Editors’ Notes On one hand, this 28-track collection takes a pretty straightforward approach to anthologizing Prince's biggest hits. All the heaviest hitters are here, from the frothy, funky "1999" and the giddy synth-pop sunburst "Delirious" to the sui generis minimalist/modernist masterpiece "When Doves Cry" and the gospel–goes–New Jack "7." At the same time, some of Prince's highest-charting tunes are represented by extended mixes that were previously available only as 12-inch singles, and some of them lend a whole different spin to what would otherwise have been familiar songs. "Let's Go Crazy," for instance, does indeed get pretty unhinged-sounding, shifting into several wildly divergent directions. The extra synth on "Kiss" adds an almost jazz fusion feel, while "Raspberry Beret" has some appropriately psych-popppy interplay between the string section and finger cymbals. Overall, Ultimate: Prince balances between encompassing what's expected and uncovering what isn't.

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I Wanna Be Your Lover (Single Version)
1
3:00
 
Uptown (Single Version)
2
4:11
 
Controversy
3
7:15
 
1999 (Edit)
4
3:38
 
Delirious (Edit)
5
2:41
 
When Doves Cry (Edit)
6
3:48
 
I Would Die 4 U
7
2:58
 
Purple Rain
8
8:40
 
Sign O' the Times (Single Version)
9
3:43
 
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
10
3:41
 
Alphabet St.
11
5:39
 
Diamonds and Pearls (Edit)
12
4:20
 
Gett Off (with Eric Leeds)
13
4:32
 
Money Don't Matter 2 Night
14
4:47
 
7
15
5:10
 
Nothing Compares 2 U (feat. Rosie Gaines) [Live]
16
5:04
 
My Name Is Prince (Single Version)
17
4:04
 
Let's Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix)
18
7:35
 
Little Red Corvette (Dance Mix)
19
8:27
 
Let's Work (Dance Remix)
20
8:05
 
Pop Life (Fresh Dance Mix)
21
6:19
 
She's Always In My Hair (12" Version)
22
6:32
 
Raspberry Beret (Extended 12" Version)
23
6:36
 
Kiss (Extended Version)
24
7:16
 
U Got the Look (Long Look)
25
6:43
 
Hot Thing (Extended Remix)
26
8:32
 
Thieves In the Temple (Remix Version)
27
8:08
 
Cream (N.P.G. Mix)
28
4:52
 

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