Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic is Prince's twenty third studio album. The album was conceived as a psychedelic rock record, but became a mainstream comeback record with prominent guest features. The resulting record has a diverse sound, with loud guitar tracks mixed with contemporary R&B production.
Prince plays most of the instruments, with members of the NPG appearing on certain songs. The studio sessions for the album are among the best documented, with interviews appearing in Guitar Player, Bass Player and Keyboard magazines. All the instruments listed come from those interviews.
There was no specific Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic tour, although there was a series of club dates surrounding its release and the pay-per-view event Rave Un2 The Year 2000. Prince gave an interview to Guitar Player in November 2000. The other details on this page are taken from the Rave Un2 The Year 2000 film.
In the studio
Prince played a Hohner Madcat, Dave Rusan Cloud Guitar, Schecter Habibe (a copy of the Jerry Auerswald Symbol) and an Ibanez GB12 George Benson on this album. He used his live set up on some songs, a rack consisting of a Soldano SLO-100 and Caswell X99 amplifiers, Zoom 9030 and Roland GP-16 effects and Marshall and Peavey cabinets. He also used smaller Tech 21 Trademark 60 and Peavey Delta Blues amplifiers.
Keyboards on this album include an Oberheim OB-8, Roland JV-80, Roland VK-7, Clavia Nord Lead 2, Roland A-90 and a hybrid instrument made from two Roland JD-800s. Rack synths include the Korg TR and Roland JV-2080. The Roland A-90 was paired with a Roland RV-3 Reverb/Delay pedal.