Prince : Best Album Covers Through The Ages

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I couldn’t write anything about Prince on Thursday night but I’ve been having a Princeathon the past few days and remembering the intense obsession I had with his music in the 80’s. Particularly his golden run from Purple Rain, Pop Life, Parade, Sign O The Times to Lovesexy. Pure purple pop, funk and love. After this his music wasn’t as strong album wise, and I moved onto other passions, but he continued to  release great tracks. I loved Get Off from Diamonds and Pearls  and had just started to listen to his albums again.  Art Official Age from 2014 saw Prince back on track and clearly influenced by musicians of today like Janelle Monae.

Known for strict creative control over his music and image, he forged a strong identity that can’t be touched. It was always an easy choice for me when forced to choose between Michael Jackson and Prince. With a mastery of the guitar to rival Hendrix, this amazing multi instrumentalist has given us so many great songs, stretching right back to the 70’s that make you want to dance, groove and sing. Prince‘s performances were legendary and he was on my bucket list of performers to see. Many friends have said that he’s the best act they’ve ever seen live.

Of all his songs, Purple Rain is the one he’ll be remembered for. That huge power surge of a ballad that turned him into a superstar and showered us with his Purple goodness.  He’s one of the greats that transcends generations and I played a couple of tracks to my friend’s thirteen year old daughter last night and she loved Sexy MF although rather humorously she was imagining Jermaine Clement (from Flight Of The Conchords) singing it. As you do.

Here are my favourite album covers through the eras from the 70’s to more recent times. And no I don’t like the Purple Rain cover that much but I adore the record. I rate his second album cover, with the 70’s swooshy flick hairdo right through to the quirky, bat crazy Lovesexy that caused quite a fuss when it came out. Let’s not mention most of the 90’s and 2000’s efforts though.

Prince For You Blog

For You : 1978 :  Art direction: Jeff Farmakes (The Ad Company) : Photographer : Joe Gannett

Top Tracks : Soft and Wet

Prince

Prince : 1979 :  Art direction : George Chacon / Lynn Barron (RIA Images) : Photographer: Jurgen Reisch

Top Tracks : I Wanna Be Your Lover, Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad, I Feel For You, It’s Gonna Be Lonely

Prince Blog

Dirty Mind : 1980 : Photographer: Allen Beaulieu

Top Tracks : Dirty Mind, When You Were Mine, Head, Uptown

Prince 1999 Blog

1999 : 1982  : Art direction : Unknown : 

Top Tracks : 1999, Little Red Corvette, Delirious

Prince Around The World In One Day Blog

Around The World In A Day : 1985  : Art direction : Laura LiPuma : Illustrator : Doug Hender

Top Tracks : Raspberry Beret, Pop Life

Prince Parade Blog

Parade : 1986 : Art direction : Laura LiPuma : Photographer : Jeff Katz

Top Tracks : Kiss, Boys and Girls, Sometimes It Snows In April

Prince Sign O The Times Blog

Sign O The Times : 1987 : Art direction: Laura LiPuma : Photographer : Jeff Katz

Top Tracks : Sign O The Times, Starfish And Coffee, Slow Love, If I Was Your Girlfriend, The Cross
Prince Alphabet Street

Lovesexy : 1988 : Photographer : Jean Baptiste Mondino

Top Tracks : Alphabet Street : Eye No, Dance On

Prince Art Official Age Blog

Art Official Age : 2014 : Art direction : Maya Washington : Photographer : Maya Washington

Top Tracks : Funk N Roll, Breakdown

PS : I’ve been wearing Purple Reign from April Aromatics the past few days. It seemed like the right thing to do.

Thanks to complex.com for the art direction information.

 Let me know if you have a favourite Prince album cover or song.

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4 thoughts on “Prince : Best Album Covers Through The Ages”

  1. poodle says:

    Under the right circumstances Purple Rain is like a religious experience. I also like I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man, Hot Thing, The Beautiful Ones, and a bunch of others. I did have Prince on my iPod prior to Thursday. It’s strange to see all the CD’s are sold out on Amazon. Sad that all that great music was out there but it took him dying to get people to buy it. Strange.

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    • Hi Poodle. It’s always the way, clamouring for the music when the musician dies. I love I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man too and The Beautiful Ones as well. I like most of his music but I have a huge gap after Diamonds and Pearls until recently when he went a bit AWOL.

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  2. Great post Megan. I fired up the old ipod when I heard the news Friday AM and danced to Controversy over and over and then again Friday night. So many happy memories of when I first saw the video clip back in 1983! What a talent. I wore Parfumerie Generale Intrigant Patchouli because it was the purplelest fragrance I have (and I like to think the Prince himself would have loved it).

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    • I love Controversy too and have been playing this in the car as it’s the only Prince CD I have in France. And yes to Intrigant Patchouli – love this one. When I was having my Princeathon I also realised I loved his lyrics too. And probably an overdose. Sad.

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