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Dirty Mind by Prince

Dirty Mind

by Prince

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Barcode: 0081227977771
Format: Vinyl
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Dirty Mind, Prince’s third studio album, was released on 8 October 1980, by Warner Bros. Records. The album is notable for its departure from Prince’s earlier work, incorporating rock music elements, high register vocals, explicit lyrical themes, and an androgynous image. Critics have praised its genre fusion, impacting urban black music in the early 1980s and influencing sexually explicit music.

The lead single, “Uptown,” reached number five on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles and the Billboard National Disco Action Top 30 charts. Although the album peaked at number 45 on the Billboard 200, it received widespread critical acclaim. Retrospectively, Pitchfork, Slant, Rolling Stone, and NME consider it one of the greatest albums of the 1980s and of all time.

The album, recorded in May and June 1980, blends funk, new wave, R&B, and dance, with rock-oriented beats. Prince played nearly all the instruments himself in a makeshift 16-track studio at his Lake Minnetonka home, credited under the pseudonym Jamie Starr. The raw production style, marked by clean sound with minimal distortion, distinguishes it from Prince’s previous albums.

*Key Tracks:*

– **”Dirty Mind”:** Merging Minneapolis funk with new wave and post-punk, the song features falsetto singing and percussive guitar, creating a unique blend.

– **”When You Were Mine”:** Noted as Prince’s “first great rock song,” it contains frantic guitars, squidgy keyboards, and elements of new wave.

– **”Uptown”:** A utopian funk-rock anthem about racial and sexual tolerance, it’s celebrated for its daring themes.

Dirty Mind influenced the urban soul and funk of the early ’80s, setting the style for the decade. Prince’s impact on the music scene and his rejection of labels and authority make it a landmark album. The album’s explicit themes paved the way for sexually explicit music in subsequent years.

Widespread acclaim from critics noted Prince’s shift from romanticism to liberating lewdness. The album’s combination of complex erotic wordplay with simple melodies was described as “cool music dealing with hot emotions” and “positively filthy.” Retrospective appraisals have been consistently positive, emphasising its catchy tunes, sly lyrics, and strong production.

Rolling Stone recognised Dirty Mind as Prince’s coming of age, marking a synthesis of rock and soul into a vibrant, original sound. It influenced the Minneapolis sound and artists ranging from Ready for the World to Fine Young Cannibals. Its impact on the ’80s initiation and Prince’s daring vocal style and androgynous image have left an indelible mark.

Professional lists consistently rank Dirty Mind among the greatest albums. Pitchfork and Slant place it in their top albums of the 1980s, while NME includes it in the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Rolling Stone ranks it among the 500 greatest albums and among the top albums of the 1980s.

Tracklist
A1 Dirty Mind
A2 When You Were Mine
A3 Do It All Night
A4 Gotta Broken Heart Again
B1 Uptown
B2 Head
B3 Sister
B4 Partyup
Catalogue No.: 81227977771
Barcode: 0081227977771
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: Disco, Soul, Synth-pop
Label: Rhino Records (2)
Released: 2011
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 180 gram

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