Click Below To Hear Prince’s Previously Unreleased Recording of his song, “17 Days”!
THE PRINCE ESTATE, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WARNER BROS. RECORDS, RELEASES “17 DAYS” DIGITAL SINGLE FROM THE PIANO & A MICROPHONE 1983 ALBUM.
THE PIANO & A MICROPHONE ALBUM FEATURES PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 1983 RECORDING OF PRINCE AT THE PIANO CAPTURED AT HIS HOME STUDIO IN MINNESOTA.
The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Bros. Records, released “17 Days,” the 2nd digital single off the upcoming Piano & A Microphone 1983 album, which will be released on September 21.
The nine track, 35-minute album features a previously unreleased home studio cassette recording of Prince at his piano captured in 1983. The album is available now to pre-order on CD, LP, Deluxe CD+LP, digital release and pre-save for streaming here.
“17 Days” was released in May 1985 as the flip-side to “When Doves Cry,” the first single from the multimillion selling phenomenon Purple Rain. It soon became a firm fan favorite and Prince performed the song on selected dates during the Purple Rain tour, the Parade tour, the Musicology Live 2004ever tour, the Welcome To America Tour, the Live Out Loud tour and the Hit & Run Part II tour.
Piano & A Microphone 1983 provides a rare, intimate glimpse into Prince’s creative process as he worked through songs like “Purple Rain”, a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You”, “Strange Relationship” (not released until 1987 on his critically acclaimed Sign O’ The Times album), and “International Lover.”
The album also includes a rare recording of the 19th Century spiritual “Mary Don’t You Weep” which is featured during the end credits of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman which is in theatres now. For fans of Prince’s spontaneous live medleys, tracks 1-7 of the album are presented in that same format as they were originally recorded.
Track listing and credits:
- 17 Days
- Purple Rain
- A Case Of You
- Mary Don’t You Weep
- Strange Relationship
- International Lover
- Cold Coffee & Cocaine
- Why The Butterflies
Recorded in 1983 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, MN
Engineered by Don Batts
The Deluxe CD+LP format will include 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.
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.