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|album name            = Emancipation
 
|album name            = Emancipation
 
|album image            = [[Image:Emancipation.jpg]]
 
|album image            = [[Image:Emancipation.jpg]]
|date                  = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/November_19|19 November, 1996]]
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|date                  = [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/November_19|19 November 1996]]
 
|length                = 60:00; 60:00; 60:00
 
|length                = 60:00; 60:00; 60:00
 
|label                  = [[NPG Records]] / [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMI_Records EMI Records]
 
|label                  = [[NPG Records]] / [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMI_Records EMI Records]
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|next album link        = [[Album: Crystal Ball|Crystal Ball]]
 
|next album link        = [[Album: Crystal Ball|Crystal Ball]]
 
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|introduction          = <b>Emancipation</b> is the 19th full-length studio album by [[Prince]], his first using the name [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]] and the first album to be released following the end of [[Prince]]'s contract with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warner_Bros._Records Warner Bros.], which ended less than a week prior to this album's release. It is also [[Prince]]'s first released triple album. It was released worldwide in November, 1996 (just four months after [[Album: Chaos And Disorder|Chaos And Disorder]]).
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|introduction          = '''Emancipation''' is the 19th full-length studio album by [[Prince]] (his third using the name [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) and the first album to be released following the end of [[Prince]]'s contract with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warner_Bros._Records Warner Bros.], which ended less than a week prior to this album's release. It is also [[Prince]]'s first released triple album. It was released worldwide in November 1996 (just four months after [[Album: Chaos And Disorder|Chaos And Disorder]]).
  
  
 
<b>Recording process</b>
 
<b>Recording process</b>
  
[[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) began recording songs for the album in January 1995, and work continued on the album until October, 1996. Two early configurations, from July, 1995, and a later unknown date in 1995, are known, but both were single-disc sets and should be viewed as works-in-progress (see [[#Quotations and trivia|below]] for details).  
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[[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) began recording songs for the album in January 1995, and work continued on the album until October 1996. Three early configurations, from early 1995, July 1995, and an unknown date in 1995, are known, but both were single-disc sets and should be viewed as works-in-progress (see [[#Quotations and trivia|below]] for details).  
  
The album was largely a solo work, although it also contains tracks showing [[Prince]]'s transition from the 1993-5 version of [[The New Power Generation]] (with [[Michael B.]], [[Sonny T.]], [[Tommy Barbarella]] and [[Mr. Hayes]]) to the new, 1996, version of the band (containing [[Kirk Johnson]], [[Rhonda Smith]], [[Kat Dyson]], [[Mr. Hayes]] and [[Eric Leeds]]).
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The album was largely a solo work, although it also contains tracks showing [[Prince]]'s transition from the 1993-5 version of [[The New Power Generation]] (with [[Michael B.]], [[Sonny T.]], [[Tommy Barbarella]] and [[Mr. Hayes]]) to the new 1996, version of the band (containing [[Kirk Johnson]], [[Rhonda Smith]], [[Kat Dyson]], [[Mr. Hayes]] and [[Eric Leeds]]).
  
The album is also [[Prince]]'s first to include cover versions of others' songs (indeed the first commercial single release, [[Single:_Betcha_By_Golly,_Wow!|Betcha By Golly Wow!]], was a cover version). He has occasionally included cover versions on albums since '''Emancipation'''. Each of the album's three CDs contains 12 tracks and lasts exactly 60:00 - [[Prince]] mentioned in interviews that this was planned based on his studies of Egypt, "the building of the pyramids and how the pyramids were related to the constellations. They were a message from the Egyptians about how civilization really started."
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The album is also [[Prince]]'s first to include cover versions of others' songs (indeed the first commercial single release, [[Single:_Betcha_By_Golly Wow!|Betcha By Golly Wow!]], was a cover version). He has occasionally included cover versions on albums since '''Emancipation'''. Each of the album's three CDs contains 12 tracks and lasts exactly 60:00 - [[Prince]] mentioned in interviews that this was planned based on his studies of Egypt, "the building of the pyramids and how the pyramids were related to the constellations. They were a message from the Egyptians about how civilization really started."
  
  
 
<b>Promotion</b>
 
<b>Promotion</b>
  
The album produced two commercially-released singles, [[Single:_Betcha_By_Golly,_Wow!|Betcha By Golly Wow!]] and [[Single: The Holy River|The Holy River]]. Eleven months prior to the album's release, [[Single: Slave|Slave]] was given out as a cassette single to concert goers at a [[Paisley Park Studios]] show.  
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The album produced two commercially-released singles, [[Single:_Betcha_By_Golly Wow!|Betcha By Golly Wow!]] and [[Single: The Holy River|The Holy River]]. Eleven months prior to the album's release, [[Single: Slave|Slave]] was given out as a cassette single to concert goers at a [[Paisley Park Studios]] show.  
  
