Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale

The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale

by Prince
     
 
Upon leaving Warner Brothers in 1996, Prince agreed to let the label release a collection of unreleased recordings from his legendary prodigious vaults at some point in the future. Warner unveiled that collection, unimaginatively titled The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, in the summer of 1999. Instead of an official release for several of

Overview

Upon leaving Warner Brothers in 1996, Prince agreed to let the label release a collection of unreleased recordings from his legendary prodigious vaults at some point in the future. Warner unveiled that collection, unimaginatively titled The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, in the summer of 1999. Instead of an official release for several of Prince's legendary songs though, The Vault is a brief collection (under 40 minutes) of ten songs, recorded between 1985 and 1994 according to the liner notes -- though they all feel like Graffiti Bridge (or maybe Symbol) outtakes. That's not a complaint, actually. There's a wonderful carefree feeling to the record, heavy on jazz and light funk, constantly swinging, and nearly always engaging. Only the title track has the necessary weight to announce itself as a major addition to his official catalog, but that doesn't matter since the songs are all enjoyable. After all, it's hard not to be impressed with Prince's songcraft or the casually sophisticated flair to the musicianship throughout the album. That might not be what most observers expected from The Vault, but consider this -- of these ten songs, eight tracks have never been heavily bootlegged before. That means that even some hardcore followers may not have heard all of this material, which is noteworthy in itself. But the nicest thing about the compilation is that even though it's a minor addition to his catalog, it holds together as an album better than Come or Chaos & Disorder, the two other Warner-era odds-and-ends collections, or even the tossed-off New Power Soul. It's an unassuming, jazzy little record that's damn near irresistible.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624752226
catalogNumber:
47522

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prince   Primary Artist,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Brian Gallagher   Horn
Dave Jensen   Horn
Kathy Jensen   Horn
Michael Nelson   Horn
Steve Strand   Horn

Technical Credits

Prince   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Michael B.   Contributor
Tommy Barbarella   Contributor
Sheila E.   Contributor
Clare Fischer   Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Friedlander   Engineer
Michael Koppelman   Engineer
Michael Nelson   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Brian Poer   Engineer
Susan Rogers   Engineer
Levi Seacer   Contributor
Sonny T.   Contributor
Steve Durkee   Engineer
Ray Hahnfeldt   Engineer
Ricky P.   Producer
Peggy Mac   Engineer
Hayes   Contributor
Tom Tucker   Producer
Shane T. Keller   Engineer
Parke   Art Direction,Collage
Steve Noonan   Engineer
Hayes   Contributor

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