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|introduction          = '''GCS 2000''' is the eighth studio album by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Central_Station Graham Central Station], and their first to be released by [[NPG Records]]. The album was co-produced by [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]), who co-wrote one song ([[Utopia]]) and appeared on every track as a musician or vocalist (mostly uncredited).  
 
|introduction          = '''GCS 2000''' is the eighth studio album by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Central_Station Graham Central Station], and their first to be released by [[NPG Records]]. The album was co-produced by [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]), who co-wrote one song ([[Utopia]]) and appeared on every track as a musician or vocalist (mostly uncredited).  
  
The album was released on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/February 2|2 February 1999]], the same day as [[Single: 1999: The New Master|1999: The New Master]] (on which [[Larry Graham]] also appears), and was third and final album in the 'trilogy' worked on with [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaka_Khan Chaka Khan] from late 1997 to mid-1998 ([[New Power Generation]]'s [[Album: Newpower Soul|Newpower Soul]] and Chaka Khan's [[Album: Come 2 My House|Come 2 My House]] were the other two albums in the trilogy).
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The album was released on [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/February 2|2 February 1999]], the same day as [[Single: 1999: The New Master|1999: The New Master]] (on which [[Larry Graham]] also appears), and was third and final album in the 'trilogy' worked on with [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaka_Khan Chaka Khan] from late 1997 to mid-1998 ([[New Power Generation]]’s [[Album: Newpower Soul|Newpower Soul]] and Chaka Khan’s [[Album: Come 2 My House|Come 2 My House]] were the other two albums in the trilogy).
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The booklet contains a long note written by [[Prince]], titled "''[[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]’s dare''" in which he describes with superlatives [[Larry Graham]]’s style, how ''"he is funk ITSELF"'' and dares anyone who listens to the album to ''"try not 2 make the 'funky face'."''
  
  
 
'''Sessions and compiling'''
 
'''Sessions and compiling'''
  
The album was recorded between November 1997, and January 1998, at [[Paisley Park Studios]], Chanhassen, MN, USA. Three of the songs are updated versions of previously-released tracks, however. [[GCS 2000]] is an updated version of [[GCS 2000|We've Been Waiting]], the first track on the band's first album, ''Graham Central Station'' (from 1973).
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The album was recorded between November 1997, and January 1998, at [[Paisley Park Studios]], Chanhassen, MN, USA. Three of the songs are updated versions of previously-released tracks, however. [[GCS 2000]] is an updated version of [[GCS 2000|We’ve Been Waiting]], the first track on the band’s first album, ''Graham Central Station'' (from 1973).
  
[[Just B My Lady]] is an updated version of the track [[Just B My Lady|Just Be My Lady]], the first track on [[Larry Graham]]'s third 'solo' album, ''Just Be My Lady'' (from 1981, also released as a single). [[Eye'magettin']] is essentially an updated version of the track [[Eye'magettin'|Earthquake]], the fifth track on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Central_Station Graham Central Station's] fifth album, ''Now Do U Wanta Dance'' (from 1977).
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[[Just B My Lady]] is an updated version of the track [[Just B My Lady|Just Be My Lady]], the first track on [[Larry Graham]]’s third ’solo' album, ''Just Be My Lady'' (from 1981, also released as a single). [[Eye’magettin’]] is essentially an updated version of the track [[Eye’magettin’|Earthquake]], the fifth track on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Central_Station Graham Central Station’s] fifth album, ''Now Do U Wanta Dance'' (from 1977).
  
 
[[Jump And Shout]], containing input by [[Prince]], was recorded for potential inclusion on the album included [[Jump And Shout]] but remain unreleased.
 
[[Jump And Shout]], containing input by [[Prince]], was recorded for potential inclusion on the album included [[Jump And Shout]] but remain unreleased.
  
Although credited as a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Central_Station Graham Central Station] album, only [[GCS 2000]] contains band members other than [[Larry Graham]]. The rest of the album is largely recorded by [[Larry Graham]] and [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]), along with contributions from many of [[Prince]]'s own associates.
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Although credited as a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Central_Station Graham Central Station] album, only [[GCS 2000]] contains band members other than [[Larry Graham]]. The rest of the album is largely recorded by [[Larry Graham]] and [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]), along with contributions from many of [[Prince]]’s own associates.
  
