Prince And The Revolution ‎– Parade

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Intro
Christopher Tracy's Parade 2:11
New Position 2:21
I Wonder U 1:40
Under The Cherry Moon 2:57
Girls & Boys 5:30
Life Can Be So Nice 3:12
Venus De Milo 1:54
End
Mountains 3:58
Do U Lie? 2:43
Kiss 3:38
Anotherloverholenyohead 3:58
Sometimes It Snows In April 6:50

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9 25395-1, 1-25395 Prince And The Revolution Parade(LP, Album, Spe) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 9 25395-1, 1-25395 US 1986 Sell This Version
WB 4 925395-1, WB 925 350-4 Prince And The Revolution Parade(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Suzy WB 4 925395-1, WB 925 350-4 Yugoslavia 1986 Sell This Version
93020 Prince And The Revolution Desfile(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records 93020 Argentina 1986 Sell This Version
83020 Prince And The Revolution Desfile(LP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 83020 Argentina 1986 Sell This Version
83020 Prince And The Revolution Desfile(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Warner Bros. Records 83020 Argentina 1986 Sell This Version
9 25395-2, 2-25395 Prince And The Revolution Parade (Music From The Motion Picture "Under The Cherry Moon") ‎(CD, Album) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 9 25395-2, 2-25395 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
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925395-4 Prince And The Revolution Parade - Música De La Banda Sonora Original De La Pelicula "Under The Cherry Moon"(Cass, Album) Paisley Park 925395-4 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
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M5-1-25395 Prince And The Revolution Parade(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records M5-1-25395 Philippines 1986 Sell This Version
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925395-4 Prince And The Revolution Parade(Cass, Album) Paisley Park, MCB Music 925395-4 Israel 1986 Sell This Version
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CSWB 6480 Prince & The Revolution* Parade(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records CSWB 6480 Mexico 1986 Sell This Version
925 395-4, WX 39C Prince And The Revolution Parade(Cass, Album) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 925 395-4, WX 39C Europe 1986 Sell This Version
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10226 Prince And The Revolution Parade(Cass, Album, Comp, Unofficial) 747 10226 Saudi Arabia 1986 Sell This Version
9 25395-4, 4-25395 Prince And The Revolution Parade(Cass, Album, SR) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 9 25395-4, 4-25395 US 1986 Sell This Version
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R 6341 Prince Parade(Cass, Album, Unofficial) A Private Collection R 6341 Indonesia 1986 Sell This Version
EN-785 Prince And The Revolution Parade(Cass, Unofficial) Thomsun Original EN-785 United Arab Emirates 1986 Sell This Version
WBC 1599 Prince And The Revolution Parade(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records WBC 1599 South Africa 1986 Sell This Version
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25395-1, WU1159R Prince And The Revolution Parade(LP, Album, Cen) Paisley Park, UFO Group 25395-1, WU1159R Taiwan 1986 Sell This Version
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ST.141 Prince And The Revolution Parade(LP, Album, Unofficial, Not) High Stereo Light ST.141 South Korea 1986 Sell This Version
20P2-2614 Prince And The Revolution Parade(CD, Album, RE) Paisley Park 20P2-2614 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
WX 39C, 7599-25395-4 Prince And The Revolution Parade(Cass, Album, RE) Paisley Park, Paisley Park WX 39C, 7599-25395-4 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
WPCR-1028 Prince And The Revolution Parade(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Paisley Park WPCR-1028 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
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WPCR-75020 Prince And The Revolution Parade(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Paisley Park WPCR-75020 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
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WPCR-13537 プリンス & ザ・レヴォリューション* = Prince And The Revolution プリンス & ザ・レヴォリューション* = Prince And The Revolution - パレード = Parade(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pap) Paisley Park, Warner Music WPCR-13537 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
none Prince And The Revolution Parade - Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon(12xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, 192) Rhino Records (2), Warner Bros. Records none US 2013
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7599-25395-1, 1-25395 Prince And The Revolution Parade - Music From The Motion Picture 'Under The Cherry Moon'(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 7599-25395-1, 1-25395 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
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075992539524, 2-25395 Prince And The Revolution Parade (Music From The Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon)(CD, Album, RE) Paisley Park, Paisley Park 075992539524, 2-25395 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
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southpawgrammar

