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Thread started 07/29/18 12:11pm

lonelyalien

what do you think was prince's best studio vocal?

In terms of performace and recording techniques and manipulation and production?

I'm just like everybody else I need love.....and water.
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Reply #1 posted 07/29/18 1:16pm

SkipperLove

Kind of depends on how you define best.

Vocal harmonizing?

Clearness?

Range?

Phrasing?

Dramatics?

Intensity?

Production/effects?


I can't pick, but I will say that the vocal I have been into lately was his version of "I can't make you love me". It doesn't overshadow Bonnie Raitts bluesy original due to being so different. The vulnerabilty and beautiful tones are in the verse, he plays with the melody and harmonies a bit and gives its sensuality. He croons with vibrato and breath control. Its lovely only marred by a unnecessary 'pornographic' spoken part.

[Edited 7/29/18 13:22pm]

[Edited 7/29/18 13:24pm]

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Reply #2 posted 07/29/18 1:30pm

TheEnglishGent

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Damn U

RIP sad
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Reply #3 posted 07/29/18 2:05pm

jdcxc

For U
Beautiful Ones
One Kiss at a Time
Soul Sanctuary
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Reply #4 posted 07/29/18 2:11pm

coldasice

Extraordinary
Still Would Stand All Time
Scandalous
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Reply #5 posted 07/29/18 2:35pm

TrivialPursuit

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The Love We Make

Adore

The Beautiful Ones

This experience will cover courtship, sex, commitment, fetishes, loneliness, vindication, love, and hate.
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Reply #6 posted 07/29/18 3:02pm

rednblue

Wow...could spend forever deliberating on a pick for best.

For off the top of my head starters, like multiple live versions, the Do Me Baby studio version is something else.

Damn U, and others listed above, are spectacular.


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Reply #7 posted 07/29/18 3:22pm

soladeo1

The best Prince vocal I ever heard was the live version of Do Me, Baby from the New Orleans stop of the 1999 Tour.
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Reply #8 posted 07/29/18 3:35pm

paraded

It's hard to avoid the ballads, especially Do Me Baby and Adore - both jaw-dropping.

But my vote is the one where his voice sucks out all the space and stops you dead: The Cross.

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Reply #9 posted 07/29/18 4:06pm

rednblue

dup

[Edited 7/29/18 16:17pm]

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Reply #10 posted 07/29/18 4:11pm

SkipperLove

I love Extraordinary. I didn't think I could be surprised by Prince's singing anymore and then I heard that vocal.

coldasice said:

Extraordinary Still Would Stand All Time Scandalous

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Reply #11 posted 07/29/18 4:16pm

rednblue

rednblue said:

paraded said:

It's hard to avoid the ballads, especially Do Me Baby and Adore - both jaw-dropping.

But my vote is the one where his voice sucks out all the space and stops you dead: The Cross.



Great one. The Cross is so powerful. Like Do Me Baby, it's a studio listen that also brings to mind jaw-dropping live performance.

Plus, there are so many different ways his vocals shine. As you point out, powerful ballads will burst into many of our minds.

For me, the quieter vocals on She Spoke 2 Me are another favorite.


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Reply #12 posted 07/29/18 4:34pm

OperatingTheta
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I Hate U
Curious Child
Damn U
Solo
Somewhere Here on Earth
Money Don't Matter 2night
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Reply #13 posted 07/29/18 11:48pm

BlueShakooo

I Hate U

Insatiable

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Reply #14 posted 07/30/18 12:32am

dodger

Damn U is the first song that comes to mind. A reviewer described it as 'vocal gymnastics'

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The Beautuful Ones would have to be up there for both the falsetto and the angst filled screaming

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Reply #15 posted 07/30/18 4:56am

donnyenglish

Private Joy
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Reply #16 posted 07/30/18 5:49am

RJOrion

Condition Of The Heart
My Love Is Forever
Still Would Stand All Time
Something In The Water
Love 2 The 9s
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Reply #17 posted 07/30/18 7:29am

PURPLEIZED3121

Solo

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Reply #18 posted 07/30/18 7:34am

PURPLEIZED3121

The Truth - Christ he spits those lyrics out & that scream!

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Reply #19 posted 07/30/18 8:20am

lonelyalien

soladeo1 said:

The best Prince vocal I ever heard was the live version of Do Me, Baby from the New Orleans stop of the 1999 Tour.

Sorry maybe Im not explaining myself to well I meant in the what he achieved in the studio as a vocal track recording on record either by sheer performance or by manipulating the vocals using effects mixed in with old school effects layering harmonizing etc for example on one of his tracks I cant remember which one he does an amazing job harmonizing with himself using multiple vocal tracks very much like elliott smith used to do and its sounds amazing wish I could remember the name of it.

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Reply #20 posted 07/30/18 8:49am

soladeo1

lonelyalien said:

soladeo1 said:

The best Prince vocal I ever heard was the live version of Do Me, Baby from the New Orleans stop of the 1999 Tour.

Sorry maybe Im not explaining myself to well I meant in the what he achieved in the studio as a vocal track recording on record either by sheer performance or by manipulating the vocals using effects mixed in with old school effects layering harmonizing etc for example on one of his tracks I cant remember which one he does an amazing job harmonizing with himself using multiple vocal tracks very much like elliott smith used to do and its sounds amazing wish I could remember the name of it.

Okay, got it! What about PINK CASHMERE then??

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Reply #21 posted 07/30/18 10:36am

lonelyalien

soladeo1 said:

lonelyalien said:

Sorry maybe Im not explaining myself to well I meant in the what he achieved in the studio as a vocal track recording on record either by sheer performance or by manipulating the vocals using effects mixed in with old school effects layering harmonizing etc for example on one of his tracks I cant remember which one he does an amazing job harmonizing with himself using multiple vocal tracks very much like elliott smith used to do and its sounds amazing wish I could remember the name of it.

Okay, got it! What about PINK CASHMERE then??

Pink Cashmere is definitely up there but I know there are better vocal tracks done in the studio I just cant remember what they are he's done so many songs. lol

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Reply #22 posted 07/30/18 10:41am

OperatingTheta
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OperatingThetan said:

I Hate U
Curious Child
Damn U
Solo
Somewhere Here on Earth
Money Don't Matter 2night


Also, Revelation. Some beautiful falsetto there.
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Reply #23 posted 07/30/18 11:04am

mtlfan

Too many. I'm noticing a lot of ballads mentioned here though, so I'll throw these into the soup: "3 Chains o' Gold," and "We Can Fuck" from the Purple Rain bonus tracks. The screams on the latter made it the best track I've heard in years.

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Reply #24 posted 07/30/18 11:19am

Poplife88

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There are so many...

But The Beautiful Ones stands out in my mind at the moment

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Reply #25 posted 07/30/18 12:46pm

PliablyPurple

It isn't my favorite P slow jam, but God is my favorite P vocal performance in the studio.

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Reply #26 posted 07/30/18 1:25pm

dave1dmarx

My answer for this question will ALWAYS be Adore. Just perfection, though The Beautiful Ones puts up a good fight.

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Reply #27 posted 07/30/18 2:58pm

TheGloved1

Delirious

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Reply #28 posted 07/30/18 3:11pm

Silvertongue7

PliablyPurple said:

It isn't my favorite P slow jam, but God is my favorite P vocal performance in the studio.


I can see why you think that, but I absolutely hate the vocals in that song. To me it’s one of the most ridiculous things he ever recorded - sorry neutral !
Damn U is my obvious answer. As someone mentioned, vocal gymnastics!
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Reply #29 posted 07/30/18 3:13pm

rdhull

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Annie Christian and Jughead

c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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