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Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic

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  • Audio CD (8 Nov. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000028U0T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic
  2. Undisputed
  3. The Greatest Romance Ever Sold
  4. Segue
  5. Hot Wit U
  6. Tangerine
  7. So Far, So Pleased
  8. The Sun, The Moon And Stars
  9. Everyday Is A Winding Road
  10. Segue
  11. ManOwar
  12. Baby Knows
  13. I Love U, But I Don't Trust U Anymore
  14. Silly Game
  15. Strange But True
  16. Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do
  17. Interlude
  18. Prettyman

Product Description

Product Description

RCA 0782214624DTV; RCA - Italia;

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Leave it to Prince to put the best music of Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, his return to major-label status, on a hidden track. That would be No. 18, a.k.a. "Pretty Man". A deep-fried groove and sax by guest Maceo Parker underpin a hilarious mock self-celebration ("I write a check and the bank bounce") that proves the Artist can flow at full power any time he wants to. And whether Rave will prove as durable as 1995's vastly underrated Gold Experience, it's a fine Prince (or whatever his name is) album. Here, he employs the likes of Sheryl Crow, Ani DiFranco and Eve to season his own blend, not to run off with the whole steaming pot. (Just to show who's boss, he includes a funky re-creation of Crow's hit "Everyday Is a Winding Road" that renders the song nearly unrecognisable.) The sounds here, from the parade-style balladry of "[Eye] Love U, But [Eye] Don't Trust U Anymore" to the frenetic title track, won't surprise longtime followers, but they won't find a lot of reasons to complain, either. --Rickey Wright

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One of the first albums to be relased away from Warner brothers. On the Arista label I believe and up to his usual funkynes. A couple of suprises on here. Prince meets chuck D and a song that still confuses me one of sheryl crows own songs done by Prince but sheryl Is on this album on another track. If you love him when he's funky you will love this.
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By A Customer on 9 Nov. 1999
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Now I like Prince, I've always liked him.
Even his change of name and subsequent nose dive into hardcore funk never really put me off.
I buy all his CD's, always have, probably always will.
But not since Diamonds and Pearls and perhaps Symbol has the purple enigma produced anything really...really...you know...really vintage Prince.
There have been flashes; Emancipation showed signs.
But 'Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic' is the album I have been waiting oh so long for.
It's a proper CD, not some 5 disc boxed set. Just 17 real songs. And Oh boy, what songs. They are Prince at his swaggering best.
This is what a Prince album should sound like, hell, this is what every album should sound like.
I would pin-point a highlight, but that would imply there are low points, and quite simple there aren't any.
Prepare to be blown away...at last.
Now repeat after me, 'I must buy this record'.
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Upon first buying this album I was very pleased with it's commercial sound, but nowadays it rarely comes off my shelf but for a listen to a few of its tracks. These tracks are the stomping title track, "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold", "Tangerine", the excellent "Man O' War", and the Maceo Parker aided "Prettyman". "So Far, So Pleased" has a searing guitar solo but remains quite dull, and "Baby Knows", with Sheryl Crow, is pretty standard fare too. There is definitely a lot of filler, about as much as on "Newpower Soul". It's a good album in places, but largely very average, and certainly not a proper return to form for this musical genius.
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'Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic' is Prince's last album of the 90's and coincedentally one of his weakest as well.
There's nothing wrong with the quality of the songs found on the album, the problem with 'Rave' is the production - it's simply too 'slick' for a Prince record... all of the wonderful drum programming the man used to put in his music from the 80's is
absent here, and the job is instead left, pretty much, exclusively to Kirk Johnson.
Plastic-production aside though,'Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic' is a fine Prince album with a selection of brilliant songs on it.
The albums title track is in fact an outtake that had been in the Prince vaults for quite some time; over 10 years in fact, since his 'Batman' days. It's a stripped down demo-like number dominated by deep guitar licks and a solid organ-line. It's simplicity makes it a standout track and it benefits from not being over-produced like much of the album.
'Undisputed' contains the only interesting drum-programming on the album, it's an unusual song with quick chants from the 'N.P.G' and Prince singing over the rhythm of the drum-loop,
not as impressive;' Hot Wit U' is a non-descript r'n'b song which to this day remains one of Prince's weakest album tracks, even less distinguished is 'Everyday Is A Winding Road' which I won't even go in to.
'The Greatest Romance Ever Sold' (the album's first ballad) is one of the few brilliant tracks on the album, the songs structure is terrific and it contains a simple melancholic keyboard line throughout.
The albums two other conventional ballads; 'Man O' War' and 'I Love U But I Don't Trust U Anymore' are equally as impressive.
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I tend to be a fan of the more ballad type of songs that Prince does/did and even thought his album is not the best ever, it does feature 4 songs worth mentioning: The greatest Romance Ever Told (good) Tangerine (a bit less so), and my two favourites: Everyday is a winding road (super driving song, try keeping still to that one) and the superbly cheesy ballad: the Sun, the Moon and Stars. Worth a buy!
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By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
After listening to albums such as Sign 'O the Times, The Gold Xperience, 0{+>, Emancipation and Diamonds and Pearls, fans may be a little underwhelmed and dissapointed by the commecial sound of this album. It is a brilliant album in it's own rite, and coming from any other recording artist is would be considered a masterpiece. But it just isn't TAFKAP. There are some good songs, including 'Man O War', 'Prettyman'and 'The Greatest Romance Ever Sold', but I would reccomend it only to the most devoted fans. For everyone else, I would suggest that their money is better spent on similar but better 'The Gold Xperience'.
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By A Customer on 28 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a lifelong Prince fan, I salivate at the prospect of a new album. However, in recent years, they haven't been quite up to scratch. Prince was always an artist who never conformed to one genre or another. Alas, the past few albums have seen him try to tune into what's "in" at a particular time, e.g. hip-hop, dance, techno, etc. While there are a few nods to the new hip-hop/r'n'b realm on this album, he has returned to the unique multi-genre sound that has defined him. I hope this is a permanent return to form.
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