Prince's Estate Announces Release of Piano & A Microphone 1983

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The album was recorded at Prince's Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and was engineered by Don Batts.

This morning, his estate and Warner Bros. announced plans to release a recording from 1983 called "Piano & A Microphone: 1983".

On what would have been his 60th birthday, Prince has given the world a gift. Interestingly, the new album shares a title with Prince's final concert tour, which he embarked on in early 2016.

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"Piano & a Microphone 1983" also includes Prince's bluesy take on the Civil War-era spiritual, "Mary Don't You Weep", which will be featured during the end credits of Spike Lee's upcoming film "BlacKkKlansman", which is due out later this summer. It offers a glimpse into the legendary musician's creative process as he works through classic songs like "17 Days", "Purple Rain", "Strange Relationship", and "International Lover".

"This raw, intimate recording, which took place at the start of Prince's career right before he achieved worldwide stardom, is similar in format to the Piano & A Microphone Tour that he ended his career with in 2016", said Troy Carter, the Prince Estate's entertainment adviser. It's just one of three albums of unreleased recordings announced for the fall, but it's likely to gain the most attention given its intimate nature and an already fabled reputation among diehard collectors. Fans will receive a download of "Mary Don't You Weep" if they pre-order "Piano & a Microphone 1983." The album will be released on September 14. When Prince passed away back in April, 2016, there were rumors that he still had plenty of music remaining in the vault, and it was likely that we'd be hearing some of it.

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