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HollywoodSt

Chance meeting with a fan at an afterparty...

Met Australian film director J Harkness and his then girlfriend actress Anastasia Seis at a Prince afterparty in a Sydney nightclub in 2003. Both were lovely to speak to and I discovered that not only did J share my passion for Prince but also loved his Rugby League.

He asked me if I had any of Princes vast unreleased bootleg material and back then I didn’t as you really had to know a collector and couldn’t just search YouTube or torrents. We swapped postal addresses. A couple of weeks later a parcel arrived, J had sent me around 20 cds of rare Prince music; rehearsals, live shows, unreleased full albums, classical pieces, some stuff that even today I can’t find online. It was an incredibly kind gesture and forms a huge part of my Prince collection to this day including my favourite cd, a collection of unreleased sign o the times era tracks which became my Sydney pre night out soundtrack.

I sent him a copy of my next book on its release shortly after as a small way of saying thank you. This was all before social media and the ability to stay in touch via that method. During lockdown I’ve searched online to see if J was still making films and if I could get back in touch. I was sad to find out he passed away some time ago, I’ll never forget his kindness, such chance encounters help light the way... RIP 💜
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Reply #1 posted 07/18/20 8:04am

ufoclub

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Thats a great story! Glad you shared this. I'm not familiar with his movies. But seemed like he was young.

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Reply #2 posted 07/18/20 9:14am

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What a lovely gesture by Harkness. I can only imagine your glee upon receiving such a package. Thank you for sharing.
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Reply #3 posted 07/18/20 9:44am

laytonian

HollywoodSt said:

Met Australian film director J Harkness and his then girlfriend actress Anastasia Seis at a Prince afterparty in a Sydney nightclub in 2003. Both were lovely to speak to and I discovered that not only did J share my passion for Prince but also loved his Rugby League. He asked me if I had any of Princes vast unreleased bootleg material and back then I didn’t as you really had to know a collector and couldn’t just search YouTube or torrents. We swapped postal addresses. A couple of weeks later a parcel arrived, J had sent me around 20 cds of rare Prince music; rehearsals, live shows, unreleased full albums, classical pieces, some stuff that even today I can’t find online. It was an incredibly kind gesture and forms a huge part of my Prince collection to this day including my favourite cd, a collection of unreleased sign o the times era tracks which became my Sydney pre night out soundtrack. I sent him a copy of my next book on its release shortly after as a small way of saying thank you. This was all before social media and the ability to stay in touch via that method. During lockdown I’ve searched online to see if J was still making films and if I could get back in touch. I was sad to find out he passed away some time ago, I’ll never forget his kindness, such chance encounters help light the way... RIP 💜


Great story.
By the way, we did have "social media" in 2003 and years before that. It wasn't FB, but was Usenet newsgroups, email, Prodigy, AOL, Compuserve.
Prodigy came on line in 1984, 19 years before "before social media".

Welcome to "the org", laytonian… come bathe with me.
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Reply #4 posted 07/18/20 2:08pm

ufoclub

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laytonian said:

HollywoodSt said:

Met Australian film director J Harkness and his then girlfriend actress Anastasia Seis at a Prince afterparty in a Sydney nightclub in 2003. Both were lovely to speak to and I discovered that not only did J share my passion for Prince but also loved his Rugby League. He asked me if I had any of Princes vast unreleased bootleg material and back then I didn’t as you really had to know a collector and couldn’t just search YouTube or torrents. We swapped postal addresses. A couple of weeks later a parcel arrived, J had sent me around 20 cds of rare Prince music; rehearsals, live shows, unreleased full albums, classical pieces, some stuff that even today I can’t find online. It was an incredibly kind gesture and forms a huge part of my Prince collection to this day including my favourite cd, a collection of unreleased sign o the times era tracks which became my Sydney pre night out soundtrack. I sent him a copy of my next book on its release shortly after as a small way of saying thank you. This was all before social media and the ability to stay in touch via that method. During lockdown I’ve searched online to see if J was still making films and if I could get back in touch. I was sad to find out he passed away some time ago, I’ll never forget his kindness, such chance encounters help light the way... RIP 💜


Great story.
By the way, we did have "social media" in 2003 and years before that. It wasn't FB, but was Usenet newsgroups, email, Prodigy, AOL, Compuserve.
Prodigy came on line in 1984, 19 years before "before social media".

2003 I think I was all over friendster which was even more "real life" connected than this. I was part of a real community of artists and musicians and old friends. Maybe that was 2004. Then along came myspace.

