Michael's Music Review Monday, Vol. 6

Prince's "Erotic City" single.  B Side
Ever find yourself daydreaming of the best song of all time?  While the team here at The Daily Serge will never claim to find such a gem, we may come extremely close.  Volume 6 of "Michael's Music Review Monday" is a perfect example of that.

Crazy about 80s New Wave (who isn't)?  Tap your foot to jazz?  Shake your groove thang to funk?  Prince's ten and a half minute "I Would Die 4 U (Extended Version)" is the perfect fusion of each of these genres.  A classic example of the Minneapolis Sound genre of music, "I Would Die 4 U (Extended Version)" features the man himself, Prince, on vocals, with The Revolution scattered throughout its instrumental lineup.

With a lively tempo, the track begins its evolution with a simple introduction via a basic rhythmic loop.  This metronomic feature built upon with the introduction of the guitar with the help of Wendy.  This ushers in the introduction of  more harmonic lines voiced through synthesizers, secondary guitars, and later brass.  The ensemble brings down the house as they support Prince's dynamic vocal display.

After the approximate point at which the original "I Would Die 4 U" would end, this Extended Version turns up the heat.  With the vocals ceasing, The Revolution sets sail on an all out jam fest.  Saxophone solos, magical background rhythm guitar, heavy synth, and the continued vivace rhythm bring the song to its climax, at which a seemingly random theme is introduced by a bass synthesizer.  The jam soon fades out, leaving the listener wishing they had been at the recording studio that day...

Orginally released on the B Side of the "Erotic City" (another great song of Prince's), "I Would Die 4 U (Extended Version)" is sure to bring the best out of that one guy at your next event, should music be included (Yes, I am speaking of this based off of my own experience with the song since I was introduced to it...).  With favorable aspects to both the original release and extended version, I find the extended version preferable because it is less mainstream.

Until next week
Music Mike
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