Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (4:19)

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Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (a.k.a. Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic) is the first track on Prince’s 23rd album Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, the sixth to be credited to Symbol. A reworked and remixed version with additional lyrics, titled Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic, was included as the first track on the companion album Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic. As it is a remix, rather than a separate track, Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic is included in this entry also.

Basic tracks were recorded in mid-June, 1988 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (as Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic), and Prince immediately used the track as the title track for an album, Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic (the album was eventually aborted; see the album entry for more detail). The track was re-worked on 24 July, 1988 at Olympic Studios in London, England, within hours of arriving into the country. When the album was abandoned, Prince began work on the Batman soundtrack, and proposed the use of Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic for a scene. As work developed, the song was replaced in the scene with Partyman, and Rave Unto The Joy Fantastic was dropped, although samples from the chorus appeared in both Batdance and 200 Balloons. The track was edited and re-worked slightly for the 1999 release (when it was renamed Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic), but it is not certain when this work was done.

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