£49.99 – Limited Edition Deluxe Purple Coloured Vinyl 2xLP & CD
£29.99 – Standard 2xLP
Prince will forever be remembered as a commanding live performer, chart-topping recording artist, and music business revolutionary. Yet for all the time he spent in the spotlight over his four-decade-long career, Prince also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to nurture talent and pen songs for the rising artists he respected.
By the mid-1980s, Prince was dominating the charts not just as an artist, but also as a writer/producer with songs he’d composed and recorded for others. In addition to releasing nine of his most commercially successful full-length albums, he also wrote and recorded endless reels of material for protégés The Time, Vanity 6, Sheila E., Apollonia 6, Jill Jones, The Family, and Mazarati.
Occasionally, Prince’s original demo recordings would be used as master takes on their albums, with only minor alterations to the instrumentation and a replacement of the vocal tracks. Other times, artists would rely on his demos to guide them through their own recording process, with Prince’s initial take informing their final version of his song. The aggregate effect was a complete saturation and transformation of the pop music landscape, with Prince both leading and subverting mainstream culture.
Sourced directly from Prince’s vast archive of Vault recordings, Originals is a brand new 15-track album featuring 14 previously unreleased recordings that illuminates the vital, behind-the-scenes role Prince played in other artists’ careers revealing the origins of familiar hits, in addition to deeper album cuts such as Vanity 6’s “Make-Up”, Jill Jones’s “Baby, You’re a Trip”, and Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Love”. These are more than just demos, the production quality has been kept high and the recordings resemble a pristine quality similar to that of Nothing Compares 2 U released as a standalone single last year.
The Limited Edition Deluxe format includes two 180g Purple Coloured Vinyl LPs; a hardback 12” gatefold book; a 24 page colour booklet, and CD.
- Sex Shooter
- Jungle Love
- Manic Monday
- Noon Rendezvous
- 100 Mph
- You’re My Love
- Holly Rock
- Baby, You’re A Trip
- The Glamorous Life
- Gigolos Get Lonely Too
- Love… Thy Will Be Done
- Dear Michaelangelo
- Wouldn’t You Love To Love Me?
- Nothing Compares 2 U