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Emancipation
     

Emancipation

by Prince
 
Emancipation was a critical moment for Prince, one that he designed as an artistic rebirth and, optimistically, as a commercial comeback. In a typically perverse fashion, Prince decided to make the album a triple-disc set running exactly three hours, easily making it the longest album of all-new original material ever released by a

Overview

Emancipation was a critical moment for Prince, one that he designed as an artistic rebirth and, optimistically, as a commercial comeback. In a typically perverse fashion, Prince decided to make the album a triple-disc set running exactly three hours, easily making it the longest album of all-new original material ever released by a popular artist. As the first album he released since leaving Warner Brothers, Emancipation was supposed to dazzle, proving that he had not lost any of his creative skills or power. And it does dazzle, but it's hard to digest a full three discs of music, even if it is almost all of high quality. Fortunately, Prince made each disc into a distinct entity in its own right, with the first being the most pop, the second being a song cycle devoted to his new marriage, and the third being a dance/funk extravaganza. Throughout all three discs, Prince tries on a variety of styles, from jazz to R&B, but he doesn't break any new ground; instead, the album is simply reaffirmation of his strengths as a composer and a musician. Emancipation doesn't have the bristling, colorful eclecticism of Sign 'o' the Times nor does it have the wildness of early one-man projects like 1999 or Dirty Mind, but with its gentle ballads and complex jams, it signals that Prince has evolved into middle-age gracefully. It's a mature effort, to be certain, but in this case that doesn't mean that it's an album bankrupt of ideas -- it means that Prince's craft continues to grow.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/1996
Label:
Npg
UPC:
0724385498220
catalogNumber:
55063

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Jam of the Year
  2. Right Back Here in My Arms
  3. Somebody's Somebody
  4. Get Yo Groove On
  5. Courtin' Time
  6. Betcha by Golly, Wow
  7. We Gets Up
  8. White Mansion
  9. Damned If I Do
  10. I Can't Make U Love Me
  11. Mr. Happy
  12. In This Bed I Scream

Disc 2

  1. Sex in the Summer
  2. One Kiss at a Time
  3. Soul Sanctuary
  4. Emale
  5. Curious Child
  6. Dreamin' About U
  7. Joint 2 Joint
  8. The Holy River
  9. Let's Have a Baby
  10. Saviour
  11. The Plan
  12. Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife

Disc 3

  1. Slave
  2. New World
  3. The Human Body
  4. Face Down
  5. La, La, La Means I Love You
  6. Style
  7. Sleep Around
  8. Da, Da, Da
  9. My Computer
  10. One of Us
  11. The Love We Make
  12. Emancipation

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prince   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kate Bush   Vocals
Eric Leeds   Flute,Horn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Brian Lynch   Horn
Ricky Peterson   Piano,Keyboards
Brian Gallagher   Horn
Chanté Moore   Vocals
Rosie Gaines   Vocals
Dave Jensen   Horn
Kathy Jensen   Horn
Mike Scott   Guitar
Steve Strand   Horn
Kathleen Bradford   Vocals
Mayte   Background Vocals
D.K. Dyson   Guitar,Vocals
Walter Chancellor   Saxophone
Kirk Johnson   Synthesizer,Drums
Michael Mac   Shouts
Rhonda Johnson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Prince   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Art Direction
Tommy Barbarella   Contributor
Michael Bland   Contributor
Joe Galdo   Programming,Engineer
Peter Mokran   Engineer
Cesar Sogbe   Programming,Engineer
Sonny T.   Contributor
Ray Hahnfeldt   Engineer
Morris Hayes   Contributor
Tom Tucker   Engineer
Debbi McGuan   Paintings
Savion Glover   Contributor
Parke   Art Direction
Kirk Johnson   Arranger,Programming,Engineer

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