The One

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The One

Newpowersoul album.jpg
from the album Newpower Soul
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promo single art for The One
Song details
Performer: New Power Generation
First Released: 13 April 1998 - The One promotional single (promotional release)

30 June 1998 - Newpower Soul (commercial release)

Album(s): Newpower Soul

Indigo Nights

Writer(s): Prince (credited to New Power Generation)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to New Power Generation)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

The One is the ninth track on the New Power Generation's third and final 'solo' album Newpower Soul, and, two and a half months prior to the album's release, The One was available as a promotional single (no commercial release was available).

Later in 1998, a remix of the track was included as the seventh and final track on the 1-800 New Funk direct-order version of Come On, the album's first and only commercially-released single.

In 2004, lyrics from the song were included in a live medley by Prince of The Question Of U (as The ? Of U), Fallin' and The One, which was offered as both audio and video by NPG Music Club for $5.55 for members ($7.77 for non-members).

In 2008, a 2007 live version (using the musical backing of The Question Of U), was included as the 14th track on Prince's fourth live album Indigo Nights.


Recording process

While specific recording dates are now known, the album was recorded between May 1997 and February 1998, at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA. On 20 February 1998, Love4OneAnother.com announced that SymbolSmallerBlue.png was deciding between Mad Sex, Newpower Soul and Push It Up as the first single, which could indicate that The One was recorded later in February 1998, but this is speculative.

Orchestra recordings by Clare Fischer were recorded in Los Angeles, CA, USA at some point between mid-1997 and Spring 1998. Recording dates for the remix are not known, but it is likely that this was created in mid-1998 at Paisley Park Studios.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
May 1997 - February 1998 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Initial tracking
Mid-1997 - Spring, 1998 Unknown studio, Los Angeles, CA, USA Orchestra recording by Clare Fischer
Mid-1998 Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA Remix
Recording Personnel

Newpower Soul version

  • SymbolSmallerBlue.png - all vocals and instruments, except where noted (credited for "all musical instruments and tantrums")
  • Kirk Johnson - drum programming (as "KAJ", credited for "drums, drum and synth programs")
  • Rhonda Smith - fretless bass guitar
  • Rev. Scott - rhythm guitar (credited, but uncertain involvement)
  • Mr. Hayes - keyboards (credited, but uncertain involvement)
  • NPG Orchestra - orchestra


Indigo Nights version


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The One 7:04 Newpower Soul Studio
The One (Edit) 4:33 The One promo Edit
The One (Remix) 7:09 Come On CD single (1-800 New Funk version only) Remix
The One (Remix edit) 2:14 Come On 12" promo single Remix
The ? Of U, Fallin', The One 10:59 NPG Music Club .wma download Live a.k.a. 2004 Tour Audio; 7 April 2004, Qwest Center, Omaha, NE, USA
The One 9:07 Indigo Nights Live 22 September 2007 am, 3121 at The IndigO2, London, England; includes musical backing of The Question Of U
Video Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The One 5:29 Promotional release only Promo video See The One for details
The ? Of U, Fallin', The One 10:59 NPG Music Club .wmv download Live a.k.a. 2004 Tour Video; 7 April 2004, Qwest Center, Omaha, NE, USA
Broadcasts/streaming
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
The Question Of U / The One T.B.C. Live concert online stream Live 10 May 2015, Baltimore, MN, USA, Royal Farms Arena; incl. Electric Man
Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
The One Studio Original 1997-1998 version before orchestral overdubs
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Other than the similarity in name, The One is entirely unrelated to the Madhouse track One.

References
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