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Long boot­legged, this is now the first of­fi­cial post­hu­mous Prince al­bum. It’s 1983, he’s on the cusp of su­per­star­dom, af­ter 1999 and be­fore Pur­ple Rain,

re­hears­ing on piano. You get an early sketch of Pur­ple Rain as well as 17 Days (the b-side of When Doves Cry)

and Strange Re­la­tion­ship from Sign O’ the Times. There are some un­re­leased songs — Wed­nes­day was nearly on Pur­ple Rain — and while he prob­a­bly never wanted this heard, it’s an in­ti­mate glimpse of a ge­nius at work. / CAMERON ADAMS

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