Prince's estate will issue a previously unreleased 1983 solo album

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The news comes on what would have been Prince's 60th birthday

"I don’t celebrate birthdays, so that stops me from counting days, which stops me from counting time," Prince told Dutch TV host Ivo Niehe in 1999.

“Which allows me to still look the same as I did 10 years ago."

Prince might have had a no birthdays policy, but Paisley Park is celebrating today nonetheless.

It would have been Prince’s 60th birthday on June 7, and his estate is marking the occasion with the release of a special nine-track album that the artist recorded 35 years ago, but which never saw the light of day.

Piano & a Microphone 1983 is a nine-track, 35-minute album that features the great man at the piano at the beginning of 1983. There are a number of familiar tracks on the album, stripped back versions of 'Purple Rain' and 'Strange Relationship' among them, that offer an early glimpse at songs we now love. 

It was recorded in a single session in Prince's living room when he was on the cusp of breaking through to become one of the most influential and beloved pop stars of our generation. 

One of the songs from the record, a version of the 19th Century spiritual ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’ will also feature in Spike Lee’s new movie BlacKkKlansman, which comes out in August.

Hear the track below:

 

Piano & A Microphone 1983 will be released on Friday 21 September.

Earlier this year, Prince’s estate released a recorded version of his classic tune ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’.

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