Daily Prince: 5/11/20: Escape

I’m trying to think of another situation when the B-side of a single is a different song, but essentially feels like an extension of the A-side.  That’s definitely the case with today’s song, “Escape.”  “Escape” was the B-side to “Glam Slam” from 1988’s Lovesexy album.  If you listen to these songs back-to-back you’ll feel the similarities immediately.  Same tempo.  Similar background vocals singing “glam slam.”

Here’s my problem: I don’t love “Glam Slam.”  If I were to rank Prince’s singles from favorite to least favorite it would be at or near the bottom of the list.  I didn’t really need more of it.  However, I prefer “Escape” despite the fact that it’s only slightly different.  It has a better bass line.  It also contains the lyric, “All the crack in Compton won’t set U free.”  “Escape” is a simple party track about loosening up and freeing yourself from “this rat race.”  There’s a lot of yelling about love and hate.  Can you tell that I have little to say about this track?

Prince (or Warner Brothers) must’ve liked this song more than I do because it was included in 1993’s collection The Hits/B-Sides alongside some legendary music.  Prince did much better work than this song.  I’m not going to dwell on it any longer.  I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars.

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