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The Angel is Billie Holiday, this song is really just a love song to Billie Holiday and the genius of her voice juxtaposed against the backdrop of Harlem. You get the sense of Holiday's voice rising above the streets angelically yet inextricably tied to the harshness of the city
A song that packed a big punch upon its initial release, one of the first songs by a big star that talked about AIDS, which in 1987 was still hugely misunderstood. Like much of Prince's work on the Sign o' the times album, it's a reflection on the bleakness of late 1980s life in inner city America.
The perfect soundtrack to the late 70s in England. Growing unrest about high unemployment fuelled a lot of anger in the country with London being a beacon for the disillusioned. This wasn't the London of today, London was a far rawer city in the late 70s and early 80s.