New Power Generation

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New Power Generation

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from the album Graffiti Bridge

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single art for New Power Generation

Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 20 August 1990 - Graffiti Bridge album
Album(s): Graffiti Bridge
Writer(s): Prince (music, lyrics), T.C. Ellis (rap)
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • 1991 (based on written setlist only)

New Power Generation is the second track on Prince's twelfth album Graffiti Bridge, and, two months after the album's release, New Power Generation was released as as the album's second Prince single and fourth single overall (Round And Round by Tevin Campbell and Melody Cool by Mavis Staples had also been released). The track is also featured in the movie Graffiti Bridge. New Power Generation (Pt. II) is the seventeenth and final track on the album, and was featured as the b-side of the New Power Generation single. The maxi-single featured several tracks which could be considered remixes of the track, but are different enough that they are listed here as separate tracks. Only one, T.C.'s Rap, is included here; information about Brother With A Purpose, Get Off, The Lubricated Lady and Loveleft, Loveright can be found on their individual song pages.

While specific recording dates are not known, initial tracking took place in Autumn-Winter 1989 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (during the same sessions that produced Round And Round). It was included as the second track on a late 1989 configuration of Graffiti Bridge, with a shorter Reprise as the 14th and final track. It was kept as the second track on a 1990 configuration, with Pt. II as the 17th and final track, where they stayed for the final release. Among others it uses a keyboard part that had appeared earlier in Flesh And Blood recorded in the Summer of 1989 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA, for use on the proposed second album by Jill Jones.

The track was remixed in September or October 1990 at Larrabee Sound, Los Angeles, CA, USA, creating N.P.G. (Funky Weapon Remix) and T.C.'s Rap, during recording sessions for the New Power Generation maxi-single (during the same set of sessions as Tony’s Iggnant Mix, Get Off, The Lubricated Lady, Loveleft, Loveright, a segue later included in the N.P.G. (Funky Weapon Remix), Oobey Doop, Play, Heaven Is Keeping Score, and additional recording on My Tree and A Positive Place). The Segue recorded at the same time (beginning "Are there really angels?") was later incorporated into N.P.G. (Funky Weapon Remix) and Loveleft, Loveright, and is included here as a result.

New Power Generation (Pt. II) and T.C.'s Rap include the rap True Confessions, by T.C. Ellis, which was later developed into a full track for inclusion as the title track of his album True Confessions; the rap and the fully developed track have no input by Prince, however.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Autumn-Winter 1989 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
September - October 1990 Larrabee Sound, Los Angeles, CA, USA Remixing and additional recording
Recording Personnel

New Power Generation


New Power Generation Pt. II


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
New Power Generation 3:39 Graffiti Bridge

New Power Generation single

Studio
New Power Generation (Pt. II) 2:57 Graffiti Bridge

New Power Generation single
Controversy single (1993 reissue)

Studio
N.P.G. (Funky Weapon Remix) 5:01 New Power Generation single Remix Remix containing pieces from original and Pt. II
T.C.'s Rap (featuring T.C. Ellis) 3:11 New Power Generation single Remix Remix focused on rap from Pt. II
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
New Power Generation 3:55 Promotional release only Studio For American market; See New Power Generation for details
New Power Generation 3:55 Promotional release only Studio For European market; See New Power Generation for details
N.P.G. (Funky Weapon Remix) 4:00 Promotional release only Studio See N.P.G. (Funky Weapon Remix) for details
Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Brother With A Purpose (featuring Tony Mosley) 4:18 New Power Generation single Studio See Brother With A Purpose for more details
Get Off 4:41 New Power Generation single Studio See Get Off for more details
Loveleft, Loveright 5:00 New Power Generation single Studio See Get Off for more details
The Lubricated Lady 2:39 New Power Generation single Studio See The Lubricated Lady for more details
Heaven Is Keeping Score Studio Unreleased 1990 track; See Heaven Is Keeping Score for more details
My Tree Studio Unreleased 1990 track; See My Tree for more details
Oobey Doop Studio Unreleased 1990 track; See Oobey Doop for more details
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
New Power Generation Studio 1989 recording without backing vocals
New Power Generation (Reprise) Studio Pt. II 1989 recording without T.C. Ellis rap and backing vocals
New Power Generation (Pt. I & II) Studio Full version incorporating guitar solo from Prince joining two parts (title unconfirmed)
Segue Segue "Are there really angels?" segue, later incorporated into N.P.G. (Funky Weapon Remix) and Loveleft, Loveright
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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