Chaos and Disorder:30
I Like It There:30
Dinner with Delores:30
The Same December:30
Right the Wrong:30
I Rock, Therefore I Am:30
Into the Light:30
Dig U Better Dead:30
When he released his 18th album, Chaos and Disorder, in July 1996, it came with a rare disclaimer penned by Prince himself: “Originally intended 4 private use only, this compilation serves as the last original material recorded by d 4 Warner Brothers Records." Because it was released in the midst of Prince’s tense split with his longtime label (a period referred to by Prince as "my friction years), Chaos and Disorder was not promoted by Prince and received a minimal push from the label.
Only Prince could turn a contractual obligation album into an artistic statement.”
Keith Harris, Minneapolis City Pages, 2017
Despite all of this, Chaos and Disorder is proof of Prince’s enduring connecting to his global audience of listeners. Even without promotion the album reached number 14 in the U.K. and number 26 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts, and the album’s only single, “Dinner With Delores,” hit the top 40 charts in the U.K. (the only country it was released) with little support from either Prince or Warner Bros.
The album would be the last collection of previously unreleased material that Prince would issue under exclusive contract to Warner Bros. (although the label would release additional compilations in the coming years, and later would help to co-release new material with Prince in a unique partnership in 2014). Chaos and Disorder is the closing chapter of an 18-year-long relationship between Prince and his long-running major label that began with his very first album, For You.
Anybody expecting a kissoff or a throwaway radically underestimates his irrepressible musicality.”
Robert Christgau, Village Voice, 1996
Someone told me that Van Halen did their first record in a week. That’s what we were going for—spontaneity, seeing how fast and hard we could thrash it out.”
Prince, Los Angeles Times, 1996
Chaos and Disorder Album Credits
Prince all vocals and instruments Michael B. drums Sonny T. bass guitar Mr. Hayes keyboards Tommy Barbarella keyboards Rosie Gaines background vocals NPG Hornz (Michael B. Nelson, Kathy Jensen, Dave Jensen, Brian Gallagher, Steve Strand) horns Scrap D. rap Steppa Ranks rap