Prince – Piano & A Microphone 1983 (2018) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Prince – Piano & A Microphone 1983 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 34:14 minutes | 373 MB | Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Bros.

Two years after his premature death, Prince’s Ali Baba cave has offered up its first treasure. With the aptly named album Piano & A Microphone 1983, it’s with the simplest devices that his art is heard. At only 25 years old, Prince had already released five albums (For You, Prince, Dirty Mind, Controversy and 1999) and was just about to release the album that would turn him into a global star, Purple Rain. The multi-instrumentalist spent his days and nights in the studio and we find him here alone at the piano for a medley of personal compositions and two covers: Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You and the gospel song Mary Don’t You Weep. The intimate context of this recording only amplifies the intensity of this unpublished work. Just close your eyes and you’ll find yourself alone with Prince…

With his elastic voice and skilled playing, the musician from Minneapolis proves to those who doubted him that he was a true artist; both entertainer and composer, showman and improviser. His stripped back version of Purple Rain touches on the sublime and the track Strange Relationship gives an insight into the evolution of his productions, as four years later the track appeared, more muscular this time, on the album Sign o’ the Times. While Piano & A Microphone 1983 may be primarily aimed at Prince fans, novices – if there are any left – will no doubt enjoy discovering this impressive artist. © Marc Zisman

1. Prince – 17 Days (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
2. Prince – Purple Rain (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
3. Prince – A Case Of You (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
4. Prince – Mary Don’t You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
5. Prince – Strange Relationship (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
6. Prince – International Lover (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
7. Prince – Wednesday (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
8. Prince – Cold Coffee & Cocaine (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)
9. Prince – Why The Butterflies (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version)