Prince's Estate Celebrating His 60th Birthday With Unreleased Music
'Piano and a Microphone 1983' will be released in September.
On what would have been Prince's 60th birthday his estate has announced a new album of previously unreleased recordings will be coming soon.
Currently titled Piano and a Microphone 1983, the album is set to arrive on September 21 and it'll feature nine tracks recorded at Prince's home.
The first single released is a stripped-down version of "Mary Don't You Weep", and the album will also feature covers of "Purple Rain", "International Lover" and a cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You".
Troy Carter, Prince's estate adviser, released a statement saying, "This raw, intimate recording which took place at the start of Prince's career right before he achieved international stardom, is similar in format to the Piano & A Microphone Tour that he ended his career with in 2016".
"The Estate is excited to be able to give fans a glimpse of his evolution and show how his career ultimately came full circle with just him and his piano."
While many of the tracks featured on Piano and a Microphone 1983 have been around as bootlegs for a while, the album marks the first official posthumous release from Prince's estate following his death in 2016.
On the first anniversary of his death a six-song EP Deliverance was set to be released but the estate stepped in at the last moment, blocking the release with an injunction.
Piano and a Microphone will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally as well as a deluxe version that features both physical formats as well as a booklet that includes never-before-seen photos of Prince and new liner notes. The album is available to pre-order now.
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