His three-disc, Target-only set leads with this cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Crimson & Clover.” But does Prince really best Joan Jett’s version?
@ChristopherM: The vocal processing used in this song is not necessarily the same as Autotune (or at least used for the same effect). It is a direct reference to the original version of the song (Tommy James and the Shondells) in which portions of the refrain were processed in order to give the vocals a quivering, pronounced vibrato. You can see something similar at work in Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man.” It’s a psychedelic thing, not a modern pop thing.
I don’t like Prince as a person, but this is one of his better recordings in a very long time. Does it beat Joan’s version? No. Did Joan’s beat the original? No. C’est la vie. If listening to this inspires someone to go check out Tommy James’ version, all the better.