Prince ‎– Controversy

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Prince's fourth album, first released in 1981.

Singles:
Controversy
Do Me, Baby
Let's Work
Sexuality

Related release:
Uptown / Controversy (Back To Back Hits from 1988)

Tracklist

Controversy 7:14
Sexuality 4:20
Do Me, Baby 7:47
Private Joy 4:25
Ronnie, Talk To Russia 1:48
Let's Work 3:57
Annie Christian 4:21
Jack U Off 3:12

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BSK 3601 Prince Controversy(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3601 US 1981 Sell This Version
WB M8 3601 Prince Controversy(8-Trk, Album) Warner Bros. Records WB M8 3601 US 1981 Sell This Version
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K 456 950 Prince Controversy(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records K 456 950 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
M5 3601 Prince Controversy(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records M5 3601 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
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WB 56950, WB K 56950, BSK 3601 Prince Controversy(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records WB 56950, WB K 56950, BSK 3601 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
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XBS-3601 Prince Controversy(LP, Album, Blu) Warner Bros. Records XBS-3601 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
BSK 3601 Prince Controversy(LP, Album, Ltd, Jac) Warner Bros. Records BSK 3601 US 1981 Sell This Version
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brandosoul

brandosoul

October 29, 2020
referencing Controversy, LP, Album, BSK 3601
If Dirty Mind was Prince's uncompromising departure from the coming-of-age pains and obsessions that were captured in 1978's For You and 1979's Prince, 1981's Controversy was the cerebral and slightly darker expansion of the brave template that he laid out for Dirty Mind. I can't fathom why it doesn't get many accolades as Dirty Mind. In fact, it's seen as a lesser work in the stunning pre-Purple Rain trifecta that began with Dirty Mind and concluded with 1982's double-opus 1999. It's clearly the misunderstood middle child of the masterstrokes that bookend it, but there's more to it. It solidified the unpredictable world of this unpredictable wunderkind, who was set to become one of the definitive post-modern visionaries of the Eighties. Proof of this fact is found on its grand first side in which its three songs perfectly illustrate Prince's game plan not only in the narratives of his unparalleled Eighties-period work, but for the trajectory of his entire career. The title track begins with a scathing denouncement to his critics, and boldly juxtaposes his message with a religious awakening when he recites 'The Lord's Prayer.' It was probably the first instance of religion in his work. Then, he reaffirms the utopian sexual liberation he covered in 'Dirty Mind''s "Uptown" for "Sexuality." Only this time, sexual expression is positioned with the call for societal uprising to incite anti-conservativism. Of all of Prince's early ballads, "Do Me, Baby" is inarguably his first great slow jam that set the pace for his future classic bedroom burners—the lustful drama, the exhilarating climax with its eccentric come-on monologue, and Prince's impassioned vocal delivery. And this was only the first side, mind you. In the second half, political affairs, funk, and even more sex took on more adventurous extremes. Prince was onto something, and soon he would rule the rest of the era at every cost. A transitional classic for the ages,

dnordquist

dnordquist

October 1, 2020
referencing Controversy, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, R1 3601
My copy had skipping on A1 fresh out of the shrinkwrap - I've seen similar reviews on Amazon saying that this is common problem.
dgxyz

dgxyz

April 27, 2020
referencing Controversy, LP, Album, P-11126W
Can somebody tell about the sound quality? Should I pay a little more for the US Orginal first press?
rlittler1981

rlittler1981

December 9, 2019
referencing Controversy, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 8122 797776, 8122797776
Love this album so much! Nothing beats a vinyl copy. Play it loud! Released the year I was born!
valentingalea

valentingalea

February 25, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Controversy, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 8122 797776, 8122797776

Excellent repress, really compliments the sparse and clean arrangement, making the synth bass shine. Title track is a killer and makes the album worth just on its own
picdisc65

picdisc65

July 4, 2017
referencing Controversy, LP, Album, RE, Blu, XBS-3601
"Blue"? Blue what? Clearly not the vinyl judging by the pictures
MusicNerdB52

MusicNerdB52

July 21, 2016
referencing Controversy, Cass, Album, RE, 556180-4
...why? It's 2016 I know cassettes are starting to be cool again but this is ridiculous.
Misty2k

Misty2k

July 19, 2016
referencing Controversy, CD, Album, RE, Tar, 3601-2, 256 950
I see there is a note to say "Not to be confused with: Prince - Controversy ('Polygram' is not present on the disc: the line reads only 'Made in West Germany')..."
I have that version but I can't find it here. Should I add it?
isaacmusicman

isaacmusicman

January 11, 2015
referencing Controversy, LP, Album, BSK 3601
Before I decided to clean up my act, I wore this album out! Like "Dirty Mind", I had to sneak it into the house (I was only 10). The title track saved me for years from getting caught with it, it was the cleanest song on the album, it also was the funkiest. You P fans know about the rest, it was pure sexuality at work, something P would revisit over, and over again! A PRINCE CLASSIC!
Said_Head

Said_Head

October 15, 2009
referencing Controversy, CD, Album, RE, 7599-23601-2

Definitely Prince's more 'out there' releases from his early catalogue. While I'm glad he discontinued his funkier origins for a more anti-stereotypical blend of music (which the album's title track and others clearly present lyrically as well).

There's still a lot of funkiness to some of the tracks though, which mix into a great combination with the more sterile and abrasive synths of an early new wave sound; I think of this album as a pre-mature 1999, where Prince's signature 80's sound really starts to bloom. The one problem I have with 1999 is that Prince, in my opinion, kind abandoned potential for melody in exchange for pure electronics (take for instance the lengthy bouts of electronic percussion). Controversy, however, is all about clever melodies with a taste of funk and new strengths in his song-writing skills that his earlier 3 albums only hinted at.

There are a few dull moments for me though; some of the instrumentation gets a little predictable, and the long ballad 'Do Me, Baby' is one track I usually avoid. A lot of the album's finest moments for me are the more experimental ones, like, of course, the 7 minute title track, 'Ronnie, Talk To Russia', and 'Annie Christian'.

Controversy is definitely a favorite early Prince album of mine, and while I can't give it a perfect score, it's challenging nature is what really attracts me to it.