The thing is...and it's wrong of me to bring other late people into the mourning of his death - but not even Bowie surprised me with how much good music he had that I hadn't already discovered. Can you believe that I hadn't heard Around the World in a Day 'til yesterday? Or "Sometimes It Snows in April"? I downloaded his entire discography because I was missing too much by him. As my friend from home said: "Months of joy". If his vault is going to be opened up and distributed out to everyone, the ignorant may see it as just a posthumous cash-grab. But every cloud has a silver lining.
I am looking forward to seeing his videos on Youtube again. Too many classic '80s videos that need to see the light of day. Especially for his dancing! Like MJ, he could dance as impressively as he could sing...but then could MJ shred on the guitar like Prince could? The only
person I can think of who comes close to Prince, in terms of workhorse ethic and master of seemingly everything, is James Brown, who was clearly an inspiration to him. Having a disciplined band, mixing dance music and politics, not to mention revolutionizing (heh) dance music in the first place.
To justify that statement about Bowie, think of it this way: as a way of mourning Bowie, I did the same thing and started listening to all of his albums in chronological order. Partly to discover what I'd missed, but also to appreciate that amazing '70s run its all its glory. So, David's first album is a little wobbly...more Anthony Newley tribute act than anything. But Prince's first album...? Have you heard
"I'm Yours"?! It may not be the most lyrically rich album, but in terms of technical prowess, for a 21-year-old
, it is quite literally unbelievable. Then I found Prince's B-sides..."God" was the final straw for me. Totally knocked me for six and now I'm not going to be okay for a while.
It was nice to hear "She's Always in My Hair" again as I remember it from when Moonbeam sang it on these forums.
but when it comes to other outtakes like "Moonbeam Levels", any ideas on how to obtain them? Expanded editions of his '80s albums?