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Pandemonium

Graffiti Bridge may not have been Prince's finest hour on screen, but if it brought The Time back after a 6-year hiatus, it's O.K. by us! Several songs from PANDEMONIUM appear in that film, and the Purple One's fingerprints are all over the 1990 reunion collection as co-producer and co-writer – of “Chocolate,” “Data Bank” and Top 10 hit “Jerk Out” among others - but the Minneapolis band are hardly overshadowed. Frontman Morris Day is his irrepressible self on these 15 tracks, adding lots of fun to the funk (which tips its hat to George Clinton as much as to Prince), while Jesse Johnson launches riffs that would be the envy of any rock guitarist. Released 30 years ago today, PANDEMONIUM is a non-stop party, and an album every R&B fan should make time for.

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