The Rainbow Children
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.
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The NPG Live
- Clavia Nord Lead
- Korg Triton
- Yamaha Motif 6
- Yamaha Motif ES6
- Fender Rhodes
- Roland PC-200
- Roland JV-880
- Alesis D4
- Akai S5000
- Roland XV-3080
- Roland JD-990
Prince In The Studio
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.
Guitars were recorded direct into the board or through Prince's live rig. Tech 21 Trademark 60 and Peavey Delta Blues amplifiers may have also been used.
For a list of equipment used at Paisley Park, please see our Paisley Park page.
- Modern Drummer (2001) John Blackwell