 
Additionally, following the album's release, [[Single: Somebody's Somebody|Somebody's Somebody]] and  [[Single: Face Down|Face Down]] were available as promotional releases. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMI_Records EMI Records] went bankrupt during the album's promotional run, however, stalling all promotion for the album. [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) also independently released a live single, [[Single: NYC|NYC]], containing live versions of [[Jam Of The Year]] and [[Face Down]].  
 
Additionally, following the album's release, [[Single: Somebody's Somebody|Somebody's Somebody]] and  [[Single: Face Down|Face Down]] were available as promotional releases. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMI_Records EMI Records] went bankrupt during the album's promotional run, however, stalling all promotion for the album. [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) also independently released a live single, [[Single: NYC|NYC]], containing live versions of [[Jam Of The Year]] and [[Face Down]].  
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The album reached number 11 on [[The Billboard 200]], and number 6 on the [[Billboard Top R&B Albums]] Chart.
 
The album reached number 11 on [[The Billboard 200]], and number 6 on the [[Billboard Top R&B Albums]] Chart.
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On [[Prince_Vault:Selected_anniversaries/September 13|13 September 2019]], the album was re-released by [[The Prince Estate]] and Sony's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legacy_Recordings Legacy Recordings] on the same day as reissues of [[Album: Chaos And Disorder| Chaos And Disorder]] and [[Album: The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold)| The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold)]].
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|tracklisting          = <small>The compact disc version is the original issue.</small>
 
|tracklisting          = <small>The compact disc version is the original issue.</small>
 
*Disc 1:
 
*Disc 1:
 
# <b>[[Jam Of The Year]]</b> (6:09)
 
# <b>[[Jam Of The Year]]</b> (6:09)
# <b>[[Right Back Here In My Arms]]</b> (4:42)
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# <b>[[Right Back Here In My Arms]]</b> (4:33)
 
# <b>[[Somebody's Somebody]]</b> (4:43) <small><sup>1</sup>&nbsp; </small>
 
# <b>[[Somebody's Somebody]]</b> (4:43) <small><sup>1</sup>&nbsp; </small>
 
# <b>[[Get Yo Groove On]]</b> (6:31)
 
# <b>[[Get Yo Groove On]]</b> (6:31)
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*[[Mayte]] - Spanish on [[Damned If Eye Do|Damned If]][[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Damned If Eye Do]][[Damned If Eye Do| Do]] (as "Janelle") and background vocals on [[One Of Us]]
 
*[[Mayte]] - Spanish on [[Damned If Eye Do|Damned If]][[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Damned If Eye Do]][[Damned If Eye Do| Do]] (as "Janelle") and background vocals on [[One Of Us]]
 
*[[Mayte]]'s friend (unnamed) - Spanish on [[Damned If Eye Do|Damned If]][[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Damned If Eye Do]][[Damned If Eye Do| Do]]
 
*[[Mayte]]'s friend (unnamed) - Spanish on [[Damned If Eye Do|Damned If]][[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Damned If Eye Do]][[Damned If Eye Do| Do]]
*[[Tom Burrell]] - additional keyboards on [[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye Can't Make U Love Me]] [[Eye Can't Make U Love Me|Can't Make U Love Me]]
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*[[Todd Burrell]] - additional keyboards on [[file:EyeBlue.png|link=Eye Can't Make U Love Me]] [[Eye Can't Make U Love Me|Can't Make U Love Me]]
 
*[[Scrap D.]] - rap on [[Mr. Happy]] and [[Da, Da, Da]], shouts on [[Style]]
 
*[[Scrap D.]] - rap on [[Mr. Happy]] and [[Da, Da, Da]], shouts on [[Style]]
 
*[[Ricky Peterson]] - piano on [[Sex In The Summer]] ("part 2"), additional keyboards on [[Saviour]]
 
*[[Ricky Peterson]] - piano on [[Sex In The Summer]] ("part 2"), additional keyboards on [[Saviour]]
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*Michael Mac - scratches on [[Joint 2 Joint]], shouts on [[Style]]
 
*Michael Mac - scratches on [[Joint 2 Joint]], shouts on [[Style]]
 
*[[Hans-Martin Buff]] - "driver" on [[Joint 2 Joint]]
 
*[[Hans-Martin Buff]] - "driver" on [[Joint 2 Joint]]
*[[Kathleen Bradford]] - additional vocals on [[Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife]]
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*[[Kathleen Johnson|Kathleen Bradford]] - additional vocals on [[Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife]]
 
*Rhonda Johnson - additional vocals on [[Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife]]
 
