Out-of-print in the US. 2 CD set. Warner. 1987.
It begins with the insistent drip-drop of a sequencer and ends with some old school R&B. In between, the artist who was still calling himself Prince unfurls an encyclopaedia of moods, genres and grooves. Widely heralded as a groundbreaker in 1987, when it was released, some of the music in oh-so-80s synths sounds a bit dated. Yet this double- length set is clearly the sound of a performer at the height of his power. On songs like the title track, "If I Was Your Girlfriend" and the thunderous "The Cross", Prince proves why the hype was justified. --Amy Linden