Newsweek International - - CULTURE -

PI­ANO & A MI­CRO­PHONE 1983 (NPG/WARNER BROS.) He may not have wanted you to hear this in­ti­mate home record­ing from 1983, which his es­tate re­leased posthu­mously in Septem­ber. And yet what a shame if it had re­mained in the vault: This is Prince at his most be­guil­ing, cap­tured at some un­spec­i­fied, fer­tile mo­ment be­tween 1999 and Pur­ple Rain, with noth­ing more than a pi­ano for ac­com­pa­ni­ment. Among the trea­sures: a Joni Mitchell cover and an early stab at “Pur­ple Rain.” It’s also unas­sail­able proof that Prince’s tossed-off re­hearsal tapes could be bet­ter than the most pol­ished work of many top artists.

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