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Prince & The New Power Generation|Diamonds and Pearls  (Super Deluxe Edition)

Diamonds and Pearls (Super Deluxe Edition)

Prince & The New Power Generation

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Zu Beginn der 90er-Jahre befand sich Prince in einer merkwürdigen Lage. Nach der Achterbahnfahrt mit dem nur halb überzeugenden, kommerziellen Erfolg von Lovesexy, dem unerwarteten Durchbruch des verworfenen Batman-Soundtracks und dem Bombenerfolg des zutiefst persönlichen Films Graffiti Bridge mit dem Soundtrack-Album stand Prince vor einer wichtigen Entscheidung: In welche Richtung wollte er sich weiterentwickeln? Wollte er ein kreativer Verrückter sein, der seine einzigartigen musikalischen Launen für eine kleine, aber treue Fangemeinde auslebte? Oder sollte er seine erstaunlichen Talente nutzen, um sich dem Pop-Zeitgeist anzupassen, um für das große Publikum an Bedeutung zu gewinnen?

Nun, der Mann erkannte, dass er Rechnungen zu begleichen hatte. Die Arbeit am Nachfolgealbum von Graffiti Bridge begann Ende 1989, wobei Prince den Mainstream stets fest im Blick behielt. Mit Ausnahme von Purple Rain investierte Prince für Diamonds and Pearls die meiste Zeit und Mühe. Er stützte sich auf brandneues Material (anstatt Songs aus dem Archiv herauszunehmen) und auf eine nagelneue Band: die New Power Generation. Es war schließlich genau diese Band, die als die Geheimwaffe für den Erfolg von Diamonds and Pearls galt. Sie vereinte zwei großartige Naturtalente - die Sängerin Rosie Gaines und die Rhythmusgruppe um Michael Bland und Sonny Thompson -, die dieser Musik Breite, Tiefe und Kraft verliehen, was auf bisherigen Prince-Alben nur angedeutet wurde. Selbst bei Nummern wie Push und Daddy Pop, die sich an ein Mainstream-R&B-Publikum richteten, verzichtete Prince weitgehend auf den luftlosen Drum-Machines- und Synthesizer-Sound seiner 80er-Jahre-Aufnahmen und setzte stattdessen auf einen vollmundigen Live-Band-Sound, der in gewissem Widerspruch zu den zeitgenössischen Hits stand, die von Drum-Machines und Synthesizern nur so strotzten.

Natürlich übte der Hip-Hop einen großen Einfluss auf das Album aus - Die erste Version von Diamonds and Pearls von Ende 1990 wurde mit Something Funky (This House Comes) eröffnet, auf dem Prince’ Gesang mit Raps von Tony M. ersetzt wurde. Dies klang vielleicht etwas ungeschickt (siehe: Jughead), aber war auch ziemlich charmant (Prince’ zurückhaltendes "Ihr wollt mich nicht am Mikro" auf Push). Trotz all der Elemente, die besonders Charts verdächtig schienen, wie die perfekte Ballade des Titeltracks oder das T. Rex-lastige Cream, war immer noch viel von diesem "seltsamen Prince" übrig, der sich seinen Weg durch die Grooves auf Diamonds and Pearls bahnte, vom religiös-rockigen Thunder, der Let's Go Crazy für die 90er-Jahre bereit machte, über die Rockoper Live 4 Love, die das Album abschließt, bis hin zur ungelenken Laszivität von Gett Off. Mit dieser massiv erweiterten Super Deluxe Edition versteht man, wie hart Prince in dieser Zeit gearbeitet haben musste, denn die Auswahl an Outtakes und Tracks, die es nicht auf das Album schafften, ist umfangreich.

Obwohl die meisten B-Seiten dieser Ära idealisierte Remixe waren, zählten einige wie Horny Pony von Anfang als Teil des Albumprojekts (es ist auch in einer bisher ungehörten alternativen Version enthalten). Auch Schoolyard und Something Funky waren zwar auf verschiedenen Konzeptionen des Albums vertreten, machen aber hier deutlich, weshalb sie es nicht in die endgültige Fassung geschafft haben.

