A year after his tragic passing, the great Prince Rogers Nelson is still finding ways to bless the world from the purple heavens above.
In February, it was announced that Prince’s estate and NPG Records came to an agreement with Universal Music Group for exclusive rights to the late artist’s catalog of music recorded and released through NPG after going independent in the mid-90s. The deal includes a library of 25 albums and access to the prized vault of unreleased works, including outtakes, demos and live recordings.
While UMG and the estate plan their next move, Warner Bros. — who recently made the albums Prince recorded on their label (For You, Controversy, 1999, Sign ‘O’ The Times, etc) available on all streaming platforms — still has a trove of unreleased material of their own. And on June 23rd, they’re opening the vault and releasing some of the music as part of an expanded deluxe version of Prince’s Purple Rain album.
On top of a complete remastering of the original album (freshly done by the original engineer, Bernie Grundman), the expanded version will also include several edits, extended mixes, and a second album’s worth of previously unreleased material — including songs like “Possessed” and “Father’s Song” (a piano piece co-written by Prince and his father that’s heard briefly in the film).
Purple Rain Deluxe was made available for pre-order on iTunes today. And with two months to go before its release, we’ve been blessed with one of the unreleased songs called “Electric Intercourse.” Live versions of the song have circulated online, but a studio recording like this has never before been heard.
Fun Fact: I had this post ready to go last night, but I made the mistake of playing the song throughout the house (thanks Sonos) and ended up listening on an endless loop until passing out a couple hours later. This is amazing.