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HITNRUN Phase Two

NPG Records

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HITNRUN Phase Two contains four songs previously released available as standalone singles issued between 2001 and 2015; these were Extraloveable (2011), Rock And Roll Love Affair (2012), Screwdriver (2013), and Baltimore (2015). Groovy Potential (2013) was also previously available as a download on Prince’s website 3rdeyetunes.com. The track Stare was released to the streaming service Spotify on 30 July 2015 a matter of days following the removal of all Prince’s material from the service before granting exclusivity to rival platform, TIDAL.

HITNRUN Phase Two, contains only six tracks not available previously under other means. The album was released to TIDAL on 12 December 2015 as an MP3 / FLAC file download and was bundled with the already available HITNRUN Phase One. It was available on iTunes soon after. Prince appealed to his Twitter followers to ‘petition’ Warner Bros. Records to release a physical version album, however when the CD was released on 21 January 2016 it was obtainable by mail order from one independent Minneapolis based record store. It was to become the final album Prince would release during his lifetime.

Performers

All instruments
Prince
Keyboards
Cassandra O'Neal Big City
Drums
Michael B. Groovy Potential
John Blackwell Rocknroll Loveaffair
Hannah Ford Big City, Screwdriver
Bass
Ida Nielsen Rocknroll Loveaffair, Screwdriver, Big City
Guitar
Donna Grantis Big City, Screwdriver
Horns
NPG Hornz Big City
Orchestration
Stringenius Baltimore

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
NPG Records
Distributor
NPG Records
Cover Art
Martin Homent
Released
3 years ago, on 12 December 2015
Running Time
58:00
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
Prince Album
#39

Tracklist

  1. Baltimore [feat. Eryn Allen Kane] (4:33) 1
  2. Rocknroll Loveaffair (4:01) 1 2
  3. 2Y. 2D. (3:50)
  4. Look At Me, Look At U (3:27)
  5. Stare (3:45)
  6. Xtraloveable (5:00) 1 3
  7. Groovy Potential (6:16)
  8. When She Comes (3:45)
  9. Screwdriver (4:15) 1
  10. Black Muse [feat. Shelby J, Elisa Dease & Liv Warfield] (7:21)
  11. Revelation (5:21)
  12. Big City [feat. Shelby J, Elisa Dease, Liv Warfield & Ledisi] (6:26)

1 Released as a single.
2 Originally Rock And Roll Love Affair when released as a single.
3 Originally Extraloveable when released as a single.

Singles from HITNRUN Phase Two

Extraloveable single from HITNRUN Phase Two

Extraloveable

Universal Music Group

Released
23 November 2011
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Extraloveable [feat. Andy Allo] (5:01)
Rock And Roll Love Affair single from HITNRUN Phase Two

Rock And Roll Love Affair

Purple Music

Released
22 November 2012
US Chart Peak
22
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Rock And Roll Love Affair [Extended Mix] (5:25)
  2. Rock And Roll Love Affair [Jamie Lewis Club Mix] (7:40)
  3. Rock And Roll Love Affair [Jamie Lewis Stripped Down Mix] (6:48)
  4. Rock And Roll Love Affair (4:01)
  5. Rock And Roll Love Affair [Jamie Lewis Club Radio Mix] (3:36)
  6. Rock And Roll Love Affair [Jamie Lewis Stripped Down Radio Mix] (3:42)
Screwdriver single from HITNRUN Phase Two

Screwdriver

Purple Music

Released
4 February 2013
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Screwdriver (4:13)
Baltimore single from HITNRUN Phase Two

Baltimore

NPG Records

Released
26 May 2015
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Baltimore [feat. Eryn Allen Kane] (4:33)

Supporting tour

Piano & A Microphone Tour

Piano & A Microphone Tour

2016

HITNRUN Phase Two – review

HITNRUN Phase Two begins with Baltimore, Prince’s upbeat tribute to Freddie Gray whose death in police hands resulted unrest in the city, the song, good for its time when released as a standalone track over half a year earlier, this track is one of six released not only months but in most cases years earlier they are repackaged here to give more casual fans the chance to hear these songs that would have would have otherwise passed them by. Hardcore fans, however, have a longer memory. The album leads into another, and the oldest, of the rehashed songs, Rocknroll Loveaffair released 2012, and is accompanied by 2013’s Groovy Potential and the even older Xtraloveable of 2011, all are reworked and tightened for their 2015 outing, proving yet again that the never satisfied Prince is firmly of the school of George Lucas in that given the opportunity they shall forever tinker with their creations whether the outcome is right or wrong. Unlike Phase One which was recorded and put together all within a mere 90 days from conception to delivery, HITNRUN Phase Two is at the other extreme and a palpably less spontaneous affair. The result allowing too much time having to pass between their original recording and this album is its lack of cohesion and a project which feels more of a collection rather than a ‘written for’ album – this Crystal Ball than Lovesexy. Some tracks don’t fit at all; Baltimore, and most notably 2013’s Screwdriver is an odd inclusion since it is essentially a 3rdEyeGirl outtake and remains a mystery why it never appeared on Plectrumelectrum in the first place if it was still deemed worthy after all for album inclusion. Baltimore was written for at a particular time to mark a particular moment and has its presence is conspicuous for its lost poignancy this far after the circumstances of its creation. Crusade singles are better left as standalone releases, think S.S.T. and F.U.N.K. This is not to say HITNRUN Phase Two is a less worthy addition to Prince’s canon, it’s just not necessarily fresh but neither was Graffiti Bridge and so it keeps good company, yet the consequence is a loss of sense of occasion. HITNRUN Phase Two is a far cry from the urgency of Art Official Age and Phase One. Plectrumelectrum seems like an entirely forgotten project. Yet its best material are the new additions; the lively 2Y. 2D (2 Young 2 Dare) although dates from 2013 it gets its first studio release here. We then slide into Look At Me, Look At U this and Revelation both containing the mark of genuine quality. Proceedings are slowed further with the accordion flavoured When She Comes (think Satisfied) only to pick up sharply with Screwdriver – the contrast of this is so different it is not unlike turning on a light in a pitch dark room the promptitude of the light hurts the eyes. The best on the album, however, is Black Muse, a Chelsea Rodgers reboot that’s impossible to crank up loud enough to do it justice, and the old skool Look At Me, Look At U. The finale is Big City, a theatrical affair that pulls in a vast ensemble and style is the closing reminder that HITNRUN Phase Two is a hotchpotch but one which will flower even further over time when the listener is able to consider all its tracks a body of work than a herding up of the old and the new.

HITNRUN Phase Two

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