[[Prince]] also appeared on three tracks on [[Larry Graham]] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Central_Station Graham Central Station's] 2012 album [[Album: Raise Up|Raise Up]]; their first album since '''GCS 2000'''.
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[[Prince]] also appeared on three tracks on [[Larry Graham]] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Central_Station Graham Central Station’s] 2012 album [[Album: Raise Up|Raise Up]]; their first album since '''GCS 2000'''.
  
  
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The album produced only one promotional single, [[Single: U Move Me|U Move Me]], with no commercial release. It did not enter the charts.
 
The album produced only one promotional single, [[Single: U Move Me|U Move Me]], with no commercial release. It did not enter the charts.
  
[[Larry Graham]] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Central_Station Graham Central Station] toured extensively with [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) on the [[New Power Soul Tour]] and the [[New Power Soul Festival Tour]], which was designed to promote this album and the 'companion' albums, the [[Band: New Power Generation|New Power Generation]]'s [[Album: Newpower Soul|Newpower Soul]] and Chaka Khan's [[Album: Come 2 My House|Come 2 My House]], but [[Larry Graham]]'s set focused on his wider catalogue of songs (largely focusing on his work with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sly_and_the_Family_Stone Sly and the Family Stone]) rather than this album, which was only released following the tour.
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[[Larry Graham]] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Central_Station Graham Central Station] toured extensively with [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) on the [[New Power Soul Tour]] and the [[New Power Soul Festival Tour]], which was designed to promote this album and the 'companion' albums, the [[Band: New Power Generation|New Power Generation]]’s [[Album: Newpower Soul|Newpower Soul]] and Chaka Khan’s [[Album: Come 2 My House|Come 2 My House]], but [[Larry Graham]]’s set focused on his wider catalogue of songs (largely focusing on his work with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sly_and_the_Family_Stone Sly and the Family Stone]) rather than this album, which was only released following the tour.
  
 
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# <b>[[Love 4 1another]]</b> (8:15)  
 
# <b>[[Love 4 1another]]</b> (8:15)  
 
# <b>[[GCS 2000 Segues#Segue # 1|Segue]]</b> (0:32)  
 
# <b>[[GCS 2000 Segues#Segue # 1|Segue]]</b> (0:32)  
# <b>[[Don't Let 'Em Change U]]</b> (5:47)  
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# <b>[[Don’t Let ’Em Change U]]</b> (5:47)  
# <b>[[GCS 2000 Segues#Segue # 2|Segue]]</b> (0:46)  
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# <b>[[GCS 2000 Segues#Segue # 2|Segue]]</b> (0:48)  
 
# <b>[[Utopia]]</b> (3:47) <sup>1</sup>  
 
# <b>[[Utopia]]</b> (3:47) <sup>1</sup>  
 
# <b>[[Groove On]]</b> (7:24)  
 
# <b>[[Groove On]]</b> (7:24)  
 
# <b>[[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love]][[Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love| Just Found Somebody 2 Love]]</b> (5:16)  
 
# <b>[[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love]][[Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love| Just Found Somebody 2 Love]]</b> (5:16)  
# <b>[[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye'magettin']][[Eye'magettin'|'magettin']]</b> (5:35)  
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# <b>[[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye’magettin’]][[Eye’magettin’|’magettin’]]</b> (5:35)  
 
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|credits                = All tracks written by [[Larry Graham]] except where noted
 
|credits                = All tracks written by [[Larry Graham]] except where noted
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*[[Brian Gallagher]] - horns on [[GCS2000: Free|Free]], [[Love 4 1another]] and [[Groove On]] <small>(credited collectively as the [[Hornheadz]])'' </small>
 
*[[Brian Gallagher]] - horns on [[GCS2000: Free|Free]], [[Love 4 1another]] and [[Groove On]] <small>(credited collectively as the [[Hornheadz]])'' </small>
 
*Tina Graham – background vocals on [[U Move Me]], [[Just B My Lady]], [[Love 4 1another]], [[Groove On]]
 
*Tina Graham – background vocals on [[U Move Me]], [[Just B My Lady]], [[Love 4 1another]], [[Groove On]]
*Latia Graham – background vocals on [[U Move Me]], [[Love 4 1another]], [[GCS 2000 Segues#Segue # 1|Segue # 1]], [[Don't Let 'Em Change U]], [[GCS 2000 Segues#Segue # 2|Segue # 2]] and [[Groove On]]
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*Latia Graham – background vocals on [[U Move Me]], [[Love 4 1another]], [[GCS 2000 Segues#Segue # 1|Segue # 1]], [[Don’t Let ’Em Change U]], [[GCS 2000 Segues#Segue # 2|Segue # 2]] and [[Groove On]]
 
