51 Albums, Prince, The Dream Factory~ Thank You Vibe Magazine

I just had to post this.  The Dream Factory album is the BOMB!!!

This is the 4Th installment of 51 Albums that never were.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, VIBE Magazine!!!!

Enjoy!!! I know I did !

Dream Factory (Paisley Park, 1986)

“Writing a song for Prince is like brushing his teeth,” keyboardist Lisa Coleman says, laughing. “He’s that guy.” But for much of 1986, the prolific artist whose albums often bore the tag, “Written, arranged, produced, and performed by Prince,” was in a collaborative mood. The outcome? The stunning 18-track Dream Factory.

During Prince’s Hit & Run tour, he entered the studio for a series of dates with his longtime backing band The Revolution. Two members of the classic lineup would have the most artistic impact on those sessions: Coleman and guitarist Wendy Melvoin. That was the relationship he, Lisa, and myself had,” Melvoin recalls of the duo’s close musical bond with the infamously independent Purple One. “We were in studios all over the world, writing and finishing tracks that were all incredibly diverse and odd.”

Following Around the World in a Day (Paisley Park, 1985) and Parade (Paisley Park, 1986), Dream Factory was a showcase for Prince at his most avant-garde. What other multiplatinum superstar would open up an album with a  melancholy instrumental piano piece like “Visions”? But it only gets deeper—and weirder. Witness the dark funk title track, which rails against the crippling illusion of celebrity; “Crystal Ball,” a relentless 10-minute epic about war; and “Train,” a soulful rocker that uses train-track sound effects as a backbeat. The centerpiece is “All My Dreams,” a whimsical number straight out of a 1930s jazz musical, featuring Prince singing into a megaphone.

But Dream Factory was never officially released. After abruptly disbanding the Revolution, Minnesota’s native son included Dream Factory solo standouts like “Ballad of Dorothy Parker,” “Strange Relationship,” and “Sign O’ the Times” on his acclaimed 1987 album of the same name, erasing any trace of Wendy and Lisa. “We wanted to be Prince’s muses,” she says, “but he felt like he needed to take back the initial thing that got him to where he was at, which was, ‘I need to do this on my own,’” Melvoin says. Yet Wendy and Lisa have thrived, releasing several albums and scoring films like Soul Food (20th Century Fox, 1997) and television shows like NBC’s Heroes, as well as working with the Edith Funker supergroup with Erykah Badu, ?uestlove, James Poyser, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. But looking back, Wendy says of the time: “We are extremely proud of that period.”

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Comments (16)
  1. DrPresident. I’m sure ur mistaken, The girls are good don’t get me wrong but umm Prince aint shit without them is a bit harsh and frankly just not even close to the truth. LOL. Thanks for the laugh tho.

  2. Prince ain’t shit without Wendy & Lisa. Period.

  3. So lets all just sit back and let he man do what does best….give us some of the most awsome Fu#@ing music you will ever lay ears to.
    I’m just excited he hasn’t decided to retire and not do Sh!t!.

  4. mr.goodnight3121:

    I don’t feel that way. I think different musicians bring out different flavors in Prince’s music. I don’t know that albums like “Around the World”, “Parade” and much of the music from the “Sign O the Times/Crystal Ball/Dream Factory/Camille” period would have sounded quite like they did without the influences of Wendy and Lisa. Several authors who have researched his career have come to this conclusion too. I’m speaking of Wendy and Lisa’s own musical influence as well as their exposing Prince to other types of music.

    I don’t think it takes away from Prince as an artist at all. ALL musicians are influenced by other musicians.

    Excluding whatever influence Wendy and Lisa might have had in his work, you still hear strains of Hendrix, Sly, P-Funk, Santana, JB and, between 1985 and 1987, the Beatles. “1999” and “Purple Rain” may have been his best sellers, but as an artist, Prince’s “Sign O the Times/Crystal Ball/Dream Factory/Camille” era was by far his best phase! I’m still waiting for the official release of “In a Large Room With No Light”, one of his best songs!

  5. I did c a copy of this album n cd 4mat on ebay earlier this year. Lost out on a bid 4 it tho. Don’t no if it was the real thing, but it wuz worth the shot.


  6. I do enjoy PRINCE being Prince…… However,…. I would love to see him go back and finish Roadhouse Garden and Dream Factory with Wendy and Lisa for actual releases.

    I think that would be a total GEM for his Long Time Fans.

    ~ Musgrave ~

  7. I’m totally with you with that Dr FB. Without Prince, how would we know who Wendy & Lisa are? This doesn’t knock them but the truth is the truth.

  8. 🙂

  9. Is Dream Factory being released? Oh my goodness this is great news!!!

  10. Monster album!

  11. Some of my prayers have been answered!lol Thank-you Prince!
    Love ya!~MEAN IT!~ Glad that we will all be able to finally enjoy some of the held back treasures. 🙂

  12. @ drfunkenberry

    I agree

  13. yes prince is always getting better at his art, he is constantly improving, now if he would just answer my love letter…….

  14. About the whole Prince is better with this or Prince is better with that, let me end by just saying this;

    Prince is better. Period.

  15. cool, I wanna hear this album some time

  16. i hate when people say that Prince was better with Wendy & Lisa. Even though the songs were very good during that period. i feel it takes away from Prince as an artist. When those remarks are made.

    I prefer Prince as one man band myself. i think its amazing what sounds he comes up with by himself. I agree “Dream factory” would have been an amazing album. But it just wasn’t meant 2 b. I heard it was originally suppose 2 b a three album set. But the WB axed it for that reason. But what do I know…………

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