The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale

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The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale
Prince Vault.jpg
Studio album by Prince
Released August 24, 1999
Recorded January 23, 1985 – June 18, 1994
Genre
Length 39:17
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
Crystal Ball / The Truth
(1998)
The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale
(1999)
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
(1999)
Singles from The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale
  1. "Extraordinary"
    Released: August 10, 1999

The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale is the twenty-second studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on August 24, 1999 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was submitted to Warner Bros. Records in 1996, complete with artwork at the same time as Chaos and Disorder, but released three years later, shortly before Prince's Arista album release Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic. The album was recorded from 1985 through 1994. It was the last album to be released by Warner Bros. to fulfill his 1992 contract obligations.

Fans often complain that the songs have been overworked and watered down from the original versions that can be heard on various bootlegs, particularly "Old Friends 4 Sale".[citation needed] Not much promotion was done in the United States or United Kingdom to support the album. "Extraordinary" was occasionally performed during his 2002 One Nite Alone... Tour.

Background and release[edit]

The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale was Prince's first release with Warner Bros. Records since his eighteenth studio album, Chaos and Disorder (1996).[2] His previous three albums, Emancipation (1996), Crystal Ball (1998), and The Truth (1998), were all released independently by NPG Records.[3]

Promotion[edit]

Unlike his previous studio albums, Prince did not embark on a concert series or tour and did very little to promote the album. The lack of a proper tour would continue until the release of his twenty-fifth studio album, One Nite Alone... (2002).[4] Prince's next tour wouldn't be until late 2000, when he began the Hit n Run Tour.[5]

Singles[edit]

"Extraordinary" was released as the album's only and lead single on August 10, 1999, two weeks before the album's scheduled release.[6][7] The song was released as a CD single and sent to mainstream radio on the same day; the CD single included the album version of the single.[6] The single, however, did not manage to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his sixth consecutive single to do so.

Three promotional singles were also released from The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale. The first promotional single, "The Rest of My Life", was released in Japan in 1999 as a promotional CD single, and included "Extraordinary" as the CD's second track.[8] "5 Women" was the second promo single, also released as a CD single, but exclusively in Germany.[9] The third and final promotional single, "It's About That Walk", was also released in Germany.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[11]
The A.V. Club (unfavorable)[12]
Entertainment Weekly B+[13]
Mojo (mixed)[14]
NME 4/10 stars[15]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[16]
Rhapsody (favorable)[17]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[18]

After its release, The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale received generally mixed reviews from music critics. In a fairly positive review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called it "an unassuming, jazzy little record that's damn near irresistible."[11] Erlewine suggested that the tracks were comparable to the material found on Graffiti Bridge (1990). Entertainment Weekly's Marc Weingarten appreciated the album, stating that it "sounds more committed than a lot of his indie releases"; however, Weingarten noted that Prince fans would enjoy the album more.[13]

In a mixed review, Mark Zeltner of PopMatters enjoyed songs "Extraordinary" and "It's About That Walk", but criticized the record's "lack of a cohesive musical theme", also calling the track listing "a series of songs that were forgotten or discarded long ago by their creator."[16] A reviewer from Mojo was more mixed with the album, calling it "pleasing though predictable".[14] Keith Phipps, writing for The A.V. Club, was disappointed by the album, blaming Warner Bros. for the "none-too-generous selection of material".[12] Similarly, a critic from NME found the songs to be "mediocre", also nothing that Warner Bros. takes "revenge on their erstwhile slave".[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale was moderately unsuccessful after its release, peaking at the lower positions of most record charts. In the United States, the album debuted and peaked at position eighty-five on the Billboard Hot 100.[19] In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number forty-seven, becoming his highest charting album since Emancipation (1996).[20] The album was somewhat successful in the Netherlands, where it peaked at number sixteen.[21] Elsewhere, the album was unsuccessful. In France and Germany, it peaked at positions sixty-four and forty-four, respectively.[22][23]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and produced by Prince.

No. Title Length
1. "The Rest of My Life"   1:40
2. "It's About That Walk"   4:26
3. "She Spoke 2 Me (Extended Remix)"   8:20
4. "5 Women"   5:13
5. "When the Lights Go Down"   7:11
6. "My Little Pill"   1:09
7. "There Is Lonely"   2:29
8. "Old Friends 4 Sale"   3:27
9. "Sarah"   2:53
10. "Extraordinary"   2:28
Total length:
39:17

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[24] 40
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 31
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 16
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 64
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 44
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 47
US Billboard 200[19] 85

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (August 24, 1999). "The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale - Prince > Songs, Reviews, Credits > AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ Girl 6 (liner notes). Prince (musician). NPG Records. 1996. 
  3. ^ "Prince Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "One Nite Alone... Tour Dates". Goldies Parade. 2002. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ontour". Dawnation. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Prince – Extraordinary". Discogs. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Prince – Extraordinary". Discogs. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Prince – The Rest Of My Life". Discogs. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Prince – 5 Women". Discogs. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Prince – It's About That Walk". Discogs. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Prince – The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale". AllMusic. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Phipps, Keith (August 24, 1999). "Prince: The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Weingarten, Marc (September 10, 1999). "The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Prince – Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale CD". CD Universe. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale". NME. September 12, 2005. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Zeltner, Mark. "Prince, The Vault Old Friends 4 Sale". PopMatters. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Prince Album Guide". Rhapsody. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Prince Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Prince – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Prince. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Prince | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  21. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – Prince – The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Prince – The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  23. ^ a b "Offiziellecharts.de – Prince – The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  24. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Prince – The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  25. ^ "Ultratop.be – Prince – The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Prince – The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sale". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2016.

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