“This raw, intimate recording, which took place at the start of Prince’s career right before he achieved international stardom, is similar in format to the Piano & A Microphone Tour that he ended his career with in 2016,” said Prince Estate entertainment adviser Troy Carter. “The Estate is excited to be able to give fans a glimpse of his evolution and show how his career ultimately came full circle with just him and his piano.”
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’, which is 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.
1. Medley: 17 Days
2) Purple Rain
3) A Case Of You
4) Mary Don’t You Weep
5) Strange Relationship
6) International Lover
1) Cold Coffee & Cocaine (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
2) Why The Butterflies (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)