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Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic album cover

Album details


Released: 9 November, 1999
Length: 69:52
Label(s): NPG Records / Arista Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY, USA; Olympic Studios, London, England; O'Henry Sound Studios, Burbank, CA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Entry Date Chart, Country Peak Position Weeks in Chart
13 Nov. 1999 Top Album 75, France 37 3
27 Nov. 1999 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, USA 8 16
27 Nov. 1999 Billboard 200, USA 18 15

Date Institution, Country Certification
10 Dec. 1999 RIAA (USA) Gold

Date Institution, Country Award
22 Apr. 2000 Top Major Label Release Minnesota Music Awards
22 Apr. 2000 Best R&B Album Minnesota Music Awards

Singles released


The Greatest Romance Ever Sold
b/w
Baby Knows promo only
b/w
Man'O'War promo only
b/w

See also


Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic
(album)
  
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is Prince's 23rd full-length studio album, and the sixth to be released under the name . It was his first and only album to be released by Arista Records. It was released worldwide in November, 1999 (just two and a half months after the vault album The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale).

The album produced only one commercially-released single, The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (which preceded the album), and also produced two promotional singles, Baby Knows and Man'O'War. The Hot X-perience, a vinyl 12" single containing remixes of Hot Wit U, was also planned for release in 2000, and advertised on Love4oneanother.com, but was ultimately left unreleased.

did not launch a full-scale tour to support the album, but during the month of the album's release he performed on ten different European TV shows, along with a few one-off live shows to promote the album. A pay-per-view special shown on New Year's Eve 1999, titled Rave Un2 The Year 2000, also served as a promotional tool for the album. The album reached number 18 on the US Billboard Pop Chart, and number 8 on the Billboard R&B Chart.

The title track was recorded in July, 1988 (initially titled Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic) and served as the title track of an unreleased 1988 album, Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic. The rest of the tracks were recorded between June 1998 and mid-September, 1999. The album contains a cover version of Sheryl Crow's Everyday Is A Winding Road, while the rest of the tracks were written by .

The album was produced by "Prince", marking the first "new" use of the name since changing his name to in 1993 (before "Prince" was announced as the producer, several articles and interviews had stated that for the first time, would be using an outside producer for commercial appeal).

While the album is largely recorded solely by , the album features a number of famous guest-stars, in keeping with a trend of the time. Undisputed featured Public Enemy rapper Chuck D. Hot Wit U featured rapper Eve.

So Far, So Pleased featured No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani. Baby Knows featured Sheryl Crow. Love U, But Don't Trust U Anymore featured independent singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco.

The hidden track, Prettyman, featured the first appearance on a Prince-related track of saxophonist Maceo Parker, with whom Prince would work a lot in the coming years.

The album was overseen by music industry executive Clive Davis, who had used guest stars to revive the career of Santana and others. Rather than the guest stars receiving payment for their appearances, repaid the favor by offering to record with them for their own projects, although only Waiting Room by No Doubt, Providence by Ani DiFranco and versions of The Greatest Romance Ever Sold and Baby Knows by Maceo Parker have been released.

It is not known if recordings took place with Chuck D, Eve or Sheryl Crow (the cover of Everyday Is A Winding Road may have repaid the favor, as Crow would receive writer's royalties for the track).

The album was later given a companion piece, Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic, containing many of the same tracks, and remixes/extended versions of others. While Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic was clearly intended to be a commercial hit, Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic seemed to be more closely tied to 's musical interests of the time.



Track listing
CD MC

The compact disc version is the original issue.

  1. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (4:19) 1 
  2. Undisputed (4:20)
  3. The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (5:30)
  4. Segue (0:04)
  5. Hot Wit U (5:11)
  6. Tangerine (1:31)
  7. So Far, So Pleased (3:24)
  8. The Sun, The Moon And Stars (5:16)
  9. Everyday Is A Winding Road (6:13) 2 
  10. Segue (0:19)
  11. Man'O'War (5:15)
  12. Baby Knows (3:19)
  13. Love U, But Don't Trust U Anymore (3:36)
  14. Silly Game (3:30)
  15. Strange But True (4:13)
  16. Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do (3:16) (track time is 8:51 including silence after track)
  17. Segue (0:44) (not listed on back cover)
  18. Prettyman (4:25) (not listed on back cover)

The MC format was released at same time as the CD.

  • Side 1:
  1. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (4:19) 1 
  2. Undisputed (4:20)
  3. The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (5:30)
  4. Segue (0:04)
  5. Hot Wit U (5:11)
  6. Tangerine (1:31)
  7. So Far, So Pleased (3:24)
  8. The Sun, The Moon And Stars (5:16)
  • Side 2:
  1. Everyday Is A Winding Road (6:13) 2 
  2. Segue (0:19)
  3. Man'O'War (5:15)
  4. Baby Knows (3:19)
  5. Love U, But Don't Trust U Anymore (3:36)
  6. Silly Game (3:30)
  7. Strange But True (4:13)
  8. Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do (3:16) (track time is 8:51 including silence after track)
  9. Segue (0:44) (not listed on back cover)
  10. Prettyman (4:25) (not listed on back cover)

All songs written by Prince except where indicated.

1  Written by Prince
2  Written by Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott and Brian McLeod



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • The album was heavily marketed, with many large-name guest appearances on the album, in a similar vein to other contemporary albums like Santana's Supernatural. Both albums were largely spearheaded by Clive Davis, who saw this as a return-to-form for Prince.
  • Prince gave several media interviews at the time, stating that having Prince as an "outside producer" would make the album tighter in the vein of Prince's 1980s output.
  • Prince performed a short promotional tour, including some shows and several TV performances in the UK and throughout Europe, listed here and here.
  • Soon after release, the album was promoted with a pay-per-view special shown on New Year's Eve 1999, titled Rave Un2 The Year 2000, which comprised of live material filmed at Paisley Park Studios. While the show was largely comprised of hits and older material, it served as a promotional tool for the album, and a few songs from the album were performed.

References
1999
The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale
All Albums All Related Artists Albums 2001
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic
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