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The Rainbow Children

    As the world greeted the promise of a new millennium, even Prince was experiencing a great sense of transformation. In 2000, he announced the reclamation of his birth name after seven years as an unpronounceable symbol. In 2001, after a period of study and debate with his friend and mentor Larry Graham (former bassist for Sly and The Family Stone), Prince converted to the Jehovah’s Witness faith. These transformations bore fruit with the release of The Rainbow Children at the end of 2001.

    Billed as “controversial” in its press materials for its open spiritual message, the jazz-inspired record was Prince’s first fully independent release, issued without any major label backing. One of its songs, “The Work, Pt. 1,” was released by Prince as a free download on the file-sharing service Napster; this move, along with direct-to-consumer stream and download options on the NPG Music Club, made Prince a digital music visionary. The Rainbow Children is a continued favorite among Prince’s most fervent admirers due to its complex musical narrative, its use of live drums and a full horn section, and the striking album art by artist Cbabi Bayoc, which still hangs in the hallowed halls of Paisley Park today. 

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    2xColoured LP Info: 2xLP – limited edition crystal clear vinyl w/rainbow slipmat in 8mm spine gatefold and 16 page booklet.

    Prince

    One Nite Alone... Solo Piano And Voice By Prince

      Prince followed The Rainbow Children with the stunning One Nite Alone… in May 2002. Featuring almost nothing but Prince’s acoustic piano & vocals (save for occasional rhythm from drummer John Blackwell & the ambient cooing of Divinity & Majesty, Prince’s pet doves), this intimate album offers favorites like “U’re Gonna C Me” & a cover of “A Case Of U,” written by one of Prince’s idols, Joni Mitchell. The original album never had a wide physical release as the CD was an exclusive to Prince’s NPG Music Club members & this marks it’s first time on vinyl. 

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      Coloured LP Info: Purple vinyl in single jacket with designed sleeve.

      Prince & The New Power Generation

      One Nite Alone... Live!

        After The Rainbow Children release and before the release of the One Nite Alone… studio album, Prince embarked on a tour of the same name. However, as opposed to the intimacy of the largely solo One Nite Alone… album, this upbeat trek through theaters in North America featured the full talents of Prince’s ever-expanding New Power Generation band. Members at the time included drummer John Blackwell, keyboardist Renato Neto and longtime collaborators like bassist Rhonda Smith and a horn section that included saxophonists Eric Leeds, Candy Dulfer and Maceo Parker. Taken from the highlights of 9 different shows in March and April of 2002 and clocking in at over 2 hours, the resulting 4 LP collection One Nite Alone…

        Live! was the first official live album of Prince’s career and the 27 tracks included feature selections from The Rainbow Children as well as Prince’s extensive back catalog, played with the full NPG as well as several solo piano excursions (“When U Were Mine,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Adore,” “The Beautiful Ones,” “Nothing Compares 2 U”). This release marks the first time that it’s available on vinyl. 

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        4xColoured LP Info: 4xLP - purple vinyl in single oversized sleeve with a flap with designed sleeves for each LP.

        Prince & The New Power Generation

        One Nite Alone... The Aftershow: It Ain't Over

          This 2 LP release documents Prince’s mythic late-night after show perfromances. Never available as physical stand-alone release and only available originally on CD as part of the One Nite Alone box set exclusive to NPG Music Club members, the album features an hour of amazing jams and includes guest appearances by George Clinton and Musiq Soulchild. 

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          2xColoured LP Info: 2xLP purple vinyl in gatefold.

          Released in July 1996, Chaos and Disorder came with a rare disclaimer penned by Prince (then known as the unpronounceable “love symbol”): “Originally intended 4 private use only, this compilation serves as the last original material recorded by [The Artist] 4 Warner Bros. Records.”

          Prince’s contentious relationship with the label was at its lowest point, and this record—a taut 39 minutes of dexterous guitar and simple but addictive pop melodies—was a crucial final link in the chains that kept him from releasing the music the way he wanted. Any internal turmoil was not represented in tracks like “Dinner With Delores” (a minor U.K. hit) and the rollicking title track, a staple of his live shows.

          “Someone told me that Van Halen did their first record in a week,” Prince told the Los Angeles Times of the album’s quick creation. “That’s what we were going for - spontaneity, seeing how fast and hard we could thrash it out.” First time on LP Vinyl. 

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          Coloured LP Info: Purple coloured vinyl.

          Released ahead of 1995’s "The Gold Experience", the first album credited to Prince’s infamously unpronounceable symbol, "The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold)" was a gift to attendees of the designer’s collection at Fashion Week in Paris.

          Produced at the time as only a very limited edition promotional cassette, it featured remixed versions of future favorites “Pussy Control,” “Gold” and “Eye Hate U” as well as rare and commercially unreleased selections by The New Power Generation and Prince’s jazz-fusion project Madhouse. The rare promotional cassette went on to be incredibly sought after, with one copy setting a record as the highest priced cassette every sold, fetching over $4,000.

          It was recreated as a limited edition cassette release as a Record Store Day exclusive in April 2019 and was one of the most popular releases. First time available on LP Vinyl.

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          Coloured LP Info: Purple coloured vinyl.

          Prince

          Emancipation

            Emancipation was as expansive an album as anything Prince had ever release. A triple album constituting exactly three hours of music, Emancipation found Prince celebrating the release of music solely on his terms. “This is my most important record,” he proclaimed upon its release. “I’m free, and my music is free.” Much like Paisley Park, the recording complex in which Prince created Emancipation, the album represents the incredible variety of his influences and moods. Romance and family are key themes reflecting his recent marriage to back-up dancer and muse Mayte Garcia that year. Elsewhere, Prince reflects on technology and sex and offers new, upbeat grooves as well as four unique covers. 

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            6xColoured LP Info: First time on LP Vinyl, six purple LP's in slipcase. Each LP will have printed jackets and printed interior sleeves.

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            The definitive Prince reissue series continues with a first time on vinyl for three of his essential noughties albums, "Musicology", "3121" and "Planet Earth". 
            Released in 2004, "Musicology" was a major return to form and the public eye for Prince after a number of years in the wilderness. Armed with a game-changing promotional plan (the CD + Ticket bundle) and his tightest material for time, Prince taught the world a lesson in funk, go-go and classic RnB inspired equally by James Brown and the neck snapping beats of Timbaland, Neptunes and Dre. The LP spawned three singles "Musicology", "Call My Name" and "Cinnamon Girl", though "Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance" and "If Eye Was The Man In Your Life" could easily have hit the charts.

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            2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition purple vinyl.

            The definitive Prince reissue series continues with a first time on vinyl for three of his essential noughties albums, "Musicology", "3121" and "Planet Earth".
            Named after either his rented LA mansion, a biblical verse or the fact that this, his 31st LP was released on March 21st 2006, "3121" cemented Prince's return to the public eye after the critical acclaim and universal success of "Musicology" and its accompanying tour. His first number one LP since 1989's "Batman", the LP spawned four singles, the romantic "Te Amo Corazon" (essential for fans of "The Most Beautiful Girl..."), low slung stomper "Black Sweat", vintage synth funk jam "Fury" and soulful "Beautiful, Loved And Blessed". 


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            2xColoured LP Info: Limited edition purple vinyl.


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