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Diamonds and Pearls (Super Deluxe Edition)

Prince & The New Power Generation

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As the '90s opened, Prince was in a weird place. Coming off the rollercoaster of Lovesexy's tepid commercial reception, the windfall success of the tossed-off Batman soundtrack, and the bombing of the deeply personal Graffiti Bridge movie and soundtrack album, Prince had a choice to make about his direction moving forward. Would he be a creative madman indulging his singular musical whims for a small but devoted fanbase? Or would he use his prodigious talents to align himself with the pop zeitgeist in order to become relevant again? Well, the man realized he had bills to pay, and work began on Graffiti Bridge's follow-up in late 1989, with Prince's eye firmly on the mainstream. Taking more than two years to complete, Diamonds and Pearls was, with the exception of Purple Rain, the album that Prince exerted the most time and effort on, relying completely on brand-new material (rather than pulling songs from the vault) and the integration of a brand-new band, the New Power Generation. That band is the secret weapon for the success of Diamonds and Pearls, harnessing two formidable forces of nature—vocalist Rosie Gaines and the rhythm section of Michael Bland and Sonny Thompson—that give this music a breadth, depth, and muscularity that had only been hinted at on previous Prince albums. Even on numbers like "Push" and "Daddy Pop" that have their eye on mainstream R&B audiences, Prince largely eschews the airless drum-machines-and-synths sound of his '80s recordings for a full-bodied, live-band sound that was somewhat at odds with the contemporaneous hits that were full of ... drum machines and synths.

To be sure, hip-hop was a massive influence on the album—the first configuration of Diamonds and Pearls from late 1990 opened with "Something Funky (This House Comes)," which featured no Prince vocals, but, instead, raps by Tony M.  Its incorporation is often clumsy (see: "Jughead"), but occasionally charming (Prince's demur "you don't want me on the mic" bit on "Push"). Yet for all the nods to the charts, like the note-perfect balladry of the title track or the T. Rex-ripping "Cream," there was still quite a bit of "weird Prince" making its way through the grooves on Diamonds and Pearls, from the religio-rocking bombast of "Thunder" that updated "Let's Go Crazy" for the '90s and the album-closing rock opera "Live 4 Love," to the unhinged lasciviousness of "Gett Off." For this massively-expanded Super Deluxe Edition, one can get a look at just how hard Prince was working during this time, as the selection of outtakes and non-album tracks is extensive. Though most of the b-sides of the era were glorified remixes, some, like "Horny Pony" were part of the album project from its earliest phases (it's also included in a previously unheard alternate version). A couple of other tracks that made their way to various configurations of the album are here also—"Schoolyard," "Something Funky"—and it's easy to see why they didn't make the final cut. However, Prince's compositional powers were still in full flow, and, like during the Purple Rain period, many of the best non-album tracks he would write would end up finding their way to other artists; this set features several highlights, from three stellar synth-pop tracks written for Martika and the killer midtempo jam "Get Blue" (given to Louie Louie) to the bouncy, funky "The Voice" that found its way to Mavis Staples' second Paisley Park Records album.

There are several other worthwhile outtakes, including "Darkside," which is the New Power Trio at their gnarliest, running through a gut-punching instrumental jam featuring Prince utterly slaying on his guitar while Bland and Thompson provide a "big time loud" backing. "Lauriann" sounds like a prime, early '80s outtake, while the playful "Glam Slam '91" is an embryonic version of "Gett Off" that has little to do with the Lovesexy track of the same name. There are quite a few outtakes that could have been best left in the vault: "Streetwalker" features Prince breathlessly intoning "work it baby" in a way that's just embarrassing; the explicitness of "Schoolyard" was cringey in the '90s and is downright problematic today; similarly, the fat jokes on "Work That Fat" have absolutely not aged well, but the song is still home to one of Prince's funkiest grooves. The inclusion of a barn-storming club show from 1992 more than makes up for any suboptimal outtakes, though, as the band and Prince are absolutely on fire throughout, serving as an excellent reminder that, while Prince may have been willing to give hip-hop the time of day, he was still able to deliver a live show at a level few performers could ever match. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz

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1
Thunder (2023 Remaster)
00:05:44

Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Steve Noonan, AssistantEngineer - Michael Koppelman, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Brian Poer, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2022 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

