New Prince music announced on what would have been his 60th birthday

By: Christopher Watson

Prince would have turned 60 years ago Thursday, and his estate is marking the occasion by giving his fans a gift.

“Piano & a Microphone 1983,” due out Sept. 21, is music from Prince from 35 years ago. It was recorded just after the release of “1999” and a year before the release of “Purple Rain,” which launched him to super-stardom.

Chanhassen, Minnesota, studios, which later came to be known as Paisley Park.

Songs include pre-release versions of “17 Days,” which was the B-side of “When Doves Cry” a year later; “Strange Relationship,” from 1987’s “Sign o’ the Times”; and a performance of what would become Prince’s signature hit, “Purple Rain.”

“Piano & a Microphone 1983” also includes Prince’s bluesy take on the Civil War-era spiritual, “Mary Don’t You Weep,” which will be featured during the end credits of Spike Lee’s upcoming film “BlacKkKlansman,” which is due out later this summer.

You can pre-order the album now in all the usual formats, including a deluxe CD/vinyl combo that includes a booklet featuring liner notes written by Prince’s engineer at the time the album was recorded, as well as candid photos and some never-before-seen images.

Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in his Paisley Park estate in 2016 at the age of 57.

Here’s the “Piano & a Microphone 1983” track list:

• 1) “17 Days”

• 2) “Purple Rain”

• 3) “A Case of You”

• 4) “Mary Don’t You Weep”

• 5) “Strange Relationship”

• 6) “International Lover”

• 7) “Wednesday”

• 8) “Cold Coffee & Cocaine”

• 9) “Why the Butterflies”

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