Prince has gone to join his guitar in heaven.

I know this isn't even him performing one of his own songs and he doesn't even take centre stage until a couple of minutes in, but he certainly makes his mark.

It's one of the great mysteries of the late 20th century music business that Prince only ever got to the top of the UK singles chart once in his own name. But oh, the albums…

How the hell could I pick a favourite of his own material? Even trying to decide which of his albums I love the most doesn't work, because the man had a run of releases from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s where just about every 1 album 2 he released contained at a minimum one or two tracks that were simply breathtakingly good and I just can't settle on one of them. Most of his albums from his long, glorious imperial phase did a hell of a lot better than one or two.

If you've not heard Parade, Lovesexy, Purple Rain or Sign o' the Times then do yourself a favour and find out what you've been missing.

  1. Yes, even his Batman soundtrack. (For the record, those tracks would be Lemon Crush and Electric Chair, IMHO.)

  2. OK, I have to admit that Graffiti Bridge was an exception to the rule. But in fairness it's been a long time since I heard it, so I may be forgetting something.