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Posthumous Prince albums
When Prince passed on 21 April 2016, the music world was in profound loss. In life Prince had released 39 studio albums. Legend has it his Paisley Park vault is filled with 100 albums worth of material. In death Prince’s estate will be releasing some of that music. Below are the albums released following Prince’s death, reviewed in context with his unparalleled legacy to music and modern culture.
Sony Legacy (2021)
Prince’s so-called lost album from 2010, charged with political commentary of the day, was unvaulted in 2021 with its narrative sadly on point for the day it was finally released. Although Welcome 2 America revisits subjects Prince fans are all too used to, his lament of the state of the music industry – Running Game (Son Of A Slave Master), yet the album is sharp, current and could have been cut yesterday. A Prince album through and through.
Charts: US 4 UK 5
Warner Records (2020)
The release that every Prince album, single and Deluxe have been leading us toward – the greatest, most compelling and most critical addition to Prince’s discography. The collection documents 1986, that legendary year and the greatest in Prince’s productivity when nothing he recorded was anything less than his best. In simple terms, Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe is the greatest release ever.
Charts: US 20 UK 15
Sony Legacy (2020)
Sony Legacy up the ante with this 5 disk reissue of the One Nite Alone… Live! boxset from 2002. It was Prince’s first live album release and remains definately one to own. Hats off to Sony, as a major label ‘willing to do the work’ to lovingly reissue the less familiar corners of Prince’s catalogue as beautifully repackaged releases. Prince legacy remains in safe hands, and is relief to the a new army of fans who can finally own this most under appreciated era of Prince’s post Warner career.
Warner Records (2019)
Having once said he had no desire to create a double album, Prince was inspired and just kept writing. 1982 was an era Prince was untouchable and what he recorded in the sessions for his fifth album 1999 is the stuff of legend. Its many outtakes are gloriously resurfaced in the first Super Deluxe edition of Prince’s Warner catalogue.
Charts: US 45
Sony Legacy (2019)
This triple-disk reissue unites the companion albums Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic and Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic along with the concert DVD Rave Un2 The Year 2000, what’s left to rave about in this release is the glorious packaging. What Ultimate Rave achieves is to restore these albums at the fore in Prince’s catalogue and right where they deserve to be.
Charts: US 69
Warner Bros. Records (2018)
Prince’s vault, that holy sanctum for any Prince fax, has been prised open and its songs and hidden gems are starting to emerge. Piano & A Microphone is the first of them to see light of day. It captures Prince laying down demos at a home studio session in 1983, when he was on the verge of international stardom. This intimate, heartfelt recording shows what it really sounds like when doves cry.
Charts: US 11 UK 12
Warner Bros. Records (2017)
Three CDs and a DVD, Purple Rain Deluxe celebrates Prince’s most definitive year with real flare. Disk 1 contains his 2015 remastered version of the original album. Disk 2 houses the unreleased gems. Disk 3 the edits and extended versions, some for the first time ever on CD. It will be remembered for the official release of The Dance Electric, Electric Intercourse and Possessed, but there real substance to be found in this solid collection. The length and breadth of 1984 is here and in all its hype and glory.
Charts: US 4 UK 7
Warner Bros. Records (2016)
The first album released following Prince’s death, Prince 4Ever is an emotional journey through the Warner Brothers era, 1978 to 1993, showcasing the singles during the artist’s most profile and creative period. But this double album of 40 tracks will be notable for one; the long awaited official issue of Moonbeam Levels, probably the greatest outtake in the history of music. The wealth and depth of Prince’s work shall never cease to amaze, and the two hours this album showcases the legacy of the greatest song writer and performer of the modern age.
Charts: US 33 UK 21
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