Musicology is Prince’s 27th album. It was his return to pop music after a number of jazz fusion releases and it was a significant commercial success. The album features a mixture of vintage and contemporary R&B along with a few rock influenced songs.
The album was recorded with the same band that toured the Rainbow Children and recorded N.E.W.S. and features similar instrumentation. Prince gave interviews to Guitar Player, Keyboard, Bass Player and Modern Drummer, meaning it is one of the better documented albums.
Prince promoted the album on the 2004ever tour, from March to September 2004. The shows featured an acoustic set for the first time. Prince also performed at the Grammy’s and the Rock ’N’ Roll Hall of fame around this time.
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The NPG Live
- Clavia Nord Lead
- Korg Triton
- Yamaha Motif 6
- Yamaha Motif ES6
- Yamaha DX7
- Fender Rhodes
- Roland JV-880
- Alesis D4
- Akai S5000
- Roland XV-3080
- Roland JD-990
Prince In The Studio
Musicology was recorded in between 1995 and 2004 at Paisley Park, Metalworks Studios (Mississauga) and The Hit Factory (New York). John Blackwell appears on "The Marrying Kind", "If Eye Was The Man In Ur Life", "On The Couch" and "Dear Mr. Man". Renato Neto and Rhonda Smith also appear on "Dear Mr. Man".
Guitars were recorded direct into the board or through Prince's live rig.
For a list of equipment used at Paisley Park, please see our Paisley Park page.
- Bass Player (2004) Rhonda Smith Grooves Royally With Prince
- Guitar Player (2004) Crown of Creation: Prince Summons the Funk...
- Keyboard (2004) Prince's 2004ever tour
- Modern Drummer (2005) Prince and John Blackwell