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- Jakob Olsen.
Artists name: Prince
Album title: Music from Graffiti Bridge
Release date: August 20, 1990
No. of tracks: 17
Top chart position: 6
- Can't Stop This Feeling I Got
- New Power Generation
- Release It
- The Question Of U
- Elephants And Flowers
- Round and Round
- We Can Funk
- Joy In Repetition
- Love Machine
- Tick, Tick, Bang
- Thieves In The Temple
- The Latest Fashion
- Melody Cool
- Still Would Stand All Time
- Graffiti Bridge
- New Power Generation (pt. II)
Yet another soundtrack. "Graffiti Bridge" the film was a total flop, and isn't even worth the mentioning, but it did give birth to this double album.
"Graffiti Bridge" is in some ways a fairly unsatisfactory album. It would probably have been a very good album if it were cut down in size to a single album. It contains songs both from Prince, The Time, Mavis Staples of The Staples Singers, George Clinton, Tevin Campbell and features Rosie Gaines, one of the most gifted singers ever.
Musically it is hard to figure out. "The Question of U" is a blues-standard of supreme quality, "Melody Cool" is potent funk, "Still Would Stand All Time" is beautiful gospel, "Thieves in the Temple" is a pop-song recorded solely by Prince and "Joy in Repetition" is a sexy and enigmatic song of lust. It continues like this, no two songs are alike, and they are actually taken from a lot of different projects. In a way this is a "messy" record that should have been cut considerably in size.
Many critics call this a bad album. I do not agree entirely. It has a lot of very good songs on it that you can listen to again and again, but to hear the album in its entirety is not a good idea, i do agree on that.
There are actually several bands on this album. The general format of the album is that either Prince or The Time performs the songs with several guests appearing. So the line-up is this (as complete as possible):
Prince : Whatever.
The Time : Whatever.
Guest appearances by:
Rosie Gaines, Robin Power, Elisa Fiorillo, Sheila E., T.C. Ellis, Candy Dulfer, Mavis Staples, George Clinton, Tevin Campbell and Levi Seacer Jr. who is also credited as co-writer on several tracks.
The critics and fans were in as much disagreement about the quality of the music as they were in agreement about the low quality of the film. This was reflected in the sales of the album that were somewhat mediocre with "Graffiti Bridge" peaking at no.6 on both the Pop-chart and the R&B-chart.
Prince released two singles from "Graffiti Bridge". "Thieves In The Temple" actually made the no.1 spot on the R&B-chart and stayed there for a week while it only reached no.6 on the Pop-chart. The second single was "New Power Generation" that sold very badly and peaked at no.64 on the Pop-chart and at no.27 on the R&B-chart making it one of his most unsuccessful singles of the last ten years.
It is amazing to see how "Graffiti Bridge" that i consider a better album than "Batman" can perform so much worse on the charts because of the difference in the success of the films.
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