Extended Plays : NYC : 1997

NYC97

 

NYC

EP by Prince

Released 1997

Recorded NYC, 11 January 1997

Genre Pop rock

Length 13:46

Label NPG Records

“NYC” is a one-off single released by Prince (then known as The Artist) in 1997. The single was available only from Prince’s NPG retail store known as “1-800-NEW-FUNK” and only in cassette format. The artwork is clearly intended to look like an unauthorized bootleg recording, even containing the handwritten phrase “4th Generation Bootleg, but it’s All Good!!”, possibly in an attempt to increase sales from die-hard fans. It was recorded live recording at the Roseland Ballroom on January 11, 1997 in New York City.

Track one was “Jam of the Year”, the opening song from Prince’s 1996 album Emancipation. It also became the name of the tour for the album. The B-side of the single was a live rendition of “Face Down”, also from the same concert and edited to sound like it segued from “Jam of the Year”.

The single caused some controversy amongst fans for costing US $20 for a cassette (which was already considered an outdated format) with only two songs. Also, shipping charges outside of the U.S. often made the tape cost US $40 or more.

*From Brixton 1998*

Track listing:

 Tracks repeat on both sides.

  1. “Jam of the Year” – 5:20
  2. “Face Down” – 8:26
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