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Reply #5 posted 07/18/20 3:59pm

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cool

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Reply #6 posted 07/19/20 5:12am

HollywoodSt

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Great story.
By the way, we did have "social media" in 2003 and years before that. It wasn't FB, but was Usenet newsgroups, email, Prodigy, AOL, Compuserve.
Prodigy came on line in 1984, 19 years before "before social media".

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OK before Facebook then. Not sure that’s the key part of my post mind you...
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Reply #7 posted 07/19/20 6:57am

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That's how real Prince fans operate.

I got my first bootlegs like that. A fan hooked me up.

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Reply #8 posted 07/19/20 4:41pm

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Nice story. May he rest in peace.

Could you please share some info on what´s on those CDs? I´d like to know what kind of unreleased full albums you have there.

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"
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Reply #9 posted 07/20/20 3:45am

HollywoodSt

KoolEaze said:

Nice story. May he rest in peace.


Could you please share some info on what´s on those CDs? I´d like to know what kind of unreleased full albums you have there.



Thank you for your kind words.

So The Flesh project was one, Dream Factory (which blew me away), Madhouse 24, the original Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, High then all the Chocolate Invasion material.

Tougher to identify is an instrumental funk album that sounds very 70s and a classical collection.
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Reply #10 posted 07/20/20 6:23am

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HollywoodSt said:

KoolEaze said:

Nice story. May he rest in peace.

Could you please share some info on what´s on those CDs? I´d like to know what kind of unreleased full albums you have there.

Thank you for your kind words. So The Flesh project was one, Dream Factory (which blew me away), Madhouse 24, the original Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, High then all the Chocolate Invasion material. Tougher to identify is an instrumental funk album that sounds very 70s and a classical collection.

Could the 70s instrumental Funk be the Loring Park sessions? And the classical stuff the Kamasutra album? Are you familiar with those?

The Rave album sounds very interesting and has been discussed here very often. Is it the configuration with Moonbeam Levels? Princevault lists three configurations: http://www.princevault.co..._Fantastic

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"
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Reply #11 posted 07/20/20 7:27am

HollywoodSt

KoolEaze said:



HollywoodSt said:


KoolEaze said:

Nice story. May he rest in peace.


Could you please share some info on what´s on those CDs? I´d like to know what kind of unreleased full albums you have there.



Thank you for your kind words. So The Flesh project was one, Dream Factory (which blew me away), Madhouse 24, the original Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, High then all the Chocolate Invasion material. Tougher to identify is an instrumental funk album that sounds very 70s and a classical collection.

Could the 70s instrumental Funk be the Loring Park sessions? And the classical stuff the Kamasutra album? Are you familiar with those?


The Rave album sounds very interesting and has been discussed here very often. Is it the configuration with Moonbeam Levels? Princevault lists three configurations: http://www.princevault.co..._Fantastic



I’m off work in a couple of weeks, I’m going to dig them all out and try and properly categorise everything.
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Reply #12 posted 07/20/20 10:09am

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HollywoodSt said:

KoolEaze said:

Could the 70s instrumental Funk be the Loring Park sessions? And the classical stuff the Kamasutra album? Are you familiar with those?

The Rave album sounds very interesting and has been discussed here very often. Is it the configuration with Moonbeam Levels? Princevault lists three configurations: http://www.princevault.co..._Fantastic

I’m off work in a couple of weeks, I’m going to dig them all out and try and properly categorise everything.

cool

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Reply #13 posted 08/06/20 7:41am

HollywoodSt

As promised, here are the details of the CDs kindly given to me by my late friend, please note the title of each was that written on each CD and not necessarily reflective of the actual title of the contents. Try and imagine my joy at hearing the CD marked Visions for the first time 💜

VISIONS
Visions
Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A
In a large room with no light
It’s a wonderful day
Teacher, teacher
Neon telephone
Data bank
Others here with us
Big tall wall
A place in heaven
Heaven
Witness 4 the prosecution
Wonderful ass
Train
Colors
Eternity
Splash
Power fantastic
All my dreams

NO TITLE
No longer plays :-(

SOMETHING FUNKY THIS WAY COMES
Something funky (this house comes)
Jealous again
Hey Louie Louie
Turn it up
Superhero
Unknown (15 secs)
Sweet punanny
We can funk
My summertime thang
Unknown (44 secs)
Don’t make me pay for his mistakes
Game boyz groove
Drawers burnin
Unknown (1:21)
It takes two
Throw dat leg up
Raspberry Beret (Bryant Gumble)
Soulpsychodelicide
Unknown (45 secs)
We can funk (live)
Something funky (this house comes) rehearsal

