Girl 6 (album)

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Girl 6
Prince G6.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMarch 19, 1996
Recorded1982–1996
Genre
Length61:13
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerPrince
Prince chronology
The Gold Experience
(1995)
Girl 6
(1996)
Chaos and Disorder
(1996)
Singles from Girl 6
  1. "Girl 6"
    Released: March 26, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
MusicHound3.5/5[2]

Girl 6 is a soundtrack album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on March 19, 1996 by Warner Bros. Records. The album is the soundtrack to the Spike Lee film of the same name. Girl 6 consists of mostly previously released songs from Prince and related artists such as the Family, Vanity 6, and the New Power Generation. The three previously unreleased tracks are "She Spoke 2 Me" (recorded in 1991–1992), "Don't Talk 2 Strangers" (recorded in 1992, during sessions for the proposed I'll Do Anything soundtrack) and "Girl 6", which was newly recorded for the soundtrack.

The title track was released as a single, backed with "Nasty Girl" by Vanity 6.

Song descriptions[edit]

Previously unreleased tracks[edit]

"She Spoke 2 Me" is a jazzy number, recorded with the NPG in 1991–1992, possibly for the Love Symbol Album.[citation needed] The song is delivered in falsetto vocals and features The NPG horn section. The song was later released in an extended version on 1999's The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale that extends the song with several minutes of jazzy instrumentations. "Don't Talk 2 Strangers" was recorded in 1992 for the proposed I'll Do Anything soundtrack. Prince was commissioned to write the soundtrack for the film (a musical comedy at that time) and the film's actors were to sing his songs. In an early screening, the film was heavily panned. As a result, the film was re-done as a non-musical and Prince's music was pulled. The track is a gentle number, originally set for a mother to be sung to her daughter. The ballad features little more than piano, and was delivered in falsetto. "Don't Talk 2 Strangers" was later covered by Chaka Khan on her 1998 Prince collaboration Come 2 My House. The newly written "Girl 6" is a poppy number with elements of hip-hop such as scratching and sampling (bits from the film, as well as Prince hits). The lyrics describe the film's lead character and were delivered by Prince with Nona Gaye. The song was credited to The New Power Generation, with music by Tommy Barbarella and lyrics by Prince.

Other tracks[edit]

"Pink Cashmere" was a single from The Hits/The B-Sides in 1993. "Erotic City" was a Purple Rain-era B-side from 1984, also released on The Hits/The B-Sides. "Hot Thing", "Adore", and "The Cross" were all lifted from 1987's Sign o' the Times. "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" was a B-side from 1982 and was also collected on The Hits/The B-Sides. "Girls & Boys" came from Parade, the soundtrack album for the film Under the Cherry Moon.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and performed by Prince. Track 13, music written by Tommy Barbarella.

No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."She Spoke 2 Me" 4:19
2."Pink Cashmere" 6:15
3."Count The Days"The New Power Generation3:26
4."Girls & Boys" 5:31
5."The Screams of Passion"The Family5:27
6."Nasty Girl"Vanity 65:14
7."Erotic City" 3:55
8."Hot Thing" 5:41
9."Adore" 6:31
10."The Cross" 4:46
11."How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" 3:55
12."Don't Talk 2 Strangers" 3:11
13."Girl 6"The New Power Generation4:04
Total length:59:58

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[3] 83
US Billboard 200[4] 75
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AllMusic review
  2. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 899. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Soundtrack / Prince – Girl 6" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "New Power Generation Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "New Power Generation Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2016.