Album of the Day
Parade (Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon)
Prince's second movie may not have made quite the splash that his first did, but its music is another matter. Though PARADE served as the soundtrack to Under The Cherry Moon, the collection stands quite effectively on its own, blending some of the psychedelia of his preceding studio album with taut funk tracks. Highlights among the latter include “Girls and Boys,” “New Position” and “Kiss,” which reached No.1 on the U.S. singles chart on this day in 1986. The set covers a lot of ground stylistically, and owes much of its success to the fine playing of The Revolution; this would be their final album backing the Purple One. Named album of the year by British music weekly NME, the Platinum-selling PARADE remains among the most rewarding of Prince's catalog.