Prince - Ultimate

2006-12-13 09:16
The Artist, Symbol, whatever you want to call him, Prince has reigned for almost 30 years and it’s about time he was crowned king. Ultimate is his second release in 2006 alone.

Just in time for Christmas, this two-disc album has most of Prince’s best-loved hits. Even if you were never a fan of Prince you are likely to sing along to timeless hits like “1999”, “Purple Rain”, “When Doves Cry” and many more.

It’s typical of Prince to create catchy songs with infectious beats of heavy guitar and drum sounds, synthesisers and, often, lusty lyrics. His music, a mixture of funk, R&B, soul, pop, rock and more, has neither age nor race barrier.

The only surprise on this album is that some of the tracks are remixed. But it’s tastefully done.

Fans will be disappointed that not all his hits are included in the CDs. “Sexy M.F” and “How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore” are missing. But this is not the first greatest hits collection by Prince (he’s had compilation albums in 2004, 2001,1993 and earlier), so not everything could be included on this double CD. Besides, record companies make more money by releasing many incomplete "greatest hits" collections than by getting it right once and for all.

Compared to the to 1993's compilation, The Hits/The B-SidesC, Ultimate falls short when it comes to quantity.

Nevertheless, Prince’s music is timeless, whether it’s 1982 (when "1999" was first released), 1999 or 2006, so if you don't already have a compilation, this is worth getting your hands on.

-Nomfundo H Mbaba+Tshabalala
Prince’s new album – appropriately named Ultimate – is a double-disc set consisting of old hits, extended versions and remixes that will bring sweet memories from the past two decades.

Stanley 2006/12/13 1:30 PM
Poor Review. Could someone explain the prerequisites for becoming a media reviewer for this site, and affirm whether it pays? This review is truncated and useless, and has the insight and eloquence of a high-school student. This review doesn't prompt me to buy this compilation, it asks more questions.
Emile Butler 2006/12/13 3:19 PM
Money makes the world go round I recently reviewed this CD for an entertainment magazine and have to confess that I wasn't impress at all. Don’t get me wrong, Prince is good – real GOOD, but this is a re-hash of old hits. So why buy this if Prince have released Hits I & II previously? Seems like his old record company (Warner) is trying to squeeze more cash out of him. The only reason to actually buy this CD is for disc 2 – the remixes. They are gold and hard to find. So if you are a die-hard fan, then yes you must buy it, but if you have Hits I & II and not really hyped about remixes, then give it a miss.
coco 2006/12/15 9:57 AM
Mad Stanley You always find negative people out there. I know these people don't get paid. Maybe you'd like to actually write a review, go ahead. I'm sure you'll do a great job!
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