Prince ‎– N·E·W·S

NPG Records ‎– NPGNEWS
CD, Album, Enhanced

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1 North
Strings [Additional String Samples] – Clare Fisher*
2 East 14:00
3 West 14:00
4 South 14:00

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Retail edition with barcode and spelling error: "Saxaphone" instead of "Saxophone"

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recorded at Paisley Park on Feb 6th 2003
© 2003 NPG Records, Inc. (artwork)
© 2002 NPG Records (disc)

Packaging is designed to mimic a compass opening up to the four cardinal points. The concept is to provide direction which fit with the theme of the album title and tracks.
The CD, when entered into a computer, opens a flash file which eventually reveals the message "He causes 2 become".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 85337 70712 8
  • Matrix / Runout: Z17858 WWW.COPYCATS MEDIA.COM ECD01
  • Other (Laser etched code in the matrix ring, variant 1 + 2): M1S2
  • Other (Laser etched code in the matrix ring, variant 3): M1S1
  • Other (Laser etched code in the matrix ring, variant 4): M0S1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): none
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3, 4, illegible): ifpi L***
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U7H
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U6E
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 2U3P
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 2U7B

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NPGNEWS Prince N·E·W·S(CD, Album) NPG Records NPGNEWS US 2003 Sell This Version
VICP-62523 プリンス* = Prince プリンス* = Prince - N·E·W·S(CD, Album, Enh) NPG Records VICP-62523 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
none Prince N.E.W.S(4xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Tidal (3) none 2015
NPGNEWS Prince N·E·W·S(CD, Album, Unofficial, Jew) NPG Records (2) NPGNEWS US 2003 Sell This Version
NPGNEWS Prince N·E·W·S(CD, Album, Unofficial, Jew) NPG Records (2) NPGNEWS Russia 2003 Sell This Version


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March 30, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
Recorded on February 6 (presumably 2003), N.E.W.S consists of four 14-minute instrumentals, "North," "East," "West," and "South," performed by Prince on guitar, keyboards, and percussion, with Eric Leeds on baritone and tenor saxophone, John Blackwell on drums, and Rhonda Smith on acoustic and electric bass. ("North" includes string samples "courtesy of" Clare Fisher.) The seemingly improvised music ranges from funk to jazz to new age without any apparent direction or intention. There are attractive passages here and there, such as some solo piano work on "North" and Leeds' warm horn playing throughout. Needless to say, this aimless studio jam is not what Prince fans are used to hearing from him, even given his eclectic and exploratory nature, and this is not the kind of album he might have been expected to deliver if he were still working for an established record company instead of putting out his own discs. But that may be the point. The listener, who will have to be a particularly rabid aficionado of all things Prince to be interested, must throw out all expectations and simply revel in the joy of hearing the musician and his cohorts experiment with relaxed musical textures for 56 minutes. Of course, no one else needs to bother.
I really don't like PRINCE, but this album is real MASTERPIECE of Instro Jams ranging from Fusion Jazz to Funk without any apparent direction or intention !!!



October 11, 2009

Probably my favorite EP project by Prince, and probably one of his 'worst'. 4 14-minute long instrumental compositions; I don't see what's not to like. Anyone suggesting that this may be along the lines of Prince's Madhouse project is surely in for a surprise. This collection of music has a much broader appeal in style and genre than Madhouse's primarily jazz array of instrumentation.

Most reviews of this product that I've read speak of self-indulgence, but I think if this album were not as musically strong or not as well layered in production I might agree (personally I feel most Madhouse music is rather self-indulgent) but this EP is one great composition after another, and it isn't as though each track is the same thing throughout the 14 minutes. Each piece grows and evolves; take West for instance, first a slow ballad-esque tune which like some tornado the track goes into a massive battery hyper aesthetic.

I'd say if you haven't heard NEWS yet ignore the hype of this being such a poor seller and pick it up to see for yourself.