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Ultimate Rave

Sony Legacy

Party like it’s 1999

Ultimate Rave is a three-disk box set comprising CD reissues of two of Prince’s studio albums issued from the turn of the Millennium and when under the name of Prince love symbol – 1999s Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic album and its later remix companion Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic. The third disk is a DVD re-release of the concert performed by Prince and special guests, recorded at Paisley Park and televised for New Year’s Eve 1999 and released in 2000 as Rave Un2 the Year 2000 (VHS and DVD format).

Ultimate Rave does not contain any previously unreleased or extra tracks and recordings but is beautifully repackaged as one boxset. Both Rave Un2 and Rave In2 albums were released on vinyl the same day as the CD set reissue (29 April 2019), however the two vinyls were sold individually and under their original names. See original releases for reviews and further details.

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
NPG Records
Distribution
Sony Legacy
Cover/Design
Steven Parke
Released
1 years, 5 months ago on 26 April 2019
US Chart Peak
69
UK Chart Peak
Not charted
Orig. Formats

Tracklist

Disk 1: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

  1. (4:18)
  2. [feat. Chuck D] (4:19)
  3. (5:29)
  4. Segue (0:04)
  5. [feat. Eve (Ruff Ryder)] (5:11)
  6. (1:30)
  7. [feat. Gwen Stefani] (3:23)
  8. (5:15)
  9. [feat. Larry Graham] (6:12) 1
  10. Segue (0:19)
  11. (5:14)
  12. [feat. Sheryl Crow] (3:18)
  13. [feat. Ani Difranco] (3:33)
  14. (3:29)
  15. (4:12)
  16. (3:15)
  17. Segue (0:43) 2
  18. [feat. Maceo Parker] (4:23) 2
Running Time
69:52

Disk 2: Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic

  1. (5:13)
  2. (5:45)
  3. (8:07)
  4. (4:22)
  5. (2:13)
  6. [feat. Gwen Stefani] (3:23)
  7. (5:15)
  8. (5:12)
  9. [feat. Sheryl Crow] (3:18)
  10. [feat. Ani Difranco] (3:33)
  11. (4:55)
  12. (3:29)
  13. (3:15)
  14. (5:35) 2
Running Time
64:09

DVD: Rave Un2 The Year 2000

  1. (2:09)
  2. (2:34)
  3. (2:29)
  4. (3:34)
  5. [performed by The Time] (4:16)
  6. [performed by The Time] (4:21)
  7. [feat. Lenny Kravitz] (6:40)
  8. [feat. Lenny Kravitz] (5:08)
  9. (2:34)
  10. [feat. Rosie Gaines, Mike Scott, Maceo Parker] (6:32)
  11. (2:26)
  12. [feat. Larry Graham] (8:15)
  13. [feat. Larry Graham] (5:00)
  14. (11:45)
  15. (5:05)
  16. [feat. Maceo Parker] (11:28)
  17. (4:14)
  18. (4:50)
  19. (3:32)
  20. (3:37)
  21. (2:36)
  22. (1:25)
  23. (7:32)
  24. End Credits (1:34)
Running Time
132 minutes

1 Written by Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott and Brian McLeod.
2 Hidden track.

Ultimate Rave – review

Rave Un2/In2 The Joy Fantastic are much overlooked Prince albums, no doubt like many, it took their reissue under Ultimate Rave to rediscover them again myself. I forgot how they were so damn funky and fresh they deserved far more frequent listening over the intervening years, still packing a punch some twenty years later – can it really be so long. Not ever being much a fan of his millennial catalogue, Ultimate Rave has me re-evaluating that entirely. I won’t go in to any individual review of the albums, because you will find them on Rave Un2 and Rave In2’s own pages, so what about the reissue? – it is amazing what a repackaging can do. These may not be re-masters but the packaging is masterful – and beautiful to boot. Following on very much the packaging of the original Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic with Prince in light-catching electric blue cat-suit, Ultimate Rave not only lovingly matches and even betters the originals quality. There is also a beautifully put together booklet and that’s not all – bundled within is the long deleted concert DVD Rave Un2 The Year 2000. Ultimate Rave is a wonderful return to the joy fantastic, which if anything would rebuild your appreciation of his catalogue of ‘99.

Ultimate Rave

Related releases

Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic
Rave Un2 The Year 2000

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