Prince: Piano & A Microphone

Prince eases into a funky piano groove, asks for the lights to be turned down, lets loose a James Brown–styled “Good Gawd,” beat-boxes a little and then delivers a passionate rendition of “17 Days,” the B-side to “When Doves Cry,” on the latest recording to emerge from his upcoming Piano & a Microphone 1983 archival release.

This title will be released on September 21, 2018.

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Recorded in 1983 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, MN & engineered by Don Batts, Piano & A Microphone 1983 is a nine track, 35-minute album features a previously unreleased home studio cassette recording of Prince at his piano.

The Deluxe CD+LP format will include a 12″ booklet featuring brand new liner notes written by Prince’s then engineer Don Batts, as well as candid shots of Prince including never before seen images.

The private rehearsal provides a rare, intimate glimpse into Prince s creative process as he worked through songs which include 17 Days and Purple Rain (neither of which would be released until 1984), a cover of Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You, Strange Relationship (not released until 1987 on his critically acclaimed Sign O’ The Times album), and International Lover.

The album also includes a rare recording of the 19th Century spiritual Mary Don’t You Weep, featured during the end credits of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. For fans of Prince s spontaneous live medleys, tracks 1-7 of the album are presented in that same format as they were originally recorded.

Disc: 1
1. Medley: 17 Days / Purple Rain / A Case Of You / Mary Don’t You Weep / Strange Relationship / Interna

Disc: 2
1. Cold Coffee & Cocaine (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
2. Why The Butterflies (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)

Disc: 3
1. 17 Days (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
2. Purple Rain (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
3. A Case Of You (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
4. Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
5. Strange Relationship (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
6. International Lover (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
7. Wednesday (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
8. Cold Coffee & Cocaine (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
9. Why The Butterflies (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)