Now

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Now

Thegoldexperience.jpg
from the album The Gold Experience
Song details
Performer: SymbolSmallerBlue.png
First Released: 26 September 1995 - The Gold Experience album
Album(s): The Gold Experience
Writer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Producer(s): Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Now is the tenth track (seventh song) on Prince's 17th album The Gold Experience, the first album to be credited to SymbolSmallerBlue.png.

Initial tracking took place on 10 October 1993 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (on the same day as Ripopgodazippa and Shy); the song's lyrics refer to "'94", but this presumably was with the intention it would be released in 1994. Horn overdubs were recorded in late October 1993, also at Paisley Park Studios (during the same set of sessions as horn overdubs on 319). The studio version of the song was premiered at a party at Glam Slam, Minneapolis, MN, USA on 16 March 1994 (along with EyeBlue.png Hate U, Billy Jack Bitch, Days Of Wild and a remix of Pope, hours after recording Letitgo). The track was included as the seventh track on an album configured in 1994 (unnamed, but considered to be an early configuration of The Gold Experience). It was included as the eighth track (fourth song) on March 1994, and May 1994, configurations of The Gold Experience, before being included as the third song on a later 1994 configuration. The 13 October 1994, configuration included Now as the 13th track (eighth song), before the track Days Of Wild was removed from the album for release.

The track begins directly from the previous NPG Operator segue, which states "You have just accessed the Now Experience" and lists other tracks of a similar style, such as Housequake, Irresistible Bitch, and Sexy M.F., and ends "but that was then, this is..." with the track beginning with a cry of "Now!"; the same segue was used prior to most live performances of the track.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
10 October 1993 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Late October 1993 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Horn overdubs
Recording Personnel
  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Michael B. Nelson - trombone (credited as "New Power Generation Hornz")
  • Kathy Jensen - baritone saxophone (credited as "New Power Generation Hornz")
  • Brian Gallagher - tenor saxophone (credited as "New Power Generation Hornz")
  • Dave Jensen - trumpet (credited as "New Power Generation Hornz")
  • Steve Strand - trumpet (credited as "New Power Generation Hornz")

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Now 4:30 The Gold Experience Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Now 4:26 Promotional release only Live 13 February 1994 (a.m.): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; see Now video for details
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Now ?:?? Live lip-synch TV broadcast Studio, (small differences in mix compared to released version) 9 April 1994, Soul Train, Paramount Studios, Stage 30, Hollywood, CA, USA
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
NPG Operator [#3] 0:18 The Gold Experience Segue Mentions Now, Housequake, Irresistible Bitch and Sexy M.F.
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • The lyrics refer to "Ninety-9", a rapper/poet SymbolSmallerBlue.png recorded with in 1993-4 (also mentioned on the studio version of Days Of Wild).

References
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