What does it sound like?:
A Prince demo is no ordinary demo. Besides the usual synthesiser, drum machine and click tracks, most of the demos on Originals include overdubs, backing vocals and horns. Fourteen of the fifteen here were made between 1981 and 1986, a period when Prince functioned in a different time zone, working for more hours than there are in a day, without the need for sleep, and at a super-human rate. He recorded Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Parade and Sign O The Times, plus numerous quality B sides and outtakes. He also undertook four major tours and wrote and performed in two movies. It was a time when Prince was smarter, quicker and more exciting than anyone else.
These are no throwaways, studio discards donated to a worthy cause. They are songs conceived, created and arranged with particular artists in mind, ones he’d recruited deliberately and specifically as part of his master plan to put together a roster of Prince acolytes. Other than The Bangles and Kenny Rogers, these acts were almost entirely dependent on Prince for any success they scored. Prince benefitted too. Writing for another voice gave him » Continue Reading.