Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is Prince’s twenty third album (credited to Symbol). Intended as a mainstream comeback album, the album features a number of guest vocalists and a range of styles including contemporary pop, R&B and hard/psychedelic rock.
To promote the album, Prince gave interviews to the magazines Guitar Player, Bassist and Keyboard, meaning that it is one of the better documented albums and eras. Despite its generally contemporary production, it does feature the return of the Linn LM-1 to prominence.
There was no Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic tour, but there was the pay-per-view event Rave Un2 The Year 2000 and the Hit and Run and A Celebration tours in 2000 and 2001.
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic was recorded at Paisley Park, Electric Lady Studios (New York), O'Henry Studios (Burbank) and Olympic Studios (London). Various members of the NPG appear on certain songs - for a list of their equipment, please see the live section above.
Guitars were recorded direct into the board, through Tech 21 Trademark 60 and Peavey Delta Blues amplifiers or through Prince's live rig. The guitars on "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic" are played through a Leslie Speaker.