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Kamasutra 1998

Kamasutra was given away as part of the Crystal Ball CD set in 1998. It contains 11 instrumental songs, and was performed by the NPG Orchestra.

As a Prince fan, Kamasutra would pass you by and you wouldn’t notice.

It’s not that I don’t rate the music. In parts the music is extraordinary, some of the sounds are reminiscent of the legendary beginning of “Condition of the heart”. The soundtrack is clearly a labour of love and personal joy to Prince, and shows his unerring creativity and diverse musical abilities. All the while, sounding like a “prince” record. But for me, there is little of interest.

1 out of 5

  1. The Plan (2:03)
  2. Kamasutra (11:49)
  3. At Last… “The Lost Is Found” (3:37)
  4. The Ever Changing Light (2:59)
  5. Cutz (3:03)
  6. Serotonin (0:47)
  7. Promise/Broken (3:46)
  8. Barcelona (2:16)
  9. Kamasutra/Overture #8 (3:11)
  10. Coincidence Or Fate? (3:24)
  11. Kamasutra/Eternal Embrace (4:02)


Crystal Ball 1998

1998’s Crystal Ball is a combination of bootleg, previously unreleased songs. Its also a lot of filler including some rehashed songs in a 3 CD set. There are some amazing moments on this album, but an overall feeling of disappointment and inconsistency as well. The songs clearly being over a long stretch of time and you can tell by the different styles.

The songs are of varying levels of quality as well, with some sounding like demos, some sounding very dated and others sounding like left overs. Wikipedia says most of the songs were recorded between 1983–96. Officially, this was also Prince’s way to avoid bootlegged material, similar to the Black Album, so that royalties/money was not lost on these sales. However, there were problems. Firstly a majority of the songs were 90’s recorded songs and very few from the 80’s golden period, and many of the songs were actually remixed for the album, so the original (mostly better versions) were still going to be bootlegged.

As a “peace” offering, Prince also released two extra albums – “Kamasutra” and “The Truth” (to be reviewed separately). The Truth being quite an interesting record, while Kamasutra was not so interesting. It was still incredible value and a lot (maybe too much?) material being released (5 albums worth) at one time.

There are some funk gems however. “Hide the Bone”, despite it’s poor recording quality, is a real pile driver funk record, and “Calhoun Square” is a nonchalant gem of a song, seemingly recorded live.  Similarly, “Interactive” and “Da Bang” are a lot of fun and possibly better than some of the songs from the 90’s in Diamonds and Pearls where they were originally intended.

However, Crystal Ball does contain a lot of filler, like the title track and Dream Factory. You can see why they were left out of their respective albums! There are some remakes or remixes of existing songs that don’t really work, “Tell Me How U Wanna B Done” is just no where as good as “The Continental” and “Good Love” is the same song as the soundtrack. “Love Sign” is OK, but very dated and just not that good. “P Control” is just horrible. The less said about “Ripopgodazippa” the better… Other songs like “Make your mother happy”, “Cloreen Baconskin” and “Poom Poom” are very irritating. The rest of the songs are (depending on your mood) nether here, nor there. Nothing songs.

The album ends, with what I think is the best song, “Goodbye”, which could have been on any of his albums and been a hit at any time. On my IPOD, the album has been compressed into about 10 songs, and this is what Crystal Ball is – a large set of low quality songs interspersed with the odd surprise. Like most Prince albums, post 90’s, it’s worth the purchase just to hear those rare good songs, as they are still very very good.

2 out of 5


Track listing

  • * – denotes song edited/revised for this compilation & can be found in original form on unofficial bootlegs.
  • ‡ – denotes remix of already released song.
  • † – Found in full form on Bright Lights, Big City soundtrack.
Disc One
  1. “Crystal Ball”* – 10:28 (recorded 1986)
  2. “Dream Factory”* – 3:07 (recorded 1985)
  3. “Acknowledge Me”* – 5:27 (recorded 1993)
  4. “Ripopgodazippa” – 4:39 (recorded 1993)
  5. “Love Sign” (Shock G’s Silky Remix)‡ – 3:53 (recorded 1994)
  6. “Hide the Bone” – 5:04 (recorded 1993)
  7. “2morrow” – 4:14 (recorded 1995)
  8. “So Dark”‡ – 5:14 (recorded 1994)
  9. “Movie Star”* – 4:26 (recorded 1986)
  10. “Tell Me How U Wanna B Done”‡ – 3:16 (recorded 1992)
Disc Two
  1. “Interactive” – 3:04 (recorded 1993)
  2. “Da Bang” – 3:20 (recorded 1995)
  3. Calhoun Square“* – 4:47 (recorded 1993)
  4. “What’s My Name” – 3:04 (recorded 1993)
  5. “Crucial”* – 5:06 (recorded 1986)
  6. “An Honest Man”* – 1:13 (recorded 1985)
  7. “Sexual Suicide”* – 3:40 (recorded 1985)
  8. “Cloreen Baconskin” – 15:37 (recorded 1983)
  9. “Good Love”† – 4:55 (recorded 1986)
  10. “Strays of the World” – 5:07 (recorded 1993)
Disc Three
  1. “Days of Wild” (Live)* – 9:20 (recorded 1995)
  2. “Last Heart”* – 3:01 (recorded 1986)
  3. “Poom Poom” – 4:32 (recorded 1996)
  4. “She Gave Her Angels” – 3:53 (recorded 1996)
  5. “18 & Over”* – 5:40 (recorded 1994)
  6. “The Ride” (Live)* – 5:14 (recorded 1995)
  7. “Get Loose”‡ – 3:31 (recorded 1994)
  8. “P Control”‡ – 6:00 (recorded 1995)
  9. “Make Your Mama Happy” – 4:01 (recorded 1986)
  10. “Goodbye” – 4:35 (recorded 1995)