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The Slaughterhouse

NPG Records

“Trax From THE NPG Music Club: Volume 2”

Originally released across 2001/2 as separate downloadable MP3s from Prince‘s official website npgmusicclub.com, the tracks on this album were re-released as one of two MP3 albums in March 2004.

Called The Slaughterhouse the songs on it were tracks written and recorded between 2001 and 2002. The song 2045: Radical Man had been earlier released on the soundtrack CD for Spike Lee’s movie Bamboozled, on 26 September 2000. Prince had hopes to release all the songs from the music club as part of a 7-CD set, however only The Slaughterhouse and the first volume, The Chocolate Invasion materialised because the production of the remaining five CD was thwarted by manufacturing difficulties.

Performers

All instruments
Prince
Bass Guitar
Larry Graham Peace and The Daisy Chain
Flute
Najee

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
NPG Records
Distributor
NPG Records
Cover Art
Sam Jennings
Released
14 years ago, on 29 March 2004
Running Time
55:02
US Chart Peak
Ineligible
UK Chart Peak
No Release
Prince Album
#30

Tracklist

  1. Silicon (4:16)
  2. S&M Groove (5:09)
  3. Y Should Eye Do That, When Eye Can Do This? (4:33)
  4. Golden Parachute (5:37) 2
  5. Hypno Paradise (6:05)
  6. Props N' Pounds (4:38)
  7. Northside (6:33)
  8. Peace [feat. Morris Hayes and Larry Graham] (5:34) 1
  9. 2045: Radical Man (6:36)
  10. The Daisy Chain [feat. DVS] (6:14) 1 2

1 Sold as a CD single for the Hit n' Run Tour.
2 From aborted High album.

Singles from The Slaughterhouse

Peace single from The Slaughterhouse

Peace

NPG Records

Released
14 April 2001
US Chart Peak
Ineligible
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Peace [feat. Morris Hayes and Larry Graham] (5:34)
  2. 2045: Radical Man (6:36)
The Daisy Chain single from The Slaughterhouse

The Daisy Chain

NPG Records

Released
14 April 2001
US Chart Peak
Ineligible
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. The Daisy Chain (feat. DVS)
  2. Gamillah (3:18)

The Slaughterhouse – review

Volume two of what was supposed to be a seven disk set, The Slaughterhouse was released with volume one, The Chocolate Invasion. The album takes its name from Silicon, which starts off “Welcome to the slaughterhouse”. The songs are a collection of earlier available MP3s from the NPG Music Club and repackaged as two albums when the club itself was in need of a reboot. The Slaughterhouse is often excluded in Prince’s discography as one of his studio albums, but it is in every essence a compilation of previously unreleased and studio-finished music and so must be counted. If you are looking for rare releases from Prince’s vault you are in the right place. The songs of note are Silicon for its pulsating backdrop. Y Should Eye Do That, When Eye Can Do This? is refreshingly crazy. Props N’ Pounds, The Daisy Chain and Northside maintain the usual Prince quality, but the best is Peace and remains one of the great finds of the club. It is also a pleasure to see 2045: Radical Man packaged into a proper Prince collection. However, the turn of the Millennium was an off period for Prince and one fans don’t return to often, this collection still shows his spark during that period, which N.E.W.S. and Xpectation succeeded in only to consign 2000 to 2003 to Prince’s flattest period and lowest commercial appeal. The music club was the light nestling at the end of ’03s dark tunnel. Because The Slaughterhouse is a compilation rather than a collection of songs conceived for one album it’s makes quite an eclectic listening experience.

The Slaughterhouse

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