I was just hyping The Revolution as one of the baddest bands of all time only six days ago. Today we listen to “Our Destiny,” a track mostly recorded by The Revolution.
“Our Destiny” was originally performed live at First Avenue in Minneapolis in 1984. It was never performed live again, at least not by Prince. A few months later – after the release of Purple Rain – Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman of The Revolution revisited the song in the studio. They added some strings and horns as well as vocals by Jill Jones. This was at the same time Prince and The Revolution were recording Around The World in a Day but this song obviously did not make the cut.
In October of 1998 – more than ten years after they split up – Prince teased a Prince & The Revolution album of unreleased material and other songs that never completely materialized that he was going to complete. “Our Destiny” was rumored to be a part of that collection, but it never happened.
In 2017 the Prince Estate released the Deluxe Version of Purple Rain including some vault material and “Our Destiny” finally saw the light of day, although it was combined with another song, “Roadhouse Garden,” on the same track. To be honest, I’m not a fan of “Our Destiny.” I find it a bit chaotic, which isn’t always bad, but it’s chaotic in a way that I don’t like. Specifically, the horns and strings are jarring to me at times when they jump in and out of the track. I don’t include “Our Destiny” in any of my playlists and typically skip it when I’m listening to the Deluxe Purple Rain.
I feel like an ass criticizing the work of Wendy & Lisa, but this song just doesn’t work for me. I still adore them and all of The Revolution.