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The Revolution backed Prince on his breakout crossover hits "1999," "Little Red Corvette," and "Delirious," and famously played themselves in the semi-biographical music film "Purple Rain." They helped bring a new wave/pop/rock sensibility to Prince's R&B stylings, and were actually given co-writing credits on the "Purple Rain" album.

Watch just a bit of this live concert of Prince and the Revolution below, and try not to melt. 

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After disbanding the Revolution, Prince saw the New Power Generation not just as a harbinger of his musical evolution and spiritual growth, but of a mass movement. They featured a horn section, dancers, and even an MC. Prince’s first LP with the NPG, "Diamonds and Pearls," showed a more polished, mainstream sound—from the anthemic title track to the dark funk of “Gett Off” and tongue-in-cheek humor of “Cream.”

Watch the music video to the classic "Diamonds and Pearls" below, and you'll understand how Prince reinvented himself with NPG.

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Many Revolution fans say Prince's early albums show how his band was the most creative and influential on his writing, and were essential to the fusion of styles that made him a superstar.

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All members of the Revolution went on to have stellar music careers. They are even currently on tour!

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But others loved the '90s neo-funk, hip-hop sound of the New Power Generation. 

Rosie Gaines' incomparable voice was a particular standout in NPG, and as she said:

"We were his first black band, and our thing was to help him get his audience back."
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For many fans "Diamonds and Pearls" is the peak of Prince's output. And people loved the positive, uplifting message—that they could be part of the New Power Generation.

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The truth is, just about everyone in Prince's bands were brilliant, and could have had their own breakout music careers. 

But as Prince super-fan Anil Dash points out:

"What was amazing was how so many talented people saw the potential for something even greater in teaming up with Prince's genius."  
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