/17 8:55am

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Lovesexy is by far the most absurd Prince cover....and there are some pretty bad ones.

Not as long as 'Goldnigga' can be considered a 'Prince' album. That one is the worst by a wide margin, as far as I'm concerned. Amateurish all around. That said, I would LOVE to own a legit copy on CD! eek

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Reply #32 posted 12/09/17 10:36am

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dave1dmarx said:

DarkKnight1 said:

Lovesexy is by far the most absurd Prince cover....and there are some pretty bad ones.

Not as long as 'Goldnigga' can be considered a 'Prince' album. That one is the worst by a wide margin, as far as I'm concerned. Amateurish all around. That said, I would LOVE to own a legit copy on CD! eek


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Reply #33 posted 12/09/17 3:10pm

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1999 is cool. It contains input by people in his band/camp etc Vanity did some of the work around the P and the 1 that looks like a penis.

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Reply #34 posted 12/09/17 4:12pm

dave1dmarx

herb4 said:

dave1dmarx said:

Not as long as 'Goldnigga' can be considered a 'Prince' album. That one is the worst by a wide margin, as far as I'm concerned. Amateurish all around. That said, I would LOVE to own a legit copy on CD! eek


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Allow me to rephrase that... I would LOVE to find this CD for sale at a flea market for ten bucks! biggrin

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Reply #35 posted 12/09/17 7:23pm

Wolfie87

dave1dmarx said:

DarkKnight1 said:

Lovesexy is by far the most absurd Prince cover....and there are some pretty bad ones.

Not as long as 'Goldnigga' can be considered a 'Prince' album. That one is the worst by a wide margin, as far as I'm concerned. Amateurish all around. That said, I would LOVE to own a legit copy on CD! eek

Ehhhhm, the Goldnigga cover makes me horny everytime. So, you're wrong. wink

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Reply #36 posted 12/10/17 6:48am

leecaldon

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The packaging of Emancipation reminds me of a budget CD-ROM game from the mid-90s. It's not so bad that I "couldn't look at it", but pretty damn bad for something that was supposedly such an important release for him.

I didn't warm up to the shoddy image manipulation inside the booklet either.

Thinking about it, that booklet was a key reason that my friends and I got engrossed in the world of Prince.

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Reply #37 posted 12/10/17 6:52am

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Wolfie87 said:

dave1dmarx said:

Not as long as 'Goldnigga' can be considered a 'Prince' album. That one is the worst by a wide margin, as far as I'm concerned. Amateurish all around. That said, I would LOVE to own a legit copy on CD! eek

Ehhhhm, the Goldnigga cover makes me horny everytime. So, you're wrong. wink

So what does the cover of 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be' by the 2 Live Crew do for you??!! eek

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Reply #38 posted 12/10/17 10:42am

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One night alone by far....it´s embarrassing for the same artist that was bold enough to do the Lovesexy cover (which I love). It´s a pity since the album has some of his most beautiful songs.

Emancipation.

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Reply #39 posted 12/10/17 10:59am

NorthC

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1999 is cool. It contains input by people in his band/camp etc Vanity did some of the work around the P and the 1 that looks like a penis.


That cover is excellent. It's so full of clues: it shows us the origins of the prince, it shows us the purple sky, it shows us The Ladder (3 years before the song!), it shows us the Revolution... Oh... Sorry... Noitiulover eht... If shows us his sex side (as you pointed out)... Just like Around the World In a Day, this album cover is so much more revealing than the ones that just had a photo...
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Reply #40 posted 12/10/17 2:51pm

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Yeah, well YOU try buying "Lovesexy" at the only record store in a hick Texas town.

I was lucky to make it out of there alive.


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Reply #41 posted 12/10/17 3:36pm

LaurenceNoonan

Telecaster5 said:

One night alone by far....it´s embarrassing for the same artist that was bold enough to do the Lovesexy cover (which I love). It´s a pity since the album has some of his most beautiful songs.



Emancipation.


Yeah it was just odd...
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Reply #42 posted 12/10/17 6:48pm

CAL3

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.Graffiti Bridge

.Emancipation

.One Night Alone

.The Chocolate Invasion

.The Slaughterhouse

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In my eyes, 'Graffiti Bridge' is an awesome cover!

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Worst... Musicology! (Also his worst album, so it's pretty fitting).

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Reply #43 posted 12/11/17 12:56am

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Easily my least favourite Prince album cover:

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Reply #44 posted 12/11/17 3:36am

bonatoc

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herb4 said:

I'd say NPS, "Prince" and For You.

1999 is my favorite album but I never dug the cover much.


I think it's a Glans Slam.

