Prince’s Piano & a Microphone 1983 Coming From Estate

Prince’s estate will release intimate tapes from the artist with Piano & a Microphone drops in September.

Today would have been the 60th birthday for multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and filmmaker Prince. To commemorate the date, Warner Bros. Records announced plans to release an intimate collection of songs he performed solo on the piano in 1983, on the eve of his international fame. Piano & a Microphone 1983 will arrive Sept. 21 on vinyl, CD and digital formats, according to Billboard.

The nine-song album is one of three albums of unreleased recordings Prince’s estate have planned for fall release. The records gives fans a rare look into the artist’s creative process. The songs were recorded during a private rehearsal made at Prince’s home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota.  It includes early versions of “Purple Rain,” “Strange Relationship,” “International Lover” and “17 Days.” The record contains a cover of Joni Mitchell’s song “A Case of You.” The album also includes Prince doing his version of “Mary Don’t You Weep,” the 19th century spiritual which will play during the end credits of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, which was produced by Jordan Peele.

A deluxe version of Piano & a Microphone 1983 will include the collection on both vinyl and CD along with a 12-inch booklet with Don Batts, Prince’s engineer for the sessions. It will also include never-before-seen candid photographs.

Piano & A Microphone track list:

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“17 Days”

“Purple Rain”

“A Case Of You”

“Mary Don’t You Weep”

“Strange Relationship”

“International Lover”


“Cold Coffee & Cocaine”

“Why The Butterflies”

Piano & a Microphone 1983 will be available on September 21.

Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.