*Rhonda Johnson - additional vocals on [[Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife]]
*Steve Parke - jeep horn on [[Face Down]]
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*[[Steve Parke]] - jeep horn on [[Face Down]]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chant%C3%A9_Moore Chanté Moore] - additional vocals on [[La, La, La Means Eye Love U|La, La, La Means]][[file:EyeBlue.png|link=La, La, La Means Eye Love U]][[La, La, La Means Eye Love U| Love U]]
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chant%C3%A9_Moore Chanté Moore] - additional vocals on [[La, La, La Means Eye Love U|La, La, La Means]][[file:EyeBlue.png|link=La, La, La Means Eye Love U]][[La, La, La Means Eye Love U| Love U]]
 
*[[Mike Scott]] - guitar on [[La, La, La Means Eye Love U|La, La, La Means]][[file:EyeBlue.png|link=La, La, La Means Eye Love U]][[La, La, La Means Eye Love U| Love U]]
 
*[[Mike Scott]] - guitar on [[La, La, La Means Eye Love U|La, La, La Means]][[file:EyeBlue.png|link=La, La, La Means Eye Love U]][[La, La, La Means Eye Love U| Love U]]
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*[[Ray Hahnfeldt]] - engineer
 
*[[Ray Hahnfeldt]] - engineer
 
*[[Steve Durkee]] - engineer (as "Steve D.")
 
*[[Steve Durkee]] - engineer (as "Steve D.")
*[[Shane T.K.]] - engineer
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*[[Shane T. Keller|Shane T.K.]] - engineer
 
*[[Hans-Martin Buff]] - engineer
 
*[[Hans-Martin Buff]] - engineer
 
*[[César Sogbe]] - engineer, additional programming on [[The Human Body]] and [[Sleep Around]]
 
*[[César Sogbe]] - engineer, additional programming on [[The Human Body]] and [[Sleep Around]]
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*Jeff Katz - photography
 
*Jeff Katz - photography
 
*Randee St. Nicholas - additional photography
 
*Randee St. Nicholas - additional photography
*Steve Parke - computer art and package design
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*[[Steve Parke]] - computer art and package design
 
*Debbi McGuan - "Endorphinbed" painting
 
*Debbi McGuan - "Endorphinbed" painting
 
*Kim Lawler - "Holy River" painting
 
*Kim Lawler - "Holy River" painting
|thanks                = ''"Thank U - 2 my Creator, eternally [[Mayte]], our angels, the Mojicas, Nelly, John & Jan, Mia, Hena 2000, Isis,  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Londell_McMillan L. Londell McMillan], also [[Kirk Johnson|K.A.J. Productions]]. As always the [[Band: New Power Generation|New Power Generation]] - [[Mr. Hayes]], [[Kirk Johnson|Kirk A. Johnson]], [[Rhonda Smith|Rhonda S.]], [[Kat Dyson|K. Dyson]], [[Eric Leeds]], and on cd one track 6, and cd two track 10 - [[Sonny T.]], [[Michael Bland|Michael B.]], and [[Tommy Barbarella]]."''<br>''"Also - Franklin Felder, Aaron L. [[Hans-Martin Buff|HM Buff]], [[Ray Hahnfeldt|R. Hahnfeldt]], [[Steve Durkee|Steve D.]], Remi Watson, [[Juli K. Winge]], Parke, J. Katz, Randee St. Nicholas, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Benson George Benson], [[Ninety-9|99]], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savion_Glover Savion Glover], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chant%C3%A9_Moore Chanté Moore], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW bMW], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AOL AOL], [[Billy Sparks]], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Joyner Tom Joyner], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BET BET], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VH1 VH1], and all the musicians, poets and distributors that believed in this xperiment in truth. The only love there is... is the love we make... Peace and B wild! - O(+>"<br>''"Thanks, Shiva" - [[Emale]] ''<br>''"Thanx [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Bush Kate]" - [[My Computer]] ''
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|thanks                = ''"Thank U - 2 my Creator, eternally [[Mayte]], our angels, the Mojicas, Nelly, John & Jan, Mia, Hena 2000, Isis,  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Londell_McMillan L. Londell McMillan], also [[Kirk Johnson|K.A.J. Productions]]. As always the [[Band: New Power Generation|New Power Generation]] - [[Mr. Hayes]], [[Kirk Johnson|Kirk A. Johnson]], [[Rhonda Smith|Rhonda S.]], [[Kat Dyson|K. Dyson]], [[Eric Leeds]], and on cd one track 6, and cd two track 10 - [[Sonny T.]], [[Michael Bland|Michael B.]], and [[Tommy Barbarella]]."''<br>''"Also - Franklin Felder, Aaron L. [[Hans-Martin Buff|HM Buff]], [[Ray Hahnfeldt|R. Hahnfeldt]], [[Steve Durkee|Steve D.]], Remi Watson, [[Juli K. Winge]], [[Steve Parke|Parke]], J. Katz, Randee St. Nicholas, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Benson George Benson], [[Ninety-9|99]], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savion_Glover Savion Glover], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chant%C3%A9_Moore Chanté Moore], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW bMW], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AOL AOL], [[Billy Sparks]], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Joyner Tom Joyner], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BET BET], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VH1 VH1], and all the musicians, poets and distributors that believed in this xperiment in truth. The only love there is... is the love we make... Peace and B wild! - O(+>"<br>''"Thanks, Shiva" - [[Emale]] ''<br>''"Thanx [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Bush Kate]" - [[My Computer]] ''
 
