Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound Image
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  • Summary: Prince is only a supporting player on three songs on the two-disc compilation of songs from Minneapolis artists from the 1970s-80s including The Lewis Connection, Haze, Ronnie Robbins, the Stylle Band, Alexander O'Neal, and Music, Love & Funk.
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  1. Dec 17, 2013
    85
    This compilation is an undoubtedly comprehensive overview of the scene and--while perhaps a little obscure in places for the casual listener--is a dream come true for aficionados of deep cuts and rare grooves.
  2. Dec 17, 2013
    84
    How could the scene that gave us 1999 and Control have such an underknown history where its pre-eighties R&B roots are concerned? Thanks to the deep knowledge base and research that went into Numero Group's Purple Snow compilation, it's made clear just why that is--and why, in a fairer world, it shouldn't have been the case.
  3. Dec 17, 2013
    80
    While there might be a sketchy blueprint here, Prince took R&B to unknown places both musically and by integrating a bizarre personal philosophy that tried to make sense of God, sex, life, and death, but mostly sex.
  4. 80
    While it’s not quite all gold--over two CDs the listener’s resistance to slap bass and super-smooth vocals may be tested--the standard as a whole is incredibly high.
  5. Dec 17, 2013
    80
    This isn't Minneapolis blowing mind after mind in the mad rush, this is the groundwork, the early experiments, the demos en route to the full on experience. Drums sometimes barely sound there, mixes are merely what can be done with the tools to hand, it's not slapdash but it's not slick either.
  6. Dec 19, 2013
    80
    The 30 songs follow the scene’s progression: the first half is classically minded R&B and soul that evolves on disc 2 into danceable funk, with Alexander O’Neal’s new wavey Do You Dare and Ronny Robbins’s electro-rap track Contagious.
  7. Jan 3, 2014
    70
    This two-disc set tells the story of that sound ["The Minneapolis sound"], from the proto-disco Seventies to the synthed-up Eighties.

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