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Hits & B-Sides
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, R&B, Rock
This special package contains both volumes of as well as an exclusive third disc of B-sides and unreleased cuts, many never before available on compact disc. — No Track Information Available — Media Type: CD — Artist: PRINCE... more »
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This special package contains both volumes of as well as an exclusive third disc of B-sides and unreleased cuts, many never before available on compact disc.
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Media Type: CD
Title: HITS-THE B-SIDES
Street Release Date: 09/14/1993
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Tonya C. from NEWCASTLE, WY
Reviewed on 8/5/2011...
I was not really thrilled with the 3 CD set. I wanted all of Prince's best songs, which is has, but it also hasthe B -sides, and most of them are not worth much in my opinion. You do get a wide variety of his music with the CD set and I heard songs that I had never heard before, and if you are a big Prince fan, then this would be a CD set you would like.
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The ultimate Prince collection you'll ever need
Daniel J. Hamlow | Narita, Japan | 02/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Question: Is this Prince 3-CD collection, comprising the Hits 1, Hits 2, and the B-Sides, the latter of which is available only in this three-pack, worth it for the Prince fan? Well, yes!This collection aptly gathers the multitude of hits accumulated by the Purple One from 1978 up till 1992, when his [Symbol] album heralded a change in things to come, such as his name from 1993 to 2000. This was also Prince at his most potent.In glancing through, one can tell by the number of singles per album which was considered his weakest--Parade, LoveSexy, and Graffiti Bridge boast only one song. Albums like Dirty Mind, 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign 'O' The Times are thought to be the notable peaks in the Prince mountain range. Around The World In A Day would definitely be the most colourful. The importance of Dirty Mind is brought to light here with the number of songs from it included here. Not one of his best sellers, but it did define Prince as an artist in his own right instead of being a second-rate Stevie Wonder.This collection is an asset in several ways. One, it has the single edit of songs like "1999," "When Doves Cry," "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man," "Controversy," and "I Wanna Be Your Lover." Mix tape makers, rejoice! Second, there are a few new songs scattered on the first two discs, such as "Pink Cashmere," the hard-driving "Peach," and "Pope." His rendition of "Nothing Compares 2 U," originally done by his project group The Family, (Sinead O'Connor fans take note and pull out your hair, if you have any) unfortunately does not compare to the original.Most of my favorite songs made it here except for "Mountains" from Parade. Minor complaint really. However, here's an experiment: program the first CD so that it plays in this sequence: "Soft And Wet," "I Feel For You," "Uptown," "1999," "Let's Go Crazy," "Pop Life," "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man," "Alphabet St.," "Thieves In The Temple," and "7." Notice the shift in styles, especially from "Crazy" to "Pop Life?" The man, like David Bowie, keeps on evolving!It's the B-Sides material that is the real treat. Many of these could have become singles in their own right, such as "17 Days," "Gotta Stop Messin' Around," the naughty "Erotic City," and the rockabilly "Horny Toad." "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" should be familiar to fans of Stephanie Mills and Alicia Keys, both of whom covered this B-side to the "1999" single. "4 The Tears In Your Eyes" is different from the version he did on the We Are The World album. "200 Balloons" is the only representative of the Batman soundtrack to make it here.Face it, material like Emancipation, Chaos & Disorder, and the Crystal Ball were released merely to get out of his contract with Warner Bros. and is hence substandard Artist material compared to the treasure trove found in this definitive compilation. Final note: one or two A-sides from the Batman soundtrack may have helped, but all three CDs are brimming to the max, so..."
It's Good - But Limited
Keisha | 08/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Couple of things to mention here.
First, the set is GOOD. Buy it if you are looking for a decent Prince hits (read mainstream) compilation.
Second, although it is satisfying, it does miss the mark for one main reason. It is simply unfair to limit a man with hundreds of great songs to only three discs. Darned if I could figure out how Warner's managed this feat. Why do I say it is unfair? Frank Sinatra's box set is 6 CDs long. Stevie Wonder's is 4. Smokey and the Miracles is 4. Temptations is 4. Why does Prince only rate 3 discs.
Also, there were some missing B-sides that are really worth having. Alexa De Paris? Love or Money? Violet the Organ Grinder?
On the Hits side, no Batdance, and no Partyman -- what gives? No Partup or Let's Work.
Oh, and no "specially remastered demos" or other such surprise goodies. No fair!
So, I say this is a good set to buy because it's all that's really available. But, hopefully, in the near future, Warner's will buy a clue and make a REAL box set in a long fancy box with at least 6 - 8 CDs on it."