1-800-NEW-FUNK

1-800-NEW-FUNK is a compilation album by Prince's NPG Records, meant to showcase artists signed to the record label. It was released on July 20, 1994. The title of the album was also a toll-free phone number in North America for customers to purchase Prince-related merchandise.[1] Some tracks are from albums that actually saw release either through Prince's previous label, Paisley Park Records or through NPG Records, while others appear only on this compilation.

1-800-NEW-FUNK
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Compilation album by
Various artists
ReleasedJuly 20, 1994
Recorded1992–1998
GenrePop, rock, funk
Length46:08
LabelNPG
ProducerPrince

There were two German releases to this CD; the first release was issued with the reference NPG 6051-2 and is missing artwork from the Steeles album in the liner notes. The second release, reference 0060512NPG, includes an image of the Steeles album cover artwork.

Track listingEdit

No.TitlePerforming Artist(s)Length
1."MPLS"Minneapolis4:27
2."Hollywood" (From the album Hey Man, Smell My Finger)George Clinton4:33
3."Love Sign"Nona Gaye and Prince4:32
4."If I Love U 2nite" (From the album Child of the Sun)Mayte4:20
5."Color"The Steeles4:20
6."2gether" (From the album Goldnigga)The N.P.G.5:07
7."Standing at the Altar"Margie Cox3:55
8."You Will be Moved" (From the album The Voice)Mavis Staples4:12
9."17"Madhouse5:24
10."A Woman's Gotta Have It"Nona Gaye4:30
11."MPLS Reprise"Minneapolis0:48

SinglesEdit

  • The Nona Gaye/Prince track "Love Sign" was released to radio in June 1994.
  • Margie Cox's "Standing at the Altar" was also released as a single.[2]

ReviewsEdit

Entertainment Weekly said that as a showcase of Prince's label, Paisley Park Records, the album "amounts to unintentional evidence of why the company failed." They rated the album "C+".[3] The Independent, describing the record as a "stop-gap compilation of Princely offshoots", cited Nona Gaye's contributions as being "of primary interest", saying she "displays a slinky sensitivity without the overt sensuality of her father or her producer".[4]

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