2
Daddy Pop (2023 Remaster)
00:05:16

Levi Seacer, Jr., Backing Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Keith Cohen, MixingEngineer - Michael Bland, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - Elisa Fiorillo, Additional Vocals - Tim Penn, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - Tony Mosley, Backing Vocals - Damon Dickson, Percussion, Backing Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

3
Diamonds and Pearls (2023 Remaster)
00:04:42

Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Backing Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer - The New Power Generation, Producer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

4
Cream (2023 Remaster)
00:04:12

Levi Seacer, Jr., Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Keith Cohen, Mixer - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - Tim Penn, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
Strollin' (2023 Remaster)
00:03:46

Levi Seacer, Jr., Bass - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer - Matt Larson, Engineer - Tim Penn, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - David Friedlander, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

6
Willing and Able (2023 Remaster)
00:04:59

Jevetta Steele, Background Vocals - Levi Seacer, Jr., Writer, Bass - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Michael Bland, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Percussion - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer - Matt Larson, Engineer - Tim Penn, SecondEngineer - Fred Steele, Background Vocals - Jearlyn Steele, Background Vocals - The New Power Generation, Producer - JD Steele, Background Vocals - Tony Mosley, Rapper Vocals, Writer - Damon Dickson, Percussion - Janice V. Steele, Background Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

7
Gett Off (2023 Remaster)
00:04:34

Levi Seacer, Jr., Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - Steve Noonan, AssistantEngineer - KIRK JOHNSON, Percussion, Background Vocals - Eric Leeds, Flute - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - Tony Mosley, Rapper Vocals - Damon Dickson, Percussion, Background Vocals - Ray Hahnfeld, AssistantEngineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

8
Walk Don't Walk (2023 Remaster)
00:03:05

Levi Seacer, Jr., Bass - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Michael Bland, Drums - Tom Garneau, Mixer - Michael Koppelman, Engineer, MixingEngineer - Elisa Fiorillo, Additional Vocals - The New Power Generation, Producer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

9
Jughead (2023 Remaster)
00:04:56

Levi Seacer, Jr., Rhythm Guitar - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Michael Bland, Drums - Steve Noonan, AssistantEngineer - KIRK JOHNSON, Percussion, Writer, Background Vocals - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer - Brian Poer, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - Tony Mosley, Rapper Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals - Damon Dickson, Percussion, Background Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

10
Money Don't Matter 2 Night (2023 Remaster)
00:04:48

Levi Seacer, Jr., Bass - Rosie Gaines, Writer - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer - Matt Larson, Engineer - Tim Penn, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - David Friedlander, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

11
Push (2023 Remaster)
00:05:57

Rosie Gaines, Producer, Rapper Vocals, Writer, Background Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Steve Noonan, AssistantEngineer - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer - Brian Poer, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - David Friedlander, AssistantEngineer - Tony Mosley, Rapper Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

12
Insatiable (2023 Remaster)
00:06:38

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Sylvia Massy, AssistantEngineer - Michael Koppelman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Tim Penn, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Brian Poer, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

13
Live 4 Love (2023 Remaster)
00:06:59

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer - Tim Penn, AssistantEngineer - Brian Poer, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - Tony Mosley, Rapper Vocals, Writer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2022 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

DISC 2

1
Gett Off (Damn Near 10 Minutes) (2023 Remaster)
00:09:36

Levi Seacer, Jr., Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - Steve Noonan, AssistantEngineer - KIRK JOHNSON, Percussion, Background Vocals - Eric Leeds, Flute - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - Tony Mosley, Rapper Vocals - Damon Dickson, Percussion, Background Vocals - Ray Hahnfeld, AssistantEngineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

2
Gett Off (Houstyle) (2023 Remaster)
00:08:24

Levi Seacer, Jr., Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - Steve Noonan, AssistantEngineer - KIRK JOHNSON, Percussion, Background Vocals - Eric Leeds, Flute - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - Tony Mosley, Rapper Vocals - Damon Dickson, Percussion, Background Vocals - Ray Hahnfeld, AssistantEngineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

3
Violet the Organ Grinder (2023 Remaster)
00:05:05

Levi Seacer, Jr., Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - The New Power Generation, Producer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

4
Gangster Glam (2023 Remaster)
00:06:09

Levi Seacer, Jr., Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Prince, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Clare Fischer, Arranger - Michael Bland, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Background Vocals - Eric Leeds, Flute - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - Tony Mosley, Rapper Vocals, Writer - Damon Dickson, Background Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
Horny Pony (2023 Remaster)
00:04:19

