Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic

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Not to be confused with Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic.
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
Studio album by Prince
Released November 9, 1999
Recorded 1998–1999 (title song, 1988)
Genre Pop, rock, funk
Length 73:50
Label NPG, Arista
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale
(1999)
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
(1999)
The Rainbow Children
(2001)
Singles from Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
  1. "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold"
    Released: October 5, 1999
  2. "Man'O'War (promo)"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Baby Knows (promo)"
    Released: 2000

Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic is the twentieth studio album by Prince (his stage name at the time being the love symbol he created). Featuring a radio-friendly sound, the album was conceived as a return to commercial success after several years without significant public attention. However, the album received only modest sales, mixed reviews, and is generally viewed by fans[specify] as one of Prince's weakest efforts.

The album's first single, "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold", achieved modest success, peaking at number 63 on the Hot 100. Though Prince's duet with Gwen Stefani, "So Far So Pleased", was considered to be a single, plans were halted when No Doubt's label refused to grant permission (fearing it would confuse fans since the band's album, Return of Saturn, was about to be released).

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[3]
NME (2/10)[4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Village Voice (mixed)[8]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic" – 4:18
  2. "Undisputed" with Chuck D. – 4:19
  3. "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold" – 5:29
  4. "Segue" – 0:04
  5. "Hot Wit' U" with Eve – 5:11
  6. "Tangerine" – 1:30
  7. "So Far, So Pleased" with Gwen Stefani – 3:23
  8. "The Sun, the Moon and Stars" – 5:15
  9. "Everyday Is a Winding Road" – 6:12
  10. "Segue" – 0:18
  11. "Man'O'War" – 5:14
  12. "Baby Knows" with Sheryl Crow – 3:18
  13. "I Love U, but I Don't Trust U Anymore" with Ani Difranco – 3:33
  14. "Silly Game" – 3:29
  15. "Strange but True" – 4:12
  16. "Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do" – 3:15
  17. "Segue" – 0:43 (hidden track)
  18. "Prettyman" – 4:23 (hidden track)
  • Written by Prince, except #9, written by Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott and Brian McLeod.

Personnel[edit]

  • Mike Scott - guitar (on #3)
  • Ani DiFranco - acoustic guitar (13)
  • Rhonda Smith - acoustic bass (6), bass (7)
  • Kirk Johnson - drums (7), percussion (11)
  • Michael B. - drums (12)
  • Kenni Holmen (5), Kathy Jensen (5), Maceo Parker (18) - saxophone
  • Steve Strand, Dave Jensen - trumpet (5)
  • Michael B. Nelson - trombone (5)
  • Gwen Stefani - co-lead vocals (7)
  • Sheryl Crow - co-lead vocals and harmonica (12)
  • Marva King (7), Larry Graham (9), DuJuan Blackshire (9), Johnnie Blackshire (9) - backing vocals
  • Kip Blackshire - vocoder vocals (2,9)
  • Chuck D (2), Eve (5) - rap
  • Bros. Jules - scratches (2,18)
  • Clare Fischer - orchestration (8,11,14)
  • All other vocals and instruments performed by Prince.

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Chart positions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Prince: Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan (9 November 1999). "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (19 November 1999). "Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic Review (1999): Prince". Entertainment Weekly (Time) (#513). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic". NME (IPC Media). 23 November 1999. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Prince - Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic CD Album". CDUniverse.com. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Prince". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Toure (20 January 2000). "Prince: Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Rothman, Robin (18 January 2000). "The Artists Formerly Known as Each Other (Almost)". The Village Voice (New York). ISSN 0042-6180. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Hermanson, Wendy (9 November 1999). "Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic". Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. 
  10. ^ http://princevault.com/index.php/Album:_Rave_Un2_The_Joy_Fantastic