The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince)The Truth

Label:NPG Records – 19075935501, Legacy – 19075935501, The Prince Estate – 19075935501
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Genre:Funk / Soul, Blues
Style:Acoustic, Rhythm & Blues


A1The Truth3:34
A2Don't Play Me2:48
A3Circle Of Amour
Beats [Beat Programming]Kirk Johnson
A43rd Eye
BassRhonda Smith
A6Man In A Uniform
Written-By [Co-Writer]Rhonda Smith
B1Animal Kingdom
BassRhonda Smith
Written-By [Co-Writer]Rhonda Smith
B2The Other Side Of The Pillow3:22
Bass, Vocals [Vox], PercussionRhonda Smith
DrumDavid Haynes
Guitar [Guitar Solo], Soloist [Guitar Solo]Mike Scott (7)
Percussion, Vocals [Vox]Kirk Johnson
Vocals [Vox], PercussionKat Dyson*
B4One Of Your Tears
BassRhonda Smith
Beats [Beat Programming]Kirk Johnson
B6Welcome 2 The Dawn (Acoustic Version)3:18

Companies, etc.



Hype sticker:
The Truth
The raw, acoustic guitar charged collection on vinyl for the very first time! [Record store day logo] 2021

Gold foil-embossed [Love Symbol] and track list
℗ 1998 & © 1998, 2021 The Prince Estate/NPG Records, Inc., manufactured and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment.
Made in France.

Gatefold insert:
[4 panel, one break fold / lyrics and detailed credits]
Mixed [...] Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN
Mastered [...] @ Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA

Additional musicians on The Other Side Of the Pillow
Drums: John Blackwell, Bass Guitar; Rhonda Smith,
Keyboards; Renato Neto, Trombone; Greg Boyer, Saxophone; Najee
All other Instruments, vox & FX by [Love Symbol] in association with nature.

All songs published by NPG Publishing, LCC., adm. by Universal Music Works (GMR), except Man in Uniform & Animal Kingdom published by NPG Publishing, LCC., adm. by Universal Music Works (GMR) and Slow Wine Music (SOCAM) 1997

℗ 1998 & © 1998, 2021 The Prince Estate/NPG Records, Inc.,

℗ 1998 & © 1998, 2021 The Prince Estate/NPG Records, Inc.

Including voucher to download the album (mp3) from We Are Vinyl

RSD drops 2021
Category F = RSD First Release
Quantity: 13,000 copies

The additional-musician credits are anachronistic; actually they correspond to the live version released on One Nite Alone... Live!

No track durations appear on release but come from official MP3s

'The Truth' appear stylized as 'the TRUTH' (spine) 'the truth' (labels), 'THE TRUTH' (sticker) and 'the truth' (tracklist), '3rd Eye' is substituted with an [Eye symbol]

Similar editions:
The Truth (cover with 3 lines legal text: New York / Made in France / labels without LC Code) [this release]
The Truth (cover with 3 lines legal text: New York / Made in France / misprint: without gold foil-print) [not yet in database]
The Truth (cover with 4 lines legal text: Gütersloh, Germany / Made in the EU)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker, text): 1 9075-93550-1 5
  • Barcode (Sticker, scanned): 0190759355015
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): 19075935501A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): 19075935501B
  • Rights Society (A1 to A5, B2 to B6): GMR
  • Rights Society (A6, B1): GMR SOCAN
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): 20-0694NL-19075935501 A Kr SST
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): 20-0694NL-19075935501 B Kr SST

Other Versions (5)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
The Truth (The Acoustic Album) (CD, Album, Unofficial Release)Optimum (2)OPTIMUM 26Europe1997
New Submission
The Truth (12×File, FLAC, Album, Reissue)Tidal (3)none2015
Needs Changes
The Truth (12×File, MP3, Album)NPG Recordsnone2015
New Submission
The Truth (12×File, AAC, Album, Reissue, 256 kbps)Legacynone2018
Recently Edited
The Truth (LP, Album, Reissue)NPG Records, Legacy, The Prince Estate, Sony Music19075935501Europe2021
  • New.Love.Unlimited's avatar
    My copy sounds perfectly clear and is only barely scuffed. Bummer that others are encountering issues with their copies :-/
    • oneflashoflight's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      The ENTIRE estate series has been a $hitshow in quality control so why expect anything different here?!
      I got WAY LUCKY and opened a very flat and great sounding slab! Filthy and scuffed by the inner sleeve? Of course, but a quick wet clean thankfully fixed that! My friend bought the other copy in the same store and his was borderline junk as many are stating here.
      The content has always been a favorite of mine so I'm super stoked!
      • Flabbergasted_Vibes's avatar
        Edited one year ago
        (Edit: I think I realized my TT needs its belt replaced, so I may have to delete / severely edit this review in a day or so...) My copy was dirty AF out of the sleeve. Wet cleaning seemed to help BUT it is warped, tracks okay, but there is inexplicable bass vibrations during the title cut on A1 as well as B5. It ALSO has major pitch issues on both those tracks, which don't appear to be related to the warp (which is minor). There may be more that I missed on a quick listen but those are the really bad ones that jumped out. Did they just totally screw up this pressing or what? I guess we can forget quality control for RSD on these 'RSD First releases'.
        • lauriew's avatar
          For a mint record, my copy is surprisingly scuffed. Fortunately, it has a minimal impact on the actual playback and the sound quality is fantastic.
          • swearingenjm's avatar
            This release alone is worth the price of admission to the crystal ball.
            • Piratenovelist's avatar
              Mine is one of the most scuffed records I’ve ever bought. One side has a nasty gash on one of the tracks that is just heartbreaking. Has anyone else had this happen?
              • Sunbird76's avatar
                Vinyl is marked but no detriment to sound. No warping. (UK RSD)
                • samthevideoman's avatar
                  I was one of the lucky ones. Record was not dirty out of sleeve and no noticeable warp. If your record is dirty upon opening and you’re able to clean it, it sounds fantastic!
                  • ChrisandKim's avatar
                    Came dirty out of the sleeve but sounds great with no defects.
                    • vinylrecordsfan2's avatar
                      My copy is super clean and sounds beautiful. I really really dig this release. I recommend this to anyone who is even a small Prince fan! I am very picky with vinyl quality, so for me to say my copy is beautiful, means it really is!



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