Parade

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Undaunted by the criticism Around the World in a Day received, Prince continued to pursue his psychedelic inclinations on Parade, which also functioned as the soundtrack to his second film, Under the Cherry Moon. Originally conceived as a double album, Parade has the sprawling feel of a double record, even if it clocks in around 45 minutes. Prince & the Revolution shift musical moods and textures from song to song -- witness how the fluttering psychedelia of "Christopher Tracy's Parade" gives way to the spare, jazzy funk of "New Position," which morphs into the druggy "I Wonder U" -- and they're determined not to play it safe, even on the hard funk of "Girls...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Undaunted by the criticism Around the World in a Day received, Prince continued to pursue his psychedelic inclinations on Parade, which also functioned as the soundtrack to his second film, Under the Cherry Moon. Originally conceived as a double album, Parade has the sprawling feel of a double record, even if it clocks in around 45 minutes. Prince & the Revolution shift musical moods and textures from song to song -- witness how the fluttering psychedelia of "Christopher Tracy's Parade" gives way to the spare, jazzy funk of "New Position," which morphs into the druggy "I Wonder U" -- and they're determined not to play it safe, even on the hard funk of "Girls and Boys" and "Mountains," as well as the stunning "Kiss," which hits hard with just a dry guitar, keyboard, drum machine, and layered vocals. All of the group's musical adventures, even the cabaret-pop of "Venus de Milo" and "Do U Lie?" do nothing to undercut the melodicism of the record, and the amount of ground they cover in 12 songs is truly remarkable. Even with all of its attributes, Parade is a little off-balance, stopping too quickly to give the haunting closer, "Sometimes It Snows in April," the resonance it needs. For some tastes, it may also be a bit too lyrically cryptic, but Prince's weird religious and sexual metaphors develop into a motif that actually gives the album weight. If it had been expanded to a double album, Parade would have equaled the subsequent Sign 'o' the Times, but as it stands, it's an astonishingly rewarding near-miss.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992539524
  • Catalog Number: 25395
  • Sales rank: 40,767

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Prince & the Revolution Primary Artist
Prince Indexed Contributor, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Brownmark Bass, Vocals
Eric Leeds Horn, Saxophone
Bill Watrous Trombone
Dr. Fink Keyboards
Atlanta Bliss Trumpet
Meyer Bello Viola
Ray Brown Trumpet
Garnett Brown Trombone
Gene Cipriano Woodwind
Ronald Clark Violin
Jon Clarke Woodwind
Lisa Coleman Keyboards, Sitar, Vocals
Isabelle Daskoff Violin
Assa Drori Violin
Sheila E. Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, cowbell
Arni Egilsson Bass
Henry Ferber Violin
Bob Findley Trumpet
Clare Fischer Performing Ensemble
Brent Fischer Percussion, Timpani
Larry Ford Trumpet
Norman Forrest Viola
Sandra Francisco Vocals
Pamela Gates Violin
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Janice Gower Violin
Allan Harshman Viola
William Hymanson Violin
Marni Johnson French Horn
James Kanter Woodwind
Ray Kramer Cello
Charles Loper Trombone
Margot MacLaine Viola
Jon Malvoin Percussion
Mazarati Vocals
Susannah Melvoin Vocals
Wendy Melvoin Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Dick Mitchell Woodwind
Betty Moor Violin
Jorge Moraga Viola
Irma Neumann Violin
Jack Nimitz Woodwind
Don Palmer Violin
Morris Repass Trombone
Sheldon Sanov Violin
Joe Soldo Woodwind
David Stock Viola
Bob Tricarico Woodwind
Francine Walsh Violin
Mico Weaver Guitar
Bobby Z Drums
Alan DeVeritch Viola
Ray Kelly Cello
Bill Hybel Violin
Jonathan Melvoin Drums
Carol Mukagawa Viola
Fred Seykoura Cello
Mari Tsumura-Botnick Violin
Pat Johnson Violin
Oscar Chasow Violin
Eddie Green Violin
Joe Myer French Horn
James Thatcher French Horn
Donald Ashworth Woodwind
Karen Jones Violin
Harold Wolf Violin
Rich Cooper Trumpet
Calvin Smith French Horn
Brian O'Connor French Horn
Technical Credits
Prince Composer
David Z. Arranger, Engineer
Clare Fischer Composer, Orchestral Arrangements
Bernie Grundman Mastering
David Leonard Engineer
David Tickle Engineer
Coke Johnson Engineer
Peggy Mac Engineer
Laura LiPuma Art Direction
Prince & the Revolution Producer
Ann Field Collage
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    unappreciated classic work of beauty

    this is a favorite of mine. this is the crown jewel of my 20 or so album collection, i even learned my favorite song n french. there is no other ablum that gives me the joy that this 1 does; there are songs on here that just send chills down my spine. a must have.

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