We may have lost the artist known as Prince but his music still reigns with release of Piano & A-Microphone 1983 in stores today.
This nine track, 35 minute album features previously unreleased home studio cassette recordings of Prince solo at his piano captured back in 1983 and provides a rate, intimate glimpse into his creative process as he worked through songs like Purple Rain, 17 Days and a cover of Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You.
The Deluxe CD+LP format includes a 12” booklet featuring brand new liner notes written by Prince’s then engineer Don Batts, Revolution member Lisa Coleman and Paisley Park artist Jill Jones, as well as candid shots of Prince including never-before-seen photos and original hand-written lyrics.
The album cover photo captures a rare view of Prince backstage during the 1999 tour. The photo was taken by Prince’s trusted photographer and creative collaborator Allen Beaulieu who worked closely with Prince between 1979-1984. Allen’s work with Prince includes the cover shots for the Dirty Mind and Controversy albums and iconic promotional photos for the 1999 album.
Source: Warner Music Press Release
Photo Credit: The Prince Estate/Allen Beaulieu