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Prince greatest hits album, unreleased material coming in November

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene blog

The scouring of the Prince vaults has begun.

NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records will release two Prince albums – the first material unveiled since his death in April – that include a serving of unreleased material.

On Nov. 22, “Prince 4Ever” arrives – a 40-song collection spotlighting his well-worn radio hits (“Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Raspberry Beret,” “Let’s Go Crazy” among them) as well as the unreleased “Moonbeam Levels.” The song was originally recorded in 1982 for possible inclusion on the never-released “Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic” album (easily confused with "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic," which was released in 1999).

The collection will also contain a 12-page booklet of never-before-seen Prince photos taken by Herb Ritts.

Prince fans can also anticipated the early 2017 release of a remastered, deluxe version of “Purple Rain.” Along with the freshened tracks, a second album of previously unreleased material will accompany the 1984 soundtrack. Plans for the reissue were already solidified before Prince died.

  Here is the tracklisting for “Prince 4Ever”:

  1. 1999

    2. Little Red Corvette

    3. When Doves Cry

    4. Let's Go Crazy

    5. Raspberry Beret

    6. I Wanna Be Your Lover

    7. Soft and Wet

    8. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad

    9. Uptown

    10. When You Were Mine

    11. Head

    12. Gotta Stop (Messin' About)

    13. Controversy

    14. Let's Work

    15. Delirious

    16. I Would Die 4 U

    17. Take Me With U

    18. Paisley Park

    19. Pop Life

    20. Purple Rain

    21. Kiss

    22. Sign 'O' The Times

    23. Alphabet Street

    24. Batdance

    25. Thieves In The Temple

    26. Cream

    27. Mountains

    28. Girls & Boys

    29. If I Was Your Girlfriend

    30. U Got The Look

    31. I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man

    32. Glam Slam

    33. Moonbeam Levels

    34. Diamonds and Pearls

    35. Gett Off

    36. Sexy MF

    37. My Name Is Prince

    38. 7

    39. Peach

    40. Nothing Compares 2 U

 

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for Atlanta Music Scene blog on ajc.com.

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