Album: The Gold Experience

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The Gold Experience

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Album details


Released: 25 September 1995 (UK)
26 September 1995 (USA)
Length: 65:22
Label(s): NPG Records / Warner Bros.
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Guillaume Tell, Paris, France; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: The Billboard 200 14 Oct. 1995 6 8
USA: Billboard Top R&B Albums 14 Oct. 1995 2(1) 17
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Germany: MusikWoche Top 100 Albums 9 Oct. 1995 24 8
The Netherlands: Album Top 100 7 Oct. 1995 3(?) 8
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 7 Oct. 1995 4 5
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 7 Dec. 1995 Gold (500,000)
Awards
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
b/w Beautiful
Themostbeautiful single.jpg
Dolphin (promo only)
b/w We March
Dolphin single.png
P. Control (promo only)
b/w 319
Pcontrol single.png
Endorphinmachine (promo only)
b/w none
Endorphinmachine single.jpg
EyeBlue.png Hate U
b/w EyeBlue.png Hate U
Eyehateu single.jpg
Gold
b/w Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis)
Gold single.jpg

See also


The Gold Experience
(sheet music)
  
SheetMusic-GoldExp.jpg

Alternate Album Configuration


  • ?? ???, 1994, Untitled cassette configuration
Believed to have been known as "The Gold Album", and given gold artwork, although no formal title is known.
  1. Strength
  2. Ripopgodazippa
  3. Interactive
  4. Space
  5. Endorphinmachine
  6. Days Of Wild
  7. Now
  8. Angie
  9. 319
  10. The Jam
  11. Gold


  • ?? March 1994, configuration
  1. NPG Operator
  2. Interactive (shorter version)
  3. NPG Operator
  4. Days Of Wild
  5. NPG Operator
  6. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
  7. NPG Operator
  8. Now
  9. Acknowledge Me
  10. Ripopgodazippa
  11. NPG Operator
  12. 319
  13. NPG Operator
  14. Shy
  15. Billy Jack Bitch
  16. EyeBlue.png Hate U
  17. NPG Operator
  18. Gold


  • ?? May 1994, configuration
  1. NPG Operator
  2. Interactive (longer version)
  3. NPG Operator
  4. Days Of Wild
  5. NPG Operator
  6. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
  7. NPG Operator
  8. Now
  9. Acknowledge Me
  10. Ripopgodazippa
  11. NPG Operator
  12. 319
  13. NPG Operator
  14. Shy
  15. Billy Jack Bitch
  16. EyeBlue.png Hate U
  17. NPG Operator
  18. Gold


  • Summer 1994, configuration
  1. Chaos And Disorder
  2. Listen 2 The Rhythm
  3. Now
  4. Right The Wrong
  5. Acknowledge Me
  6. Ripopgodazippa
  7. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
  8. 319
  9. Shy
  10. Billy Jack Bitch
  11. EyeBlue.png Hate U
  12. Gold


  • 13 October 1994, configuration
  1. P. Control
  2. NPG Operator
  3. Endorphinmachine
  4. Shhh
  5. We March
  6. NPG Operator
  7. Days Of Wild
  8. NPG Operator
  9. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
  10. Dolphin
  11. NPG Operator
  12. Now
  13. NPG Operator
  14. 319
  15. NPG Operator
  16. Shy
  17. Billy Jack Bitch
  18. EyeBlue.png Hate U
  19. NPG Operator
  20. Gold
The Gold Experience is the 17th full-length studio album by Prince, and the first to be released using the name SymbolSmallerBlue.png, after Prince changed his name in 1993 to the unpronounceable symbol that first appeared on his 1992 album. It was released worldwide in September 1995 (13 months after his previous new release Come and eleven months after "The Black Album").


Recording process

While the bulk of the album was recorded in a condensed time period, between September 1993, and March 1994, some tracks date back to earlier recording sessions. Shhh had originally been recorded in mid-to-late June 1992 for use by Tevin Campbell, but the version included on The Gold Experience was a re-recording from early 1994.