ALOOPISALOOP
No longer plays :-(

2020
2020
Feel good
Slave 2 the system
Beautiful strange
I am the DJ
Funky design
Journey 2 the centre of ure heart
Mad
U
Empty room
Unknown (1:35)
However much u want
Unknown (0:38)
Days of wild
Lovesign
Unknown
Work that body
I am the universe
2045 radical man

HYPNOPARADISE
Hypnoparadise
Madrid 2 Chicago
Peace
Instrumental (3:12)
Northside
Instrumental (4:56)
Why should eye do that
U make the son shine
Van gogh
Breathe
Sexy dancer remix
Return of the bump squad alternate version
Schoolyard
Instrumental (2:52)
Instrumental (3:08)
Rebirth of the flesh rehearsal

ROADHOUSE GARDEN
Instrumental (10:56)
Ryde Dyvine
Poorgoo
Bambi
Prince introduces the npg
Jailhouse Rock live
Instrumental (9:48)
Just my imagination
Baby, baby, baby
Instrumental (1:06)
Everyday people live
Thankufalletinmebemiceselfagain live
Empty room
Our destiny/roadhouse garden live

LETTER 4 MILES
Letter 4 miles
Can I talk 2 u
Accessible?
Your love is so hard
Turn it up
Turn it up alternate
No call u
Miss u
Instrumental (4:39)
Donna
Wouldn’t you love to love me
Nadeara
The voice
Leaving for New York
We’ll work it out
She’s just a baby
Make it through the storm
Get blue
Uh huh
Open book

THE DANCE ELECTRIC
High fashion
Mutiny
Latest fashion demo
Instrumental (4:00)
Desire demo
Instrumental (6:28)
G spot demo
All day all night
Baby you’re a trip
Instrumental (2:04)
A million miles
Manic Monday demo
Old friends 4 sale
Wouldn’t you love to love me
Moonbeam levels
Dance electric

NOON RENDEZVOUS
Noon Rendezvous (21 minutes!)
People without
However much u want
Instrumental (4:53)
Unknown live (4:57)
Unknown live (13:23)
100 mph
Just my imagination live

XPECTATION
xhalation
Xcogitate
Xemplify
Xpectation
Xotica
Xogenous
Xpand
Xosphere
Xpedition
Copenhagen
Nagoya
Osaka
Tokyo
Empty room

GOD IS ALIVE
God is alive
The line
If I love u 2nite
Martikas kitchen demo
Spirit
Love thy will be done demo
Don’t say u love me demo
Schoolyard
Poor little bastard
Bliss
Mind bells
Seven corners
Melody cool demo
Hold me
Allegiance
Power from above
Grand progression
Heaven is keeping score
God is alive alternate

HIGH
Daisy chain
High
Underneath the cream
S&M groove
Judas smile
When eye lay my hands on u
Silicon
Supercute
When will we b paid
My medallion
Golden parachute
Sex me sex me not
Va va voom
Props n pounds
U make my son shine

THE FLESH
Rebirth of the flesh
Funk radio
U gotta shake something
We got the power
100 mph
The voice inside
Get on up
Gotta broken heart again
A strange way of saying eye love u
Livin 2 die
Just another lover
Down a long lonely road
Do ureself a favour
Witness 4 the prosecution
Instrumental (3:02)
Help me baby
Wonderful ass
Unknown (0:36)

ILL DO ANYTHING
I’ll do anything
The rest of my life
Make believe
Don’t talk 2 strangers
Poor little bastard
Instrumental (2:54)
My little pill
There is lonely
Instrumental (3:17)
Be my mirror
I can’t love u anymore
Instrumental (1:08)
Empty room
Wow
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Reply #14 posted 08/06/20 10:37am

mediumdry

that's quite a diverse selection. He did hook you up! Was the quality excellent across the board, or with the sometimes abysmal quality us mere mortals have always heard?

Paisley Park is in your heart - Love Is Here!
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Reply #15 posted 08/06/20 12:01pm

HollywoodSt

mediumdry said:

that's quite a diverse selection. He did hook you up! Was the quality excellent across the board, or with the sometimes abysmal quality us mere mortals have always heard?



I’d describe sound quality as good to excellent for the vast majority of the tracks; some are very murky though notably A strange way of saying eye love u and noon rendezvous
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