September 10, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B+

This left-over compilation of outtakes from Prince’s years with Warner Bros. sounds more committed than a lot of his indie releases of recent vintage. Using members of the swinging bands that backed him on Diamonds and Pearls and [Artist Formerly Known as Prince (album title)], Prince teases out leisurely, unforced grooves that shimmer with horny horns, cascading keyboard waterfalls, and on-the-one grit. The Vault … Old Friends 4 Sale is a welcome stopgap for long-suffering loyalists.

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