Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

New Prince Album, 'Piano and a Microphone 1983,' Announced

New Prince Album, 'Piano and a Microphone 1983,' Announced

George Ian Boxill worked with Prince on five tracks in 2006, and he made at least one song from the recording sessions, "Deliverance", which was made available for online sales. However, there are also a number of other lesser-known tunes and previously unreleased material.

The album, titled "Piano & A Microphone 1983", has been given the green light for release by Prince's Estate, who have announced today (June 7) that the record will be released by Warner Bros.

"This raw, intimate recording, which took place at the start of Prince's career right before he achieved worldwide stardom, is similar in format to the Piano & A Microphone Tour that he ended his career with in 2016", Prince Estate entertainment adviser Troy Carter said in a statement.

Prince recorded the songs in the fall of 1983 at a studio in Chanhassen, later the home to Paisley Park. It also features a cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You", which he performed on piano at First Avenue on August 3, 1983, the night he recorded "Purple Rain" and two other tracks that would wind up on his landmark album.

Much of Piano and a Microphone 1983 will feature Prince in his most intimate form, working through future classics like "Purple Rain", "17 Days", "Strange Relationship" and "International Love", as well as a cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You". The news came on what would have been Prince's 60th birthday. The "private rehearsal" took place just before he'd broken through to global stardom and ultimately mirrors his final "Piano & A Microphone Tour" from 2016. Records, features a photo of Prince backstage during his 1999 tour. Beaulieu also shot the covers for "Dirty Mind" and "Controversy". Fans will receive a download of "Mary Don't You Weep" if they pre-order "Piano & a Microphone 1983."

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