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The Rainbow Children


"The Rainbow Children" is Prince's twenty-fourth studio album. The album sees a dramatic departure from previous releases, with an organic, jazz-fusion influenced sound. Other songs have a vintage funk and new age sound.

Prince played most of the instruments on the album, with John Blackwell playing drums on most of the songs. There isn't much documentation of these recording sessions, so the list is assumed based on equipment used live around this time.

Prince promoted the Rainbow Children album on the One Nite Alone tour with a new version of the NPG. It ran from March to September 2002. Details from this page are taken from photographs and videos of the period, including the Live At The Aladdin DVD.

In the studio

The Rainbow Children was recorded in late 2000 and early 2001 at Paisley Park. Prince played a Hohner Madcat and Ibanez GB12 George Benson on this album. He used a large rack set up, Boss and Dunlop pedals and a Fender Bassman live. See the tour section for more details Other amps that may have been used include Tech 21 Trademark 60 and Peavey Delta Blues combos.

Prince returned to Jazz-style basses around this time. Live, Prince used an ESP Jazz bass and it is possible that this appears on the album. A Warwick Thumb may have also been used. Bass effects include the Danelectro Fab Tone.

The album is notable for featuring the Fender Rhodes on most of the songs. Synthesizers on this album include a Yamaha Motif 6 and a Korg Trident.

John Blackwell plays drums on almost all the songs. It is unknown whether any drum machines were used.

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