Every Tuesday, the Analog Kid blog goes back in time and features some of the best groovy R&B/soul songs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sometimes you’ll hear songs from individual artists or from a specific year, and other times you’ll get an entire full-length classic LP ripped directly from the Analog Kid’s vast vinyl vault. Warning: by R&B/soul, I also mean disco. I could go all Anita Ward on your ass at any given moment, so just be ready!

 

It may seem like Prince appears on almost every Groovy Tuesday, but the truth is that it’s been over six months since I featured his Purple highness. That’s just not smart business on my part, as my Prince posts consistently receive more traffic than any other artist on the Analog Kid blog. Any guesses as to this site’s all-time views leader? It’s this one:

https://theanalogkidblog.com/2014/01/07/groovy-tuesday-princes-the-black-album/

I doubt that today’s post about 1999’s Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic will generate as much interest as my Black Album post, but it’s actually almost as rare. Like The Black Album, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is currently out of print– you can’t even download mps3 from Amazon or iTunes. The album was supposed to be Prince’s big comeback after signing with Arista Records, but it just felt a little too forced. There are way too many “superstar” appearances on the album: Gwen Stefani, Sheryl Crow, Chuck D, and Ani Difranco all share vocals with Prince on different tracks. It seems like Clive Davis was trying to do for Prince what he did for Santana earlier that year, but clearly it didn’t work– “The Greatest Romance Ever Sold” peaked at #63, and Prince didn’t even tour to support the album.

Despite the record’s lackluster performance, there are redeeming qualities to Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic. I think Rave would have fared much better on the charts if the Stefani duet “So Far, So Pleased” had been released as a single– it’s clearly the catchiest song on the record, but apparently the impending release of Return Of Saturn meant that it had to remain an album cut. My other favorite track is “Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do,” a song that just oozes everything that I love about Prince. “Wherever” is technically the final song on the album, although there are actually two hidden bonus tracks tacked on at the end. I have separated these for you so that each song can be played independently. I know, I know– I’m cool like that…

 

Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic 1

Prince: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

NPG/Arista Records, 1999

 

1. “Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic” (Prince)

Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

2. “Undisputed” (Prince)

Undisputed

3. “The Greatest Romance Ever Sold” (Prince)

The Greatest Romance Ever Sold

4. “Segue” (Prince)

Segue

5. “Hot Wit U” (Prince)

Hot Wit U

6. “Tangerine” (Prince)

Tangerine

7. “So Far, So Pleased” (Prince)

So Far, So Pleased

8. “The Sun, The Moon And Stars” (Prince)

The Sun, The Moon And Stars

9. “Everyday Is A Winding Road” (Sheryl Crow/Jeff Trott/Brian McLeod)

Everyday Is A Winding Road

10. “Segue” (Prince)

Segue

11. “Man ‘O’ War” (Prince)

Man ‘O’ War

12. “Baby Knows” (Prince)

Baby Knows

13. “I Love U, But Don’t Trust U Anymore” (Prince)

I Love U, But Dont Trust U Anymore

14. “Silly Game” (Prince)

Silly Game

15. “Strange But True” (Prince)

Strange But True

16. “Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do” (Prince)

Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do

17. “Segue” (Prince)

Segue

18. “Prettyman” (Prince)

Prettyman

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

Return Of Saturn

No Doubt: “New” (Gwen Stefani/Tom Dumont)

From the album Return Of Saturn

Interscope Records, 2000

New

 

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow: “Everyday Is A Winding Road” (Sheryl Crow/Jeff Trott/Brian McLeod)

From the album Sheryl Crow

A&M Records, 1996

Everyday Is a Winding Road

 

Supernatural

Santana Featuring Rob Thomas: “Smooth”

From the album Supernatural

Arista Records, 1999

Smooth

 

Reachin' (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)

Digable Planets: “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” (Butler/Irving/Vieira)

From the album Reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)

Pendulum/Elektra Records, 1993

Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

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2 responses »

  1. ryumoau says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve been obsessed with seeking out the lesser known Prince tracks and albums. 🙂

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