Prince - Piano & A Microphone 1983 LP

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On what would have been his 60th birthday, the Prince Estate announced that it was prepping a new album of previously unreleased home recordings, Piano and a Microphone 1983. The LP's nine tracks were culled from cassette recordings Prince made at his piano at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The estate teased the project with Prince's rollicking and rumbling rendition of the 19th century spiritual, "Mary Don't You Weep," which will also play during the end credits of Spike Lee's upcoming movie. The striking cover photo was shot by photographer, and Prince's close collaborator, Allen Beaulieu, backstage at the 1999 tour.

The announcement of the release stated:
“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,” said Prince Estate entertainment adviser Troy Carter. “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.”