Piano & a Microphone 1983, is the first album released by the Prince’s Estate since his death two years ago and is an intimate recording of the artist before he was a giant, international super star .
The recordings are of Prince working through songs in a home studio — just Prince and his piano. The never-before-heard recording was discovered in the singer’s personal vault on a cassette tape and takes place in Prince’s Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minn. But, these recordings are not some unearthed demos meant for others to hear. These songs were for Prince to try out ideas and develop new material.
This is a moment that we never would have had access to, honestly, if Prince were still alive.
The album contains the fledgling beginnings and snippets of songs like “Purple Rain,” which would go on to be one of Prince’s most massive hits, a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” and a re-imagination of the gospel classic “Mary Don’t You Weep .” Prince also had the foresight to make videos to accompany his singles. The first , “Mary Don’t You Weep ” is below.