Crystal Ball

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As any die-hard fan knows, Crystal Ball was the triple-album set Prince had planned to release in 1987, when Warner forced him to trim it to the double album Sign O' the Times. Since then, Crystal Ball had become a legendary "lost" album among Prince collectors, and many of its outtakes had circulated on bootlegs for years. So, it didn't come as a complete surprise that Prince revived the title for his own collection of outtakes, which turned out to be the first release on his independent NPG label. Any collector will quibble with the track selection, since there are literally hundreds of known Prince outtakes, and there's no way that a three-disc set could ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As any die-hard fan knows, Crystal Ball was the triple-album set Prince had planned to release in 1987, when Warner forced him to trim it to the double album Sign O' the Times. Since then, Crystal Ball had become a legendary "lost" album among Prince collectors, and many of its outtakes had circulated on bootlegs for years. So, it didn't come as a complete surprise that Prince revived the title for his own collection of outtakes, which turned out to be the first release on his independent NPG label. Any collector will quibble with the track selection, since there are literally hundreds of known Prince outtakes, and there's no way that a three-disc set could include all the best cuts. Still, this is an impressive sampler that illustrates the true depth of Prince's talents. There may be no hidden masterworks on the level of "When Doves Cry," but the music here is consistently strong and compelling. As a compiler, Prince errs by favoring latter-day recordings over his '80s studio creations, but this is a minor complaint, since he has included such legendary at least among collectors songs as "Dream Factory," "Movie Star," "Crucial," "Sexual Suicide," "Days of Wild," and "The Ride." Prince added a full-length album, The Truth, as the fourth disc to Crystal Ball. Taken on its own terms, The Truth is a terrific little record with a similar feel to Chaos & Disorder, but with stronger material. Purportedly, it's Prince's acoustic album, but he uses that concept to spring into the blues, tape effects, straight-ahead pop, and soul. It's a joy to hear him work in such a structured form, since it helps him focus his ideas and deliver a tight, enjoyable pop record that offers proof he hasn't lost his gifts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 182478413329
  • Catalog Number: 763216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crystal Ball (10:28)
  2. 2 Dream Factory (3:07)
  3. 3 Acknowledge Me (5:27)
  4. 4 Ripopgodazippa (4:39)
  5. 5 Love Sign (3:52)
  6. 6 Hide the Bone (5:03)
  7. 7 2morrow (4:13)
  8. 8 So Dark (5:14)
  9. 9 Movie Star (4:25)
  10. 10 Tell Me How U Wanna B Done (3:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Interactive (3:03)
  2. 2 Da Bang (3:19)
  3. 3 Calhoun Square (4:46)
  4. 4 What's My Name (3:03)
  5. 5 Crucial (5:06)
  6. 6 An Honest Man (1:13)
  7. 7 Sexual Suicide (3:39)
  8. 8 Cloreen Bacon Skin (15:37)
  9. 9 Good Love (4:55)
  10. 10 Strays of the World (5:07)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Days of Wild (9:19)
  2. 2 Last Heart (3:01)
  3. 3 Poom Poom (4:32)
  4. 4 She Gave Her Angels (3:52)
  5. 5 18 and Over (5:40)
  6. 6 The Ride (5:13)
  7. 7 Get Loose (3:31)
  8. 8 P. Contro (5:59)
  9. 9 Make Your Mama Happy (4:00)
  10. 10 Goodbye (4:34)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Truth (3:34)
  2. 2 Don't Play Me (2:48)
  3. 3 Circle of Amour (4:43)
  4. 4 3rd I (4:53)
  5. 5 Dionne (3:13)
  6. 6 Man in a Uniform (3:07)
  7. 7 Animal Kingdom (4:01)
  8. 8 The Other Side of the Pillow (3:21)
  9. 9 Fascination (4:55)
  10. 10 One of Your Tears (3:27)
  11. 11 Comeback (1:59)
  12. 12 Welcome 2 the Dawn (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Prince Primary Artist, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Noise, Fx Vocals, Vox Continental
Eric Leeds Horn, Saxophone
Carmen Electra Vocals
Michael B. Guitar, Horn, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tommy Barbarella Guitar, Recorder, Background Vocals
Bonnie Boyer Voices
Clare Fischer Conductor
Kathy Jensen Clarinet
Susannah Melvoin Vocals, Background Vocals
Original Bass
Mike Scott Guitar
Sonny T. Guitar, Horn, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mayte Vocals, Background Vocals
Mr. Hayes Guitar, Background Vocals
D.K. Dyson Percussion, Vocals, Vox Continental
Yo Mama Guitar, Vocals
Rhonda Smith Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Yo Grandma Guitar, Claves
Kirk Johnson Percussion, Vox Continental
Kirk "KjustinJ" Johnson Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Prince Arranger, Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Ricky Peterson Programming, Producer
Brian Gallagher Contributor
Airiq Anest Programming
Michael B. Engineer
Tommy Barbarella Engineer
Joe Blaney Engineer
Keith Cohen Programming
David Z. Engineer
Clare Fischer Arranger, Orchestration
Dave Friedlander Engineer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Tom Garneau Engineer
Kimm James Engineer
Dave Jensen Contributor
Michael Koppelman Engineer
David Leonard Engineer
Brian Poer Engineer
Susan Rogers Engineer
Steve Strand Contributor
Sonny T. Engineer
David Tickle Engineer
Steve Durkee Engineer
Ray Hahnfeldt Engineer
Femi Jiya Engineer
Peggy Mac Engineer
Mr. Hayes Contributor
Tom Tucker Engineer
Ric Wilson Mastering
Keith "KC" Cohen Programming
Hans Buff Engineer, Mastering
Chuck Zwicky Engineer
Kaj Programming
Fred Harrington Engineer
Tim Hoogenakker Engineer
Shane T. Keller Engineer
Parke Concept, Package Concept
Heidi Hanschu Engineer
Kirk Johnson Programming, Producer, Beat Programming
Michael B. Nelson Contributor
Kirk "KjustinJ" Johnson Producer, Beat Programming
Steve Noonan Engineer
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