Album: The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold)

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The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold)

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Album details


Released: 8 July 1995 (Promotional cassette given to attendees of the Versace collection of Paris Fashion Week)

13 April 2019 (Special release for Record Store Day)
13 September 2019 (Worldwide commercial release)

Length: 41:27
Label(s): NPG Records / Warner Bros (1995 Promotional release)

NPG Records / The Prince Estate / Legacy Recordings (2019 Reissues)

Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: The Billboard 200 28 Sept. 2019 170 1
USA: Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 28 Sept. 2019 2 7
Certifications
This album has not received any certifications in the USA
Awards
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


None at the time of release, although of Pussy Control (Club Mix Edit) and Rootie Kazootie (Edit) were issued as “digital singles” ahead of the September reissue.

See also


The Gold Experience
(Album)
24
(Unreleased Madhouse album)
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The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold) is a compilation album of Prince's studio work, initially given away as a promotional cassette to attendees of the Versace collection of Paris Fashion Week over the course of three consecutive days, beginning 8 July 1995.

It was re-released worldwide (on cassette) in limited quantities (11,000 copies) for the Record Store Day on 13 April 2019, and six months later on all formats and regular commercial release on 13 September 2019. The 2019 editions became Prince's ninth compilation album and the sixth posthumous release.


Initial 1995 release

The 1995 cassette was mostly a promotional tool for SymbolSmallerBlue.png's then upcoming album The Gold Experience, but also contained tracks from other planned projects, the New Power Generation's second album Exodus (which had already been released in Europe), Madhouse's third album 24 (which was ultimately left unreleased) and The NPG Orchestra's Kamasutra (which was released in early 1997).

Unlike other NPG Records sampler cassettes of the era, many tracks were remixed or edited specifically for this release to make listening to the cassette a complete listening experience. In addition, several tracks feature overdubbed vocals by SymbolSmallerBlue.png of either "Versace" or "The Versace Experience". As such, many of the tracks are not available in the same form elsewhere.

Also unusually for NPG Records sampler cassettes, The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold) was released in conjunction with Warner Bros. This is likely due to the links with The Gold Experience, which was planned for release by NPG Records and Warner Bros. on 12 September 1995, as indicated on the cassette insert, although the release was later postponed to 26 September 1995.

Only 300 copies of the cassette were made. Artwork for a CD-version was also made, but it is unlikely that any promos were actually pressed on CD at that time.


2019 reissues

With only 300 copies pressed and distributed only to attendees of Versace collection of Paris Fashion Week, the 1995 edition of The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold) became a collectible item. The Prince Estate made replicas of this cassette available to the public for the 2019 edition of the Record Store Day in the USA, Europe and Japan. A special ‘purple edition' edition, limited to 1,000 copies was offered for sale from Minneapolis music store Electric Fetus on 25 April 2019. Interestingly, the 2019 reissues by NPG Records/The Prince Estate were released in conjunction with Sony's Legacy Recordings while the original 1995 cassette bears was offered by NPG Records and Warner Bros. The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold) is the second release by The Prince Estate with Legacy Recordings after the 2018 Anthology: 1995-2010 compilation.


Promotion

The first 2019 reissue was a special release for the Record Store Day (on the same day as a reissue of His Majesty's Pop Life). The general September release was preceded by a “digital single” of Pussy Control (Club Mix Edit) on 23 August 2019 followed by Rootie Kazootie (Edit) on 6 September 2019.

The compilation reached number 2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and 170 on The Billboard 200.



Track listing
CD Cassette

The compact disc version is a reissue from the promotional cassette.

  1. Pussy Control (Club Mix) (Edit) (3:04) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  2. Shhh (X-cerpt) (3:55) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  3. Get Wild In The House (2:15) 1 - The NPG
  4. EyeBlue.png Hate U (Remix) (3:29) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  5. 319 (X-cerpt) (1:28) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  6. Shy (X-cerpt) (2:23) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  7. Billy Jack Bitch (2:31) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  8. Sonny T. (X-cerpt) (0:28) 2 - Madhouse
  9. Rootie Kazootie (Edit) (2:38) 2 - Madhouse
  10. Chatounette Controle (2:25) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  11. Pussy Control (Control Tempo) (Edit) (1:23) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  12. Kamasutra Overture # 5 (0:44) - The NPG Orchestra
  13. Free The Music (1:44) - The NPG
  14. Segue (0:50) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  15. Gold (X-cerpt) (3:34) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png


