LP released: Jan 18, 2019
(Item no longer available)

Side 1
1. Minneapolis - Mpls
2. George Clinton - Hollywood
3. Nona Gaye & The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) - Love Sign
4. Matye - If I Love U Tonight
5. The Steeles - Color
1. The N.P.G. - 2gether
2. Margie Cox - Standing At The Altar
3. Mavis Staples - You Will Be Moved
4. Madhouse - 17
5. Nona Gaye - A Woman's Gotta Have It
6. Minneapolis - Mpls (Reprise)
Label: 8TH
Cat No: ETH71006LP
Barcode: 706091814419
Packaging: LP Regular

As prolific and innovative an artist Prince Rogers Nelson
(Best known by his eponymous stage name Prince) was
in his lifetime, he was also notorious for refusing to play
nicely with his record label. Especially Warner Brothers
Records, his longtime label since his debut. Tensions
between the pop singer/songwriter came to a head during
the 90s, when after a series of slights related to rights
issues and album releases, Prince went to great lengths
to attempt to get out of his contract with the major label.
He went about this by releasing collections of unreleased
material and B-sides under the Prince moniker, while
recording new songs as the unpronounceable "Love
Symbol", which would often be simplified to "The Artist
(Formerly Known As Prince)" in the media. These
songs in turn would be released on NPG Records, an
independent label formed after the shuttering of Paisley
Park Records by Warner Brothers, and would release the
rest of Prince's new material up to his passing in 2016.
One of NPG Records' first releases was a compilation
showcasing things to come from the upstart imprint, titled
1-800-NEW-FUNK. In addition to new material
from Prince, it featured new and unreleased tracks from
funk/soul veterans like George Clinton and Mavis
Staples, as well as up-and-comers like Mayte Garcia and
Nona Gaye, as well as tracks from Prince side-projects
like Madhouse, and his backing band The New Power
Generation. While the compilation was not a major
commercial success on par with Prince's solo works, the
album has over time become a must-have for record
collectors, and is an indelible part of any Prince
completist's catalogue.