Lost Prince album to be released this July
Five years after his death, the treasures from the Prince vault just keep on coming, with a previously unreleased album set for release on 30 July.
Recorded in 2010, Welcome 2 America was due to be released the following year to coincide with the star’s US tour of the same name, which went ahead despite the album being shelved.
The LP covers “Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice,” Legacy Recordings said in a statement.
As a taster, Legacy and the Prince Estate has shared the title track, a spoken word song that lambasts social media, celebrity culture and music industry monopolies.
“The world is fraught with misin4mation,” Prince said in 2010. “George Orwell’s vision of the future is here. We need 2 remain steadfast in faith in the trying times ahead.”
Welcome 2 America’s 12 tracks include 11 Prince originals and a cover of Soul Asylum’s Stand Up And B Strong. None of the tracks have ever been released, although a handful were performed live.
A Deluxe Edition includes the studio album alongside a complete, previously unreleased live concert film of Prince and the New Power Generation from his ’21 Nite Stand’ at The Forum in Los Angeles on 28 April 2011.
Listen to Welcome 2 America, the song, below.
Welcome 2 America tracklisting
- Welcome 2 America
- Running Game (Son of a Slave Master)
- Born 2 Die
- 1000 Light Years From Here
- Hot Summer
- Stand Up And B Strong (Soul Asylum cover)
- Check The Record
- Same Page, Different Book
- When She Comes
- 1010 (Rin Tin Tin)
- One Day We Will All B Free
Welcome 2 America (Live At The Forum, April 28, 2011) tracklising (Blu-Ray)
- Joy In Repetition
- Brown Skin (India.Arie cover)
- 17 Days
- Theme From “Which Way Is Up” (Stargard cover)
- What Have You Done For Me Lately (Janet Jackson cover)
- Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
- Misty Blue (Eddy Arnold cover)
- Let’s Go Crazy
- Little Red Corvette
- Purple Rain
- The Bird (The Time cover – Prince composition)
- Jungle Love (The Time cover – Prince composition)
- A Love Bizarre (Sheila E. cover – Prince composition)
- Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry cover)