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The Rainbow Children

NPG Records

Originally released as a download to fanclub members from on 16 October 2001, it received full commercial distribution via the independent label Redline Entertainment from 20 November that year.

The Rainbow Children is essentially a concept album, and as a result showcases Prince's most diverse work. It explores several and complex themes, such as spiritualism and racism, and although it is critically acclaimed The Rainbow Children sold only 158,000 copies. The core musical theme of the album is funk/jazz and as a result is quite an inaccessible to for non-fans. It arguably, however, represents Prince at his creative and musical peak. It does not feature a drum machine and the sound is very raw and refreshing. The Rainbow Children was released six months after its single, The Work, Part I and peaked on the Billboard charts at 109, but is notable in that it is Prince's first album released under his proper birth name since previously changing it to The Artist Formally Known As PrincePrince symbol.

NPG Records
Redline Entertainment
Cover Art
C'Babi Bayoc
Running Time
UK Chart Peak
US Chart Peak
Prince Album
Supporting Tour
One Nite Alone... Tour


  1. Rainbow Children (10:02)
  2. Muse 2 The Pharaoh (4:21)
  3. Digital Garden (4:06)
  4. The Work, Part 1 (4:27) 1
  5. Everywhere (2:54)
  6. The Sensual Ever After (2:57)
  7. Mellow (4:23)
  8. 1+1+1 Is 3 (5:16)
  9. Deconstruction (1:59)
  10. Wedding Feast [feat. Kip Blackshire] (0.53)
  11. She Loves Me 4 Me (2:49)
  12. Family Name (8:16)
  13. The Everlasting Now (8:17)
  14. Last December (7:57)
  15. Silent hidden track (0:04)
  16. Silent hidden track (0:04)
  17. Silent hidden track (0:04)
  18. Silent hidden track (0:04)
  19. Silent hidden track (0:04)
  20. Silent hidden track (0:08)
  21. Last December [Reprise] (0:38) 2

1 Released as a single
2 Hidden track (#21)

Singles from The Rainbow Children

Prince, The Work Part 1

The Work, Part 1

NPG Records
US Chart Peak: Ineligible
UK Chart Peak: Ineligible
Award: Yahoo - Best Internet Single, 2001
First released free via Napster as an MP3. A CD version for NPG Music Club members followed:

  1. The Work, Part 1 (3:39)
  2. U Make My Sun Shine (5:52)