LP

The LP is a reissue from the original promotional cassette

  • Side 1:
  1. Pussy Control (Club Mix) (Edit) (3:04) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  2. Shhh (X-cerpt) (3:55) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  3. Get Wild In The House (2:15) 1 - The NPG
  4. EyeBlue.png Hate U (Remix) (3:29) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  5. 319 (X-cerpt) (1:28) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  6. Shy (X-cerpt) (2:23) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  • Side 2:
  1. Billy Jack Bitch (2:31) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  2. Sonny T. (X-cerpt) (0:28) 2 - Madhouse
  3. Rootie Kazootie (Edit) (2:38) 2 - Madhouse
  4. Chatounette Controle (2:25) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  5. Pussy Control (Control Tempo) (Edit) (1:23) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  6. Kamasutra Overture # 5 (0:44) - The NPG Orchestra
  7. Free The Music (1:44) - The NPG
  8. Segue (0:50) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  9. Gold (X-cerpt) (3:34) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png

The cassette is the original format

  • Side A:
  1. Pussy Control (Club Mix) (Edit) (3:04) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  2. Shhh (X-cerpt) (3:55) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  3. Get Wild In The House (2:15) 1 - The NPG
  4. EyeBlue.png Hate U (Remix) (3:29) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  5. 319 (X-cerpt) (1:28) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  6. Shy (X-cerpt) (2:23) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  • Side B:
  1. Billy Jack Bitch (2:31) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  2. Sonny T. (X-cerpt) (0:28) 2 - Madhouse
  3. Rootie Kazootie (Edit) (2:38) 2 - Madhouse
  4. Chatounette Controle (2:25) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  5. Pussy Control (Control Tempo) (Edit) (1:23) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  6. Kamasutra Overture # 5 (0:44) - The NPG Orchestra
  7. Free The Music (1:44) - The NPG
  8. Segue (0:50) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  9. Gold (X-cerpt) (3:34) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png


Digital

  1. Pussy Control (Club Mix) (Edit) (3:04) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  2. Shhh (X-cerpt) (3:55) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  3. Get Wild In The House (2:15) 1 - The NPG
  4. EyeBlue.png Hate U (Remix) (3:29) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  5. 319 (X-cerpt) (1:28) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  6. Shy (X-cerpt) (2:23) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  7. Billy Jack Bitch (2:31) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  8. Sonny T. (X-cerpt) (0:28) 2 - Madhouse
  9. Rootie Kazootie (Edit) (2:38) 2 - Madhouse
  10. Chatounette Controle (2:25) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  11. Pussy Control (Control Tempo) (Edit) (1:23) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  12. Kamasutra Overture # 5 (0:44) - The NPG Orchestra
  13. Free The Music (1:44) - The NPG
  14. Segue (0:50) - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.


1 Written by SymbolSmallerBlue.png and Sonny T.
2 Written by SymbolSmallerBlue.png, Eric Leeds, Michael Bland, Sonny Thompson and Levi Seacer, Jr.



Personnel
Musicians
  • See individual tracks for credits.


Production
  • See individual tracks and respective albums for credits.


Thanks



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA Cassette None 300 copies given to attendees of the Versace collection of Paris Fashion Week in July 1995
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
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Record Store Day 2019 release
USA Cassette 19075-91832-43 Record Store Day 2019 Exclusive Release limited to 4,000 copies. The J-card features a New York address with regards to the distribution.
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USA Cassette 19075-93120-4 9 "Purple Electric Fetus Exclusive" limited to 1,000 copies
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Europe Cassette 19075-91832-43 Record Store Day 2019 Exclusive Release limited to 4,000 copies
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Japan Cassette 4547366-396935 Record Store Day 2019 Exclusive Release limited to 2,000 copies
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September 2019 release
USA LP 1-9075-91831-1 3 Release includes a card with unique code for redeemable MP3 download through wearevinyl.com.
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Japan LP 4547366419344
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USA CD 1-9075-91830-2 1
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Europe CD 1-9075-91830-2 1 Label Code: "LC02361"
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Japan CD 4-547366-419313
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Additional Information

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References
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Originals
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