Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic 1999

Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, released very soon after the forgettable “The Vault” in 1999, was a much more commercial and more funky experience that Prince fans were waiting for at the time. There was much hype over the fact that this release was timed to coincide with a live performance for the 2000 millennium, and lots of promotion for the single, “The greatest romance ever sold”. There were duets with many famous and up and coming artists and current legends such as Ani Di Franco. Chuck D, Gwen Stefani and Sheryl Crowe.

It was a minor commercial success but probably not the scale that Prince intended and he very quickly stopped promoting this record. Its a pity as there was a lot of good stuff on it, and better promotion or management could have seen different results. Some of the music is Prince’s best commercial output since Diamonds and Pearls.  Songs like “So far, so pleased” and “Baby Knows” were really good fun. “Man O War” was a great ballad. whilst “Undisputed” and “Prettyman” were as much fun as Prince could have over the years considering the poor output. Prettyman in particular is a special song, as he exudes the soul of James Brown fairly flawlessly. It demonstrated that as a preformer he still had “it”, that something special.

Over all, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is a good someback, and the release of Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic in 2001 showed a personal interest in the project, and a much improved overall record, almost a bonus to fans at the time. However, in reality most fans already had “Un2”, so they had to pay the full price of a CD for a new song and some remixes. Once again, not great fan management.

3 out of 5

Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic 1999

  1. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (4:19) 1 
  2. Undisputed (4:20)
  3. The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (5:30)
  4. Segue (0:04)
  5. Hot Wit U (5:11)
  6. Tangerine (1:31)
  7. So Far, So Pleased (3:24)
  8. The Sun, The Moon And Stars (5:16)
  9. Everyday Is A Winding Road (6:13) 2 
  10. Segue (0:19)
  11. Man’O’War (5:15)
  12. Baby Knows (3:19)
  13. Love U, But Don’t Trust U Anymore (3:36)
  14. Silly Game (3:30)
  15. Strange But True (4:13)
  16. Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do (3:16) (track time is 8:51 including silence after track)
  17. Segue (0:44) (not listed on back cover)
  18. Prettyman (4:25) (not listed on back cover)

 

Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic 2001

  1. Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (5:15)
  2. Undisputed (The Moneyapolis Mix) (5:46)
  3. The Greatest Romance Ever Sold (8:07) 1 
  4. Hot Wit U (Nasty Girl Remix) (4:24)
  5. Tangerine (2:14)
  6. So Far, So Pleased (3:24)
  7. The Sun, The Moon And Stars (5:19)
  8. Man’O’War (Remix) (5:12)
  9. Baby Knows (3:54)
  10. Love U, But Don’t Trust U Anymore (3:36)
  11. Beautiful Strange (4:56)
  12. Silly Game (3:30)
  13. Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do (3:16)
  14. Prettyman (5:36) – not listed on back cover

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