southpawgrammar

February 14, 2021
edited 3 months ago
referencing Parade, LP, Album, Spe, 9 25395-1, 1-25395
Chiefly acting as the soundtrack to his second film “Under the Cherry Moon” released in 1986, “Parade” was the eighth studio album by Prince, whose slick yet fulsome new look and affected pose beautified the aptly artistic cover shot. Prince shed every lingering vestige of his previous image, with his bold transformation denoting a permutation in terms of his identity and aesthetic. He not only assimilated the French atmosphere of the film, he opted to cross impeccable songcraft with increasingly inventive and infelicitously unproved arrangements and production. And despite marking the last instance of the Revolution providing input and live interpretation as Prince’s accredited backing band, the album is not conspicuously tinged with finality, even if it does feature a greater proportion of ornate and plaintive compositions than any other in the Prince canon, by now defined by specific imagery and motifs, namely heavy guitars and electro-infused funk forms. Whilst “Parade” is a deliberate stylistic departure from its predecessors in that the material is replete with stark orchestrations and conversely suggestive, eccentric and sentimental lyrics, Prince does retain his trademark religious and sexual metaphors, though from a decidedly aggressive and even romantic perspective. Prince was primed for even further metamorphosis, having been creatively dissatisfied and universally expected to duplicate what had made “Purple Rain” such a blockbuster. Predictably, he struggled to recapture that success, although he did finally manage to balance self-indulgence with commercial viability as he had done before, triggering off his next chapter, not as a purple-coated guitar god, but as an artist intent on making the transition from pop star to innovative musician.

Subsequent to the relative commercial disappointment of “Around the World in a Day”, Prince experienced decreasing sales in the U.S. and his targeting of Europe as a potential new audience generated greater success on an international scale, with the album entering the top ten in 11 countries. Having taken a poorly-received left-turn into neo-psychedelia style on “Around the World in a Day”, Prince was undeterred and his repertoire and profile underwent another series of microevolutions. Doubling down on his signature sound to further lean into his experimental side, Prince would nevertheless refrain from the intemperance and introversion so many accused “Around the in a Day” of falling victim to. If “Purple Rain” remains his most stunning, representative and consistent collection of tunes, where does “Around the World in a Day” and “Parade” stand in terms of legacy? Both are widely considered to be guitar-and-horn-laden stepping stones towards his R&B landmark “Sign ‘O’ The Times” - which won back the black audience he had supposedly abandoned - but I would venture to suggest that since “Parade” was originally intended to be a double album, this is not the case. The value and refinement of “Parade” has gone largely unnoticed since its release as a soundtrack rather the fleshed-out concept it was supposed to be, and therein lies the problem. Instead of daring to precede the double album format, Prince opted to recapture the theatrical tie-in popularity of “Purple Rain”, as he would with "Batman" three years later. “Under the Cherry Moon” was promptly derided with regards to critical reception; it did not meet expectations of audiences who wanted a spiritual sequel to “Purple Rain”, not the homage to the jazz age and Hollywood’s silent era that Prince had conceived of. Admittedly, not many soundtracks, if any, can compete with the majesty of “Purple Rain”, but “Parade” has the distinct advantage of being the most irrevocably linked to the themes of the film it scores, incorporating a litany of disparate elements in a pop context that register as enchantingly eccentric, satisfyingly spare and European-affected. And fortunately, it works - even more so when heard outside of its “Under the Cherry Moon” trappings. From the groovy, minimalist “Kiss,” funky, intricate “Mountains,” “New Position,” and “Girls & Boys”, baroque, upfront “Anotherloverholenyohead”, to the soulful, elegiac “Christopher Tracy’s Parade” and “Sometimes It Snows In April”, a dizzying mix of manifold musical territories is absorbed cohesively, flowing smoothly and forming a surprisingly subtle, cogent whole.

