Also, Prince back in the day along with Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Miles Davis, Sly Stone were freakin' geniuses. Not to get off on a tangent, but, i feel Prince, Miles, Sly, Stevie, and Al hold the same magic for me that the Beatles did. I can still remember getting psyched and that feeling of excitement and wonder of holding a new Prince cassette (dating myself) and rushing home to play it (1999, Purple Rain, Around the world, Parade, Sign, Lovesexy) and feeling the same excitement that a 1st generation BEatles fan must have felt when the White Album, Pepper, Revolver, Abbey Road hit the stores.
There is no artist today who makes me feel like i'm about to score at the prom with a hottie anymore. And sadly, as much as i still like PRince and MAcca and Stevie, i know their releases will be good (but, not mind-blowing like they were back in the prime).
I can still remember being 14 when Purple Rain came out and absolutely being blown away by its sheer greatness. I can imagine being the same age when Pepper dropped and smoking a doobee and being transported to another dimension and space.