C-Note (album)

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C-Note
Live album by Prince and The New Power Generation
Released January 3, 2003
Recorded 2002
Genre Jazz
Length 34:03
Label NPG
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
Xpectation
(2003)
C-Note
(2003)
N.E.W.S
(2003)

C-Note is the second live album by Prince and The New Power Generation, released in 2003. Its genre is jazz, with four tracks taken from soundchecks during the One Nite Alone... tour.[1]

All five tracks are named after the location they were recorded in. The album's title is an acronym, taken from the first letters of the five tracks: "Copenhagen", "Nagoya", "Osaka", "Tokyo", and "Empty Room".[citation needed]

The first four tracks are instrumentals, although the fourth features Prince repeating "Tokyo". The fifth track is a live rendition of "Empty Room" (recorded October 25, 2002 in Copenhagen)[citation needed], an outtake originally intended for the album The Gold Experience[citation needed], though the song was likely written ca. August 4, 1985[citation needed], when it was first recorded. The song is reported[by whom?] to have been written and recorded for Susannah Melvoin after relationship difficulty[citation needed]. There was a clip made for the song but it remains unreleased.[citation needed]

The album is highly experimental and reminiscent of the Madhouse project.[citation needed] It was available as an MP3 file from Prince's NPG Music Club, but is now unavailable.[citation needed] C-Note is jazz-oriented along with quiet storm, jazz-fusion, jazz-funk, and smooth jazz. It is also atmospheric and new age themed.

History[edit]

Prince's then-fan club, The NPG Music Club charged $100 for a membership that had advertised that paying members would receive 4 exclusive albums. After Prince released One Nite Alone... and the three-disc One Nite Alone... Live!, members who felt deceived sent complaints of Federal Mail Fraud to the Minnesota Attorney General's office and the BBB after Prince failed to honor the agreement. The albums Xpectation and C-Note (slang for a $100 bill) was his response to being forced to comply to these demands.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Copenhagen" – 13:28
  2. "Nagoya" – 8:54
  3. "Osaka" – 5:28
  4. "Tokyo" – 5:04
  5. "Empty Room" – 4:02

2003 re-release[edit]

  1. "Copenhagen" – 10:07
    • excises Davis interpolation

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "C-Note". Prince Vault. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. [dead link]