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Exodus

NPG Records

Everybody’s a slave until you say No.

The New Power Generation’s second solely credited album (following GoldNigga), but this time released with Prince/The Artist Formally Known As PrincePrince love symbol credited under the name Tora Tora (the war cry employed by the Japanese during their attack on Pearl Harbour) to reference his embittered dispute with Warner Brothers. Prince performs throughout Exodus and his vocals are heard on two of its tracks, The Return of the Bump Squad and The Exodus Has Begun – bassist Sonny T. provides the vocals for the remaining tracks ( however, all were written and the instruments performed by Prince). The song Get Wild (5:58) was also released by Columbia Records on 6 December 1994 on the soundtrack of the movie Prêt-A-Porter as a slightly extended version.

The New Power Generation

Vocals/Guitar
Prince
Vox/Bass Guitar
Sonny Thompson
Drums
Michael Bland
Rhythm Guitar
Mike Scott
Keyboards
Morris Hayes
Tommy Barbarella
Saxophone
Eric Leeds
Vocals
Mayte Garcia

Data

Producer
The Artist Formally Known As Prince
Label
NPG Records
Distributor
NPG Records
Cover Art
Debbie McGuan, Steve Parke and Michael Van Huffel
Released
27 March 1995
Running Time
65:33
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
11

Tracklist

  1. NPG Operator Intro (0:35)
  2. Get Wild (4:33) 1
  3. Segue (0:38)
  4. DJ Gets Jumped (0:22)
  5. New Power Soul (4:10)
  6. DJ Seduces Sonny (0:38)
  7. Segue (0:43)
  8. Count The Days (3:24) 1
  9. The Good Life (5:48) 1
  10. Cherry, Cherry (4:45)
  11. Segue (0:18)
  12. Return Of The Bump Squad (7:20)
  13. Mashed Potato Girl (0:21)
  14. Segue (3:00)
  15. Big Fun (7:26)
  16. New Power Day (3:49)
  17. Segue (0:14)
  18. Hallucination Rain (5:49)
  19. NPG Bum Rush The Ship (1:40)
  20. The Exodus Has Begun (10:06)
  21. Outro (0:37)

1 Released as singles.

Singles from Exodus

2gether single from Exodus

2gether

NPG Records

Released
20 March 1995
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
19
  1. Get Wild (4:51)
  2. Beautiful Girl (4:32)
  3. Hallucination Rain (5:52)
Get Wild [The Wild Experience] single from Exodus

Get Wild [The Wild Experience]

NPG Records

Released
3 April 1995
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Get Wild [Money Maker] (6:01)
  2. Get Wild [Kirky J's Get Wild] (6:38)
  3. Get Wild [Club Mix] (5:04)
  4. Get Wild [In The House] (6:14)
  5. Get Wild (4:33)
  6. Get Wild [Money Maker Funky Jazz Mix] (6:20)
The Good Life single from Exodus

The Good Life

NPG Records

Released
13 June 1995
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
15
  1. The Good Life [Platinum People Edit] (4:12)
  2. The Good Life [Platinum People Mix] (6:40)
  3. The Good Life [Dancing Divaz Mix] (6:40)
  4. The Good Life [Bullets Go Bang Remix] (5:14)
  5. The Good Life [Big City Remix] (5:05)
  6. The Good Life (5:48)
Count The Days single from Exodus

Count The Days

NPG Records

Released
25 September 1995
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
-
  1. Count The Days [Edit] (3:24)
  2. Count The Days (3:24)
  3. New Power Soul (3:49)

Exodus – review

The Exodus has begun. Exodus is the NPG’s well produced follow up to 1993’s GoldNigga. Although all written and most of the instruments are performed by Prince, all songs are sung and indeed remarkably well by Sonny T. Despite that the album is largely a collection of extended segues Exodus does give us the roaring Get Wild, the bouncy Return Of The Bump Squad and the intoxicating Hallucination Rain. The stand out track is the rallying chorus laden The Exodus Has Begun. Exodus was written at the time when Warner Brothers was withholding the release of The Gold Experience and thus used Exodus as the forum to vent Prince’s venom towards “that record company” and would form the subject matter for his solo follow up Chaos And Disorder. This ill temper benefits the album tremendously and unlike Chaos, Exodus is not as bleak but more fun for the listener. Good stuff aplenty is to be enjoyed and testament to that is the somewhat surprising chart success of its maxi-singles and the quality of their remixes; The Good Life mixes are well worth hearing. Although the album’s warning prophesied the end of major record labels, its message certainly got artists to think about creative control.

Exodus

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