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NPG Music Club download - no official artwork created

Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 22 April 2001 - NPG Music Club Edition # 3 download
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince (assumed, but based on Machine Gun by Jimi Hendrix)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

Habibi was offered as an mp3 download as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 3 (along with The Work Part 1, Northside and The Daisy Chain (the latter two both by the New Power Generation) and NPG Ahdio Show #3). A few days after the initial release, a slightly edited version replaced the original on the download page, perhaps to remove some lyrics and elements from Jimi Hendrix’s Machine Gun (from his 1970 live album Band Of Gypsys).

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking is believed to have taken place in 1998 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The track is largely built around Jimi Hendrix’s song Machine Gun. It is included here as a separate track, however, as Habibi includes several improvised elements, and was given a new name by Prince. On 14 November 1998, Love4OneAnother.com noted that Prince wanted to get in touch with the Hendrix family (who controls the estate) to donate a version of Machine Gun "free of charge, to use at their discretion", and Habibi is likely to be an edited version of that track. Although recorded during a time when Prince was using the name SymbolSmallerBlue.png, the track was released using the name Prince, so it is listed as such here.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1998 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Habibi 4:58 NPG Music Club Edition # 3 mp3 download Studio
Habibi 3:45 NPG Music Club Edition # 3 mp3 download (replacement track) Edit Edited to remove lyrics and some elements of Machine Gun

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Machine Gun Studio Full version of Habibi (above), recorded in 1998
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • "Habibi" means "My Love" in arabic.

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