The Collabo Xperience #3: Lovesexy’s 25th anniversary


Lovesexy 25In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Lovesexy album, the Collabo Xperience comes forth with a special podcast in commemoration of the Purple landmark.

Released in May of 1998, Lovesexy was recorded in a symbolic 7 weeks, reportedly after Prince experienced something of an epiphany upon the Warner Bros. pressing of what was to be “The Funk Bible”; a response to  criticism citing that the Purple One had become too pop oriented.  In direct contrast to The Black Album, Lovesexy was an indeed an antithesis to its predecessor which was recalled only a week before its scheduled release.  Prince went so far as to subliminally apologize for his “negativity” in The Black Album by embedding the split-second message of “DON’T BUY THE BLACK ALBUM.  I’M SORRY” within the Alphabet Street music video; Lovesexy’s first single.

For most Prince fans, the release of Lovesexy itself was a polarizing event.  In full affirmation of Prince’s  Christianity at the time, the album conveyed in no uncertain terms; the theme of Love is GodGod is Love.  (The term here is presented back-to-back without spacing in my interpretation of the “mirrored” or interchangeable value of the statement.)  Prince pulled no punches in expounding upon the contrast between good and evil, or in Purple terms, Lovesexy vs. Spooky Electric.  The message is undoubtedly clear throughout the album, most evident in the opening track of “Eye Know”, “Anna Stesia” and the album’s conclusion of “Positivity”.

Released during the height of Hip Hop and the likes of N.W.A., Public Enemy and Big Daddy Kane, Prince fans came down on both sides of either acceptance of Prince’s embrace of his spirituality or the disenchantment of what was now a Purple pulpit.  For the latter, many of his fan base ran for cover in response to public scorn of the album cover, depicting Prince nude in somewhat feminine fashion.  (Ironically, it was reported that retailers often wrapped the album cover in plain black in order to avoid offending their casual clientele.)  Like me, others I’m sure found themselves in the uncomfortable lurch of having to defend their fandom in light of such a controversial statement from our self proclaimed musical genius.  This surely marked the submergence of the Prince “closet fan”.

The “genius” itself, however – is that the musicality of the album actually served as a perfect conduit for his message.  I’m happy to report that the 25th anniversary of Lovesexy has led me to re-examine the creation and with time comes maturity.  I’ve listened again with new ears and have come away with a greater appreciation to what I believe is Prince’s prophetic expression, and one that his legacy simply cannot do without.

With that, I’ll leave the listener to his or her own personal interpretation but with our podcasting aid which includes live performances and rehearsals of the Lovesexy songs, including a couple of outtakes that were recorded in the same vein but remain unreleased.

Click the picture above for full access to the Collabo Xperience #3, as Silver Tongue of Purple House, Mace2theO of EMF Radio and myself thank you for flying this jam, with both-

Peace and Love2tha9s..

 

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Purple Rehearsals (EMF Radio podcast)


2tha9s.com is happy to once again feature the (now) 3rd installment of tha “Fonky Xpedition” that we’ve come to know and love from fellow funk brother Mace2theO of EMF Radio.

Take a minute to review the track listing as offered in the back cover artwork depicted below and then scroll down for Maceo‘s link for the joint “collabo” as presented with both-

Peace and Love2tha9s..

*Prince’s rehearsal cover of Aretha Franklin‘s “Baby, Baby, Baby” is included as a featurette to the jam, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as I do..

 

Without further to do:

PURPLE REHEARSALS via EMF RADIO

City Lights remastered Volume 1: The Dirty Mind Tour


In toasting the return of Silver Tongue as a tour de force of the Purple blogosphere, I’m breaking out the bubbly this fine evening and with an “oldie but goodie” captured live and in very fine form  from The Ritz – New York, NY – March, 1981.  The unadulterated sound of “Still Waiting” takes me back to a time where the needle surely dropped instead a genre driven playlist and the radio carried melodies you could actually share with your kids.  (Maybe just not the full album as the attire of the day suggested below!)

ST has the full scoop on the release to include the “one-click” DL link, as he continually works to make the music “FREE4FANS” when it comes to his online abode for “All things Purple”.

Join me in welcoming the return of Purple House with

Purple House 2.0 

because you just can’t keep a good man down!

As always – with both

Peace and Love2tha9s..