Previously Unreleased Music From Prince Coming Friday
Apr 21 2017
A year since Prince's sudden passing from an accidental overdose of painkillers, the music legend's estate is blocking the release of unpublished tracks. Friday, April 21st, will the one year anniversary of his passing, and in honor of the event, Rogue Music Alliance is releasing a six song EP titled DELIVERANCE.
The Prince estate first sued music engineer George Ian Boxill last week in a Minnesota state court, but it didn't really make news until that case was removed to federal court [PDF] on April 18.
The lawsuit claimed that Boxill had no right to the recordings due to a 2004 confidentiality agreement that stipulated that all of the recordings, valued at $75,000, would remain the sole and exclusive property of Prince. The estate also said that Boxill's actions will damage the estate's contractual relationship with business partners. The recordings are surprisingly strong, particularly the title track, a bluesy slow-burner with some blazing guitar work, gospelesque backing singers, and a soaring falsetto vocal from Prince.
"We're taking it to the people who are grieving like we are, and letting them have a little bit of relief", said guitarist Wendy Melvoin on Wednesday while rehearsing in Minneapolis, the city in which Prince died at the age of 57. For now, enjoy a 1982 Prince performance from the Paste Cloud below.
Additionally, the order directs Boxill to turn over "all of the recordings acquired through his work with Paisley Park Enterprises, including original recordings, analog and digital copies, and any derivative works".
Deliverance, which features six unheard songs from the late musician, was set to hit the streaming services this Friday in honour of the one-year anniversary of Prince's death. Unless the court extends it, the restraining order will expire on May 3, before which there will be a court hearing.