Every Tuesday, the Analog Kid blog goes back in time and features some of the best groovy R&B/soul songs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sometimes you’ll hear songs from individual artists or from a specific year, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I could go all Van McCoy on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

Prince’s 12″ singles were always must-haves back in the ’80s. Most of them featured an extended remix of the title cut on the a-side, and the b-side was usually a great non-album track. The ten-minute remix of 1986’s “Mountains” has always been one of my favorite Prince tunes– in fact, I included it last March on a Groovy Tuesday post about songs from 1986:

https://theanalogkidblog.com/2014/03/04/groovy-tuesday-1986/

I recently re-ripped my copy of the “Mountains” 12″ single, and it sounds so good that I decided to feature it again here on Groovy Tuesday. “Mountains” was the follow-up single to the #1 smash “Kiss,” but it didn’t enjoy the same success as its predecessor. “Mountains” may only have peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100, but a 19-year-old Analog Kid saw the supremely psychedelic video on MTV and finally admitted, “Hey, that Prince guy writes some pretty damn good songs.” I’ve been a Prince fan ever since, and “Mountains” will always hold a special place in my purple heart.

The b-side on the 12″ was an extended version of “Alexa De Paris,” an instrumental that was featured in Under The Cherry Moon but not included on the film’s soundtrack album.

 

Mountains [U.S. 12_]

Prince & The Revolution: Mountains [U.S. 12″]

Paisley Park Records, 1986

* 320 kbps vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid

 

1. “Mountains” [Extended Version] (Prince & The Revolution)*

Mountains [Extended Version]

2. “Alexa De Paris” [Extended Version] (Prince & The Revolution)

Alexa De Paris [Extended Version]

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

 

Parade 1

Prince & The Revolution: “Mountains” (Prince & The Revolution)

From the album Parade

Paisley Park Records, 1986

Mountains

 

Kiss [U.S. 7_]

Prince & The Revolution: “Kiss” [7″ Version] (Prince & The Revolution)

Paisley Park Records, 1986

Kiss [7″ Version]

 

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2 responses »

  1. I would like the chance to show Prince what revolution really looks like until then if the mountain won’t come to me I’ll climb that mountain when I get to it, and the sea.

  2. Phil says:

    I am totally endebted to you for providing those 2 gems for me to be able to add to my playlist. I wasn’t sure if it would allow me to add them to my phone but it did and I couldn’t be happier. Mountains extended version is becoming a rare find and I never heard ‘Alexa De Paris’ so I am truly in heaven. Thanks where ever you are ANALOG KID…

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