Prince was notoriously careful with any media that leaked from his clutches. He wanted everything to be perfect, and it was according to his vision. But now some things leak out.
If you like this, you may want to make a copy, because it may go away. I’m a media fan, and I keep my own archive which I will never trust to the cloud – it’s hovering around 6tb and I have 3 copies (one on my computer, one on a shelf next to my computer, one in my bank in a safe deposit box) I’ve got stuff on there that is very very hard to get anywhere else, like an original transfer of Farrebic, a direct-from-video transfer of Buckaroo Banzai (from before when the DVD came out, I transcoded it with my own rig after buying the VHS tape on Ebay for a ridiculous amount), I have an archive of The Sisters of Mercy that includes every known bootleg, which makes it some kind of museum-piece on its own, and I have a version of Ame Agaru where I added my own subtitles by translating from the French subtitles on a Polish-release DVD; that was an evening well spent in VideoStudio. I read a piece on Slate or Salon a while ago where some hipster was complaining how hard it is to find an unedited version of the original theatrical release of Star Wars and I snorted, “are you kidding? I have 5 different versions starting with the first. And all the versions of Blade Runner.” Anyhow, that’s all just bragging/rambling. If you’re obsessive, sometimes you get lucky in the topic of your obsession.
I also collect funky Prince material.
And, if you like Led Zeppelin, or Funk/rock, or Prince – you really need to give this a whirl.
Damn it, Prince, you could have been more careful with the opiates. Everyone knows that shit is dangerous, even to a god like you were. Now that you’re dead, you can’t control your music, and I’d happily trade that, to have you back. The world needs sexy funk right now.
I still have one of the “Team Banzai” buttons they were giving out at Balticon the year Buckaroo Banzai came out. I used to have it permanently on the lapel of one of my ‘conference talk-giving’ jackets. Sadly, only one person in 5 years came up to me and said, “I loved the trailer for that, I still have my headband!” Me too, buddy, me too.