Music: His Highness of Haze

Purple house, Purple Rain: Prince scores across the spectrum

Stumped. For a long minute, anyhow.

When Apollonia asked Prince—and yes, those are their real names, approximately—"Is there anything you can't do?" there was a lingering silence. A tough question to put to such a tyro. More silence. A fast career review was clearly in order.

There would be no question of just skipping to the highlights: since 1978, when Warner Bros. Records released his first album when he was 17, for Prince it has been highlights all the way. For You was not the hottest seller in the stores, but the fact that Prince...

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