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Emancipation [Explicit Lyrics, Import]

PrinceAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of ... Read more in Amazon's Prince Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: NPG Records
  • ASIN: B000002UJC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Jam Of The Year
2. Right Back Here In My Arms
3. Somebody's Somebody
4. Get Yo Groove On
5. Courtin' Time
6. Betcha By Golly Wow
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sex In The Summer
2. One Kiss At A Time
3. Soul Sanctuary
4. Emale
5. Curious Child
6. Dreamin' About U
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Slave
2. New World
3. The Human Body
4. Face Down
5. La, La, La Means I Love You
6. Style
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Editorial Reviews

As long as the stalemate between Prince "Symbol" Nelson and Warner persisted, there was no way to tell who was right: were the vaunted unreleased tracks inferior efforts, better left in the can, or, were they great songs, unwisely repressed? Now that the impasse has been broken--Nelson has left Warner and started his own label, NPG--the answer is clear. Nelson's first post-Warner release, "Emancipation," offers three full hours of music on 3 CDs, and none of it seems extraneous. Instead, every disc contains some of the catchiest melodies and most danceable rhythms of Nelson's career. It's as if a dam had cracked and a flood of pent-up creativity had been unleashed. --Geoffrey Himes

Product Description

Prince's first album after leaving Warner Brothers. Originally released in 1996, this three CD set runs exactly three hours which easily makes it one of the longest albums of all-new original material ever released by a popular artist. Standard triple jewelcase.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A flawlessly performed masterpiece October 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Those of you expecting the old Prince will be disappointed. While I agree this album marks the end of innovation we came to expect from him in the 80's and the beginning of a familiar mixture of funk, rock and R & B, this is nonetheless a masterpiece. Prince would not elect to put out a 3 record set unless he was dropping a bomb on us, and it is. This album is produced, performed and mixed flawlessly, a nasty stew here. The first disc consists mainly of funk and rock with a few surprises jabbed in. Disc 2 is mostly ballads and disc III is a mixture of dance, techno, rap, hip-hop and more funk! Perfection must have been on his mind when he made this. Beautiful ballads and freaky funk; the Beauty and the Beast. Best tracks are "Jam Of The Year," "White Mansion," "Emale," "Dreamin' About U," "Style," and "Sleep Around." Get this if you like traveling in the constellations he creates....
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Purple Genius February 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Three hours of perfect Prince is hard to believe. Here it is. All the grooves are present. All the funk. The indulgent boudoir ballads. The ambiguous spirituality. Cameos of soul & gospel & rap. If you've ever liked any Prince song, then you're bound to find another favourite on this explosion of creativity.

Of course there's a reason this album is so overwhelming, both in terms of quantity and quality: it represents the best of five years of songwriting. Allegedly in 1991 or so Prince walked into the Warner Bros. offices and dumped five albums' worth of music into their laps, thus fulfilling his 'contractual obligations' for the next five years. He then went home and continued to write songs. Once 'emancipated' from WB, free to form NPG music, he released this treasure trove. Without normal distribution, however, it "only" reached No.11 on the Billboard Album Chart, and spawned only one single. Crazy stuff. There's enough musical genius here for three or four chart-topping albums and a host of singles.

There are DVDs available of Prince's more recent lives shows, featuring consumate musicians, such as Maceo Parker and members of The Family Stone, but none more distinguished than Prince himself - his performances are terrific and showcase his enormous talent. Music is his life. He can play virtually any instrument, sing, write, What's more, he enjoys himself on stage - and it's hard not to share in it all. The DVDs are ideal complements to this CD set.

I think this is one of his best ever albums, and one of the best pop albums of all time. Having heard almost all his work, this would be my desert island recording.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for loyal Prince fans! December 14, 2004
By WadeL5P
Format:Audio CD
"Emancipation" has to be one of the best under-rated Prince CD's - ever! I think that is actually better than "Musicology" and they're definitely some major gems on this album. I think that it was overshadowed by his temporary name-change status and his contract battle with Warner Brothers. One day, this album is going to be considered a classic and a major collectable item. This production is solid, several "would be" hits, and good music - using live instruments. This album found Prince in a space to create and release whatever his purple heart desired! There are three hours of pure Prince. He's got something for everybody - gospel, old school, hip-hop, rock, house, and even electronica. You may want to visit "Jam of the Year", "Right Back Her in My Arms", "Betcha by Golly, Wow", La- La Means I Love You", "Sleep Around", "In this Bed I Scream", "I cant' make you love me", "Joint 2 Joint", and "Holy River." I think that both old and new school Prince fans will appreciate this "must" for their collection. A major treat - three solid hours of non-stop Prince!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ARGUABLY HIS GREATEST RELEASE. April 10, 2004
By MattyOH
Format:Audio CD
Like most Prince fans (...), while I had heard a few of his singles in the late 70's & early 80's, it was seeing "Purple Rain" that turned me into a permanent fan. While I love the next few albums to different degrees, his next real masterpiece was "Sign O' The Times." After a few more releases, he blew me away again with "The Gold Experience," and although the narration between the tunes sometimes interrupted the flow of the album, the tunes were absolutely killer.
Then, on a hot summer night in a hot tub in 1997, my wife I and listened to this set for the first time. How the hell he came up with 3 hours of music this good is truly beyond me. I feel the word is used FAR too loosely these days, but the guy really is a freakin' genius. No matter which of his styles you enjoy (pure funk, jazz-funk, ballads, hip-hop, tunes to have sex to, dance tunes, etc.), you will be MORE than satisfied.
Not-so-hardcore fans were alienated by the switch to "The Symbol" when this one came out, plus the fact that not as many folks are willing to slap down the extra $ for a 3-disc set. It's too bad, because by rights, this one should have been HUGE. I'm glad to see all the renewed interest after the Grammy and R&R Hall of Fame performance...I just hope that as old fans play catch-up with his post-80's stuff, that they'll put this one in their shopping cart. You won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
Great cd
Published 4 days ago by csoluvlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Typical Prince, But I Like It
I first purchased this CD when it first came out, I lost my mind and gave it to my brother. When I gained my composure back. I searched and searched for it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Queen Esther
5.0 out of 5 stars Emancipation has aged well
this triple album from 96 is largely overlooked in Prince's catalog.
it's sad,since this album(albums)contain so much creativity it's stunning. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SFNico
5.0 out of 5 stars Total entertainment!
I have been listening to Prince music since 1982. I have bought all of his albums over the past 32 years. 20 to 25 albums or so. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Matt Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
This is prince really great album Ilove it better than some other songs this is dance tracks love it anyone will
Published 5 months ago by Jereme Semien
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
I've been a die hard fan of Prince since the 70's. I got this CD, as a gift, when it came out and I really wasn't into it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. D. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Prince...need I say more?
I LOVE PRINCE! I bought this 3 cd collection because of one song "Somebody's Somebody" because it was not available on iTunes but I listened all the cds and loved the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jammie D
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince
Hard to find..had album years was stolen. So happen to have it again. Betcha by Golly Wow Tour the one
Published 12 months ago by aisha
2.0 out of 5 stars defective product
Both disc 1 and disc 3 have major "problems" with thinking they're error-filled discs. After repeatedly ejecting and re-inserting, finally the discs will no longer be... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David N.
5.0 out of 5 stars prince
another cd i just had to have in my collection of albums by this artist knew as prince or whichever name he chooses.
Published 14 months ago by sheilacheetah
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