Album: Kamasutra

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Kamasutra

Kamasutra (Front Cover)

Album details


Released: 14 February 1997
Length: 40:57
Label(s): NPG Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Martinsound Studio, Alhambra, CA, Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA, USA, Record Plant, Hollywood, CA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
This album has not charted in the USA
Certifications
This album has not received any certifications in the USA
Awards
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


  • None

See also


Emancipation
(album)
Crystal Ball
(album)
Emancipation.jpg Crystalball album.png
Kamasutra is the first and only studio album by The NPG Orchestra, and was released in February 1997 on cassette through direct order from 1-800 New Funk (with the full album repeated on each side). A CD release was included with the direct order edition of Prince's 20th full-length studio album Crystal Ball, the fourth to be credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png.


Recording process

All eleven tracks were written by Prince, and all contain him playing most of the non-orchestral instruments, with Eric Leeds playing saxophone, horns by the NPG Hornz, and orchestra added by Clare Fischer's orchestra. The album is entirely instrumental, with repeated musical themes throughout, and was recorded between Spring 1994 and 1996 by Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA, and by Clare Fischer's orchestra at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA, USA.

The album's title is taken from the Kama Sutra, considered to be the most important work in a long line of Indian erotic literature, written by the Hindu philosopher Vātsyāyana (the Kama Sutra was previously mentioned by Prince in We Can Fuck (later released as We Can Funk)).

An early version of the artwork (done in 1995) shows the album (before being included as a bonus disc to Crystal Ball) was originally to be released as a stand-alone album credited to Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png), which would have made that Prince's 20th album and the the fourth to be credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png instead of Crystal Ball. The original artwork contained paintings by artist Chad Attie in the booklet, which were discarded when the album was released as part of the Crystal Ball set.


Promotion

No singles were released, but The Plan had been released in edited form on Emancipation, with liner notes noting the forthcoming release of Kamasutra. In late 1997, the NPG Dance Company (led by Mayte) danced to the full Kamasutra album during the second act of their three-act Around The World In A Day Tour. As a direct-order release, the album was not eligible for entry in any charts.





Track listing
CD MC
  1. The Plan (2:03)
  2. Kamasutra (11:49)
  3. At Last… "The Lost Is Found" (3:37)
  4. The Ever Changing Light (2:59)
  5. Cutz (3:03)
  6. Serotonin (0:47)
  7. Promise/Broken (3:46)
  8. Barcelona (2:16)
  9. Kamasutra/Overture #8 (3:11)
  10. Coincidence Or Fate? (3:24)
  11. Kamasutra/Eternal Embrace (4:02)

the full album is repeated on each side

Side 1:

  1. The Plan (2:03)
  2. Kamasutra (11:49)
  3. At Last… "The Lost Is Found" (3:37)
  4. The Ever Changing Light (2:59)
  5. Cutz (3:03)
  6. Serotonin (0:47)
  7. Promise/Broken (3:46)
  8. Barcelona (2:16)
  9. Kamasutra/Overture #8 (3:11)
  10. Coincidence Or Fate? (3:24)
  11. Kamasutra/Eternal Embrace (4:02)

Side 2:

  1. The Plan (2:03)
  2. Kamasutra (11:49)
  3. At Last… "The Lost Is Found" (3:37)
  4. The Ever Changing Light (2:59)
  5. Cutz (3:03)
  6. Serotonin (0:47)
  7. Promise/Broken (3:46)
  8. Barcelona (2:16)
  9. Kamasutra/Overture #8 (3:11)
  10. Coincidence Or Fate? (3:24)
  11. Kamasutra/Eternal Embrace (4:02)


All tracks written by Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)



Personnel
Musicians



Production
  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) - producer, primary orchestrator, engineer
  • Morris Repass - orchestral manager
  • Brent Fischer - musical transcriptions
  • Ray Hahnfeldt - engineer
  • Steve Durkee - engineer
  • Shane Keller - engineer
  • Larry Mah - engineer
  • Arne Frager (as Anne Frager) - engineer
  • Kirk Johnson - mastering at Bernie Grundmann
  • Brian Gardner - mastering at Bernie Grundmans
  • Nicole Nodland - cover photograph (credited for "photograph of Mayte")
  • Steven Parke - art direction
  • Michael Van Huffel - art direction




Thanks



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia


References
Childofthesun album.jpg 1995
Child Of The Sun
All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1997
Living Single
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