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Prince: ‘Crimson & Clover’

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?

On:           Apr 27, 2009
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    • Synnerman

      I like Joan Jett’s better. It’s soft side only creates anticipation for the guitar riff pay off while Prince’s is too tentative, and never really pays off.

      Apr 27, 2009 at 10:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeff

      Why are you even promoting hsi syuff. he did come off as a born again homophobe awhile ago if I remember.

      Apr 27, 2009 at 11:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • streto

      Good but not even close to Joan Jett’s sexy rocking version

      Apr 27, 2009 at 11:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChristopherM

      The vocals on this are terrible. He need not be using the same digital equipment as Britney Spears. It makes him look desperate to be relevant in the pop market. Joan did it WAY better.

      Apr 27, 2009 at 11:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • REBELComx

      I agree with Jeff…why?
      But I also agree with everyone else. This rendition was pathetic. It sounds forced (maybe that’s the autotune). It sounds like a little kid singing – he knows the words, and his voice isn’t that bad, but there’s no feeling, no passion, as though he doesn’t know what any of it means.
      It’s biggest fail = it’s boring.

      Apr 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack

      Brilliant! Thanks 4 this! <3 Prince!

      Watch it now, b4 his lawyers take it down!

      Apr 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Oaklander

      Why are you featuring the work of Prince? He is a Witness, a strikingly homophobic and misogynist cult. Surely there are GLBT artists who deserve attention.

      Apr 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • vernonvanderbilt

      @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.

      Apr 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sal

      wow promote the guy who thinks we are abominations,talk about lack of belief in the cause

      Apr 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sal

      ..i wonder if a black website would promote don imus??

      Apr 27, 2009 at 4:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bruno

      I stopped paying attention to Prince in 1991. Seriously. Let him stick it wherever he wants.

      Apr 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mb00

      I personally prefer the original version by “Tommy James and the Shondells” from the 1960’s…but that’s because I’m very partial to most things 50’s&60’s. But Joan Jett did an AMAZING version of this song and has always been one of my favorites by her.
      Prince’s version, I don’t care much for it.
      I like Bruno right above me stopped paying attention to Prince after like Purple Rain.
      Nothing he’s done since is that great and sounds the same as everything that he’s done between now and purple rain.

      Apr 27, 2009 at 7:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • strumpetwindsock

      Actually I think the effects are a nod to the heavy tremolo in the original version.
      It is a bit boring, but the song itself is a bit of a yawn. He should stick to his own stuff.

      I’m partial to the Diamonds and Pearls album myself.
      No I don’t agree with his beliefs, but I’m not going to close my eyes and ears to someone’s art just because of that.

      Apr 27, 2009 at 7:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • vernonvanderbilt

      @strumpetwindsock: Thank you. Tremolo is the word that was eluding me earlier.

      Apr 27, 2009 at 7:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • wendell

      It’s not as good as Joan Jett’s version. I do like Prince, but this is not one of his best. If you would like to hear another great version of this song, Dolly Parton does an excellent take on her “Those Were the Days” album. You can’t say Dolly isn’t gay-friendly either!!! :)

      Apr 28, 2009 at 9:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chapeau

      Yeah — why support this bigoted fool ?

      Does anyone have any memory cells left ??

      Apr 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nadaboi

      And his version of Hendrix’s version of Wild Thing in the middle? Makes my head hurt. If taking two classics that already have great covers and bashing them together is what passes for originality these days, I’d rather go door-to-door handing out The Watchtower.

      Apr 28, 2009 at 3:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jared

      Man, the guy’s just not been that good since he became a Witness. Seriously, his voice here doesn’t even sound like Prince–but someone doing a bad impersonation of Prince.

      Apr 28, 2009 at 3:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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