Prince fans have reason to go crazy today. NPG Records and Warner Bros. announced the first of what will likely be a stream of posthumous releases that will go well beyond any of our lifetimes, if the stories of the late icon’s famous vaults are to be believed.
First up is a new greatest hits compilation, ‘Prince 4Ever,’ which will hit shelves November 22. The set mainly functions as an introduction to the artist’s profoundly deep catalogue but still offers a treat for hardcore fans in the form of the unreleased and often bootlegged ‘Moonbeam Levels,’ a track dating back to the ‘1999’ sessions.
Next up, and more interestingly, is a deluxe edition of the Purple One’s opus, ‘Purple Rain.’ Details are scant, but the project will reportedly contain an entire disc of new material and is targeting an early 2017 release.
Legend tells that there is enough unreleased music stored in Prince’s Paisley Park vaults to produce albums for a century. What we will get in the next year may represent an infinitesimally small portion of that, but it’s a start, and for the faithful still reeling from the artist’s untimely death in April, a gift of immeasurable value.