Interactive

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Interactive

Crystalball album.png
from the album Crystal Ball
Interactive game.jpg
from the CD-ROM game Interactive
Song details
Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 7 June 1994 - Interactive CD-ROM game
Album(s): Crystal Ball
Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Interactive was first released as a CD audio track included on Interactive CD-ROM game (but playable on regular CD players). In 1998, the original, full-length version was included as the first track on the second disc of Prince's 20th album Crystal Ball (his fourth using the name SymbolSmallerBlue.png).

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in early June 1993 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced Space, Pope, Strays Of The World, What's My Name, Solo and a reworked version of Race). Rain Ivana's "NPG Operator" intros were likely added in late 1993 or early 1994 as the concept developed. The track was included as the third track on an untitled early-1994 album (likely an early configuration of The Gold Experience). It was then included as the second track on a 11 March 1994 configuration of the Come album (credited to Prince instead of SymbolSmallerBlue.png). Also in March 1994, however, it was included as the second track (first song) on a new configuration of The Gold Experience (the "NPG Operator" segues included on the Interactive CD-ROM game version were tracked separately as the first and third track on this configuration), and the full-length version was then used as the second track (first song) on a May 1994 configuration (with the segues again included as the first and third tracks). It was removed for a Summer 1994 configuration (presumably as it was now released on the Interactive CD-ROM game).

A tape containing an edited version of Interactive and seven other new tracks (a 10-minute version of The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, Days Of Wild, Now, Poem, Acknowledge Me, 319, and Pheromone) as well as the show given at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota on 13 February 1994, am was purchased by some European radio networks. This tape was broadcasted in early March 1994 (by Los 40 Principales in Spain, Radio Veronica and Tros in The Netherlands and DSR3 in the Switzerland).


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Early June 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
Late 1993 - early 1994 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
NPG Operator segue recordings
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Interactive 2:53 Interactive CD-ROM Studio Contains NPG Operator segues
Interactive 3:01 Crystal Ball Studio Original full-length version
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Interactive 2:40 Interactive CD-ROM game Promo video See Interactive video for more details
Interactive ?:?? The Beautiful Experience TV movie Promo video Similar footage as above, but using audio from 13 February 1994 (a.m.): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA live performance; see The Beautiful Experience for more details
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Interactive 2:27 Debuted on Spanish radio Los 40 Principales on 3 March 1994 Studio Edited version missing the "NPG Operator" Intro


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • This is the only Prince-related track to be released through the medium of a game.
  • The name "Interactive" was used for the Interactive CD-ROM game.

References
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