Paisley Park Employees Dish On Unheard Prince Music
Tue, 17 May 2016 11:25:08
According to Rolling Stone, Prince's Paisley Park Studio contains "thousands of hours of unheard live and studio material – jams, random songs and entire albums." These recordings "still reside in that locked room, along with a similar amount of performance footage." They of course are referring to Prince's famed vault.
Rolling Stone spoke with a number of Paisley's past employees and they divulged what they believed to be some of the most interesting pieces still in the vault:
"The Second Coming (1982): Live album from the fiery Controversy tour, taped during a homecoming show in March 1982 and capturing Prince and his band – including guitarist Dez Dickerson – romping through salacious early classics like "Jack U Off" and "Dirty Mind."
The Flesh: Junk Music (1985-6): For several days, Prince jammed on freeform instrumentals with Sheila E., Wendy and Lisa, sax man Eric Leeds, and other players. "Prince was all over the studio, playing guitar, bass and drums," recalls Leeds. "He would just call out a key and start playing, and sometime he would do impromptu scats. It was amazing, fun stuff." Although Prince considered releasing the album incognito as the Flesh, with no band members listed, he changed his mind and shelved it in favor of other projects.
Miles Davis, "Can I Play With You" (1986): When Miles Davis was working on his 1986 album, Tutu, Prince sent him a tape of this unabashed party song, to which Davis added a trumpet part. It never made the album and Prince declined to give permission to include it on a later Davis compilation. "It was a logical extension of where Miles was in that Bitches Brew / Tribute to Jack Johnson period before he got into the music he did on Warner Brothers," says former Warners A&R man Gregg Geller. (Davis also recorded the still-unreleased "Jailbait," a song Prince sent to him but didn't play on at all.)
The Undertaker (1993): Like the Flesh album, this was another attempt at an undercover band – this time a Hendrix-influenced trio of Prince, bassist Sonny Thompson and drummer Michael Bland. Recorded in one inspired day, the album included at least one cover (the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women") and Prince originals ("Dolphin," "The Ride") later re-recorded with other, larger bands. A film of the session was released in 1995."
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff