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The Love Symbol Album


"The Love Symbol Album" is Prince's fourteenth album. The album continues with the sound of Diamonds and Pearls, combining hip-hop with live instrumentation and horns.

It is credited to Prince and the New Power Generation, who appear on eight of the songs. The sessions for this album are not well documented, so the list is assumed based on the equipment used live around this time.

Prince and the New Power Generation toured to promote the album. The Act I & II tours ran from March 1993 to September 1993. Details of this tour are taken from videos and photographs of the period. It is assumed the NPG used similar equipment to the Diamonds and Pearls tour.

In the studio

The Love Symbol Album was recorded between September 1991 and March 1992 at Paisley Park. Prince used a Dave Rusan Cloud Guitar and a Hohner Madcat on this album. He also used his longstanding Mesa/Boogie Mark III and Bag End D12-M setup and his Boss pedals, Colorsound Wah, Roland GP-16 and Zoom 9030 effects.

Live, Prince was using Gibson Chet Atkins SST acoustic guitars and one may appear on the album too. Sonny T used an Auerswald Cleo bass live and it is likely that Prince used one in the studio. An electric sitar appears on the song 7.

The keyboards used on this album included the Korg T3 and the Roland JD-800. Older keyboards, like the Roland D-50 and Korg M1, may have also appeared.

It is unknown which drum machines appear on the album. Given the ongoing hip-hop influence, it is possible that Akai MPC-60 and S1000 samplers were used on the record (they were later used on Emancipation).

For details of the equipment used by the NPG, please see the Diamonds and Pearls page.

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