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|singles                =  
 
|singles                =  
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{{AlbumSinglesLine|
 
{{AlbumSinglesLine|
 
|Single = [[Single: Slave|Slave]] <small>promo only</small>
 
|Single = [[Single: Slave|Slave]] <small>promo only</small>
|B-side = [[New World]] <br><small>''Given out as a promo cassette single at [[Paisley Park Studios]] concert, [[09_December,_1995|9 Dec. 1995]] ''</small>
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|B-side = [[New World]] <br><small>''Given out as a promo cassette single at [[Paisley Park Studios]] concert, [[09_December 1995|9 Dec. 1995]] ''</small>
 
|Image  = Slave single.png
 
|Image  = Slave single.png
 
|Link  = Single: Slave
 
|Link  = Single: Slave
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{AlbumSinglesLine|
 
{{AlbumSinglesLine|
|Single = [[Single:_Betcha_By_Golly,_Wow!|Betcha By Golly Wow!]]
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|Single = [[Single:_Betcha_By_Golly Wow!|Betcha By Golly Wow!]]
 
|B-side = [[Right Back Here In My Arms]]
 
|B-side = [[Right Back Here In My Arms]]
 
|Image  = Betchabygollywow single.jpg
 
|Image  = Betchabygollywow single.jpg
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| Peak Position  = 6
 
| Peak Position  = 6
 
| Weeks in chart  = 26
 
| Weeks in chart  = 26
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}}
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{{ChartLine|
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| Date            = 28 Sept. 2019 <small>(2019 Re-release)</small>
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| Chart (Country) = '''USA''': Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums
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| Peak Position  = 2
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| Weeks in chart  = 1
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}}
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{{ChartLine|
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| Date            = 28 Sept. 2019 <small>(2019 Re-release)</small>
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| Chart (Country) = '''USA''': Billboard Internet Albums
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| Peak Position  = 21
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| Weeks in chart  = 1
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}}
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{{ChartLine|
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| Date            = 28 Sept. 2019 <small>(2019 Re-release)</small>
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| Chart (Country) = '''USA''': Billboard Vinyl Albums
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| Peak Position  = 19
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| Weeks in chart  = 1
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}}
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{{ChartLine|
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| Date            = 28 Sept. 2019 <small>(2019 Re-release)</small>
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| Chart (Country) = '''USA''': Billboard Tastemaker Albums
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| Peak Position  = 25
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| Weeks in chart  = 1
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}}
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{{ChartLine|
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| Date            = 28 Sept. 2019 <small>(2019 Re-release)</small>
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| Chart (Country) = '''USA''': Billboard Top Album Sales
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| Peak Position  = 66
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| Weeks in chart  = 1
 
}}
 
}}
 
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|album promotion        = [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) promoted the album heavily with multiple interviews, television performances and concerts. Click [[All_Concerts#1996|here]] for more details.  
 
|album promotion        = [[Prince]] (as [[File: SymbolSmallerBlue.png|link=Alias: Symbol]]) promoted the album heavily with multiple interviews, television performances and concerts. Click [[All_Concerts#1996|here]] for more details.  
 
|trivia                = The album marks the first time [[Prince]] released a cover version on a studio release.
 
|trivia                = The album marks the first time [[Prince]] released a cover version on a studio release.
* Press release (NPG Records: 22 November, 1996):
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* Press release (NPG Records: 22 November 1996):
 
