Prince ‎– Musicology

Columbia ‎– COL 517165 9, NPG Records ‎– 5171659000, NPG Records ‎– 5171652001
CD, Album, Enhanced, Digipak

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1 Musicology
Instruments [All Instruments], Voice [All Voices] – Prince
2 Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance 4:46
3 A Million Days
Instruments [All Instruments], Voice [All Voices] – Prince
4 Life 'O' The Party
Instruments [All Instruments], Voice [All Voices] – PrinceSaxophone [Sax] – Candy*Voice [Additional Voices] – Candy*, Chance*
5 Call My Name
Backing Vocals [Additional Backing Vox] – Chance*, Kip*, Stokley*Instruments [All Instruments], Voice [All Voices] – PrinceStrings [String Samples] – Clare Fischer
6 Cinnamon Girl
Backing Vocals [Additional Backing Vox] – Candy*, Chance*, Rhonda*Instruments [All Instruments], Voice [All Voices] – Prince
7 What Do U Want Me 2 Do?
Instruments [All Instruments], Voice [All Voices] – Prince
8 The Marrying Kind
Drums – John BlackwellHorns [Hornz] – Candy*, Greg*, Maceo*Instruments [All Instruments], Voice [All Voices] – PrinceVoice Actor [Una Donna Di Passaggio] – Ornella Bonaccorsi
9 If Eye Was The Man In Ur Life
Drums – John BlackwellHorns [Hornz] – Candy*, Greg*, Maceo*Instruments [All Instruments], Voice [All Voices] – Prince
10 On The Couch
Drums – John BlackwellHorns [Hornz] – Candy*, Greg*, Maceo*Instruments [All Instruments], Voice [All Voices] – Prince
11 Dear Mr. Man
Bass – Rhonda SmithDrums – John BlackwellElectric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Renato NetoInstruments [All Other Instruments], Voice [All Voices] – PrinceShaker – Sheila E.
12 Reflection
Instruments [All Instruments], Voice [All Voices] – Prince
Video Musicology 4:57

Companies, etc.

  • Glass Mastered AtSony Music – S5171659000-0101


  • Arranged By, Producer, Composed By, Performer [Per4med By]Prince


6-panel digipack

Sticker on shrink:
'School's In Session On Prince's New CD!
Includes The Smashes "Musicology"
And "Call My Name." Pop In The CD To
Watch The Video For "Musicology"!

28-page booklet featuring pictures and lyrics & credits to each song.
[track 8: 'una donna di passaggio' which translates as: 'a woman of passage']

when entered the disc into a computer, opens a flash file which eventually reveals the "Musicology" video clip. Playable on PC & Mac computers

Catalog numbers:
Spines: COL 517165 9
Reverse: 5171659000
Last page of front booklet: 5171652001
Disc label: COL 517165 9 and 5171659000
Custom sticker: 5171652004

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 099751 716594
  • Label Code: LC 00162
  • Rights Society (Logo): SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL
  • Rights Society: BIEM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): Sony Music S5171659000-0101 11 B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): Sony Music S5171659000-0101 11 A6
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L551
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 94V4
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 94V3

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
K 92560-51, CK 92560 Prince Musicology(CD, Album, Enh, Dig) NPG Records, Columbia K 92560-51, CK 92560 US 2004 Sell This Version
none Prince Musicology(CD, Album, Promo, Car) NPG Records none US 2004 Sell This Version
OR3545 Prince Musicology(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Prince) OR3545 Russia 2004 Sell This Version
SAMPCD 14038, 0140382000 Prince Musicology(CD, Album, Copy Prot., Promo) NPG Records, Columbia SAMPCD 14038, 0140382000 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
517165 4 Prince Musicology(Cass, Album) NPG Records 517165 4 Malaysia 2004 Sell This Version


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October 15, 2009

My least favorite Prince album hands-down. Between the jazz/fusion muzak and desperate hip-hop dance numbers and the extremely shallow and predictable lyrics I really can't say I find anything remotely enjoyable in this album.

First, the lyrics are, as I said, predictable. You can pretty much guess each song's message via the title; for instance, 'Dear Mr. Man' is about writing a rhetorical letter to authority; 'A Million Days' talks about waiting for a lover; 'Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance' is perhaps the most interesting lyrically, but it's a stretch for me to say it's up to Prince's usual level of quality songwriting.

As far as the music goes, it's extremely bland. Jazz fusion worked pretty well I think in The Rainbow Children, but here songs like 'What Do U Want Me 2 Do?' and 'On The Couch' sound like the soundtrack to my local weather report channel. But what's worse, what I feel is the worst song Prince ever wrote, is 'Life O' The Party', a vomit-inducing dance song where the female's opening into the song with 'This is the life o' the...PAWTEH, We gonna do it right' already make me wretch. The lyrics are truly awful and bland, I'm embarrassed for Prince... 'We gonna have us a party, All r welcome 2, We ain't down with nobody, That don't party like we do'... is all I have left to say about it.

What confuses me most is how during this time period Prince actually released a number of albums, though only NPG club members got them, and the rest of us had to settle for this.

At least 3121 and Planet Earth have reclaimed his musical glory for me.