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Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #45 posted 12/12/17 6:21am

LaurenceNoonan

herb4 said:

dave1dmarx said:

Not as long as 'Goldnigga' can be considered a 'Prince' album. That one is the worst by a wide margin, as far as I'm concerned. Amateurish all around. That said, I would LOVE to own a legit copy on CD! eek


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Hmmmm How much???

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Reply #46 posted 12/12/17 6:21am

LaurenceNoonan

herb4 said:

I'd say NPS, "Prince" and For You.

1999 is my favorite album but I never dug the cover much.

For You is one of my favs and so is New Power Soul

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Reply #47 posted 12/12/17 11:29am

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Reply #48 posted 12/12/17 11:32am

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best ?

imo


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Reply #49 posted 12/12/17 12:26pm

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Easy one. It's a tie between the 12-year-old photoshop of Musicology and the putrid Lovesexy album cover

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Reply #50 posted 12/13/17 6:40am

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Musicology
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Reply #51 posted 12/13/17 7:41am

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MD431Madcat said:

best ?

imo


Agreed, this is iconic! Definitely less is more.

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Reply #52 posted 12/13/17 8:57am

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lynx said:

Easy one. It's a tie between the 12-year-old photoshop of Musicology and the putrid Lovesexy album cover


What's "putrid" about the Lovesexy cover?

Maybe it appeals more to an european audience. You need to be familiar with the works of Pierre et Gilles, clearly an influence on Jean-Baptiste Mondino for the post-processing of the picture.


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No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailboat sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #53 posted 12/13/17 9:41am

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MD431Madcat said:

best ?

imo


i like how it folds out to connect the two images

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Reply #54 posted 12/13/17 10:14am

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SMH at peeps who don't like the Lovesexy cover.

From Dirty Mind to Lovesexy it was all great... then he had one off but rare design hits with Rainbow Children and... I'm trying to come up with another one... oh yeah, 3121 and AOA looked good.

Exodus was cool.

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Reply #55 posted 12/13/17 10:23am

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ufoclub said:

SMH at peeps who don't like the Lovesexy cover.

From Dirty Mind to Lovesexy it was all great... then he had one off but rare design hits with Rainbow Children and... I'm trying to come up with another one... oh yeah, 3121 and AOA looked good.

Exodus was cool.


By the way, isn't it a Prince drawing?

Because it resembles the 1999 artwork (is it Prince's?), and also the characters of the NPGMC era (also Slaughterhouse and the Chocolate Invasion).

When you compare them to some drawings of stage outfits, and the Gett Off maxi-single, it looks like Prince was the artist (no pun intended).

The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailboat sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #56 posted 12/13/17 10:34am

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I've actually grown to love the "Lovesexy" packaging. It's one of many album covers framed throughout my house.

But I remember the first day it came out. I hit Camelot Music in NC to buy it, and I hung my h head with embarrassment as I carried that cardboard CD longbox to the register. I was thinking "Oh, Prince, why."

I was 18 and not ready to "come out" yet, and it almost felt like buying a copy of Playgirl. Gayer even.

I'm sure that cover hurt sales of the album.

God bless, Parke. He accepted my FB friend request. But "Emancipation" is pretty awful overall. I almost like "Graffiti Bridge," though.

The holographic D&P cover was a cheesy gimmick. I vote that my least favorite. I don't really count the online-only releases.

It's not an album cover, but my favorite Prince packaging may be the 12" single of "Mountains." Also framed.

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Reply #57 posted 12/13/17 10:43am

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bonatoc said:

ufoclub said:

SMH at peeps who don't like the Lovesexy cover.

From Dirty Mind to Lovesexy it was all great... then he had one off but rare design hits with Rainbow Children and... I'm trying to come up with another one... oh yeah, 3121 and AOA looked good.

Exodus was cool.


By the way, isn't it a Prince drawing?

Because it resembles the 1999 artwork (is it Prince's?), and also the characters of the NPGMC era (also Slaughterhouse and the Chocolate Invasion).

When you compare them to some drawings of stage outfits, and the Gett Off maxi-single, it looks like Prince was the artist (no pun intended).

It looks like it, but I think the artist was named somewhere in these online discussions.

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Reply #58 posted 12/13/17 1:51pm

Adorecream

Don't really care about covers - more into the grooves!!

An album cover can look bad, but the music can be hellatight - Lovesexy, 1999 etc

Or it can be really good looking cover and shitty music - Musicology, Batman, Rave etc.

Got some kind of love for you, and I don't even know your name
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Reply #59 posted 12/13/17 2:05pm

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Honestly i'd go with HitnRun volumes 1 and 2. They're cool images in their own right and as part of a thumbnail size series but as full scale album art... nah. Crystal Ball is pretty bad as well.

I often found that in his post WB work he'd have passable to good album covers but pretty bad looking overall album notes, Emancipation being a real tour de force of mid 90's CGI garbage.

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