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Diamonds and Pearls

Diamonds and Pearls

by Prince & the New Power GenerationPrince & the New Power Generation


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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: 10/01/1991
Label: Imports
UPC: 0075992537926
catalogNumber: 861852
Rank: 35476

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prince & the New Power Generation   Primary Artist
Prince   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   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
Tony M.   Contributor
Sylvia Massy   Engineer
Tim Penn   Engineer
Brian Poer   Engineer
Levi Seacer   Contributor
Sonny T.   Contributor
New Power Generation   Composer,Producer
Matt Larson   Engineer
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Keith "KC" Cohen   Engineer
Kirk Johnson   Contributor
Steve Noonan   Engineer

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