10 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Put it this way: Rick James chose Prince to open for his first solo tour. James presaged Prince as a singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and flamboyant frontman, though he still doesn't get the respect he deserves. His genius is on display in this decade-spanning collection of jittery electro-funk, from the exhausting eight-minute workout of his early hit "You and I" and the horn-burnished mission statement "Bustin' Out (On Funk)" to the timeless weed ode "Mary Jane" and horndog dance-floor killers like "Super Freak" and "Give It to Me Baby."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Put it this way: Rick James chose Prince to open for his first solo tour. James presaged Prince as a singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and flamboyant frontman, though he still doesn't get the respect he deserves. His genius is on display in this decade-spanning collection of jittery electro-funk, from the exhausting eight-minute workout of his early hit "You and I" and the horn-burnished mission statement "Bustin' Out (On Funk)" to the timeless weed ode "Mary Jane" and horndog dance-floor killers like "Super Freak" and "Give It to Me Baby."

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