Levi Seacer, Jr., Bass - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Femi Jiya, Engineer - Michael Bland, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Background Vocals - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - Robin Power, Background Vocals - The New Power Generation, Producer - Miko Weaver, Guitar - Tony Mosley, Background Vocals - Damon Dickson, Background Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

6
Cream (N.P.G. Mix) (2023 Remaster)
00:05:46

Levi Seacer, Jr., Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Keith Cohen, Mixer - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - Tim Penn, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

7
Things Have Gotta Change (Tony M Rap) (2023 Remaster)
00:03:58

Levi Seacer, Jr., Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Prince, Composer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - Eric Leeds, Saxophone - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - Tony Mosley, Composer, Rapper Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

8
Do Your Dance (KC's Remix) (2023 Remaster)
00:06:00

Levi Seacer, Jr., Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Vocals - Prince, Composer, Lead Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Dave Aron, AssistantProducer - Keith Cohen, Remixer, Co- Producer - Michael Bland, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Chanting Vocals - The New Power Generation, Producer - Tony Mosley, Chanting Vocals - Damon Dickson, Chanting Vocals - Eric Anset, AssistantProducer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

9
Insatiable (Edit) (2023 Remaster)
00:04:03

Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Sylvia Massy, AssistantEngineer - Michael Koppelman, Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Tim Penn, Engineer, AssistantEngineer - Brian Poer, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

10
Diamonds and Pearls (Edit) (2023 Remaster)
00:04:21

Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Backing Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer - The New Power Generation, Producer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

11
Money Don't Matter 2 Night (Edit) (2023 Remaster)
00:04:15

Levi Seacer, Jr., Bass - Rosie Gaines, Writer - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer - Matt Larson, Engineer - Tim Penn, AssistantEngineer - The New Power Generation, Producer - David Friedlander, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2023 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

12
Call the Law (2023 Remaster)
00:04:21

Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Performance - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - The New Power Generation, Producer, Arranger, Performance

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1991, 2022 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

13
Willing and Able (Edit) (2023 Remaster)
00:04:17

Jevetta Steele, Additional Vocals - Levi Seacer, Jr., Backing Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards, Samples - Rosie Gaines, Organ, Backing Vocals, Samples - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Stephen Marcussen, MasteringEngineer - Michael Bland, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Michael Koppelman, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Matt Larson, Audio Recording Engineer - Tim Penn, SecondEngineer - Fred Steele, Additional Vocals - Jearlyn Steele, Additional Vocals - The New Power Generation, Producer - Lloyd Thompson, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - JD Steele, Additional Vocals - Tony Mosley, Backing Vocals, Writer - Damon Dickson, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Janice V. Steele, Additional Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1992, 2022 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

14
Willing and Able (Video Version) (2023 Remaster)
00:05:09

Jevetta Steele, Additional Vocals - Levi Seacer, Jr., Backing Vocals, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards, Samples - Rosie Gaines, Organ, Backing Vocals, Samples - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Stephen Marcussen, MasteringEngineer - Michael Bland, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Michael Koppelman, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Matt Larson, Audio Recording Engineer - Tim Penn, SecondEngineer - Fred Steele, Additional Vocals - Jearlyn Steele, Additional Vocals - The New Power Generation, Producer - Lloyd Thompson, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - JD Steele, Additional Vocals - Tony Mosley, Backing Vocals, Writer - Damon Dickson, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Janice V. Steele, Additional Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1992, 2022 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

15
Thunder (DJ Fade) (2023 Remaster)
00:03:24

Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Performance - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - The New Power Generation, Producer, Arranger, Performance

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1992, 2022 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

DISC 3

1
Schoolyard
00:07:10

Rosie Gaines, Background Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Michael Koppelman, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

2
My Tender Heart
00:05:06

Rosie Gaines, Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, All Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Matt Howe, AssistantEngineer - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - Chris James, Mixer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

3
Pain
00:05:57

Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, All Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Matt Howe, AssistantEngineer - RAY HAHNFELDT, Engineer - Michael Koppelman, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

4
Streetwalker
00:04:48

Levi Seacer, Jr., Bass - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Matt Howe, AssistantEngineer - Michael Bland, Drums - RAY HAHNFELDT, Engineer - Michael Koppelman, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
Lauriann
00:04:15

Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Mixer - Matt Larson, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

6
Darkside
00:05:33

Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Michael Bland, Drums - Chris James, Mixer - Levi Saucer, Jr., Guitar