*[[Ricky Peterson]] – keyboards on [[Just B My Lady]]
 
*[[Ricky Peterson]] – keyboards on [[Just B My Lady]]
*[[Marva King]] – background vocals on [[Just B My Lady]], [[Don't Let 'Em Change U]], [[Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love]]
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*[[Marva King]] – background vocals on [[Just B My Lady]], [[Don’t Let ’Em Change U]], [[Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love]]
 
*[[Michael Bland]] – drums on [[Love 4 1another]] (sampled from [[Billy Jack Bitch]])
 
*[[Michael Bland]] – drums on [[Love 4 1another]] (sampled from [[Billy Jack Bitch]])
 
*[[Mayte]] – finger cymbals on [[Love 4 1another]] (sampled from [[Billy Jack Bitch]])
 
*[[Mayte]] – finger cymbals on [[Love 4 1another]] (sampled from [[Billy Jack Bitch]])
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Cube Ice Cube] - sampled vocals on [[Love 4 1another]] (from ''What Can I Do?'', [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lethal_Injection_(album) Lethal Injection], 1993)
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Cube Ice Cube] - sampled vocals on [[Love 4 1another]] (from ''What Can I Do?'', [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lethal_Injection_(album) Lethal Injection], 1993)
*[[Kirk Johnson]] – phone voice on [[GCS 2000 Segues#Segue # 2|Segue # 2]], drums on [[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye'magettin']][[Eye'magettin'|'magettin']] (as "Kirk J.")
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*[[Kirk Johnson]] – phone voice on [[GCS 2000 Segues#Segue # 2|Segue # 2]], drums on [[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye’magettin’]][[Eye’magettin’|’magettin’]] (as "Kirk J.")
 
*[[Rhonda Smith]] – background vocals on [[Utopia]]
 
*[[Rhonda Smith]] – background vocals on [[Utopia]]
 
*[[Kat Dyson]] – background vocals on [[Utopia]]
 
*[[Kat Dyson]] – background vocals on [[Utopia]]
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*[[Hans-Martin Buff]] - engineer
 
*[[Hans-Martin Buff]] - engineer
 
*[[Michael B. Nelson]] - horn arrangements
 
*[[Michael B. Nelson]] - horn arrangements
*Arnie Frager - orchestra recording at O'Henry Sound Studios on [[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love]][[Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love| Just Found Somebody 2 Love]]
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*Arnie Frager - orchestra recording at O’Henry Sound Studios on [[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love]][[Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love| Just Found Somebody 2 Love]]
 
*Brett Swain - orchestra recording assistant on [[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love]][[Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love| Just Found Somebody 2 Love]]
 
*Brett Swain - orchestra recording assistant on [[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love]][[Eye Just Found Somebody 2 Love| Just Found Somebody 2 Love]]
 
*[[Brian Gallagher]] - mastering at Bernie Grundman Studios
 
*[[Brian Gallagher]] - mastering at Bernie Grundman Studios
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|singles =  
 
|singles =  
 
{{AlbumSinglesLine|
 
{{AlbumSinglesLine|
|Single = [[Single: U Move Me|U Move Me]] <small>(promo only)</small><br>
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|Single = [[Single: U Move Me|U Move Me]] <small>(promo only)</small>
 
|B-side = None
 
|B-side = None
 
|Image  = Umoveme single.jpg
 
|Image  = Umoveme single.jpg
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|Country = the USA
 
|Country = the USA
 
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|releases              = The album was included in a so called ''Newpowerpak'' 3CD box-set, released through [[1-800 New Funk]], along with [[New Power Generation]]'s [[Album: Newpower Soul|Newpower Soul]] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaka_Khan Chaka Khan]'s [[Album: Come 2 My House|Come 2 My House]]. The box-set included the standard packaging for each album, with a cardboard slipcover around the three CD cases.
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|releases              = The album was included in a so called ''Newpowerpak'' 3CD box-set, released through [[1-800 New Funk]], along with [[New Power Generation]]’s [[Album: Newpower Soul|Newpower Soul]] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaka_Khan Chaka Khan]’s [[Album: Come 2 My House|Come 2 My House]]. The box-set included the standard packaging for each album, with a cardboard slipcover around the three CD cases.
 
