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Ocean of Violets: Prince song by song

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Lance LaSalle, Jul 21, 2020.

  1. AnthonyCM

    AnthonyCM Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brooklyn
    Count the Days. This one I actually like. I never paid too much attention to the lyrics, and how they swing from violence to frustrations in a relationship, but I’ve always enjoyed the music and the singing.

    3.3/5
     
  2. Andrecrabtree

    Andrecrabtree Forum Resident

    Location:
    Leicester
    Count The Days.

    3/5

    Good song let down by the poor vocals of Sonny T.
     
  3. Isaiah Tolbert

    Isaiah Tolbert Forum Resident

    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Count The Days
    2.5


    Its listenable, however I never liked the lyrics. Too problematic and the cursin very unnecessary for this song. Starts off nice then goes, "heres a MF I gotta blow away!" Meh. Prince just stop it. Doesn't make me want to sing along.
     
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  4. Gavaxeman

    Gavaxeman Take me back to dear old Blighty...

    Location:
    West Midlands U.K.
    Count the days


    So this is a stone cold classic 5/5

    Great track
     
  5. bluebacon

    bluebacon Well-Known Member

    Location:
    austin
    Count The Days

    5/5

    Even the censored version sparkles.!.
     
  6. Popmartijn

    Popmartijn Forum Resident

    Location:
    The Netherlands
    The Exodus album is surprisingly solid (if you're only considering the proper songs on it). Count The Days is a very nice semi-acoustic track. It isn't groundbreaking or a classic (to me, some disagree :) ) but it is a really nice song. In the end it sounds a bit too unremarkable to me to get an excellent grade but it's certainly a pleasant listen.
    3.5/5
     
  7. Summer of Malcontent

    Summer of Malcontent Forum Resident

    This is my standard-sized version of the album, and it's great:

    Side One:
    GET WILD (substitute the soundtrack version for maximum effect)
    NEW POWER SOUL
    COUNT THE DAYS
    THE GOOD LIFE
    BIG FUN

    Side Two:
    RETURN OF THE BUMP SQUAD
    HALLUCINATION RAIN
    THE EXODUS HAS BEGUN

    You might have to tidy up the ends of a couple of tracks to completely de-skit the thing.
     
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  8. Michael Macrone

    Michael Macrone a roMance anagram

    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    "Count the Days" certainly is unusual, and a bit of a puzzle. While it doesn't hang together, it remains the most intriguing track on the album, partly because one wonders exactly what Prince thought he was doing here.

    3.8/5
     
  9. hotstuffmama

    hotstuffmama El Supremo

    Location:
    new york, ny
    Count The Days

    Wake me when it's over 2/5
     
  10. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Today's song is "The Good Life", written by [​IMG] Sonny T., Michael B., Mr. Hayes, and Tommy Barbarella; produced by [​IMG]. Credits attributed to The New Power Generation.

    The New Power Generation – The Good Life Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

    "The Good Life" was recorded at Paisley Park in December 1994-January 1995. Remixes were done in Spring-Summer 1995.

    Sonny T.: lead and backing vocals, bass guitar
    [​IMG]: backing vocals, all instruments, except:
    Tommy Barbarella: keyboards
    Mr. Hayes: keyboards
    Michael B.: drums

    " The Good Life" was released as a single, in both edited and remixed forms, and plenty of them. Although the album was not released there, The Good Life was released in North America as well as the UK/Europe. In the UK it charted initially at #29 on the pop charts; a re-release in 1997 saw it reach #15 making this The New Power Generation's highest charting single.
     
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  11. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Single edit and video:
     
  12. croquetlawns

    croquetlawns Forum Resident

    I quite like this, until we get to rap, for which I have to deduct half a mark, so 3/5.

    I wonder if all of these tracks exist with a Prince lead vocal?
     
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  13. smokeverbs

    smokeverbs Forum Resident

    Location:
    Detroit, MI, USA
    "Count The Days" is one of the only tracks from this project I like. But I like this one a lot. Great vocal, great guitar.
    5/5
     
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  14. Piiijiii

    Piiijiii Hundalasiliah

    Location:
    Ruhr Area, Germany
    The Good Life is quite ... well, good.
    The 90s house keyboards and the rap suck but it's very, very catchy.
    3/5
     
  15. Freek999

    Freek999 Forum Resident

    The Good Life
    a minor 4/5
     
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  16. Tricky By Name

    Tricky By Name Forum Resident

    Location:
    London, UK
    The Good Life - the strong (and earworm catchy) chorus hook keeps this one flowing nicely... and I like the extended portion at the end on the album version. Some nice rhythm guitar and bass. It was a surprise when this was a hit here in the UK, the second time around and bizarrely in one of the sped up house formats which got lots of radio play.

    I presume we are going to discuss the Big City Mix separately as that is completely different - essentially a laid back rap by Prince over the looped beat.

    The US 12" is notable for having a short non-album track b-side called 'Free The Music', which subsequently turned up on the Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold) - which is another one of those 'advert' tracks in a similar vein to '2 Whomever It May Concern'. Took me years to track it down and when I did I played it once. The joys of collecting!

    3.5/5
     
  17. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bretagne
    The Good Life
    This grooves along very nicely. One of my favourites on the album.
    4.5/5
     
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  18. Vagabone

    Vagabone Forum Resident

    Location:
    UK
    Oh wow, "Supercute" from The Chocolate Invasion is a rewrite of this song, isn't it? took me a minute to realise where I'd heard it before.
     
  19. thekid87

    thekid87 Forum Resident

    Location:
    The Netherlands
    Our votes for “Count The Days” (24 votes):
    1 - 0x
    2 - 2x
    3 - 5x
    4 - 10x
    5 - 7x

    Average: 3,7688
     
  20. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    The Good Life: great melody, great lyrics, great performance from all involved. Feel like the single edit is best for me.

    5/5
     
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  21. thomas kozlowski jr

    thomas kozlowski jr Forum Resident

    Location:
    Pittsburgh
  22. masswriter

    masswriter Minister At Large

    Location:
    New England
  23. Arthur Pewty

    Arthur Pewty Always crashing in the same car

    The Good Life: incredibly catchy. Coulda been a contender. 4.5/5
     
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  24. Piiijiii

    Piiijiii Hundalasiliah

    Location:
    Ruhr Area, Germany
    Only that Supercute is much, much better. Big fan of than NPGMC stuff.
     
  25. Isaiah Tolbert

    Isaiah Tolbert Forum Resident

    Location:
    Minneapolis
    The Good Life
    3/5


    First saw this on the Love 4 One Another VH1 show. I thought it was a decent track with a catchy chorus.
     

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