Today would’ve been Prince’s 60th BIRTHDAY! LONG LIVE Prince…. May we always look to the DAWN and hear U!
The ESTATE of Prince celebrates by PREPPING a NEW ALBUM of previously unreleased home recordings, Piano and a Microphone 1983, set to arrive September 21st.
The LP’s nine tracks were culled from cassette recordings Prince made at his piano at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The estate teased the project with Prince’s rollicking and rumbling rendition of the 19th century spiritual, “Mary Don’t You Weep,” which will also play during the end credits of Spike Lee’s upcoming movie, BlacKkKlansman. TAKE A LISTEN:
Much of Piano and a Microphone 1983 captures Prince working through future classics like “Purple Rain,” “17 Days,” “Strange Relationship” and “International Lover,” while it also boasts a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.” The album’s first seven tracks are presented in the same format as they were originally recorded and will reportedly play like one of Prince’s spontaneous live medleys.
Piano and a Microphone is available to pre-order and will be released digitally alongside CD and vinyl. A deluxe edition, featuring both a CD and LP, will come with a booklet featuring new liner notes from Prince’s then-engineer Don Batts, who presided over the original sessions. The booklet will also include never-before-seen images of Prince. [Rolling Stone]