Lotus Flow3r (vinyl 2LP set with 2CDs)
This reissue from Because Music wisely focuses on the two Prince albums: Lotusflow3r and MPL Sound. The former was generally more warmly received, and certainly warrants re-examination seven years on. There’s some very good work on here, including jazzy opener, …From The Lotus, the poppy Crimson and Clover (which pinches the chorus from Wild Thing), the tight James Brown funk of Feel Good, Feel Better, Feel Wonderful and the obligatory Prince Hidden Gem, the bluesy, soulful Colonized Mind. This reissue packages both vinyl albums in a gatefold sleeve and comes with CDs of Lotusflow3r and MPL Sound.