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‘Essential’ Prince catalog titles to be re-released this year

/ 06:36 PM June 28, 2018

Image: AFP/Bertrand Guay via AFP Relaxnews

The Prince Estate and Sony Music Entertainment have just announced a new distribution deal that will see 19 Prince catalog titles released before the year is out.

The deal covers 35 album titles, all of which were released between 1978 and 2015.

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Of those, 19 titles will be re-released worldwide before year-end on Sony’s Legacy Recordings. These titles were originally released between 1995-2010 and include “The Gold Experience” (1995), “Emancipation” (1996), “Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic” (1999), “The Rainbow Children” (2001) and “3121” (2006), as well as titles originally distributed by Sony including “Musicology” (2004) and “Planet Earth” (2007).

Other post-1995 materials included in the agreement and likely destined for later release include singles, b-sides, remixes, non-album tracks, live recordings and music videos.

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Beginning in 2021, 12 Prince non-soundtrack catalog albums from the 1978 to 1996 era will be added to the deal for distribution in the United States. They included renowned LPs “Prince” (1979), “Dirty Mind” (1980), “Controversy” (1981), “1999” (1982), “Around The World In A Day” (1985), “Sign ‘O’ The Times” (1987), “Lovesexy” (1988), “Diamonds and Pearls” (1991) and “[Love Symbol]” (1992), plus singles including “1999”, “Little Red Corvette”, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and “Raspberry Beret”.

Earlier this month, the Prince Estate announced another deal to release more of Prince’s music. On Sept. 21, Warner Bros. Records is to release “Piano & A Microphone 1983”, featuring nine tracks that the artist recorded at his home studio in 1983. JB

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