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

7
Insatiable (Early Mix)
00:08:01

Prince, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Sylvia Massy, AssistantEngineer - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - Tim Penn, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

8
Glam Slam '91
00:06:16

Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, All Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Tom Garneau, Mixer, Engineer - Michael Koppelman, Mixer - Tim Penn, AssistantEngineer - Mike Koppelman, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

9
Live 4 Love (Early Version)
00:07:32

Prince, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - Margie Cox, Vocals - Tony Mosley, Composer, Rapper Vocals

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10
Cream (Take 2)
00:04:50

Levi Seacer, Jr., Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Vocals - Prince, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Percussion - Michael Koppelman, Engineer

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11
Skip to My You My Darling
00:03:57

Levi Seacer, Jr., Keyboards - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, All Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Tom Garneau, Engineer - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - Tim Penn, AssistantEngineer - Brian Poer, AssistantEngineer

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12
Diamonds and Pearls (Long Version)
00:05:32

Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Rosie Gaines, Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Sheila E., Drums - Michael Bland, Drums - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer, Guitar

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DISC 4

1
Daddy Pop (12" Mix)
00:06:07

Levi Seacer, Jr., Producer, Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Producer, Keyboards, Samples - Rosie Gaines, Producer, Organ, Backing Vocals, Samples - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Stephen Marcussen, MasteringEngineer - Keith Cohen, MixingEngineer - Michael Bland, Producer, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Producer, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Michael Koppelman, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer - Elisa Fiorillo, Additional Vocals - Tim Penn, SecondEngineer - Lloyd Thompson, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Tony Mosley, Producer, Backing Vocals - Damon Dickson, Producer, Percussion, Backing Vocals

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2
Martika's Kitchen
00:04:21

Levi Seacer, Jr., Producer, Instruments - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Steve Noonan, AssistantEngineer - Tom Garneau, Engineer - Michael Koppelman, Mixer - Mike Koppelman, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

3
Spirit
00:04:32

Levi Seacer, Jr., Producer, Instruments - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Steve Noonan, AssistantEngineer - Tom Garneau, Engineer - Michael Koppelman, Mixer - Mike Koppelman, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

4
Open Book
00:04:59

Levi Seacer, Jr., Producer, Instruments - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Steve Noonan, AssistantEngineer - Tom Garneau, Engineer - Michael Koppelman, Mixer - Mike Koppelman, Engineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
Work That Fat
00:04:35

Levi Seacer, Jr., Producer, Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Producer, Keyboards, Samples - Rosie Gaines, Producer, Organ, Backing Vocals, Samples - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Stephen Marcussen, MasteringEngineer - Michael Bland, Producer, Drums - Steve Noonan, SecondEngineer - KIRK JOHNSON, Producer, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Michael Koppelman, Audio Recording Engineer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Brian Poer, SecondEngineer - Lloyd Thompson, Producer, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Tony Mosley, Producer, Backing Vocals - Damon Dickson, Producer, Percussion, Backing Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

6
Horny Pony (Version 2)
00:04:21

Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, All Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Femi Jiya, Engineer - Michael Koppelman, Engineer

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7
Something Funky (This House Comes) [Band Version]
00:07:04

Levi Seacer, Jr., Bass - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Michael Bland, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Background Vocals - Michael Koppelman, Mixer - Elisa Fiorillo, Background Vocals - Miko Weaver, Guitar - Tony Mosley, Rapper Vocals - Damon Dickson, Background Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

8
Hold Me
00:04:36

Levi Seacer, Jr., Guitar - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Bass - Michael Bland, Drums - RAY HAHNFELDT, AssistantEngineer - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer - Brian Poer, AssistantEngineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

9
Blood on the Sheets
00:05:46

Levi Seacer, Jr., Bass - Tommy Barbarella, Keyboards - Prince, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - SONNY THOMPSON, Guitar - Michael Bland, Drums - KIRK JOHNSON, Background Vocals - RAY HAHNFELDT, AssistantEngineer - Michael Koppelman, Mixer, Engineer - Brian Poer, AssistantEngineer

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

10
The Last Dance (Bang Pow Zoom and the Whole Nine)
00:05:36

Levi Seacer, Jr., Bass - Rosie Gaines, Keyboards, Vocals - Prince, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Instruments - Prince & The New Power Generation, MainArtist - Michael Bland, Drums - Steve Noonan, Spoken Voice - KIRK JOHNSON, Percussion, Background Vocals - RAY HAHNFELDT, AssistantEngineer - Michael Koppelman, Engineer - Brian Poer, AssistantEngineer - Mike Koppelman, Mixer - Tony Mosley, Rapper Vocals, Background Vocals - Damon Dickson, Percussion, Background Vocals

