Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Listen to the first track from Prince's posthumous album

Listen to the first track from Prince's posthumous album

There are nine tracks in all, recorded at Prince's Chanhassen, Minnesota, studios, which later came to be known as Paisley Park.

Thursday, June 7 would have been Prince's 60th birthday, and Warner Brothers has announced a brand new release of rare outtakes. It offers a glimpse into the legendary musician's creative process as he works through classic songs like "17 Days", "Purple Rain", "Strange Relationship", and "International Lover". 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. The album will contain 9 tracks and run 35 minutes long.

Prince's estate manager Troy Carter said in the announcement for the record, "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". It was recorded just after the release of "1999" and a year before the release of "Purple Rain", which launched him to super-stardom.

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The album will also never before seen images of Prince, and liner notes written by Prince's engineer, Don Batts. Those who pre-order the digital version will instantly be able to hear the track "Mary Don't You Weep". The album will be released on September 14.

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