The latest in a series of excursions into the legendarily prolific Prince offers up a compelling theme: fifteen songs Prince gave to friends and his protégées. Even though the ubiquity of some of the hits casts a bit of a shadow on Prince’s versions, on the whole this is an interesting look into his talent.
At the end of 1999, Prince reemerged, signed to a new record label with his first new album of newly recorded, non-archival material. This three-disc set compiles the original record, a rare fan-club only release, and a DVD of his New Year’s Eve 1999 pay-per-view concert. Though more a stutter-step than the intended comeback, it proved that The Artist was still Prince.
The enigmatic and notoriously press-hostile Prince Rogers Nelson is the subject of an ongoing publishing series that collects a person of note’s final interview, as well as select conversations from that person’s career. Catty, mysterious, often comically combative, this volume is a fun look into a unique individual’s public thoughts.
The first foray into the legendarily massive Prince archival vaults is an enjoyable session that finds him alone on piano, playing around in the studio with songs old and new.
Taken from the forthcoming Warner Brothers release, Piano & A Microphone 1983.
With a handful of Prince collaborations and plenty of talent on her own, pop singer Martika seemed poised for greatness with her second album. Surprisingly, it was to be her last solo outing; this recent expanded edition highlights that album’s greatness, while feeling like a story that has yet to be completed.
Taken from the Sub Pop release, Reworks.
In 1984, Prince released Purple Rain, what many consider to be his magnum opus. Shortly before his death, he began working on an archival release–something he seemed reluctant to do–and now, a year after his passing, this lavish set appears, containing an album of outtakes, rare mixes and b-sides, and an astonishing live performance. But does all this bonus material alter the original album’s status as one of the best albums of all time?
A loving, intimate–yet respectfully guarded–peek into the life of Prince Rogers Nelson, as told by his ex-wife. It’s a beautiful yet tragic tale of love and loss that serves as a tribute to the man she loved.