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. 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.
|Compilation album by |
|Released||July 20, 1994|
|Genre||Pop, rock, funk|
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.
|2.||"Hollywood" (From the album Hey Man, Smell My Finger)||George Clinton||4:33|
|3.||"Love Sign"||Nona Gaye and Prince||4:32|
|4.||"If I Love U 2nite" (From the album Child of the Sun)||Mayte||4:20|
|6.||"2gether" (From the album Goldnigga)||The N.P.G.||5:07|
|7.||"Standing at the Altar"||Margie Cox||3:55|
|8.||"You Will be Moved" (From the album The Voice)||Mavis Staples||4:12|
|10.||"A Woman's Gotta Have It"||Nona Gaye||4:30|
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+". 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".
- Michael Corcoran, "A man with no name: The formerly named Prince is doing everything he can to avoid becoming a "has-been", The Spokesman-Review, June 14, 1994.
- Jon Bream, "The right combo; After a quarter century, Margaret Cox finally put together her first solo CD." The Star Tribune, April 6, 2003 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- "Music Review: 1-800-New Funk", Entertainment Weekly, August 19, 1994.
- Andy Gill, "Albums: He-Who-Once-Was-Prince and Proteges, 1-800-New-Funk", The Independent, July 28, 1994 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).