The Rainbow Children is Prince’s twenty fourth album and first to be credited to Prince after seven years of using the name Symbol. It sees a dramatic shift in Prince’s sound into jazz fusion, vintage funk and new age.
The album features a change in instrumentation, with live drumming on most songs from John Blackwell. It features the Fender Rhodes prominently on many songs, alongside new keyboards like the Yamaha Motif and the Korg Triton.
Prince promoted the album on the One Nite Alone tour with a new version of the New Power Generation from March to September 2002.
The Rainbow Children was recorded in late 2000 and early 2001 at Paisley Park. John Blackwell appears on all songs except "The Wedding Feast" - see the live section above for a list of his equipment. Larry Graham appears on "The Work Pt. 1" and "Last December", and probably uses his Moon JJ-4 300B.