<blockquote>''"The Freedom Train Rolls In Minneapolis; Live Performance And Video Simulcast Via Satellite."<br><br>"Chanhassen, Minneapolis - "Free at last! Free at last! God Almighty, we're free at last!" was the chant that began the birth of the Emancipation era. Broadcast live around the world by MTV, VH1 and BET in a rare show of cross-network unity, [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]] delighted millions with a liberating performance at his Paisley Park Studios. celebrating both his artistic freedom and the November 19th release of his new album Emancipation on NPG records, [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]] and his four-piece New Power Generation band performed selections fro mthe new albul on a heavenly all-white soundstage. The half-hour long set included new album tracks "Jam Of The Year", Joan Osbourne's "One Of Us", and "Get Your Groove On", as well as old favorites "Purple Rain" and "If I was Your Girlfriend". The video for the first single, "Betcha By Golly Wow" (directed by [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]]) kicked off the broadcast. Among thos swaying in gleeful attendance and snacking on [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]]'s favorite cereal (Cap'n Crunch) were Boys II Men, Donatella Versace, Phish, Bill Belamy, Mavis Staples and D'Angelo."<br><br>"At a press conference following his performance, [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]] commented:"''<br><small>"The whole process of this record was different. I'm a free man, I'm a happy man, I'm a married man and I'm a clear man. All the tracks on this record are free, happy and clear. making this record was uplifting for me."</small><br><br>''"Emancipation is [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]]'s historic celebration of personal freedom, the album he states he was "born to make", times three: three discs, three hours of love, sex and liberty".''</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>''"The Freedom Train Rolls In Minneapolis; Live Performance And Video Simulcast Via Satellite."<br><br>"Chanhassen, Minneapolis - "Free at last! Free at last! God Almighty, we're free at last!" was the chant that began the birth of the Emancipation era. Broadcast live around the world by MTV, VH1 and BET in a rare show of cross-network unity, [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]] delighted millions with a liberating performance at his Paisley Park Studios. celebrating both his artistic freedom and the November 19th release of his new album Emancipation on NPG records, [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]] and his four-piece New Power Generation band performed selections fro mthe new albul on a heavenly all-white soundstage. The half-hour long set included new album tracks "Jam Of The Year", Joan Osbourne's "One Of Us", and "Get Your Groove On", as well as old favorites "Purple Rain" and "If I was Your Girlfriend". The video for the first single, "Betcha By Golly Wow" (directed by [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]]) kicked off the broadcast. Among thos swaying in gleeful attendance and snacking on [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]]'s favorite cereal (Cap'n Crunch) were Boys II Men, Donatella Versace, Phish, Bill Belamy, Mavis Staples and D'Angelo."<br><br>"At a press conference following his performance, [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]] commented:"''<br><small>"The whole process of this record was different. I'm a free man, I'm a happy man, I'm a married man and I'm a clear man. All the tracks on this record are free, happy and clear. making this record was uplifting for me."</small><br><br>''"Emancipation is [[Image:SymbolSmaller.png]]'s historic celebration of personal freedom, the album he states he was "born to make", times three: three discs, three hours of love, sex and liberty".''</blockquote>
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|alternative            =
|references            = [[Book:_The_Vault|'''The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince''']] ''by Per Nilsen & JooZt Mattheij, with the UPTOWN Staff'' (Uptown: 2004) ISBN 91-631-5482-X
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* '''<u>July 1995 configuration'''</u>
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# <b>[[Right Back Here In My Arms]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Slave 2 The System|Slave]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Slave|(Slowly Candle Burns)]]</b> 
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# <b>[[New World]]</b> 
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# <b>[[2020]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Feel Good]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Journey 2 The Center Of Your Heart |Journey 2 The Center Of Your ♥]]</b> 
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# <b>[[I'm A DJ|D.J.]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Emancipation]]</b> 
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* '''<u>undated 1995 configuration'''</u>
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# <b>[[Slave 2 The System|Slave]]</b> 
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# <b>[[New World]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Slave|(Slowly Candle Burns)]]</b>
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# <b>[[2020]]</b>
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# <b>[[Feel Good]]</b>   
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# <b>[[Right Back Here In My Arms]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Journey 2 The Center Of Your Heart |Journey 2 The Center Of Your ♥]]</b> 
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# <b>[[I'm A DJ|D.J.]]</b>
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# <b>[[Goodbye|(Excuse Me Is This) Goodbye]] </b>
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# <b>[[Emancipation]]</b> 
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* '''<u>Fall 1995 configuration'''</u>
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# <b>[[Emancipation]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Right Back Here In My Arms]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Slave 2 The System|Slave]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Slave|(Slowly Candle Burns)]]</b> 
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# <b>[[2020]]</b> 
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# <b>[[New World]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Feel Good]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Journey 2 The Center Of Your Heart |Journey 2 The Center Of Your ♥]]</b> 
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# <b>[[I'm A DJ|D.J.]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Goodbye|(Excuse Me Is This) Goodbye]] </b>
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* '''<u>early 1996 configuration''' </u><br>
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# <b>[[Slave]]</b> 
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# <b>[[New World]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Journey 2 The Center Of Your Heart |Journey 2 The Center Of Your ♥]]</b>
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# <b>[[Right Back Here In My Arms]]</b>
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# <b>[[Feel Good]]</b>
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# <b>[[Courtin' Time]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Betcha By Golly Wow!]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Get Yo Groove On]]</b>
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# <b>[[Da, Da, Da]]</b> 
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# <b>[[She Gave Her Angels]]</b>
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# <b>[[Emancipation]]</b>
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# <b>[[One Kiss At A Time]]</b>
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# <b>[[Soul Sanctuary]] </b> 
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# <b>[[Extraordinary]]</b> 
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# <b>[[ Coincidence Or Fate?]]</b>
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# <b>[[Van Gogh]]</b>
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# <b>[[Let's Have A Baby]]</b> 
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# <b>[[1000 X's & O's|A Thousand Hugs And Kisses]]</b> 
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# <b>[[(If It Ain't) Gutbucket]]</b> 
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# <b>[[file:EyeBlue.png|link=I Will]][[I Will| Will]]</b>
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# <b>[[Saviour]]</b>
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# <b>[[Goodbye]]</b>
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# <b>[[Into The Light]]</b>
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# <b>[[Dig U Better Dead]]</b>
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# <b>[[Face Down]]</b>
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# <b>[[Stone]]</b>
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# <b>[[Heart In My Hand]]</b>
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# <b>[[One Of Us]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Mr. Happy]]</b> 
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# <b>[[The Holy River]]</b>
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# <b>[[With God As My Witness]]</b>
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# <b>[[Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife]]</b> 
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# <b>[[Funky Design|nǫiƨɘᗡ yʞnuᖷ]]</b> 
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|references            = [[Book:_The_Vault|'''The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince''']] ''by Per Nilsen & jooZt Mattheij, with the UPTOWN Staff'' (Uptown, 2004)  
 
