NumeroGroup - Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound
The hybrid of funk, pop, New Wave and guitar-rock Prince concocted in the early Eighties was briefly dubbed "The Minneapolis sound." This two-disc set tells the story of that sound, from the proto-disco Seventies to the synthed-up Eighties. You get a high school "Prince Nelson," in 1975, playing breezy guitar with his cousin's ex-husband's lite-funk band 94 East, and two unreleased 1979 tracks from future R&B superproducer Terry Lewis' band Flyte Tyme. As the Prince era dawns, fascinating strains of paisley abound – like Alexander O'Neal's "Borrowed Time," which puts Rick James in moon boots and hits like Kirby Puckett.