The multi-talented Prince Rogers Nelson released a couple of albums in the late 70s, but became a major musical force in the eighties and the nineties. Managing to meld funk, dance, rock and soul streams into an infectious smoothie, Prince used a cast of musicians who could both realise his sonic visions in the studio but also deliver stunning live shows. After a couple of successful singles, the album Purple Rain was the worldwide breakthrough hit, yielding massive singles in “When Doves Cry” and the title track, as well as the irresistible “Let’s Go Crazy”.
During his relatively short life (Prince was only 57 when he died suddenly in 2016) the artist-of-the-changing-names released some forty albums. Now that’s prolific! Since his death, there have been several posthumous releases, as well as some gorgeous re-issues of key albums, such as the 2020 deluxe versions of Sign O’ The Times.