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Two years after his premature death, Prince’s Ali Baba cave has offered up its first treasure. With the aptly named album Piano & A Microphone 1983, it’s with the simplest devices that his art is heard. At only 25 years old, Prince had already released five albums (For You, Prince, Dirty Mind, Controversy and 1999) and was just about to release the album that would turn him into a global star, Purple Rain. The multi-instrumentalist spent his days and nights in the studio and we find him here alone at the piano for a medley of personal compositions and two covers: Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You and the gospel song Mary Don’t You Weep. The intimate context of this recording only amplifies the intensity of this unpublished work. Just close your eyes and you’ll find yourself alone with Prince…


With his elastic voice and skilled playing, the musician from Minneapolis proves to those who doubted him that he was a true artist; both entertainer and composer, showman and improviser. His stripped back version of Purple Rain touches on the sublime and the track Strange Relationship gives an insight into the evolution of his productions, as four years later the track appeared, more muscular this time, on the album Sign o’ the Times. While Piano & A Microphone 1983 may be primarily aimed at Prince fans, novices – if there are any left – will no doubt enjoy discovering this impressive artist. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
17 Days (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) 00:06:22

Lisa Coleman, Writer - Wendy Melvoin, Writer - Prince, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Matt Fink, Writer - Michale Howe, Executive Producer

2018 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2018 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

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Purple Rain (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) 00:01:26

Prince, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Michale Howe, Executive Producer

2018 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2018 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

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A Case of You (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) 00:01:40

Prince, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Joni Mitchell, Writer - Michale Howe, Executive Producer

2018 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2018 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

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Mary Don't You Weep (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) 00:04:42

Prince, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Traditional, Writer - Michale Howe, Executive Producer

2018 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2018 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
Strange Relationship (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) 00:02:38

Prince, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Michale Howe, Executive Producer

2018 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2018 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

6
International Lover (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) 00:03:48

Prince, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Michale Howe, Executive Producer

2018 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2018 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

7
Wednesday (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) 00:01:59

Prince, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Michale Howe, Executive Producer

2018 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2018 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

8
Cold Coffee & Cocaine (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) 00:05:13

Prince, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Michale Howe, Executive Producer

2018 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2018 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

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Why the Butterflies (Piano & A Microphone 1983 Version) 00:06:26

Prince, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - Michale Howe, Executive Producer

2018 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2018 NPG Records Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

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Two years after his premature death, Prince’s Ali Baba cave has offered up its first treasure. With the aptly named album Piano & A Microphone 1983, it’s with the simplest devices that his art is heard. At only 25 years old, Prince had already released five albums (For You, Prince, Dirty Mind, Controversy and 1999) and was just about to release the album that would turn him into a global star, Purple Rain. The multi-instrumentalist spent his days and nights in the studio and we find him here alone at the piano for a medley of personal compositions and two covers: Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You and the gospel song Mary Don’t You Weep. The intimate context of this recording only amplifies the intensity of this unpublished work. Just close your eyes and you’ll find yourself alone with Prince…


With his elastic voice and skilled playing, the musician from Minneapolis proves to those who doubted him that he was a true artist; both entertainer and composer, showman and improviser. His stripped back version of Purple Rain touches on the sublime and the track Strange Relationship gives an insight into the evolution of his productions, as four years later the track appeared, more muscular this time, on the album Sign o’ the Times. While Piano & A Microphone 1983 may be primarily aimed at Prince fans, novices – if there are any left – will no doubt enjoy discovering this impressive artist. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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