The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) – The Gold Experience - 1995 RSD Soul Funk Ltd Gold Sealed 2LP

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The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) – The Gold Experience

Label:      The Prince Estate – 19439953161, NPG Records – 19439953161, Legacy – 19439953161
Format:     
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, Gold [Translucent Gold]
Country:    US
Released:   Jun 18, 2022
Liner Notes – Jim Walsh
Hype sticker on shrink-wrap:
Record Store Day
Replica of the expanded, limited edition promo version of Prince's 1995 album on 2 Gold LPs
Features "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World," "Gold," plus 5 "I Hate U" remixes
 
Record Store Day re-release replica of the U.S. only expanded, limited 1995 promo album The Gold Experience. Originally, released in conjunction with The Gold Experience which was the first full-length album to be released and credited to the "Love Symbol."
This RSD edition of The Gold Experience is an homage to the rare US-only promo version of the album released in 1995. The two-LP set is pressed onto translucent gold vinyl with a bonus suite of “Eye Hate U” remixes on Side D.
 
Part of the Record Store Day "RSD Drops 2022 - June 18" in a quantity of 24,150 and categorized as an 'RSD First' release.
 
Vinyl housed in die-cut black paper, anti-static inner sleeves.
 
"Eye" as mentioned on the sticker, in the track titles and liner notes is represented by a stylized "eye" symbol and officially recognized as such by fans and the official Prince Estate. Noted as the word "I" here.
 
 
Genre:      Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:      Funk, Minneapolis Sound, Pop Rock, Contemporary R&B
 
 
A1          P Control   5:59
A2          NPG Operator #1   0:12
A3          Endorphinmachine  4:07
A4          Shhh  7:18
A5          We March    4:49
 
 
B1          NPG Operator #2   0:18
B2          The Most Beautiful Girl In The World      4:25
B3          Dolphin     4:59
B4          NPG Operator #3   0:20
B5          Now   4:30
B6          NPG Operator #4   0:31
B7          319   3:05
 
 
C1          NPG Operator #5   0:10
C2          Shy   5:04
C3          Billy Jack Bitch  5:32
C4          Eye Hate U  5:54
C5          NPG Operator #6   0:45
C6          Gold  7:23
 
 
Eye Hate U (The Remixes)      
D1          Eye Hate U (Extended Remix)   6:17
D2          Eye Hate U (Album Version)    6:08
D3          Eye Hate U (Quiet Night Mix)  3:56
D4          Eye Hate U (Single Version With Guitar Solo)    4:25
D5          Eye Hate U (Single Version Without Guitar Solo) 3:48
 
 
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – The Prince Estate
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – NPG Records
Copyright © – The Prince Estate
Copyright © – NPG Records
Manufactured By – Sony Music Entertainment
Distributed By – Sony Music Entertainment
Pressed By – Memphis Record Pressing – MRP3561
Mastered At – GZ Media – 235804E
 
 
Label track time misprints as:
B6 0:20
C1 5:59
D3 6:56
 
℗ 1995 & © 1995, 2022 The Prince Estate/NPG Records, manufactured and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment
Barcode (Text): 1 94399 53161 7
Barcode (Scanned): 194399531617
Other (Title sticker, front cover): 19439953161S1
Other (Liner Notes sticker, back cover): 9439953161S2
Other (RSD sticker, on shrink): 19439953161S3
Matrix / Runout (Side A label): 19439953161A
Matrix / Runout (Side B label): 19439953161B
Matrix / Runout (Side C label): 19439953161C
Matrix / Runout (Side D label): 19439953161D
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): MRP3561 / 19439953161 - A 235804E1/A
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): MRP3561 / 19439953161 - B 235804E2/B
Matrix / Runout (Side C runout): MRP3561 / 19439953161 - C 235804E3/A

Matrix / Runout (Side D runout): MRP3561 / 19439953161 - D 235804E4/A

 

The Gold Experience was the first Prince studio album to be credited to his unpronounceable symbol, and was released at the most public, heated stage of his battle with the major label industrial complex. With the word “SLAVE” written on one cheek, Prince shined on the opulent ballads “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” and “Gold” and the defiant single “Eye Hate U”. This 1995 masterpiece earned widespread critical acclaim.

 

 

 

 

( Ultimate prince) "iCredit, at least in part, goes to the NPG, who were at the peak of their funky powers. The album sizzles with attitude, moving from rock to soul to hip hop and back again with grit and grace.

 
"The Gold Experience album was, like, this band had really just [emerged as a] crunched-down, super-tough, well-rehearsed band," keyboardist Morris Hayes told Minnesota Public Radio in 2018. "That was like a powerhouse band."
 
Releasing "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" was Prince's attempt to convince Warner Bros. that he could share music as it was recorded, rather than settling for their more spaced-out time table. It promptly went Top 5 on both the Billboard pop and R&B charts. But Prince's label held firm.
 
 
 
P. Control
The rest of The Gold Experience was recorded around the same time, with principal sessions taking place in the fall and winter of 1993-94. Together, they also celebrated feminism on the hard-funk "P Control," got harder still on "Endorphinmachine," engaged social issues on "We March," then tried for another soaring "Purple Rain" moment on the closing "Gold."
 
If not for the goofy "NPG Operator" interludes, it might be called another masterpiece of Prince eclecticism. At the same time, his war with Warner Bros. continued to bob to the surface: "Eye Hate U" felt like a sucker punch aimed at his label, and Prince promptly released it as the follow-up single to "Most Beautiful Girl."
 

Nevertheless, The Gold Experience soared into the Top 10, confirming the era's sense of rebirth. It wasn't just the new name. Prince had also become enamored with Betty Eagie's near death-themed Embraced by the Light, which had a direct influence on his reincarnation tale in "Dolphin."

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Condition New
Format 2LP
Artist Prince
Color Yellow