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Parade [Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon]

Parade [Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon]

by Prince & the RevolutionPrince & the Revolution


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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 Records
UPC: 0075992539524
catalogNumber: 25395
Rank: 4843


  1. Christopher Tracy's Parade
  2. New Position
  3. I Wonder U
  4. Under the Cherry Moon
  5. Girls & Boys
  6. Life Can Be So Nice
  7. Venus De Milo
  8. Mountains
  9. Do U Lie?
  10. Kiss
  11. Anotherloverholenyohead
  12. Sometimes It Snows in April

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prince & the Revolution   Primary Artist
Brownmark   Bass,Vocals
Prince   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Eric Leeds   Horn,Saxophone
Bill Watrous   Trombone
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 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
Bob Tricarico   Woodwind
Francine Walsh   Violin
Mico Weaver   Guitar
Bobby Z   Drums
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
David Stock   Viola
Pam Gates   Violin
Harold Wolf   Violin
Alan de Veritch   Viola
Rich Cooper   Trumpet
Calvin Smith   French Horn
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Prince   Composer
Lisa Coleman   Composer
David Z.   Arranger,Engineer
Clare Fischer   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
David Leonard   Engineer
Wendy Melvoin   Composer
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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