Prince adopted many new methods of performance and technique with “Parade”, thus reinstating his heavy rotation status on MTV after the undeservedly maligned “Around the World in a Day” and restoring his creative and commercial strengths. Containing some of Prince's freshest '80s material, not least the stripped-back smash hit first single “Kiss” - causing the inevitable diminishing returns when its follow-ups, despite being equally catchy, did not strike the same chord with consumers - “Parade” is a well-sequenced and expertly crafted record full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered by those willing to embrace its idiosyncrasies. Though the intention was to prepare listeners for the playfulness, funk minimalism and diversity of the album, releasing “Kiss” before the less accessible and immediate potential singles was the veritable kiss of death to the album’s chances of prolonged success. In retrospect, “Girls & Boys” should have been released as the lead single before “Kiss”, but hindsight is wonderful thing. Its botched promotion strategy would garner “Kiss” most of the accolades and lasting reverence, but “Parade” remains in its entirety an endlessly replayable and riveting romp, bookended by the shimmering melancholy of “Christopher Tracy’s Parade” and “Sometimes It Snows In April”, the latter of which has taken on a new significance in the wake of Prince’s tragic passing in April 2016.

Rating: 5/5
khjarrow

khjarrow

February 3, 2021
referencing Parade, LP, Album, Spe, 9 25395-1, 1-25395
Track 4 on side 1 skips on all the 2016 reissues. Badly pressed.
garycaulder

garycaulder

July 19, 2020
referencing Parade, LP, Album, RE, Gat, 1-25395 (K1)
Wow! This album comes to LIFE in a way I've never heard on vinyl! Great reissue!
dgxyz

dgxyz

April 27, 2020
referencing Parade, LP, Album, Spe, 9 25395-1, 1-25395
How about the sound quality of this Specialty Records Corporation
pressing? Worth it?
thewreckastow

thewreckastow

May 16, 2019
referencing Parade, LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, WX 39P, 925 395-1
Original is crisp white. Matrix A; WX-39 A Grampian B; WX-39 B on matrix
This reference; 'Similar edition: Parade (blurry pictures on record, no sleeve) [not yet in database]' is a bootleg.
https://www.discogs.com/label/511693-Grampian-Records-Ltd-Annan
element-apart

element-apart

November 17, 2017
referencing Parade, LP, Album, All, 9 25395-1, 1-25395
"Sometimes It Snows In April" is the perfect way to end an album...genius
jimhb

jimhb

August 26, 2016
referencing Parade, LP, Album, RE, Gat, 1-25395 (K1)
The 2016 reissue is cut by Kevin Gray. It sounds great!
buffalopower83

buffalopower83

May 23, 2016
referencing Parade, LP, Album, All, 9 25395-1, 1-25395
Vinyl Repressing coming!!! Read below

Some of the albums in this particular batch fall in the era when CD sales took over the industry, and Warners and the other big record companies made little to no vinyl editions of the records. These new pressings will feature the albums in their original format (no bonus tracks). Here’s the full list of what’s to come:

June 21st: “Around the World in A Day” (1985)
July 19th: “Parade (Under the Cherry Moon soundtrack)” (1986)
August 23rd: “Sign o’ the Times”(1987)
September 20th: “The Black Album”(1987 recorded; 1994 released)
October 18th: “Lovesexy” (1988) and “Batman” soundtrack (1989)
November 22nd: “Graffiti Bridge” soundtrack (1990) and “Diamonds and Pearls” (1991)
December 13th: “The Love Symbol” (1992)
onestemrose1958

onestemrose1958

April 3, 2016
referencing Parade, LP, Album, All, 9 25395-1, 1-25395
does anyone have any idea why the numbers on the run out could be scratched out