Although Prince's battle with his former label, Warner Bros.

Although Prince's battle with his former label, Warner Bros. Records, was often a public spectacle, few can dispute that the artist's finest work was recorded while he was with the label. The 17 songs on The Very Best of Prince—hit singles from 1979-1992—stand as testimony to Prince being a prolific master of blending R&B, funk, and rock. Prince's vast range is exemplified in tightly arranged pop ("I Wanna Be Your Lover," "When Doves Cry," "Kiss"), poignant ballads ("Purple Rain," "Diamonds and Pearls"), energetic rockers ("Let's Go Crazy," "U Got the Look"), and erotic seduction ("Little Red Corvette," "Cream"). For people who don't mind a condensed version of the more expansive 1993 anthologies Hits 1, Hits 2, and Hits/B-Sides, The Very Best of Prince presents an ideal balance of the artist's most abundantly creative and most commercially successful work.—CH