Prince Previously Unreleased Tracks Shared: Listen
Originally created by Prince at Paisley Park in March of 1991, Get Blue later appeared on R&B artist Louie Louie’s 1993 album Let’s Get Started. This new, previously unreleased demo showcases Prince playing every instrument and overseeing all aspects of the recording and mixing of the song.
Live 4 Love (Early Version) represents an early attempt to track Live 4 Love, a song that was eventually included as the closing track on the commercially released version of Diamonds And Pearls. Featuring members of Prince’s band The New Power Generation, “Live 4 Love (Early Version)” notably emphasises a prominent “live for love” chant recorded during Prince’s 1990 Nude tour, as well as an early version of Prince reciting the rap elements that were written (and ultimately performed on the official release) by Tony M. Drummer Michael Bland, keyboardist Tommy Barbarella, and bassist Sonny Thompson lay down a rock-solid rhythm while Prince plays all additional instruments on the trance-like funk track.
“Get Blue” and “Live 4 Love (Early Version)” were both recorded at Paisley Park Studios and engineered by Michael Koppelman.
In addition to the newly unearthed music and footage, an official multi-part podcast series on the creation and legacy of Diamonds And Pearls will be released beginning on 12 October. Hosted and produced by author and broadcaster Andrea Swensson, the podcast includes the memories and insights from every member of that era’s New Power Generation and examines the process that led to the album’s creation, and its enduring impact on Prince’s legacy.
The upcoming expanded reissue of Diamonds And Pearls will feature 47 previously unreleased audio tracks and over two hours of live filmed concert footage in high definition, a 120-page hardback book that features previously unseen photos by Prince’s photographer Randee St Nicholas, and more in addition to the remastered album itself. Featuring an uplifting blend of hip-hop, dance, gospel, and pop, Diamonds And Pearls represents a turning point in Prince’s career where he connected his past influences to the present, an approach that brought him to the top of the charts once again.
Diamonds And Pearls will be reissued on 27 October in the following formats:
• Super Deluxe Edition (7CD+Blu-ray/12LP+Blu-ray/audio-only download and streaming)
• Deluxe Edition (2CD/4LP 180g vinyl)
• Remastered album (1CD/2LP 180g off-white “Pearl” vinyl (USA only)/2LP 180g clear “Diamond” vinyl (ex. USA)/download and streaming)