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The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale

The Vault... Old Friend For Sale album cover

Album details

Released: 24 August, 1999
Length: 39:17
Label(s): Warner Bros.
Studio(s): USA


  • Studio Guillaume Tell, Paris, France (listed as "Davout Studios", Paris);


  • Platinum Studios, Melbourne, Australia (not listed);


  • Warner Pioneer Studio, Tokyo, Japan

Charts, Certifications & Awards

Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: The Billboard 200 11 Sep. 1999 85 5
USA: Billboard Top R&B Albums 11 Sep. 1999 33 8
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
France: SNEP Top Album 75 28 Aug. 1999 64 2
The Netherlands: Album Top 100 28 Aug. 1999 15 9
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 4 Sep. 1999 47 1
This album has not received any certifications in in the USA
This album has not received any awards in in the USA

Singles released

Extraordinary (promo only)
b/w None
The Rest Of My Life (promo only)
b/w Extraordinary
5 Women (promo only)
b/w None
It's About That Walk (promo only)
b/w None

See also

I'll Do Anything
(movie soundtrack)
The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale is the 22nd full-length studio album by Prince, and the first to be released under the name Prince since the 1996 Girl 6 soundtrack.

It was the last album of previously-unreleased material to be released by Warner Bros. from his 1992 contract (although they would later release the compilation albums The Very Best Of Prince and Ultimate).

It was released worldwide in August, 1999 (eighteen months after Crystal Ball and three and a half years after the previous Warner Bros. release, the Girl 6 movie soundtrack).

The album was submitted to Warner Bros. in 1996 (complete with artwork, containing photography from Prince's 1994 book Neo Manifesto) at the same time as Chaos And Disorder, but released three years later, shortly before 's new major label release on a competing label, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic.

The album was released under the name Prince due to the time period in which the tracks were recorded (although both It's About That Walk and Sarah were recorded after his name change to ).

The album is a compilation of unreleased tracks from 1985-1996, the dates mentioned in the album credits (see below) do not appear to be accurate:
"The enclosed material was written during the period beginning 1/23/1985 and ending 6/18/1994 and was originally intended 4 private use only."

Recording process

Old Friends 4 Sale is the oldest track on the album, dating from April, 1985 (although the version included on the album is a significantly altered version, including revised lyrics, from 1991).

5 Women was recorded in late August or early September, 1990, before horn overdubs in late 1990 or early 1991. She Spoke 2 Me was recorded in October, 1991.

My Little Pill was recorded in mid-to-late March, 1992. The Rest Of My Life and There Is Lonely were recorded in mid-April, 1992.

Extraordinary was recorded in September, 1992. It's About That Walk was recorded in September, 1993. Sarah was recorded in February, 1996.

Recording dates are not known for When The Lights Go Down, but it is assumed to have been recorded in 1991 or 1992.

Early Projects

Many of the tracks were considered (or used) for other projects prior to their release on this album.


The album produced four promo-only singles, Extraordinary (which preceded the album, in the USA), The Rest Of My Life (in Japan), 5 Women (in Germany), and It's About That Walk (also in Germany).

did not tour to support the album, and talked about the album (even on the album's packaging) as a contractual obligation to fulfill his recording contract after his relationship with Warner Bros. had soured. Notably, the album was on the Warner Bros. label alone, rather than being shared with NPG Records.

released the Beautiful Strange home video on the same day as this album, seemingly to compete with it.

The album reached number 85 on The Billboard 200, and number 33 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart. It was eclipsed by publicity for 's album Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, released three months later.

Track listing

The compact disc version is the original issue.

  1. The Rest Of My Life (1:38)
  2. It's About That Walk (4:26)
  3. She Spoke 2 Me (Extended Remix) (8:19)
  4. 5 Women (5:12)
  5. When The Lights Go Down (7:10)
  6. My Little Pill (1:08)
  7. There Is Lonely (2:29)
  8. Old Friends 4 Sale (3:27)
  9. Sarah (2:52)
  10. Extraordinary (2:27)

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

  • Side One:
  1. The Rest Of My Life (1:38)
  2. It's About That Walk (4:26)
  3. She Spoke 2 Me (Extended Remix) (8:19)
  4. 5 Women (5:12)
  5. When The Lights Go Down (7:10)
  • Side One:
  1. My Little Pill (1:08)
  2. There Is Lonely (2:29)
  3. Old Friends 4 Sale (3:27)
  4. Sarah (2:52)
  5. Extraordinary (2:27)

All songs written by Prince



  • None.

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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • The album was released by Warner Bros. while was pursuing his own projects independently and with other companies.
  • Warner Bros. Records promotion campaign plans included:
- Consumer advertising: a major placement in People Magazine.
- Agressive internet and street marketing efforts.
- Merchandizing items: 1x 2 specialty nameboard/poster, postcards and note cards.
  • The Rest Of My Life, My Little Pill and There Is Lonely were initially intended for the I'll Do Anything movie soundtrack, along with many other new tracks. When the movie was altered from being a musical to a straight narrative movie, the accompanying soundtrack was canceled, so Prince chose to include the tracks here instead.
  • She Spoke 2 Me had previously been released in a shorted form on the Girl 6 movie soundtrack in 1996. The extended version included here had not been released prior to The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale, however.

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