My favorite album by His Purple Majesty. Parade is the soundtrack to Prince’s second film, Under the Cherry Moon. The movie was nowhere near as good as Purple Rain, but it didn’t have to be. I love Parade because it has a European feel to it, as UTCM was set in France. From start to finish, the album is a classic fusion of pop, jazz and soul with some definitive French undertones. It is different from any of his previous albums, and along with the theme change, Prince himself changed. He went from his trademark curls and ruffles to a sleek slickback and feminine-tailored suits. Yet he remained beautiful and ethereal.