* <b>Certifications</b>: [http://www.musiccanada.com/GPSearchResult.aspx?st=emancipation&ica=False&sa=artist&sl=&smt=0&sat=-1&ssb=Artist CRIA / Emancipation]
 
* <b>Certifications</b>: [http://www.musiccanada.com/GPSearchResult.aspx?st=emancipation&ica=False&sa=artist&sl=&smt=0&sat=-1&ssb=Artist CRIA / Emancipation]
 
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Emancipation

Emancipation.jpg

Album details


Released: 19 November 1996
Length: 60:00; 60:00; 60:00
Label(s): NPG Records / EMI Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: The Billboard 200 7 Dec. 1996 11 21
USA: Billboard Top R&B Albums 7 Dec. 1996 6 26
USA: Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums 28 Sept. 2019 (2019 Re-release) 2 1
USA: Billboard Internet Albums 28 Sept. 2019 (2019 Re-release) 21 1
USA: Billboard Vinyl Albums 28 Sept. 2019 (2019 Re-release) 19 1
USA: Billboard Tastemaker Albums 28 Sept. 2019 (2019 Re-release) 25 1
USA: Billboard Top Album Sales 28 Sept. 2019 (2019 Re-release) 66 1
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
France: Top 50 Albums 16 Nov. 1996 9 4
Germany: MusikWoche Top 100 Albums 2 Dec. 1996 21 10
The Netherlands: Album Top 100 30 Nov. 1996 13 10
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 25 Nov. 1996 18 6
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
CRIA, Canada 22 Nov. 1996 Gold (100,000)
RIAA, USA 31 Jan. 1997 Platinum (1 million)
RIAA, USA 7 Feb. 1997 Platinum x2 (2 millions)
Awards
Institution, Country Date Award
Minnesota Music Awards (USA) 17 Jul. 1997 Best R&B Recording

Singles released


Slave promo only
b/w New World
Given out as a promo cassette single at Paisley Park Studios concert, 9 Dec. 1995
Slave single.png
Betcha By Golly Wow!
b/w Right Back Here In My Arms
Betchabygollywow single.jpg
The Holy River
b/w Somebody's Somebody
Theholyriver single.jpg
Somebody's Somebody promo only
b/w Somebody's Somebody
Somebodyssomebody single.jpg
NYC (Jam Of The Year live)
b/w Face Down live
Direct order only
Nyc single.png
Face Down promo only
b/w I Can't Make You Love Me
Facedown single.jpg

See also


Love 4 One Another Charities Tour Jam Of The Year World Tour
L4OaPass.png 1997 JOTY VIP pass.jpeg

Alternate Album Configuration


  • July 1995 configuration
  1. Right Back Here In My Arms
  2. Slave
  3. (Slowly Candle Burns)
  4. New World
  5. 2020
  6. Feel Good
  7. Journey 2 The Center Of Your ♥
  8. D.J.
  9. Emancipation



  • undated 1995 configuration
  1. Slave
  2. New World
  3. (Slowly Candle Burns)
  4. 2020
  5. Feel Good
  6. Right Back Here In My Arms
  7. Journey 2 The Center Of Your ♥
  8. D.J.
  9. (Excuse Me Is This) Goodbye
  10. Emancipation



  • Fall 1995 configuration
  1. Emancipation
  2. Right Back Here In My Arms
  3. Slave
  4. (Slowly Candle Burns)
  5. 2020
  6. New World
  7. Feel Good
  8. Journey 2 The Center Of Your ♥
  9. D.J.
  10. (Excuse Me Is This) Goodbye