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Latest revision as of 18:40, 11 September 2020

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GCS 2000

GCS 2000 (Front Cover)

Album details


Released: 2 February 1999
Length: 58:36
Label(s): NPG Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, 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


U Move Me (promo only)
b/w None
Umoveme single.jpg

See also


Newpower Soul
(album)
Come 2 My House
(album)
 
Newpowersoul album.jpg link=Album: Come 2 My House(album)
GCS 2000 is the eighth studio album by Graham Central Station, and their first to be released by NPG Records. The album was co-produced by Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png), who co-wrote one song (Utopia) and appeared on every track as a musician or vocalist (mostly uncredited).

The album was released on 2 February 1999, the same day as 1999: The New Master (on which Larry Graham also appears), and was third and final album in the 'trilogy' worked on with Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) and Chaka Khan from late 1997 to mid-1998 (New Power Generation’s Newpower Soul and Chaka Khan’s Come 2 My House were the other two albums in the trilogy).

The booklet contains a long note written by Prince, titled "SymbolSmallerBlue.png’s dare" in which he describes with superlatives Larry Graham’s style, how "he is funk ITSELF" and dares anyone who listens to the album to "try not 2 make the 'funky face'."


Sessions and compiling

The album was recorded between November 1997, and January 1998, at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA. Three of the songs are updated versions of previously-released tracks, however. GCS 2000 is an updated version of We’ve Been Waiting, the first track on the band’s first album, Graham Central Station (from 1973).

Just B My Lady is an updated version of the track Just Be My Lady, the first track on Larry Graham’s third ’solo' album, Just Be My Lady (from 1981, also released as a single). Eye’magettin’ is essentially an updated version of the track Earthquake, the fifth track on Graham Central Station’s fifth album, Now Do U Wanta Dance (from 1977).

Jump And Shout, containing input by Prince, was recorded for potential inclusion on the album included Jump And Shout but remain unreleased.

Although credited as a Graham Central Station album, only GCS 2000 contains band members other than Larry Graham. The rest of the album is largely recorded by Larry Graham and Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png), along with contributions from many of Prince’s own associates.

Prince also appeared on three tracks on Larry Graham and Graham Central Station’s 2012 album Raise Up; their first album since GCS 2000.


Promotion

The album produced only one promotional single, U Move Me, with no commercial release. It did not enter the charts.

Larry Graham and Graham Central Station toured extensively with Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) on the New Power Soul Tour and the New Power Soul Festival Tour, which was designed to promote this album and the 'companion' albums, the New Power Generation’s Newpower Soul and Chaka Khan’s Come 2 My House, but Larry Graham’s set focused on his wider catalogue of songs (largely focusing on his work with Sly and the Family Stone) rather than this album, which was only released following the tour.



Track listing
CD LP

The compact disc version is the original issue.

  1. GCS 2000 (3:53)
  2. Free (7:04)
  3. U Move Me (4:43)
  4. Just B My Lady (5:28)
  5. Love 4 1another (8:15)
  6. Segue (0:32)
  7. Don’t Let ’Em Change U (5:47)
  8. Segue (0:48)
  9. Utopia (3:47) 1
  10. Groove On (7:24)
  11. EyeBlue.png Just Found Somebody 2 Love (5:16)
  12. EyeBlue.png’magettin’ (5:35)


This album has not been released in LP format.

All tracks written by Larry Graham except where noted
1 "Utopia" written by Larry Graham and Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png)



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks
  • "UH-OHH, Moorena, B.Bro, Mi Hermanita, Mia-Mary, Kum-plakum plakum, NPGCS, P.P.Crew, Jac-key Thomp-sun, Angel."



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions

The album was included in a so called Newpowerpak 3CD box-set, released through 1-800 New Funk, along with New Power Generation’s Newpower Soul and Chaka Khan’s Come 2 My House. The box-set included the standard packaging for each album, with a cardboard slipcover around the three CD cases.

Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

 
USA CD 7-89577-03342-9  
Gcs2000 album.jpg
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link=File:LabelA}}}
link=File:LabelB}}}

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

None

 
 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia


References
Vangogh album.jpg 1998
Van Gogh
All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1999
To The Teeth
Totheteeth album.jpg