Filed under: 94 East, Purple Snow | Tags: Cookhouse Five, Minneapolis Sound, Prince, Prince Rogers Nelson
The primary goal of Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound was to document the undiscovered early elements of the Twin Cities signature rock-funk fusion. Minneapolis’s enduring 94 East was a known quantity, having diligently preserved their own legacy through several self-produced compilations and collections, notable for their inclusion of marquee teenager and studio guitarist, Prince Rogers Nelson. Having stumbled over several $7 copies of 1985’s Minneapolis Genius (Hot Pink Records), I had tempered expectations for a “new” store-bought CD-R of The Cookhouse Five. But as soon as “If You See Me” engaged—stacking Dale Alexander’s imaginative polyrhythms, Pepe Willie’s evocative vocal, and Prince’s signature guitar work—I knew Purple Snow had found its opening track.
So moved by the tune, we pressed “If You See Me” as a standalone single. This 45 more or less LIVED in disc jockey play boxes, and it would not be uncommon to see three selectors at a DJ night with three copies of “If You See Me” among them. A repress went ignored for over a year, until finally arriving here at Numero HQ today. For those of you who’ve cue burned your first copy, or are simply late to the function, here is an impossible-to-ignore warning shot from the Minneapolis Sound, courtesy of 94 East with a little recognizable help from Prince Rogers Nelson. Purchase Here.
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