Prince Vault:Today's Feature Article/August 24

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The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale

border 22nd full-length studio album by Prince, The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale was the first album to be released using the name Prince since the 1996 Girl 6 soundtrack. Reason to name the album a Prince release was due to the time period in which most the tracks were recorded (save It’s About That Walk and Sarah). It contains is a compilation of unreleased tracks recorded from 1985 to 1996.

It was released worldwide in August, 1999 (eighteen months after Crystal Ball and three and a half years after the previous Warner Bros. release, the Girl 6 movie soundtrack).

The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale was submitted to Warner Bros. in 1996 (complete with artwork, and containing photography from Prince’s 1994 book Neo Manifesto) at the same time as Chaos And Disorder. Warner Bros chose to release it three years later, shortly before SymbolSmallerBlue.png’s new major label release on a competing label, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (due 3 months later).

It was the last album of previously-unreleased material to be released by Warner Bros. from his 1992 contract. SymbolSmallerBlue.png did no promotion to support the album, instead relating to the album as a contractual obligation to fulfill his recording contract... >> Read more.

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