“PLEASE SUPPORT UR LOCAL RECORD STORE 2DAY: (THROAT CLEARS 2 ATTRACT ATTENTION): ELECTRIC FETUS”
Prince was a regular customer, apparently, and according to retail manager Bob Fuchs, he even popped in himself on RSD to pick up a few albums, just five days before his death. Fuchs revealed the list in full to Minnesota Public Radio, and it’s a varied, eclectic collection that spans nearly eight decades of artistry. Check it out:
Chambers Brothers – ‘The Time Has Come’
A cult classic from 1967, and home to the LA-based Chambers Brothers’ 11-minute masterpiece single ‘The Time Has Come Today’. Recorded in late 1966, the track was far, far ahead of its time. Today it’s held up as an acid rock classic.
Joni Mitchell – ‘Hejira’
Mitchell’s eighth album effectively marked the point when she grew up, by messing with more untraditional writing techniques compared to those she’d used before. Heavy on Jaco Pastorious’ fretless bass, it’s fairly easy to see why it would have appealed to Prince.
Swan Silvertones – ‘Inspirational Gospel Classics’
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Formed in 1938 in West Virginia, the barbershop gospel group went on to be the inspiration behind Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.
Missing Persons – ‘The Best Of Missing Persons’
It’s no surprise Prince was into the 80s New Wave act – his Paisley Park record label signed and released the debut solo album of singer Dale Bozzio in 1988, ‘Riot In English’.
Santana – ‘Santana IV’
Released the day before Prince purchased it, ‘Santana IV’ marks the first time in four decades that the classic line-up of Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve have recorded an album together.
Stevie Wonder – ‘Talking Book’
An undoubted classic, and the only one of the six records Prince Tweeted about following his spree. It seems he played it straight away: