Parade: Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon is a 1986 album by Prince and The Revolution. It was the follow-up to Around the World in a Day and the soundtrack to Prince's second film. The album sees Prince further diversifying musically, adding orchestrations to his music and presenting a very European feel. Prince also displayed a new image with Parade: his trademark ruffled shirts, wild curly hair, and purple outfits which defined his look from 1981's Controversy to 1985's Around the World in a Day gave way to slicked-back hair and dress suits. Even though the single, "Kiss", was a number one hit, the album as a whole was not well-received in the U.S. Europe, however, embraced the album, and for the first time in Prince's career, European album sales eclipsed those in the U.S. This was Prince's final album released with The Revolution.
Alice Russell has been around for some time and anyone familiar with the likes of Bah Samba (for whom Alice is the lead vocalist), Quantic, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Nostalgia 77 (listen to her cover the White Stripes 7 Nation Army, amazing)or Natureboy would have heard Ms. Russell. Alice never fails to deliver a consistent excellent performance and this is reflected in the tracks on this CD. Some of the tracks on this album you can find on the aforementioned artists albums but she did pen the songs.
The film tells the story of Rosario, a mother who illegally immigrates to the United States, and her nine-year-old son, Carlitos. Rosario and Carlitos have not seen each other in four years, since Carlitos was five. Rosario, now living in Los Angeles, California, calls her son, (still in Mexico), every Sunday from a payphone. Carlitos lives in a small Mexican village with his sick grandmother and his oppressive aunt and uncle, who keep him in order to get the money that Rosario sends to him. One day, while working for a woman named Carmen, Carlitos encounters two American immigrant transporters (coyotes), Martha and David, who offer to smuggle small children across the border.