Wie auch immer, Prince' kompositorische Fähigkeiten verloren nie an Intensität. Selbst die Songs, die während der Purple Rain-Phase entstanden und nicht auf dem Album erschienen, kamen bei anderen Künstlern und Künstlerinnen unter. Dieses Set enthält einige Highlights, von drei schillernden Synth-Pop-Tracks, die für Martika geschrieben wurden, und dem umwerfenden Midtempo-Jam Get Blue (der an Louie Louie gegeben wurde) bis hin zu dem schwungvollen, funkigen The Voice, das seinen Weg zu Mavis Staples' zweitem Paisley Park Records-Album fand.

Einige weitere Outtakes wie Darkside sind lohnenswert, bei dem sich das New Power Trio mit einem knallharten Instrumental-Jam von seiner rauesten Seite zeigt und Prince auf seiner Gitarre voll und ganz absahnt. Lauriann klingt wie ein Outtake aus den frühen 80ern, während das verspielte Glam Slam '91 wie die Ur-Version von Gett Off ist, die wenig mit dem gleichnamigen Lovesexy-Track zu tun hat. Einige Outtakes hätte man lieber im Archiv gelassen: In Streetwalker intoniert Prince atemlos "Work it baby" auf eine Art und Weise, die etwas peinlich wirkt und auch der Inhalt von Schoolyard sowie Work That Fat wirkt für heutige Verhältnisse problematisch. Letzterer zählt allerdings zu den Songs mit Prince funkigstem Groove! Die Aufnahme einer mitreißenden Club-Show aus dem Jahr 1992 macht die suboptimalen Outtakes jedoch mehr als wett. Prince und seine Band sind Feuer und Flamme und erinnern uns daran, dass Prince zwar bereit war, Hip-Hop zu machen, aber immer noch in der Lage war, eine Live-Show auf einem Niveau abzuliefern, das von nur wenigen Künstlern und Künstlerinnen  je erreicht werden konnte. © 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Albumbeschreibung

Zu Beginn der 90er-Jahre befand sich Prince in einer merkwürdigen Lage. Nach der Achterbahnfahrt mit dem nur halb überzeugenden, kommerziellen Erfolg von Lovesexy, dem unerwarteten Durchbruch des verworfenen Batman-Soundtracks und dem Bombenerfolg des zutiefst persönlichen Films Graffiti Bridge mit dem Soundtrack-Album stand Prince vor einer wichtigen Entscheidung: In welche Richtung wollte er sich weiterentwickeln? Wollte er ein kreativer Verrückter sein, der seine einzigartigen musikalischen Launen für eine kleine, aber treue Fangemeinde auslebte? Oder sollte er seine erstaunlichen Talente nutzen, um sich dem Pop-Zeitgeist anzupassen, um für das große Publikum an Bedeutung zu gewinnen?

Nun, der Mann erkannte, dass er Rechnungen zu begleichen hatte. Die Arbeit am Nachfolgealbum von Graffiti Bridge begann Ende 1989, wobei Prince den Mainstream stets fest im Blick behielt. Mit Ausnahme von Purple Rain investierte Prince für Diamonds and Pearls die meiste Zeit und Mühe. Er stützte sich auf brandneues Material (anstatt Songs aus dem Archiv herauszunehmen) und auf eine nagelneue Band: die New Power Generation. Es war schließlich genau diese Band, die als die Geheimwaffe für den Erfolg von Diamonds and Pearls galt. Sie vereinte zwei großartige Naturtalente - die Sängerin Rosie Gaines und die Rhythmusgruppe um Michael Bland und Sonny Thompson -, die dieser Musik Breite, Tiefe und Kraft verliehen, was auf bisherigen Prince-Alben nur angedeutet wurde. Selbst bei Nummern wie Push und Daddy Pop, die sich an ein Mainstream-R&B-Publikum richteten, verzichtete Prince weitgehend auf den luftlosen Drum-Machines- und Synthesizer-Sound seiner 80er-Jahre-Aufnahmen und setzte stattdessen auf einen vollmundigen Live-Band-Sound, der in gewissem Widerspruch zu den zeitgenössischen Hits stand, die von Drum-Machines und Synthesizern nur so strotzten.

