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Everyone knows “Kiss”, “Alphabet Street,” and other funky jams Prince created in the ‘80s, but his later albums found the artist celebrating some of the funkiest moments of his career. If you are looking for a place to start on the funk, few tracks top “Black Sweat” and the title track to 2006‘s 3121 album. Anytime you've got Maceo Parker and Candy Dulfer in your horn section, things might get funky. Musicology might also contain some of his funkiest moments of the era, with the title track intentionally beckoning us back to both his earlier hits, and his influences and inspirations. While no album went for a non-stop funkfest, every record of the era seemed to include at least one outright jam, including “Laydown” from his 20Ten album, which contains the immortal line “From the heart of Minnesota / Here comes the Purple Yoda.” With the freedom afforded by his exit from Warner Brothers, Prince was able to pursue many paths during this era, to allow his musical whimsy to take flight, and to create a body of work that we'll be dissecting and debating for years to come.
Listen to Prince's 10 Essential Funk Jams (1995-2010) on Purple Current August 24 from noon to 1 p.m. CDT.