I am a Prince fan but not a Prince aficionado. That means I am not someone who chased Prince bootlegs or participated in Prince message boards when he was living. I was content to wait for studio releases in the Warner Brothers era.
I was happy to hear that efforts were being made to preserve and release his songs and albums from the infamous vault. Piano & A Microphone doesn't disappoint at all--it's a great early entry for the many, many releases that are sure to follow.
I call this "Piano Bar Prince" because listening to it makes me think of undiscovered talent at a Frenchmen Street jazz bar in New Orleans. He's just jamming, churning out songs we all know with new arrangements and others songs we don't know. It's great, and also jarring. You're hearing early talent from a man you know is now dead. He lived up to his potential and only showed us his best in life, but even his demos are scaled back genius.
The album makes me miss Prince even more. And it makes me grateful that we walked this earth at the same time.
- Vinyl (21 September 2018)
- Original Release Date: 21 September 2018
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: RHINO
- Run Time: 69 minutes
- ASIN: B07DKGDX9P
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)