Natürlich übte der Hip-Hop einen großen Einfluss auf das Album aus - Die erste Version von Diamonds and Pearls von Ende 1990 wurde mit Something Funky (This House Comes) eröffnet, auf dem Prince’ Gesang mit Raps von Tony M. ersetzt wurde. Dies klang vielleicht etwas ungeschickt (siehe: Jughead), aber war auch ziemlich charmant (Prince’ zurückhaltendes "Ihr wollt mich nicht am Mikro" auf Push). Trotz all der Elemente, die besonders Charts verdächtig schienen, wie die perfekte Ballade des Titeltracks oder das T. Rex-lastige Cream, war immer noch viel von diesem "seltsamen Prince" übrig, der sich seinen Weg durch die Grooves auf Diamonds and Pearls bahnte, vom religiös-rockigen Thunder, der Let's Go Crazy für die 90er-Jahre bereit machte, über die Rockoper Live 4 Love, die das Album abschließt, bis hin zur ungelenken Laszivität von Gett Off. Mit dieser massiv erweiterten Super Deluxe Edition versteht man, wie hart Prince in dieser Zeit gearbeitet haben musste, denn die Auswahl an Outtakes und Tracks, die es nicht auf das Album schafften, ist umfangreich.

Obwohl die meisten B-Seiten dieser Ära idealisierte Remixe waren, zählten einige wie Horny Pony von Anfang als Teil des Albumprojekts (es ist auch in einer bisher ungehörten alternativen Version enthalten). Auch Schoolyard und Something Funky waren zwar auf verschiedenen Konzeptionen des Albums vertreten, machen aber hier deutlich, weshalb sie es nicht in die endgültige Fassung geschafft haben.

Wie auch immer, Prince' kompositorische Fähigkeiten verloren nie an Intensität. Selbst die Songs, die während der Purple Rain-Phase entstanden und nicht auf dem Album erschienen, kamen bei anderen Künstlern und Künstlerinnen unter. Dieses Set enthält einige Highlights, von drei schillernden Synth-Pop-Tracks, die für Martika geschrieben wurden, und dem umwerfenden Midtempo-Jam Get Blue (der an Louie Louie gegeben wurde) bis hin zu dem schwungvollen, funkigen The Voice, das seinen Weg zu Mavis Staples' zweitem Paisley Park Records-Album fand.

Einige weitere Outtakes wie Darkside sind lohnenswert, bei dem sich das New Power Trio mit einem knallharten Instrumental-Jam von seiner rauesten Seite zeigt und Prince auf seiner Gitarre voll und ganz absahnt. Lauriann klingt wie ein Outtake aus den frühen 80ern, während das verspielte Glam Slam '91 wie die Ur-Version von Gett Off ist, die wenig mit dem gleichnamigen Lovesexy-Track zu tun hat. Einige Outtakes hätte man lieber im Archiv gelassen: In Streetwalker intoniert Prince atemlos "Work it baby" auf eine Art und Weise, die etwas peinlich wirkt und auch der Inhalt von Schoolyard sowie Work That Fat wirkt für heutige Verhältnisse problematisch. Letzterer zählt allerdings zu den Songs mit Prince funkigstem Groove! Die Aufnahme einer mitreißenden Club-Show aus dem Jahr 1992 macht die suboptimalen Outtakes jedoch mehr als wett. Prince und seine Band sind Feuer und Flamme und erinnern uns daran, dass Prince zwar bereit war, Hip-Hop zu machen, aber immer noch in der Lage war, eine Live-Show auf einem Niveau abzuliefern, das von nur wenigen Künstlern und Künstlerinnen  je erreicht werden konnte. © Jason Ferguson/Qobuz

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