Acknowledge Me

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Acknowledge Me

from the album Crystal Ball
Song details
First Released: 29 January 1998 - Crystal Ball album
Album(s): Crystal Ball
Writer(s): Prince (as )
Producer(s): Prince (as )
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Acknowledge Me is the third track on the first disc of Prince’s 20th album Crystal Ball (his fourth using the name ). Four years before its release, however, a video for the song had been included on The Beautiful Experience TV movie.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in October 1993 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced Gold, 319, Billy Jack Bitch, Chaos And Disorder and Right The Wrong). The track was included as the ninth track (fifth song) on a March 1994 configuration of The Gold Experience, and was kept as the ninth track (fifth song) on a May 1994 configuration, as well as the third song on an August 1994 configuration. It was removed for an 13 October 1994 configuration (replaced by Shhh). A version containing vocals by Sonny T. (with virtually identical backing music) was recorded at an unknown time in 1994 (possibly at around the time of its removal from The Gold Experience, and this version (credited to New Power Generation), was included (joined together with Slave 2 The System) as the third track on a 2 December 1994 configuration of New Power Generation’s album Exodus (titled Slave/Acknowledge Me), before its removal for the album’s release. Both ’s and the New Power Generation’s versions include an opening scream sampled from The Line (along with some background vocals already used on some remixes of Partyman and possibly distorded horn samples from that same song) and a spoken segment lifted directly from All My Dreams.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
October 1993 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Late 1994 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Sonny T. vocal recording
Recording Personnel


New Power Generation version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Acknowledge Me 5:26 Crystal Ball Studio
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Acknowledge Me 4:05 Promotional release only Studio See Acknowledge Me video for details
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Acknowledge Me ?:?? The Beautiful Experience TV movie Studio Same as video version above; see The Beautiful Experience for details
Acknowledge Me 3:15 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 Version Additional info
95 Tour Wallpaper (video) Unreleased Glam Slam clubs in-house video Long-form video-mix with vocal samples from Acknowledge Me among others.
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Acknowledge Me Studio Original 1993 recording edited for release; contains longer spoken segment from All My Dreams
Acknowledge Me Re-recording New Power Generation version; Sonny T. on vocals
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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