Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball

by Prince
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2001
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
0785337987124
catalogNumber:
763216

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Crystal Ball
  2. Dream Factory
  3. Acknowledge Me
  4. Ripopgodazippa
  5. Love Sign
  6. Hide the Bone
  7. 2morrow
  8. So Dark
  9. Movie Star
  10. Tell Me How U Wanna B Done

Disc 2

  1. Interactive
  2. Da Bang
  3. Calhoun Square
  4. What's My Name
  5. Crucial
  6. An Honest Man
  7. Sexual Suicide
  8. Cloreen Bacon Skin
  9. Good Love
  10. Strays of the World

Disc 3

  1. Days of Wild
  2. Last Heart
  3. Poom Poom
  4. She Gave Her Angels
  5. 18 and Over
  6. The Ride
  7. Get Loose
  8. P. Contro
  9. Make Your Mama Happy
  10. Goodbye

Disc 4

  1. The Truth
  2. Don't Play Me
  3. Circle of Amour
  4. 3rd I
  5. Dionne
  6. Man in a Uniform
  7. Animal Kingdom
  8. The Other Side of the Pillow
  9. Fascination
  10. One of Your Tears
  11. Comeback
  12. Welcome 2 the Dawn

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
Mike Scott   Guitar
Sonny T.   Guitar,Horn,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mayte   Vocals,Background Vocals
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
Original   Bass

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
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
Hayes   Contributor
Tom Tucker   Engineer
Keith "KC" Cohen   Programming
Hans Buff   Engineer
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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