  • early 1996 configuration

Disc 1:

  1. Slave
  2. New World
  3. Journey 2 The Center Of Your ♥
  4. Right Back Here In My Arms
  5. Feel Good
  6. Courtin' Time
  7. Betcha By Golly Wow!
  8. Get Yo Groove On
  9. Da, Da, Da
  10. She Gave Her Angels
  11. Emancipation

Disc 2:

  1. One Kiss At A Time
  2. Soul Sanctuary
  3. Extraordinary
  4. Coincidence Or Fate?
  5. Van Gogh
  6. Let's Have A Baby
  7. A Thousand Hugs And Kisses
  8. (If It Ain't) Gutbucket
  9. EyeBlue.png Will
  10. Saviour
  11. Goodbye

Disc 3:

  1. Into The Light
  2. Dig U Better Dead
  3. Face Down
  4. Stone
  5. Heart In My Hand
  6. One Of Us
  7. Mr. Happy
  8. The Holy River
  9. With God As My Witness
  10. Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife
  11. nǫiƨɘᗡ yʞnuᖷ



Emancipation is the 19th full-length studio album by Prince (his third using the name SymbolSmallerBlue.png) and the first album to be released following the end of Prince's contract with Warner Bros., which ended less than a week prior to this album's release. It is also Prince's first released triple album. It was released worldwide in November 1996 (just four months after Chaos And Disorder).


Recording process

Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) began recording songs for the album in January 1995, and work continued on the album until October 1996. Three early configurations, from early 1995, July 1995, and an unknown date in 1995, are known, but both were single-disc sets and should be viewed as works-in-progress (see below for details).

The album was largely a solo work, although it also contains tracks showing Prince's transition from the 1993-5 version of The New Power Generation (with Michael B., Sonny T., Tommy Barbarella and Mr. Hayes) to the new 1996, version of the band (containing Kirk Johnson, Rhonda Smith, Kat Dyson, Mr. Hayes and Eric Leeds).

The album is also Prince's first to include cover versions of others' songs (indeed the first commercial single release, Betcha By Golly Wow!, was a cover version). He has occasionally included cover versions on albums since Emancipation. Each of the album's three CDs contains 12 tracks and lasts exactly 60:00 - Prince mentioned in interviews that this was planned based on his studies of Egypt, "the building of the pyramids and how the pyramids were related to the constellations. They were a message from the Egyptians about how civilization really started."


Promotion

The album produced two commercially-released singles, Betcha By Golly Wow! and The Holy River. Eleven months prior to the album's release, Slave was given out as a cassette single to concert goers at a Paisley Park Studios show.

Additionally, following the album's release, Somebody's Somebody and Face Down were available as promotional releases. EMI Records went bankrupt during the album's promotional run, however, stalling all promotion for the album. Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) also independently released a live single, NYC, containing live versions of Jam Of The Year and Face Down.

Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) toured extensively to promote the album on the Love 4 One Another Charities Tour and the Jam Of The Year World Tour, although the tours focuses largely on past hits, with only a few songs from Emancipation played regularly. Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) also made multiple television appearances and media interviews to support the album, and labeled it "the album I was born to make".

The album reached number 11 on The Billboard 200, and number 6 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart.

On 13 September 2019, the album was re-released by The Prince Estate and Sony's Legacy Recordings on the same day as reissues of Chaos And Disorder and The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold).



Track listing
CD MC

The compact disc version is the original issue.

  • Disc 1:
  1. Jam Of The Year (6:09)
  2. Right Back Here In My Arms (4:33)
  3. Somebody's Somebody (4:43) 1 
  4. Get Yo Groove On (6:31)
  5. Courtin' Time (2:46)
  6. Betcha By Golly Wow! (3:30) 2 
  7. We Gets Up (4:17)
  8. White Mansion (4:47)
  9. Damned IfEyeBlue.png Do (5:20)
  10. EyeBlue.png Can't Make U Love Me (6:37) 3 
  11. Mr. Happy (4:46) 4 
  12. In This BedEyeBlue.png Scream (5:40)
  • Disc 2:
  1. Sex In The Summer (5:56)
  2. One Kiss At A Time (4:40)
  3. Soul Sanctuary (4:41) 5 
  4. Emale (3:37)
  5. Curious Child (2:57)
  6. Dreamin' About U (3:52)
  7. Joint 2 Joint (7:51)
  8. The Holy River (6:55)
  9. Let's Have A Baby (4:07)
  10. Saviour (5:48)
  11. The Plan (1:46)
  12. Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife (7:37)
  • Disc 3:
  1. Slave (4:51)
  2. New World (3:42)
  3. The Human Body (5:41)
  4. Face Down (3:16)
  5. La, La, La MeansEyeBlue.png Love U (3:58) 6 
  6. Style (6:40) 7 
  7. Sleep Around (7:41) 8 
  8. Da, Da, Da (5:15)
  9. My Computer (4:36)
  10. One Of Us (5:19) 9 
  11. The Love We Make (4:38)
  12. Emancipation (4:12)

The MC was released at same time as the CD.

