23 highly sought-after Prince albums now available digitally for first time
The music gods have come through for us this week.
Okay, so perhaps it's actually The Prince Estate that's hit us off with the goodness as this week saw the launch of Prince's legendary catalogue releases between 1995-2010 on all digital streaming platforms for the very first time.
The first wave of catalogue titles to be released through an exclusive agreement struck in June between SME and The Prince Estate focuses on 1995-2010, a crucial epoch in the Purple Rain singer's history.
23 highly-collectible catalogue titles (many of them hard-to-find or out-of-print) and Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 (a newly-curated anthology of 37 essential tracks from the era) are now available across all major streaming services and digital service providers.
Many of these albums, long sought-after by fans and collectors, are available for the first time for streaming and download, adding more than 300 essential Prince songs to the artist's online in-print catalogue.
We all know that Prince was constantly creating - this was no secret - but with so many albums released via his own online NPG Music Club hub for true fans, as well as albums like The Black Album being released and then immediately pulled from sale, there's a lot of material that the casual fan or even new fans weren't aware of... until now.
For the Purple One, 1995-2010 was an unprecedented period of sustained and prolific creativity. Releasing fresh recordings at a rapid-fire pace, he was making some of the most provocative, experimental and soulful music of his career. Freed from major label demands and expectations, Prince was able to write, record and release his own music on his own terms.
Released in conjunction with Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, aside from the hard-to-find titles Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 brings together 37 key recordings from the era assembled and curated under the auspices of The Prince Estate.
The newly available titles are as follows:
The Gold Experience (1995) ('The Most Beautiful Girl in the World' greyed out, partial album streaming only; album unavailable for download)
Chaos and Disorder (1996)
Crystal Ball (1998)
The Truth (1998)
Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)
The Rainbow Children (2001)
One Nite Alone… (2002)
One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)
One Nite Alone...Live - The Aftershow: It Ain't Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002)
The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)
The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)
Planet Earth (2007)
Indigo Nights (2008)
Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 (2018)
Not only have these titles been made available but the video for 'Black Sweat' has been officially released to YouTube for the first time.
Watch it here:
Clip via Prince
R.I.P. Prince, one of the best to ever do it.