Piano and a Microphone 1983

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Piano and a Microphone 1983
Piano and a Microphone 1983.jpg
Studio album by Prince
Released September 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)
Recorded 1983
Studio Kiowa Trail, Chanhassen, Minnesota
Length 34:21
Label
Prince chronology
Anthology: 1995–2010
(2018)
Piano and a Microphone 1983
(2018)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork8.5/10[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]

Piano and a Microphone 1983 is the first posthumous studio album by Prince, released on CD, vinyl, and digital formats on September 21, 2018.[7][8] It is the first album released by the Prince estate with material from his archive, the Vault.[9]

The album was discovered in Prince's vault at Paisley Park as a single cassette tape. The music was recorded in one take with no backing band, just Prince at the piano, at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota.[9][10] It includes alternate versions of previously released and yet-to-be released songs, cover versions, and sketches of songs.[11] The New York Times called it "a glimpse of a notoriously private artist doing his mysterious work."[9]

Four of the album's nine tracks were previously unreleased - "Mary Don't You Weep", "Wednesday", "Cold Coffee & Cocaine", and "Why the Butterflies".

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Prince, except where indicated.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."17 Days"Prince, Lisa Coleman, Matthew Fink, Wendy Melvoin6:23
2."Purple Rain" 1:27
3."A Case of You"Joni Mitchell1:41
4."Mary Don't You Weep"Traditional, arranged by Prince4:42
5."Strange Relationship" 2:39
6."International Lover" (contains an uncredited medley performance of "Do Me, Baby") 3:49
7."Wednesday" 2:00
8."Cold Coffee & Cocaine" 5:13
9."Why the Butterflies" 6:27

Notes

  • Track listing adapted from Entertainment Weekly.[12]
  • Tracks 1 through 7 (which constitute Side A of the vinyl edition) are presented as a continuous medley, as they were originally recorded.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 33
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 23
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 87
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[18] 33
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[19] 5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 12
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[21] 10
Irish Albums (IRMA)[22] 34
Italian Albums (FIMI)[23] 39
Japanese Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[24] 42
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[25] 18
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[26] 3
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 11
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[28] 8
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 12
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 12
US Billboard 200[32] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Piano & A Microphone 1983 by Prince".
  2. ^ "Piano & a Microphone 1983 – Prince | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "A rare view of Prince, plus Metric and more in this week's new music". The A.V. Club.
  4. ^ Morris, Damien (September 23, 2018). "Prince: Piano & a Microphone 1983 review – intensely intimate". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "Prince: Piano & a Microphone 1983 Album Review – Pitchfork". pitchfork.com.
  6. ^ Grow, Kory (September 21, 2018). "Review: Prince's 'Piano & A Microphone 1983' is a Revealing Snapshot of the Pop Genius in His Prime". Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ "Prince Estate Plots New Album 'Piano and a Microphone 1983'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Aswad, Jem (June 7, 2018). "Prince Estate Announces 'Piano & a Microphone 1983' Album,' Shares Song (Listen)". Variety. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c Pareles, Jon (19 September 2018). "Alone in the Studio in 1983, Prince Is Revealed". New York Times. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  10. ^ "1983 Prince home studio rehearsal set for release in September". 947wls.com. June 8, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  11. ^ "Prince's New 'Piano & A Microphone 1983' Basement Tape Is as Simple as It Sounds". Billboard. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Unheard Prince album 'Piano & A Microphone 1983' to be released by estate". EW.com. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
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  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Prince – Piano & a Microphone 1983" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
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  17. ^ "Prince Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
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  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Prince – Piano & a Microphone 1983" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  20. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Prince – Piano & a Microphone 1983" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  21. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2018. 39. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  22. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Prince". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
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  24. ^ |"Hot Albums". Retrieved October 1, 2018.
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  26. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Prince – Piano & a Microphone 1983". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  27. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  28. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Prince – Piano & a Microphone 1983". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  29. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Prince – Piano & a Microphone 1983". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  30. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Prince – Piano & a Microphone 1983". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  31. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  32. ^ "Prince Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2018.