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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Prince spent the latter half of the '80s courting the pop audience, and by the time of Graffiti Bridge, he had lost much of his R&B fan base. As a response, he formed the New Power Generation and recorded Diamonds and Pearls, his first record to reconnect with the urban audience since 1999, as well as his first to acknowledge the hip-hop revolution. Although he still has a problem with rap -- "Jughead" is simply embarrassing -- he manages to skillfully reinvent himself as an urban soulman without sacrificing his musical innovation. The New Power Generation is a more skilled band than the Revolution, and they are able to make Prince's funk jazzier, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Prince spent the latter half of the '80s courting the pop audience, and by the time of Graffiti Bridge, he had lost much of his R&B fan base. As a response, he formed the New Power Generation and recorded Diamonds and Pearls, his first record to reconnect with the urban audience since 1999, as well as his first to acknowledge the hip-hop revolution. Although he still has a problem with rap -- "Jughead" is simply embarrassing -- he manages to skillfully reinvent himself as an urban soulman without sacrificing his musical innovation. The New Power Generation is a more skilled band than the Revolution, and they are able to make Prince's funk jazzier, particularly on "Willing and Able," the breezy "Strollin'" and "Walk Don't Walk." It's clear that these subtly textured songs are where his heart is at, but the songs designed to win back his audience -- the slamming dancefloor rallying cry "Gett Off," the sexy T. Rex groove "Cream," the extraordinary Philly soul of the neglected masterpiece "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," and the drippy mainstream ballad "Diamonds and Pearls" -- are all terrific pop singles. However, much of the rest of Diamonds and Pearls is comprised of middling funk and R&B that sounds less like inspired workouts than stylistic exercises. Even with such weak moments, Diamonds and Pearls is a fine record, even though it's only marginally better than Lovesexy and Graffiti Bridge.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/1991
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992537926
  • Catalog Number: 25379

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thunder (5:45)
  2. 2 Daddy Pop (5:17)
  3. 3 Diamonds and Pearls (4:45)
  4. 4 Cream (4:13)
  5. 5 Strollin' (3:47)
  6. 6 Willing and Able (5:00)
  7. 7 Gett Off (4:31)
  8. 8 Walk Don't Walk (3:07)
  9. 9 Jughead (4:57)
  10. 10 Money Don't Matter 2 Night (4:46)
  11. 11 Push (5:53)
  12. 12 Insatiable (6:39)
  13. 13 Live 4 Love (6:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Prince & the New Power Generation Primary Artist
Prince Indexed Contributor, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Eric Leeds Flute
Jevetta Steele Background Vocals
Michael B. Drums
Tommy Barbarella Keyboards, Sampling
Jearlyn Steele Battle Background Vocals
Damon Dickson Percussion, Background Vocals
Rosie Gaines Organ, Background Vocals, Sampling
Tony M. Background Vocals, Rap
Levi Seacer Jr. Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Fred Steele Background Vocals
J.D. Steele Background Vocals
Sonny T. Bass, Background Vocals
Kirk Johnson Percussion, Background Vocals
Elisa Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Prince Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jeff Gold Art Direction
Michael B. Contributor
Tommy Barbarella Contributor
Damon Dickson Contributor
David Friedlander Engineer
Rosie Gaines Contributor
Michael Koppelman Engineer, Mastering
Tony M. Contributor
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Sylvia Massy Engineer
Tim Penn Engineer
Brian Poer Engineer
Levi Seacer Jr. Contributor
Sonny T. Contributor
New Power Generation Producer
Matt Larson Engineer
Prince & the New Power Generation Composer, Producer
Tom Recchion Art Direction
Keith "KC" Cohen Engineer
Kirk Johnson Contributor
Steve Noonan Engineer
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