New Prince album from unreleased material
Piano & A Microphone (1983) a 35-year-old cassette Prince recorded of himself playing piano and singing at his home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. (Warner Bros. Records via AP)
A nine-track album from Prince's vast vault of unreleased material is going on sale, along with a new video highlighting gun violence.
Piano & A Microphone is compiled from a 1983 home studio cassette of the late musician playing jazz piano versions of some of his own songs and those of others, record company Warner Bros said.
Prince, 57, died of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl in 2016, leaving behind thousands of recordings and videos in the vaults of his home studio in suburban Minneapolis.
The new video, shot recently in New York City, accompanies the album track Mary Don't You Weep, a 19th century spiritual.
It is intended to pay tribute to the hundreds of people who are killed or wounded by gun violence in the United States, the record company and the singer's estate said in a statement.
Prince in 2015 performed at a Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody.
The Mary Don't You Weep video begins with a quote the musician made at that rally, "The system is broke. It's going to take young people to fix it."
Piano & A Microphone hears Prince working through his songs Purple Rain and 17 Days, as well as a version of Joni Mitchell's A Case of You.
It is one of a handful of recordings released posthumously by Prince's estate, including an expanded edition of his Purple Rain album and Anthology: 1995-2010, a selection of 37 of his biggest hits.
Prince delivers a "raw, simplistic performance" on his posthumous album 'Piano & A Microphone 1983.' https://t.co/51S2FC8DpD— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) September 18, 2018
Fans won't hear any of Prince's flashy guitar work on his new album, 'Piano & A Microphone 1983.' It's just @Prince singing and playing piano in his Chanhassen home studio 35 years ago, the year before launched into superstardom. https://t.co/ifuDjnNykz #PianoandaMicrophone1983— Jeff Baenen (@JeffBaenen) September 18, 2018
The story of Prince's lost album 'Piano & A Microphone 1983' – from the man who found it ... https://t.co/56z1bmZY3m— Ina3121 (@Ina3121) September 21, 2018
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