Prince The Beautiful Experience EP (Limited)
- Released: 2006
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Bellmark Records
Entertainment Weekly - 6/10/94, p.65"...much more than a shower of random remixes. Instead, it's a miniature concept album..." - Rating: A-
- 1.Most Beautiful Girl in the World, The - (beautiful mix)
- 2.Most Beautiful Girl in the World, The - (staxowax mix)
- 3.Most Beautiful Girl in the World, The - (mustang mix)
- 4.Most Beautiful Girl in the World, The - (flutestramental)
- 5.Most Beautiful Girl in the World, The - (sexy staxaphone and guitar mix)
- 6.Most Beautiful Girl in the World, The - (mustang instrumental instrumental)
- 7.The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Personnel includes: Prince (vocals, guitar); Mr. Hayes (Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards); Tommy Barbarella (keyboards); Sonny T (bass); Michael B. (drums, percussion); Mayte (background vocals).
"The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
For the artist still known as Prince, the next chapter in his career remains an open book. The graphic symbol, meant to represent his new identity, contains the seeds of a male and female persona, and if the artist has his way, will signal "...the dawning of a new spiritual revolution." But musically the artist still identified by his adoring public as Prince is plumbing the same blissful, hippiefied mix of the sacred and profane that cemented his super-stardom.
In this case, it's a variation on the old "how do I love thee, let me count the ways" theme. "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" is given seven different instrumental and vocal treatments by his latest edition of the New Power Generation. The opening treatment emphasizes Prince's beautiful harmonic sensitivity, both featuring the leader's keening falsetto. "Staxowax" is grinding funk with hip-hop overtones, while his "Mustang Mix" is a nod to the popular romantic style currently in vogue (a la R. Kelly).
All in all, Prince by any other name, still sounds sweet. Longtime fans can take heart: his creative envelope is ever-expanding and as his instrumental mixes demonstrate, from the delta, to the church to the streets to the outer edges of infinity, Prince remains a force to be reckoned with.
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