The Deluxe CD + LP format will include a 12-inch 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 photos.
Piano & A Microphone 1983 is set to feature a previously unreleased cassette recording of Prince at the piano at his home studio in Minnesota captured in 1983 and will be released on September 21, 2018. It will be a nine track, 35-minute album.
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 will be featured during the end credits of Spike Lee's BlacKKKlansman in cinemas August 2018. 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.
Recorded in 1983 at Prince's Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, MN. Engineered by Don Batts.
The album cover photo captures a rare view of Prince backstage during the 1999 tour. The photo was taken by Prince's trusted photographer and creative collaborator Allen Beaulieu who worked closely with Prince between 1979-1984. Allen's work with Prince includes the cover shots for the Dirty Mind and Controversy albums and iconic promotional photos for the 1999 album.
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Vinyl release of Prince - Piano & A Microphone 1983: Deluxe Edition (Vinyl + Cd + Book). Released through RHINO and available on LP.
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Packaging: LP + CD pack
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