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The Gold Experience [Import]

PrinceAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 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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  • Audio CD (September 26, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002N1E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. P Control
2. NPG Operator
3. Endorphinmachine
4. Shhh
5. We March
6. NPG Operator
7. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
8. Dolphin
9. NPG Operator
10. Now
11. NPG Operator
12. 319
13. NPG Operator
14. Shy
15. Billy Jack Bitch
16. Eye Hate U
17. NPG Operator
18. Gold

Editorial Reviews

Prince Rogers Nelson is the most talented musician of his generation, but he has often seemed strangely out of sync with his own time. Performing under the single name of Prince, he mixed European American and African American musics like few others in history. Yet his extravagant obsessions with sex, religion, and dance grooves made him a stranger in the strange land of rock & roll, while his melodic genius and instrumental virtuosity made him the odd man out in an R&B world dominated by programmed rhythm machines. Perhaps that's why Nelson abandoned the stage name of Prince and adopted an unpronounceable symbol as his nom de musique. The Gold Experience is Nelson's first full-length album released under his symbol moniker and it's his strongest work under any name since 1990's Graffiti Bridge. Less a new direction than a return to the hard-edged funk of 1987-88's Sign o' the Times and The Black Album, The Gold Experience is better than either of those albums because this time the stripped-down rhythms have been bolstered by lots of guitar. In other words, the most effective integrationist in pop music has married deep-groove funk to in-your-face rock guitar--without sacrificing his usual gift for melody and harmony. Nelson has long been one of the best guitarists around, but because his licks were usually buried deep in his thickened arrangements, his chops weren't always obvious. In the more open arrangements here, they're pretty hard to miss. With this raw music come some rather raw lyrics, counterbalanced by a genuinely romantic ballad and two gospel-rooted songs lamenting the current state of American society. --Geoffrey Himes

Product Description

Available again after being deleted for years! Originally re lesed in 1995. 12 tracks including 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World'.

