Paying tribute to Prince in The New Yorker‘s Culture Desk blog:
Miles Davis, in his autobiography, compared Prince to Duke Ellington; one might be tempted to add Miles himself to that comparison. When we discuss artists so transcendently brilliant and impossibly prolific, their rarities and deep cuts offer profundities that dwarf the entire catalogues of lesser musicians. While standard radio play and popular consciousness constantly focus on the hits—the “Kind of Blues,” the “Mood Indigos,” the “Purple Rains” (it seems there is a particular corner of the color wheel reserved for musical genius)—obsessive and completist fans search out the bootlegs, loudly proclaiming their obscure favorites to be equal, if not superior, to the more famous albums.
Read the full article at newyorker.com.