“Wedding Feast” is just under one minute in length and I don’t believe it was meant to be taken very seriously, so you’re getting a brief post on this June Sunday.
“Wedding Feast” starts beautifully with Kip Blackshire’s brief a cappella performance. Then Prince jumps in and sings “Now there must be a wedding. Now there must be a feast.” Then the background vocalists start singing about a feast to the tune of something from The Wizard of Oz. It becomes an opera and they mention turkey and a vat of chitlins. Prince gives a little laugh, and it’s over before you know what hit you.
I’m not going to try to make this song anything more than I believe it was meant to be; a silly opera interlude. I’ve always appreciated The Rainbow Children, and do even more now that the vinyl was just reissued and I’m able to spin it on my turntable. It’s a fascinating look in to Prince’s spirituality and contains some amazing musicianship – different from most Prince albums because there’s an intentional focus on jazz. “Wedding Feast” captures none of that. I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars and it’s completely unnecessary. Shout out to Kip Blackshire, though, who impresses me every time I hear him.