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thar be GOLD in that thar CD! September 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
With this CD Prince declared not only was he back (well sort of, he was still called O(-+> then), but he was back with a vengance. The sounds on this CD just tear though you. It's loud and raccus and the best part is Prince is back to playing guitar! He's such a talented guitar player and it's terrific (and long overdue) to hear those talents featured once again.
The presentation of the music is set up to be like you're clicking your way through some cyber world, dipping into the various 'experiences'. A computer-like voice introduces the CD and is heard many times throughout along with keyboard punches and assorted beeps and blips. It's a great idea, but one that might ultimatley date the CD.
Fortunately the music included here will wipe out any bad taste left by the computer host. Things start off with a bang with the rocking 'P Control' and 'Endorphinmachine' before hitting the gentle groove of 'Shh'. 'We March' is a song about racism, that offers some interesting lyrics, but is probably the weakest song here. "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World' gets a much more guitar and drum based treatment than what was heard on the radio and 'Dolphin' is all about rebirth, transformation and reincarnation. 'Now' and '319' are so full of energy and immediacy, they drag you to the dancefloor and won't let go. 'Shy', 'Billy Jack Bitch' and 'I Hate U' form a trilogy of sorts. Telling the story of meeting a girl, falling for her and then the messy relationship that follws. It's raunchy, it's raw and it's pure heaven to hear! The CD closes with 'Gold' which is anthemic like 'Purple Rain' and 'The Holy River' but surpasses them in that it feels so urgent.
That's the one thing that stands out to me. This is an urgent sound. I've never heard Prince sound like this. It's a sound of such heartfelt energy that it just HAS to be heard, and it has to be heard NOW. It's an amazing experience. A GOLD experience. Don't miss out on it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
'The Gold Experience' was recorded during Prince's bitter feaud with Warner Brothers,in which he chose to begin referring to himself as O(-> (or the Artist Formerly Known As Prince).This was the first release credited only to that symbol,the first popular artist to refer to himself as something other then a written name.That indulgance aside this CD is a return to form from the rather lacking Prince albums just before.The same modern elements of hip-hop and harder rock are still there but more focused and well performed,not tacked on.The album itself plays like a computer program with every other of the 18 cuts being the voice of the NPG operator explaining the 'feel' of the upcoming song.'P Control' is one of the better examples of Prince being able to successfully integrate rap and hard funk and since both are presented in tough,driving fasion it works.Like much of the material here it is very politcal-in terms of music,race,sex and social status.This ends up basically being one half rock and another half funk.Of course "Endorphinmachine","Shh","We March" and the fabulous "Dolphin" are great rock songs-some poppier the some harder edged.Prince pulls some crazy guitar solo's and riffs out of left fiend and really commits himself to the music entirely.Of the funky tunes the ripping "319","Now",the haunting "Shy" and the back to basics "Billy Jack Bitch" all assault you with rhythm.The three most powerful songs are two fabulous epics-the rock hysteria of "Gold" and the soulful "Eye Hate U".The next one (and the biggest hit from the album) is the catchy ballad "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World"-it is very gentle,humane and beautiful-the flowering of a fully mature Prince. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly overlooked November 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Of the horribly inconsistent albums Prince released throughout the 90s, he achieved gold with 1995's "The Gold Experience". This 18-track opus takes us through his "experience" with the aid of a female NPG Operator as our guide. It's a return to the old Prince we enjoyed and here's why:
The songwriting:
Divided into four of Prince's favorite subjects: sex, love, deception, and self-knowledge. The album starts with the raunchy but inventive gutter feminist lyrics of "P Control". In "319", pinup photo shoots never sounded more erotic yet puerile. He also shows that he hasn't lost his caring romantic side in "Shhh" and in the hit single "The Most Beautiful Girl In the World". In "Billy Jack B---h" and the ballad "I Hate U" Prince becomes a misogynist, denouncing his women for being unfaithful. The social-political awareness in "We March" and the mundane metaphors in "Dolphin" are a tad cliché, but the songwriting overall is wonderful.
The music:
While I admit that it's not musically groundbreaking, it was up-to-date for a mid-90s album. The tracks are mostly uptempo rock and R&B numbers. But the best part about this album is that Prince once again does his killer guitar solos in each song. The electric guitar solos in the high-octane "Endorphinmachine" and "I Hate U" are awesome. Other favorites include the guitar portion of "Dolphin" and the horn and bass in "Billy Jack B---h". Production-wise, it's Prince at his finest since "Sign O' the Times" and even funkier than the "Love-Symbol Album".
The vocals:
Prince sings, he yells, he raps (effectively in "P Control" and "Now") he screams to the top of his lungs like a woman, he's full of energy. You could tell he had a great time recording this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALWAYS been a Prince fan, I came across this ...
ALWAYS been a Prince fan, I came across this album and realized it was the only one I didn't have. I remedied that real quick!
Published 6 days ago by Deidra
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 19 days ago by Robert A.L. Lange
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best Prince albums
Published 20 days ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Aaah, p**** control, oh!
What other album starts off with a song called "P Control"? If that wasn't good enough, the lyrics are even better.

Enough said, 5 stars!
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Files
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a listen
Can't find this album on iTunes. Most likely due to the fact that Prince released this album when his name was an inutterable symbol. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars the gold experience is one of Princes great CD's butnow its deleted...
The gold experience is one of my favorite prince CD's i use to have it but i traded in so i ordered it on Amazon i can't believe that they would do that to one of his great CD's of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by thomas henry
5.0 out of 5 stars PCONTROL
I HATE U , P Control, Shy. Always loved this album.... All that glitters ain't gold, but this album is one of his better... Stands up in the studio and live.
Published 4 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I love him there for I love it. Unfortunately there was a crack in the case. Other than that, perfect!
Published 6 months ago by Sidnee F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record- not available on Itunes as far as I can tell
Typically awesome and ecclectic Prince record. Goes all over the map with hip hop, rock, R&B and even a ballad or two. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sean A. Mcglamery
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince the Gold experience
Because I love anything "prince" . I'm happy to have this CD ... Gonna take me awhile to "disgest" it !! Yes I'm very satisfied with my purchase.!! Thanks!!
Published 7 months ago by Pamela j walsh
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