Prince’s ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ is Turning 30

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Prince’s ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ is Turning 30

Prince, 1991. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images.

We’re revisiting Prince’s Diamonds and Pearls album, released 30 years ago this month.


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Diamonds and Pearls.

After dominating the pop charts in the ‘80s with mega-hits like Purple Rain, Prince made a return to his R&B roots in 1991, for his 13th studio album Diamonds and Pearls. Bolstered by his new supercharged-funk-infused backing band, The New Generation, the album delivered an undeniable string of singles that rank among the most iconic of his career, including Cream and Gett Off.

Prince & The New Power Generation | ‘Gett Off’ 

Prince’s passion for pushing boundaries is evident in his forays into hip hop (Jughead) and politics (Money Don’t Matter Tonight), balanced by opulent production and mischievous humour; altogether, Diamonds And Pearls has an over-the-top austere which truly characterises Prince. 

Prince & The New Power Generation | ‘Cream’ 

The irresistible ′Cream′ and the title track gives us Prince′s version of conventional –  which is still wildly inventive by anyone else′s standards! His duality shines through on the tracks where, at once extravagant and restrained, a lust for shimmering jewels is as desired as spiritual perfection.

Prince & The New Power Generation | ‘Diamonds And Pearls’

Prince upended the music world with his startling music and arresting demeanour, lyrically weaving between spirituality and obscenity with a remarkable fastidious for delicate and politeness.   

Prince & The New Power Generation | ‘Insatiable’

Prince & The New Power Generation | ‘Money Don't Matter 2 Night’

30 years on, Diamonds and Pearls remains a masterwork of mystique and desire, like an open-hearted, yet weirdly cagey love letter you can’t help but want to read over and over again.

Revisit Diamonds and Pearls on steaming below! 


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