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Record label publicity materials peg this collection of previously unreleased recordings from Prince's long tenure at the company as "a noteworthy musical event". But Prince fans expecting something on the order of 1993's B-sides disc or the oft-bootlegged Black Album are bound to be disappointed by The Vault. While well crafted and groove-wise, these 10 tracks provide little surprise beyond their general vapidity. Sparks occasionally fly, as on the Al Green-influenced "5 Women" and the funny Chuck Berry nod "Sarah", but this set intrigues much more than it entertains. Ironically for a 1999 release, it's often more fit for smooth-jazz radio than an apocalyptic party. --Rickey Wright
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This one was perhaps the most pleasant surprise of them all - mainly because from the artwork, I was not expecting much at all.
It's almost like an Unplugged album and goes well with The Truth in sound.
If I had to pick a favourite, 5 Women is a wonderful song, but they're all good. If his Vault has more gems like this, then that will do me fine.
'Old friends for sale' is the great track, cinematographic, There is Lonely would be at home on Purple Rain but the best, best one is When the Lights go Down: long intro (2.30 minutes), intimate circular melody. I just do not understand why this song does not feature in the top Prince songs lists you see everywhere.
You could listen to this album, and feel that it was a lesser, official record in the Prince canon, for though Prince's involvement seems slight, there are signs of Prince reworking and remixing the original songs - much like 1990's "Graffitti Bridge" - including a consistent mastering and drum sound that masks the fact these songs were recorded between 1984 and 1995 with a multitude of performers. But there is little here that makes the listener want to come back and experience this again, nothing that grabs the listener by the scruff of the neck proclaiming genius, and nothing that is artistically valid about it's birth. Presumably Prince tossed this into Warners in the hope they would accept it as an album, found that they wouldn't, and then rushed 1996's "Chaos And Disorder" to fulfill his obligations. Shame. It's not a bad record, by any standard, certainly far better than the over-done "Rainbow Children", but not a stone dead Prince classic.
"There is Lonely".....like how much more emotion can possibly be put into a recording ?
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