tripped down Bluesy album that formed part of the Crystal Ball reissue. Previously Released for Record Store Day. The Truth is widely regarded as one of Prince's most underappreciated hidden gems. The x12 trk album was originally released as an accompaniment to the 1998 triple album Crystal Ball, which marked the first time that Prince released an album totally independently. The Truth was also the first Prince album to be labeled acoustic, though it does contain electronic instruments and elements, and it gave listeners an unprecedented chance to hear his songwriting and voice in a stripped-down presentation.