P Rock And Roll Love Affair EP (2012)

“Rock And Roll Love Affair” (2012)
New Prince

A new retro-styled track from Prince, sounding lyrically like an autobiographical look at a career relationship. I’ve enjoyed P’s musical throwbacks of late… but miss his adventurism more. This track, however, is smooth and pleasing, stylistically from 1999, boasting a casually refined vocal. I like this side of Prince. Probably playing most, if not all, of the instruments, nailing the essence of his own patented vibe from a previous century. The extra mixes by Jamie Lewis are thin, beat-heavy club concoctions and, while good – as all Prince remixes are – are a bit monotonous back to back (unless you’re dancing, of course). The material is being released by the Swiss label, Purple Music. Amazon’s got it. You need to turn off the player or it will keep going.

Rock And Roll Love Affair (Original Radio) (4:01)
Rock And Roll Love Affair (Original Extended) (5:25)
Rock And Roll Love Affair (Jamie Lewis Club) (7:40)
Rock And Roll Love Affair (Jamie Lewis Stripped Down) (6:48)
Rock And Roll Love Affair (Jamie Lewis Club Radio) (3:36)
Rock And Roll Love Affair (Jamie Lewis Stripped Down Radio) (3:42)


  • Willard
    November 27, 2012 - 15:58 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • November 27, 2012 - 16:04 | Permalink

    The source of all Prince!

  • muttly
    November 28, 2012 - 07:24 | Permalink

    great music thank you

  • Leon
    November 29, 2012 - 21:38 | Permalink

    Cool! Here’s my thought. I honestly think “innovation” is overrated. I hear you when you say you wish Prince would stretch more – I mean, when he did “Elephants And Flowers” I’m not sure there had ever been a song quite like THAT, esp that “late” in his career — but then, most of what I like about key artists is them doing the very ESSENCE of what they do well.

    For Van Morrison, that’s “Haunts Of Ancient Peace” and “Days Like This”; for Dylan, it’s the straightahead stuff on his last couple albums; for the Stones, it’s things that sound the most like “Exile”… etc

    So for me, this works. Thanks for the tip – I hadn’t heard he was working on anything new!

  • Willard
    November 29, 2012 - 21:56 | Permalink

    I hear ya. It’s just that innovation is my favorite Prince characteristic. That said, I really do like this track. These days I don’t revisit his classic early LPs much, 1999, Purple Rain. Because that synth sound hasn’t worn well with time. On this track, he gets the exact same grooves and uses the same riffs he played back then, but these keyboard lines are warm and reserved. Not as spiky and dominate. That he seems to be singing about something real to him is also a nice plus. No… I’ll always miss the days when you never knew what you’d get with a new Prince album, but I’m always down with what he’s doing. Thanks.

  • Guest
    November 30, 2012 - 08:39 | Permalink

    Thank You Very Much!

  • Leon
    December 2, 2012 - 10:09 | Permalink

    Great points above, Willard. I wonder why Prince seems less experimental these days? Maybe because he kind of wandered int he wilderness, commercial-sales-wise, for a decade and more, and I think he really craves the spotlight. (He relished that Super Bowl appearance, and put on the best one in ages.)

    I just wish, more even than being experimental musically, he’d put his songwriting hat back on permanently. I may be in the minority, but what I’ve always liked best about Prince (aside from his very underrated guitar playing) is his songwriting.

    I mean, “If I Was Your Girlfriend” is just a way-cool song lyrically, that really has no corollary in any other artist’s repertoire. Same with “When You Were Mine” and “New Position,” “Eye No,” “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man,” “Nothing Compares 2 U,” “Party Up” and more – great songwriting.

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