The Gold Experience

Warner Bros / Wea
Release date
26 Sep 1995
Running length
13 tracks
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1 P Control 6:00 9,779
2 NPG Operator 0:44 7,638
3 Endorphinmachine 4:06 8,021
4 Shhh 7:17 7,816
5 We March 4:44 6,500
7 The Most Beautiful Girl in the World 4:36 45,449
8 Dolphin 4:59 7,039
10 Now 4:30 6,296
12 319 3:05 7,136
14 Shy 5:04 6,594
15 Billy Jack Bitch 5:32 6,795
16 I Hate U 5:53 7,786
18 Gold 7:23 11,016

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The Gold Experience is an album released by Prince (his stage name at that time being the love symbol he created) on September 26, 1995. The album is considered by some fans to be the Purple Rain of the 1990s, due to the rock and roll feel, accessibility of the tracks, and Prince’s own admission that the song, “Gold” would be the next “Purple Rain”.

Prince wanted to release The Gold Experience under the symbolic moniker in 1994, alongside Come, which was marketed as a “Prince” album of “old” material. Both albums contained material from Prince’s musical production called Glam Slam Ulysses. The plan was to show the superior quality of the newer material as opposed to the older “Prince” material. Plans were thwarted by Warner Bros., which felt the market would be over-saturated with Prince material, and withheld the album. Prince was prompted to protest by appearing in public with the word “slave” written on his face and stating The Gold Experience’s release date would be “never”.

Some songs originally intended for the album, such as “Interactive” and “Days of Wild”, were removed by the time of the album’s release. It has been alleged by some that “Days of Wild” was nixed by Warner Brothers at the request of some of the larger retail chains, because of its lyrical content.

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  • SimonePerrota

    Been re-listening to my Prince collection recently. His discography definitely went downhill after this one. Thankfully he reversed the trend with The Rainbow Children.

    5 Feb 7:57pm Reply
  • Akayz7

    this album is glorious... possibly his best of his 90s material

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    v I could argue there's a lot more than one or two tracks of cruise control, but I mainly just dropped by to add, holy shit, I just noticed that little flute melody from the segue right before "Gold" was borrowed by Ween in "The Mollusk". Way cool.

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    ...well The Gold Experience certainly isn't AS outwardly commercial - it's less fixated on aping contemporary trends (but I think Prince did this very well on O(+>, despite a few embarrassing lyrics). If you can argue that O(+> is overproduced and overwritten then I think you can argue that The Gold Experience has one or two tracks where Prince is on cruise control...

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Some of Prince's best commercial joints on O(+> but maybe that's what puts some people off... it's definitely not perfect but then what '90s Prince album is?!

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
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  • SimonePerrota

    The Love Symbol Album is better in my opinion...

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • tiggerpuffsoul

    Swell. I'll look out for it.

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • Verba20

    One of my all time favorite albums.

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • skrutinizert

    it is a gem because it was the reason you're into Prince. Anyway, this album isn't all bad.

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • torox78

    Ehy can i listen to the music???

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • torox78

    The gold experience

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • wetwillies

    Take out the NPG Operator and you have a record three times as good.

    27 May 2010 Reply
  • Swells34

    I hate u is a very hard song to locate or purchase I want the song bad

    28 Apr 2010 Reply
  • blackambition

    P Control :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD <333333333333333333333333

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • mrlee192

    under-rated album. Gold is one of my favorite Prince songs.

    13 Dec 2009 Reply
  • dodoriazarbon

    It's so much better without the interludes. People kept saying how rocky and awesome it was, but it never connected unitl I made a playlist of it without the NP operator. Much cooler. Some of the synths/keyboards sound incredibly dated, notable in Gold...which is a shame.

    10 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Batiste369

    One of his best Albums (IMO) someone needs to get off their lazy A** and start printing new copies A.S.A.P

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • internotional

    Yeah.. I dint get this at the time, leaving it unlistened to until it was deleted. It was ahead of its time and in fact still sounds strangely futuristic in 2009

    10 Aug 2009 Reply
  • JJMCSPooh

    One of my favorite Prince albums - it's in my top 3 actually

    24 Jun 2009 Reply
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