Endorphinmachine and Dolphin were recorded in early January 1993. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World was recorded in late September 1993, soon after SymbolSmallerBlue.png returned to Minneapolis from the Act II tour, and became the starting point when he began working on the album that would eventually become The Gold Experience in October 1993. Now and Shy were recorded in early October 1993. 319, Billy Jack Bitch and Gold were recorded in late October 1993.

EyeBlue.png Hate U was recorded in early 1994. The NPG Operator segues were recorded between September 1993 and March 1994. We March was recorded at some point from May - July 1994, but was re-worked in early-to-mid 1995 when additional work took place on the album. P. Control (initially known as Pussy Control) was the latest recording to be included on the album, recorded in late July 1994.

An untitled album was compiled in early 1994, considered to be an early configuration of The Gold Experience, although it seems to have been intended to be known as "The Gold Album" (similar to "The Black Album"); this version included Space, which ended up on Come, and Ripopgodazippa and Interactive, which ended up on Crystal Ball, as well as the studio version of Days Of Wild, Strength, and cover versions of the Rolling Stones' Angie and Graham Central Station's The Jam, all of which remain unreleased.

Further configurations took place in March (including Acknowledge Me, which was later included on Crystal Ball), May, and Summer 1994 (including Chaos And Disorder and Right The Wrong, which were later included on Chaos And Disorder, and Listen 2 The Rhythm, later included on Mayte's Child Of The Sun as The Rhythm Of Your Heart), with another configuration compiled on 13 October 1994; this latter configuration was considered final, but Days Of Wild and its corresponding NPG Operator segue were removed prior to the album's eventual release.


Promotion

The album had been preceded 19 months earlier by the single The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, but this had not been connected to an album at the time. Dolphin, P. Control and Endorphinmachine had been available as promotional singles in one form or another prior to the album, but EyeBlue.png Hate U was the first commercial single release from the album, followed by Gold a few months later.

Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) also toured heavily in 1994-5 (mostly in one-off shows, but also on The Ultimate Live Experience), focusing heavily on playing tracks from the album. Between the promotional singles and Prince's live performances of the songs, many fans were very familiar with a lot of the material before the album's release. At the time of release, however, it seemed that Prince himself had moved on to other projects, and he didn't promote the album much upon release.

The album reached number 6 on The Billboard 200 Chart, and number 2 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on 7 December 1995.



Track listing
CD LP

The compact disc version is the original issue.

  1. P. Control (5:59)
  2. NPG Operator (0:10)
  3. Endorphinmachine (4:06)
  4. Shhh (7:16)
  5. We March (4:49) 1 
  6. NPG Operator (0:16)
  7. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:25)
  8. Dolphin (4:59)
  9. NPG Operator (0:18)
  10. Now (4:30)
  11. NPG Operator (0:31)
  12. 319 (3:05)
  13. NPG Operator (0:10)
  14. Shy (5:04)
  15. Billy Jack Bitch (5:32) 2 
  16. EyeBlue.png Hate U (5:54)
  17. NPG Operator (0:44)
  18. Gold (7:23)

The vinyl long play format was release at same time as the CD.

  • Side 1:
  1. P. Control (5:59)
  2. NPG Operator (0:10)
  3. Endorphinmachine (4:06)
  4. Shhh (7:16)
  • Side 2:
  1. We March (4:49) 1 
  2. NPG Operator (0:16)
  3. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:25)
  4. Dolphin (4:59)
  • Side 3:
  1. NPG Operator (0:18)
  2. Now (4:30)
  3. NPG Operator (0:31)
  4. 319 (3:05)
  5. NPG Operator (0:10)
  6. Shy (5:04)
  7. Billy Jack Bitch (5:32) 2 
  • Side 4:
  1. EyeBlue.png Hate U (5:54)
  2. NPG Operator (0:44)
  3. Gold (7:23)

All songs written by Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png), except where noted.

1  written by Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) and Nona Gaye
2  written by Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) and Michael B. Nelson



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks
  • none.



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

This section is under construction

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • There are several known unreleased early configurations of The Gold Experience album, containing additional tracks, see "Alternate Album Configuration" section above.

References
Blackalbum.jpg 1994
"The Black Album"
All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1996
Chaos And Disorder
Chaosanddisorder.jpg