Musical Transformations

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Over his nearly four-decade career, Prince has changed musical styles the way people change outfits. There's the light disco-tinged funk of his 1978 debut, For You; the synth-y, new wave edge of his 1980 masterpiece Dirty Mind; the accessible arena pop-rock of his 1984 blockbuster Purple Rain; the jazzy, religious overtones of his 2001 flop Rainbow Children; and so on.

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