The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624752226
  • Catalog Number: 47522

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Rest of My Life (1:40)
  2. 2 It's About That Walk (4:26)
  3. 3 She Spoke 2 Me (8:20)
  4. 4 5 Women (5:13)
  5. 5 When the Lights Go Down (7:11)
  6. 6 My Little Pill (1:09)
  7. 7 There Is Lonely (2:29)
  8. 8 Old Friends 4 Sale (3:28)
  9. 9 Sarah (2:53)
  10. 10 Extraordinary (2:28)
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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
Hayes Contributor
Michael Koppelman Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Michael Nelson Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Brian Poer Engineer
Susan Rogers Engineer
Levi Seacer Jr. Contributor
Sonny T. Contributor
Steve Durkee Engineer, Mastering
Ray Hahnfeldt Engineer
Ricky P. Producer
Peggy Mac Engineer
Mr. Hayes Contributor
Tom Tucker Producer
Shane T. Keller Engineer
Parke Art Direction, Collage
Kirk Johnson Mastering
Steve Noonan Engineer
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