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jojo319

Your guys thoughts on releasing "Vault" music

This topic may have been covered, but I thought I would throw it out there. Prince said on more than one occassion that these songs were basically "of the time". I'm paraphrasing, but what I gathered was he didn't want them released, because he didn't think they would be relevant. I also think HAD he wanted them released, he would have done so. I know this happens with music catalogs ALL the time (Adam from Beastie Boys was one of the few to stipulate in his will that he would never consent to selling the catalog for advertising). Now I'm hearing Prince in commercials, and it just feels wrong. He never would have wanted that (Same feeling I get with the Beatles. MJ is the one who whored out their catalog), and I feel like the same thing is happening here. Yes, things like "Piano and a Microphone" are things I have always salivated over. But when I listen to it, I feel like I'm listening to a man in a very private moment, that was never to be shared. I dunno..... Am I overthinking this?

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Reply #1 posted 12/03/18 4:21pm

motherfunka

We all know Prince would change his mind at the drop of a hat, but he did an interview on the View and was asked about the vault. He said he won't be releasing the stuff, but he thought someone else would once he was gone. I say RELEASE IT!

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Reply #2 posted 12/03/18 4:26pm

soladeo1

Prince was both whimsical and mecurial and - let's be honest - not the best judge of the quality of his own music!

He was also an insanely talented and prolific genius.

Everything he write and recorded is interesting on some level and, truth be told, I wouldn't be surprised if there are DOZENS of brilliant and unknown tracks in The Vault.

As the song says, RELEASE IT.

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Reply #3 posted 12/03/18 4:33pm

rdhull

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Reply #4 posted 12/03/18 4:58pm

alandail

jojo319 said:

This topic may have been covered, but I thought I would throw it out there. Prince said on more than one occassion that these songs were basically "of the time". I'm paraphrasing, but what I gathered was he didn't want them released, because he didn't think they would be relevant. I also think HAD he wanted them released, he would have done so. I know this happens with music catalogs ALL the time (Adam from Beastie Boys was one of the few to stipulate in his will that he would never consent to selling the catalog for advertising). Now I'm hearing Prince in commercials, and it just feels wrong. He never would have wanted that (Same feeling I get with the Beatles. MJ is the one who whored out their catalog), and I feel like the same thing is happening here. Yes, things like "Piano and a Microphone" are things I have always salivated over. But when I listen to it, I feel like I'm listening to a man in a very private moment, that was never to be shared. I dunno..... Am I overthinking this?

He specifically said they would get released after he was gone.

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Reply #5 posted 12/03/18 6:05pm

Strive

Let me remove what I posted in anger and replace it with an actual Prince quote.

GW: Earlier this year you released Crystal Ball, a mammoth five-CD set. It contains some incredible outtakes and a number of unreleased tracks, but still no live music. You're hailed as being one of our best live performers. You've been doing incredible shows for years. Why have you avoided releasing live material?
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0{+> : I have everything on tape, man, including all the informal jams. I record everything I do, just like Jimi Hendrix did. And eventually a lot of it will be released. To me, Crystal Ball was a test case. I was testing the water to see if people would buy music over the internet, and whether they would be receptive to a five-CD set.
Since the album was a success, it leads me to believe that the whole interactive thing offers great possibilities. I mean, why not make a five-CD live album, with people on the internet choosing their favorite tracks? Why not poll the fans on our web site and let them compile it? All this will happen. Soon.
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For example, I just performed and recorded a 45-minute jam with Larry Graham called "The War," which I edited down to 26 minutes. It's a fantastic track. In the past, my old record company would never allow me to release something like that. Now that I have my own label, I can think about releasing that kind of stuff.
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GW: What were some of your most memorable jam sessions?
0{+> : God, there have been so many. I've actually recorded some indescribable music with Miles Davis -- long improvisations that I will release at some point. But again, I want to wait until the spirit moves me, you know. Bring those recordings to the public when it feels right. Like release it on his birthday or his death day, when Miles was released from the circle of life and death.
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Alot doesn't equal everything and I personally think he'd be confounded at the idea of an ancient solo rehearsal cassette getting released before all of the release ready studio material he left in the vault.

[Edited 12/3/18 18:27pm]

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