  • Side 1:
  1. Jam Of The Year (6:09)
  2. Right Back Here In My Arms (4:42)
  3. Somebody's Somebody (4:43) 1 
  4. Get Yo Groove On (6:31)
  5. Courtin' Time (2:46)
  6. Betcha By Golly Wow! (3:30) 2 
  • Side 2:
  1. We Gets Up (4:17)
  2. White Mansion (4:47)
  3. Damned IfEyeBlue.png Do (5:20)
  4. EyeBlue.png Can't Make U Love Me (6:37) 3 
  5. Mr. Happy (4:46) 4 
  6. In This BedEyeBlue.png Scream (5:40)
  • Side 3:
  1. Sex In The Summer (5:56)
  2. One Kiss At A Time (4:40)
  3. Soul Sanctuary (4:41) 5 
  4. Emale (3:37)
  5. Curious Child (2:57)
  6. Dreamin' About U (3:52)
  7. Joint 2 Joint (7:51)
  • Side 4:
  1. The Holy River (6:55)
  2. Let's Have A Baby (4:07)
  3. Saviour (5:48)
  4. The Plan (1:46)
  5. Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife (7:37)
  • Side 5:
  1. Slave (4:51)
  2. New World (3:42)
  3. The Human Body (5:41)
  4. Face Down (3:16)
  5. La, La, La MeansEyeBlue.png Love U (3:58) 6 
  6. Style (6:40) 7 
  • Side 6:
  1. Sleep Around (7:41) 8 
  2. Da, Da, Da (5:15)
  3. My Computer (4:36)
  4. One Of Us (5:19) 9 
  5. The Love We Make (4:38)
  6. Emancipation (4:12)

All songs written by Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) except where indicated.

1  Written with Brenda Lee Eager and Hilliard Wilson
2  Written by Thomas Randolph Bell and Linda Creed
3  Written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin
4  Contains a sample of What Can I Do? by Ice Cube (written by Leon Ware, Arthur Ross, Ice Cube, Mychal-Kaye Simmons and Victor Nathan Taylor)
5  Lyrics co-written with Sandra St. Victor and T. Hammer (uncredited)
6  Written by Thomas Randolph Bell and William Hart
7  Contains a sample of Atomic Dog performed by George Clinton (written by Garry Marshall Shider, David Lee Spradley and George Clinton Jr.)
8  Contains a replay section from "Squib Cakes" (miscredited as "Squibcakes") by Tower Of Power (written by Chester Thompson)
9  Written by Eric M. Bazilian



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
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This section is under construction

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) promoted the album heavily with multiple interviews, television performances and concerts. Click here for more details.
  • The album marks the first time Prince released a cover version on a studio release.
  • Press release (NPG Records: 22 November 1996):
"The Freedom Train Rolls In Minneapolis; Live Performance And Video Simulcast Via Satellite."

"Chanhassen, Minneapolis - "Free at last! Free at last! God Almighty, we're free at last!" was the chant that began the birth of the Emancipation era. Broadcast live around the world by MTV, VH1 and BET in a rare show of cross-network unity, SymbolSmaller.png delighted millions with a liberating performance at his Paisley Park Studios. celebrating both his artistic freedom and the November 19th release of his new album Emancipation on NPG records, SymbolSmaller.png and his four-piece New Power Generation band performed selections fro mthe new albul on a heavenly all-white soundstage. The half-hour long set included new album tracks "Jam Of The Year", Joan Osbourne's "One Of Us", and "Get Your Groove On", as well as old favorites "Purple Rain" and "If I was Your Girlfriend". The video for the first single, "Betcha By Golly Wow" (directed by SymbolSmaller.png) kicked off the broadcast. Among thos swaying in gleeful attendance and snacking on SymbolSmaller.png's favorite cereal (Cap'n Crunch) were Boys II Men, Donatella Versace, Phish, Bill Belamy, Mavis Staples and D'Angelo."

"At a press conference following his performance, SymbolSmaller.png commented:"

"The whole process of this record was different. I'm a free man, I'm a happy man, I'm a married man and I'm a clear man. All the tracks on this record are free, happy and clear. making this record was uplifting for me."

"Emancipation is SymbolSmaller.png's historic celebration of personal freedom, the album he states he was "born to make", times three: three discs, three hours of love, sex and liberty".

References
Chaosanddisorder.jpg 1996
Chaos And Disorder
All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1998
Crystal Ball
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