• Crucial
  • Prince
  • The Work Volume 2 (1984-1988)

Prince - Crucial (Unreleased 7 minute version from ‘86)

Includes a lengthy saxophone solo by Eric Leeds which was added at Prince’s request. This was eventually discarded & replaced by Prince himself as the solo was ‘where the guitar solo would be’, even though he requested it in the first place!

Baby, you’ve got to be from a different world 
Cause just one look from you could make an army surrender 
Baby, you’ve got to rescue me girl, girl 
A prisoner in love with the opposite gender 
I ain’t saying you’re better, baby, but I ain’t saying you’re not 
I ain’t saying anything until you stop 
Never forget that cause baby, I’ll be your jack of all trades 
A mind & body well made 

With the close-up, space expands; with slow motion, movement is extended. The enlargement of a snapshot does not simply render more precise what in any case was visible, though unclear: it reveals entirely new structural formations of the subject. So, too, slow motion not only presents familiar qualities of movement but reveals in them entirely unknown ones “which, far from looking like retarded rapid movements, give the effect of singularly gliding, floating, supernatural motions.” Evidently a different nature opens itself to the camera than opens to the naked eye – if only because an unconsciously penetrated space is substituted for a space consciously explored by man. Even if one has a general knowledge of the way people walk, one knows nothing of a person’s posture during the fractional second of a stride. The act of reaching for a lighter or a spoon is familiar routine, yet we hardly know what really goes on between hand and metal, not to mention how this fluctuates with our moods. Here the camera intervenes with the resources of its lowerings and liftings, its interruptions and isolations, it extensions and accelerations, its enlargements and reductions. The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.
—  Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.