© 2023 NPG Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, for the world outside the U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2023 NPG Records Inc., under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

Album review

As the '90s opened, Prince was in a weird place. Coming off the rollercoaster of Lovesexy's tepid commercial reception, the windfall success of the tossed-off Batman soundtrack, and the bombing of the deeply personal Graffiti Bridge movie and soundtrack album, Prince had a choice to make about his direction moving forward. Would he be a creative madman indulging his singular musical whims for a small but devoted fanbase? Or would he use his prodigious talents to align himself with the pop zeitgeist in order to become relevant again? Well, the man realized he had bills to pay, and work began on Graffiti Bridge's follow-up in late 1989, with Prince's eye firmly on the mainstream. Taking more than two years to complete, Diamonds and Pearls was, with the exception of Purple Rain, the album that Prince exerted the most time and effort on, relying completely on brand-new material (rather than pulling songs from the vault) and the integration of a brand-new band, the New Power Generation. That band is the secret weapon for the success of Diamonds and Pearls, harnessing two formidable forces of nature—vocalist Rosie Gaines and the rhythm section of Michael Bland and Sonny Thompson—that give this music a breadth, depth, and muscularity that had only been hinted at on previous Prince albums. Even on numbers like "Push" and "Daddy Pop" that have their eye on mainstream R&B audiences, Prince largely eschews the airless drum-machines-and-synths sound of his '80s recordings for a full-bodied, live-band sound that was somewhat at odds with the contemporaneous hits that were full of ... drum machines and synths.

To be sure, hip-hop was a massive influence on the album—the first configuration of Diamonds and Pearls from late 1990 opened with "Something Funky (This House Comes)," which featured no Prince vocals, but, instead, raps by Tony M.  Its incorporation is often clumsy (see: "Jughead"), but occasionally charming (Prince's demur "you don't want me on the mic" bit on "Push"). Yet for all the nods to the charts, like the note-perfect balladry of the title track or the T. Rex-ripping "Cream," there was still quite a bit of "weird Prince" making its way through the grooves on Diamonds and Pearls, from the religio-rocking bombast of "Thunder" that updated "Let's Go Crazy" for the '90s and the album-closing rock opera "Live 4 Love," to the unhinged lasciviousness of "Gett Off." For this massively-expanded Super Deluxe Edition, one can get a look at just how hard Prince was working during this time, as the selection of outtakes and non-album tracks is extensive. Though most of the b-sides of the era were glorified remixes, some, like "Horny Pony" were part of the album project from its earliest phases (it's also included in a previously unheard alternate version). A couple of other tracks that made their way to various configurations of the album are here also—"Schoolyard," "Something Funky"—and it's easy to see why they didn't make the final cut. However, Prince's compositional powers were still in full flow, and, like during the Purple Rain period, many of the best non-album tracks he would write would end up finding their way to other artists; this set features several highlights, from three stellar synth-pop tracks written for Martika and the killer midtempo jam "Get Blue" (given to Louie Louie) to the bouncy, funky "The Voice" that found its way to Mavis Staples' second Paisley Park Records album.

There are several other worthwhile outtakes, including "Darkside," which is the New Power Trio at their gnarliest, running through a gut-punching instrumental jam featuring Prince utterly slaying on his guitar while Bland and Thompson provide a "big time loud" backing. "Lauriann" sounds like a prime, early '80s outtake, while the playful "Glam Slam '91" is an embryonic version of "Gett Off" that has little to do with the Lovesexy track of the same name. There are quite a few outtakes that could have been best left in the vault: "Streetwalker" features Prince breathlessly intoning "work it baby" in a way that's just embarrassing; the explicitness of "Schoolyard" was cringey in the '90s and is downright problematic today; similarly, the fat jokes on "Work That Fat" have absolutely not aged well, but the song is still home to one of Prince's funkiest grooves. The inclusion of a barn-storming club show from 1992 more than makes up for any suboptimal outtakes, though, as the band and Prince are absolutely on fire throughout, serving as an excellent reminder that, while Prince may have been willing to give hip-hop the time of day, he was still able to deliver a live show at a level few performers could ever match. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz

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