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Emancipation Explicit Lyrics, Import

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Out of print in the U.S.! 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.

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

Track Listings

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
  7. We Gets Up
  8. White Mansion
  9. Damned If I Do
  10. I Can Make You Love Me
  11. Mr. Happy
  12. In This Bed I Scream

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
  7. Joint 2 Joint
  8. The Holy River
  9. Let's Have A Baby
  10. Saviour
  11. The Plan
  12. Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife

Disc: 3

  1. Slave
  2. New World
  3. The Human Body
  4. Face Down
  5. La, La, La Means I Love You
  6. Style
  7. Sleep Around
  8. Da, Da, Da
  9. My Computer
  10. One Of Us
  11. The Love We Make
  12. Emancipation

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: xxx
  • ASIN: B000002UJC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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This was without a doubt the most anticipated album of its year for me. I was in high school and was really the only hardcore Prince fan in my clique of homeboys, and, boy, I couldn't wait to hear what he was gon' sound like after bein' granted full artistic freedom. An' three full-length albums of it. Thas' jus' too much to swallow. There's no true concept behind any one'a these discs, but you can certainly feel the cohesiveness of the songs as they flow one behind the other and it's far from slapped together in spite'a what you may have heard. There is soooo much great material here like 'White Mansion', 'Soul Sanctuary', 'Curious Child' and 'Let's Have a Baby' that you forgive the occasional throwaway like 'Courtin' Time'. I mean some'a these songs are unsung and unheralded CLASSICS like the cool, slick n' dirty multi-layered funk of 'Joint 2 Joint' (listen to the way he incorporated that Savion Glover tap in there! End of innovation? Ha!), the moving spiritual imagery of 'The Holy River', the bad-ayyyess drummer march of 'Slave', and the pure heartbreak of his perfect, an' I mean PERFECT version of 'I Can't Make U Love Me'. This album can do so much for the right listener; the listener lookin' for substance an' soul; the listener lookin' for some music by an' artist as devoted to makin' it as they are to livin' by it.

The following summer after this came out I saw Prince in concert on his 'Jam of the Year tour' and was floored. It didn't have the bombastic stageshow or the over-the-top vulgarity of his previous tours. In hindsight now, my wisdom has shown me that it was a symbol (no pun intended) of a man who was now so immersed in his art and his music he had completely let go of "style" as a part of his creative process. Dayyyuumn! He is tha MAN, y'all! An' ya KNOW this!
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"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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