Prince – 3121 - 2006 Soul Funk - Purple Vinyl 2LP
Prince – 3121
The Prince Estate – 19075910531, NPG Records – 19075910531, Legacy – 19075910531
We Are Vinyl –
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Purple
08 Feb 2019
Electronic, Latin, Funk / Soul
Electro, Downtempo, Latin, Funk, Synth-pop
A3 Te Amo Corazon
B1 Black Sweat
B2 Incense And Candles
C3 The Word
D1 Beautiful, Loved And Blessed
Lead Vocals [Co-Lead Vox] – Támar*
D2 The Dance
D3 Get On The Boat
Percussion – Sheila E.
Manufactured By – Sony Music Entertainment
Distributed By – Sony Music Entertainment
Design – Sam Jennings (2)
Engineer – Ian Boxill, L. Stu Young
Engineer [Assisted By] – Lisa Chamblee Hampton
Horns – Candy* (tracks: 1, 3, 7, 12), Greg* (tracks: 1, 3, 7, 12), Maceo* (tracks: 1, 3, 7, 12), Ray* (tracks: 1, 3, 7, 12)
Photography By – Afshin Shahidi
Producer, Performer, Arranged By, Composed By – Prince
Vocals [Additional Vox] – Támar* (tracks: 5 to 7, 12)
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Scanned): 190759105313
( pitchfork) "
coming up with a handful of infectious songs-- it's his best since the symbol record, although certainly there remains a massive chasm between it and his masterpieces.
Speaking in terms of his classic era, 3121 is more "Gett Off" than "Nothing Compares 2 U". The opening title track works almost entirely on eccentricity, as a huge crowd of pitch-shifted Princes harmonize on lyrics that basically amount to directions to a party. On the other end of the record, "Get on the Boat" boasts a sharp horn arrangement (with solos from Maceo Parker, no less) and a funk undercarriage vintage enough to have come straight from a thrift-shop basement-- and the loose, live feel doesn't hurt either.
One thing that "Get on the Boat" exhibits in its piano part and timbale eruptions is a Latin influence that's more pervasive on 3121 than on any previous Prince album. "Te Amo Corazon" is a nicely nuanced ballad built on a slow, slightly rock-tinged mambo beat, and there are snatches of Cuban piano and Brazilian drums that crop up all over. Crunchy electro is the dominant strain in most of the album's best tracks, though, including the killer single "Black Sweat", the fractured keyboard riff of "Lolita", and "Love", inhabited by squishy keyboard and a monster chorus that slashes the ascending melody with buzzing synth bass. "The Word" strikes a nice electro-acoustic dichotomy, layering spacey synthesizer and a programmed beat with acoustic guitar and a strong sax hook.'