Recorded from 1994-1996, during Prince’s unbelievably prolific Gold Experience years, Kamasutra adds yet another creative layer to fathom when considering Prince’s talents, aspirations and productivity. How is it even possible that he was able to compose, rehearse, perform, and record as much music as he did during the mid-90s? Not just his own albums, mind you, but additional releases and material for his (soon to be ex) wife, Mayte, his band, NPG, and tons of 12-inchers, re-mixes, promo-only variations, unreleased vault material… it’s just mind-boggling when you take the time to check it out (and you can, HERE). Kamasutra is another off-beat pursuit from Prince. All instrumental music written and recorded for his 1996 wedding, which also doubled as a choreographed dance piece for Mayte and the short-lived New Power Generation Dance Company tour of 1997. As a result, this isn’t typical Prince music, and can’t be listened to with typically pre-conceived expectations. And, to be honest, while it’s never been a go-to P disc for me, that shouldn’t suggest Kamasutra lacks merit or ingenuity… just because it doesn’t funk. Some of the music is lush, jazzy and/or orchestral (including a real orchestra), while other selections are inventive constructions (like “Cutz,” using a sample of scissors for its rhythmic bed). It was originally released as a cassette on the first anniversary of Prince’s marriage, and was also included as the 5th (bonus) disc to those who purchased Crystal Ball online. Personally, I’m always on board when Prince goes off the reservation. He’s never been afraid to commit to grand, non-commercial, elaborate or personal ideas – like his solo piano album, One Nite Alone… (HERE), acoustic album, The Truth (HERE), improv jazz dabblings (N*E*W*S) or salsa asides (Madhouse) – and, as fans know, that’s just the tip of the iceberg of web-only releases, soundtracks, protégé LPs, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. When listening to some artists, it’s almost as entertaining to hear a swing-and-a-miss as it is to hear a hit, and Prince (on a few of his “side projects”) can sometimes fall into that category. So, for some, Kamasutra will require open ears and an open mind to appreciate fully. Includes the cassette’s liner notes. I couldn’t even find the 5CD version of Crystal Ball at Ebay or Amazon, HERE, so it might be time to sell mine (if the special “ball” jewel case wasn’t cracked). Find MUCH more P, HERE.
The Plan (2:03)
At Last… “The Lost Is Found” (3:39)
The Ever Changing Light (3:00)
Kamasutra/Overture #8 (3:13)
Coincidence Or Fate? (3:23)
Kamasutra/Eternal Embrace (4:02)
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