The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) ‎– The Versace Experience - Prelude 2 Gold

The Prince Estate ‎– 19075918324S1, NPG Records ‎– 19075918324, Legacy ‎– 19075918324
Cassette, Limited Edition, Reissue


A1 Pussy Control (Club Mix Edit)
A2 Shhh (X-cerpt)
A3 Get Wild In The House
A4 I Hate U (Remix)
A5 319 (X-cerpt)
A6 Shy (X-cerpt)
B7 Billy Jack Bitch
B8 Sonny T. (X-cerpt)
B9 Rootie Kazootie (Edit)
B10 Chatounette Controle
B11 Pussy Control (Control Tempo Edit)
B12 Kamasutra Overture #5
B13 Free The Music
B14 Segue
B15 Gold (X-cerpt)

Companies, etc.


Purple hype sticker on shrink:
[Record Store Day logo]
The Versace experience: Prelude 2 Gold
Reissue of rare, limited release 1995 cassette

J-card, spine:
[Love Symbol] The VERSACE Experience Prelude 2 Gold [NPG logo] [Legacy 'L' logo]

J-card, flap:
[The Prince Estate logo] ℗ 1995 & © 2019 Prince Estate/NPG Records Inc. manufactured and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment International Services GmbH. PO Box 510. 33311 Gütersloh. Germany / Made in the EU.
[NPG logo] [Legacy 'L' logo]

Similar editions:
The Versace Experience (1995 original)
The Versace Experience (2019 replica, "Purple Electric Fetus Exclusive", limited to 1,000 copies)
The Versace Experience (2019 replica for Record store day, clear cassette shell, made in USA)
The Versace Experience (2019 replica for Record store day, clear cassette shell, made in the EU) [this release]
The Versace Experience (2019 Japan edition, white cassette shell, limited to 2,000 copies)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 1 9075-91832-4 3
  • Label Code: LC02361
  • Rights Society: BIEM/GEMA
  • Other (Side A): 19075918324A
  • Other (Side B): 19075918324B


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August 19, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
Some quality control wouldn't have gone amiss here! The distortion is ridiculous. How on earth did anyone ever let this go ahead?

Seriously, buy this album on CD or vinyl instead. The cassette version is really bad.


May 1, 2019
My playback device is a Nakamichi Dragon (some refer to it as *the* cassette tape deck) which has an auto azimuth control and plays everything in the best possible way. This cassette is clearly badly mastered, louder parts are distorted (Pussy Control, 319, etc .), while quiter parts sometimes sound canny and thin. I don't know the original cassette, but this one is sadly not very much fun for the ears - musical wise it's great, of course!


April 22, 2019
What a terrible quality! Right peak full red, left peak too low


April 19, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
I still buy cassettes and have a decent deck for playback and digitisation where I can lessen any issues with various dials. This, the European RSD edition, sounds bad. As other reviewers have said it's overloud so a lot of the heavier sounds hit audio amber or just deep into the red. The problem is baked into the mastering - Pussy Control, for instance, is really horrible. The Estate have been doing some wonderful work with the archive but this is a disappointing misfire.


April 15, 2019
I haven't heard anything like the comments below. Mine seems fine.


April 13, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
This reissue sounds like it was dubbed from a low res MP3. Guess the original masters were lost and they got the songs off a dodgy torrent site? If not then the person who mastered it is completely incompetent. I have plenty of cassettes in my collection and they have way more bass and boom than this tinny tape. :(


April 13, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
Background fuzz during quiet sections across the tape. Not unbearable, could be my system or the fact that cassette tapes aren't the best if you're looking for that ultra clean sound. Otherwise pretty decent release. Not a lot of dynamic range, but the actual content on here still bangs. Worth it just for the Club Mix edit of Pussy Control.


April 13, 2019
My copy is terribly distorted and impossible to listen to. All peaks on red. What has happened to this release? Same problems with the original cassette in the 90s?