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Thread started 01/26/20 7:52am

BartVanHemelen

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"Did Prince flirt with prog on Around The World In A Day"

https://www.loudersound.c...d-in-a-day

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If there is one characteristic that unites music under that slippery label, ‘progressive’, it is an artist’s desire to challenge themselves, their peers and their public by expanding their creative horizons beyond traditional rock and pop. And write concept albums about ladders, obviously. In that sense, Prince’s seventh studio album is textbook prog.

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Reply #1 posted 01/26/20 8:21am

mtlfan

Did he "flirt with" prog? I'd say so - ATWIAD has elements of jazz, classical, music concrete, and some esoteric lyrics without being as lyrically out there as Lovesexy or The Rainbow Children. A few of Prince's tracks are arguably prog, with a modernist collage or song-suite approach to composing pop ("3 Chains o' Gold" comes to mind, as do "Love 2 the 9's" and "Joint 2 Joint"... if you think about it, Stevie Wonder and P-Funk approached prog in the 1970s, and the songs listed about have more complicated structures than anything on Songs in the Key of Life). Emancipation's structure of three hour-long discs corrsponding to the pyramids and numerology and whatever else Prince was tripping on is so prog King Crimson would stop noodling to wonder what he's on about.

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Reply #2 posted 01/26/20 8:22am

mtlfan

And let me add that "Computer Blue (Hallway Speech Version)" is absolutely prog.

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Reply #3 posted 01/26/20 8:55am

laytonian

BartVanHemelen said:

https://www.loudersound.c...d-in-a-day

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If there is one characteristic that unites music under that slippery label, ‘progressive’, it is an artist’s desire to challenge themselves, their peers and their public by expanding their creative horizons beyond traditional rock and pop. And write concept albums about ladders, obviously. In that sense, Prince’s seventh studio album is textbook prog.

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Full article @ the link.


That link attempted to drop malware on my computer.

Welcome to "the org", laytonian… come bathe with me.
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Reply #4 posted 01/26/20 12:26pm

LoveGalore

laytonian said:

BartVanHemelen said:

https://www.loudersound.c...d-in-a-day

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Full article @ the link.


That link attempted to drop malware on my computer.

lol

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Reply #5 posted 01/26/20 2:59pm

BartVanHemelen

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laytonian said:

BartVanHemelen said:

https://www.loudersound.c...d-in-a-day

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Full article @ the link.


That link attempted to drop malware on my computer.

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Yeah sure, that's what websites that are run by reputable publishers do.

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Reply #6 posted 01/27/20 12:01am

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Prog rock is one of the most misused terms.


ATWIAD isn't very prog like, but like the flute (or whatever it is as the opening sounds in the title track kinda fits) or the loop in Tambourine, there are these motifs used that you might hear a prog rock group using. But Paisley Park, Pop Life, America (the guitar has moments though), Raspebery Berret, Tempation, are just not prog.... and that's the heart and soul of the record. But I guess the headline just says "flirted".


..... you could argue Purple Rain has elements of prog though, Computer Blue being a strong case, and the backwards parts of tracks.


NEWS is probably his most Proggy record.

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Reply #7 posted 01/27/20 7:39am

mydrawers

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BartVanHemelen said:

https://www.loudersound.c...d-in-a-day

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If there is one characteristic that unites music under that slippery label, ‘progressive’, it is an artist’s desire to challenge themselves, their peers and their public by expanding their creative horizons beyond traditional rock and pop. And write concept albums about ladders, obviously. In that sense, Prince’s seventh studio album is textbook prog.

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Full article @ the link.

Oh heaven's no. ATWIAD was straight up psychadelia.

RUSH is prog rock.

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Reply #8 posted 01/27/20 8:16am

TheFman

No way.

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Reply #9 posted 01/27/20 10:15am

noobman

Maybe progressive... but it's not what I think of as "prog".

When I think of "prog" I think of weird time signatures and angular melodies. Most of ATWIAD is 4/4 and the melodies are very accessible.

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Reply #10 posted 01/27/20 12:29pm

jfenster

i thought we all knew betta to try and label his music

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Reply #11 posted 01/27/20 7:29pm

ufoclub

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I think of Prince and prog rock, I might think of "Digital Garden"

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Reply #12 posted 01/29/20 8:01pm

RJOrion

no...Todd Rundgren's band Utopia is progressive rock...nothing about ATWIAD is progressive rock
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Reply #13 posted 01/29/20 8:37pm

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ufoclub said:

I think of Prince and prog rock, I might think of "Digital Garden"

I think of the coda to Glam Slam too.

"Climb in my fur."
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Reply #14 posted 01/29/20 9:40pm

RJOrion

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ufoclub said:


I think of Prince and prog rock, I might think of "Digital Garden"



I think of the coda to Glam Slam too.



the coda to Glam Slam definitely sounds like something Utopia would have played..or Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra
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