Old Friends 4 Sale - Must Buy
This is the definition of Prince. Funk, rhythm & blues, rock, pop, jazz - you name it. This album truly pinpoints when and where Prince veered into his own lane as an artist with his own creative power over his music. I listened to this as a child and I still do to this day as a man. Prince outdid himself with this masterpiece. The mood changes constantly being that the songs were all recorded in different periods of his career. The music here is some of his most memorable and I don’t mind repurchasing this album more than once. It’s truly phenomenal.
Anybody who says they don't like Prince needs to listen to this. The Prince that most people think they know doesn't begin to scratch the surface of this man's talent. This has become one of my favorite albums.
What a gem!!! I'm also filling in the missing pieces and listening from beginning to current.... well, I doubt the last.... we can only hope it falls to Purple subject who knows His Purpleness well.
Here's the sixth star! Prince, you never cease to amaze me with your ever evolving sound. Just gets better and better. She Spoke to Me is my fav.
After his passing, I purposed to listen to every Prince album straight through in chronological order. The Vault is an overlooked gem. You won't find the over-the-top swagger present on most of his albums. Instead you'll find a sophisticated and appropriately-reserved masterpiece. Prince doesn't rely on what may have worked on the past. It's lovely and smooth and required for any musical library. My love for jazz aside, this album makes me weep for the tremendous loss of genius and musical exploration at his passing. There's more to Prince than "Purple Rain."
Turned out great
This has lived in my music catalog. Timeless
Amazing, absolutely amazing, I can’t believe I missed this gem of an album when it first came out. Prince was truly a master of music and it’s emotional effect on the listener. If this is what we get from his throw away’s. I think we are in for some amazing music in the future. The legacy of music he left before his untimely death is truly amazing, but to think that their is more expressions of his genius left behind, makes me miss him that much more. I hope I live long enough to hear and appreciate all he had to give.
But no one’s promised tomorrow!
Thanks Prince for the music, and Rest in Peace, you were one of a kind
By Jai bird
I love this sound...Prince was one of the greatest of all time: lyrically untouchable and vocally undeniable! True musical genius!
This is a fantastic album!! It has heavy blues/jazz influences,.. And his guitar work is on point!!! My favorite is 'It's About that Walk' and 'Old Friends 4 Sale'. This is a gem of an album!!!
One of his last best.
One of them because Prince also at this time had two other stunning albums - The Gold Experience and Come. Both of which to me, a 25+ year hardcore fan, consider the last great Prince albums.
The shame about this one is how unbalanced and rushed it is. It was put together to finalize a Warna-Brotha CON-tract and fullfil it so he could move on. The artwork is in my estimation, purposely done BAD and gaudy to sort of jam the sale of the album, so it would not go anywhere on the charts.
The songs on the other hand are marvelous. Produced so well that they can make a Bach audiophle drool over his Symphony CD transport! And each song a glorious adventure to what makes Prince, or rather, what made Prince so great. A fusion of R&B, Blues, Soul, Funk, Rock, you name it...Jazz touches! Whatever! This fusion is reflected in almost all the tracks.
5 Women was Prince's rare sort of travel into Blues Rock. And is there any genre Prince can't handle?!
If that earlier statement struck your wrong string, you know, where I said this was one of Prince's last great albums, well, sorry, but its true. Put this album next to 2004's Musicology and you'll see a decline of just that magic that made Prince so special and amazing. Its a contrast. The Vault IS Musicology! Huh? What he say?!
Im giving this 5 but only for the quality and flow of the songs. Im still sort of bugged that Prince never really let out a lot from the "Vault" as he's always led his most dedicated fans were led to believe.