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Apr 19 2017

Prince – Deliverance

Prince - Deliverance (princerogersnelson.com)

Prince – Deliverance

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Artist Prince
Album Deliverance (EP)
Year of release 2017

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Review

Late in the evening of April 18th 2017, from Vancouver, Canada (making it early in the morning of April 19th in the Netherlands), it was announced that on April 21st 2017, exactly one year after Prince´s passing, the EP Deliverance would be released, containing new Prince music. The song Deliverance was immediately made availabale online. Waking up was good.

In the meantime we know something more on the project.

RMA, an independent record company, that releases the EP, published the following information.

Deliverance contains six previously unreleased songs: Deliverance, Man Opera, a four song medley consisting of I Am, Touch Me, Sunrise Sunset and No One Else, completed with an extended version of I Am. The songs were written and recorded by Prince at a time he was an independent artist, protesting against the unjust music industry. RMA took it upon itself, in support of Prince´s opinion on big labels, to relese the EP. They also claim that the majority of the proceeds will benefit the Prince estate.

By the way, the announcement was made on the website princerogersnelson.com, Prince’s full name, but without any connection to and from Prince.

Ian Boxill

Ian Boxill - Engineer at Paisley Park (huffingtonpost.com)

Ian Boxill – Engineer at Paisley Park

Where do the recordings come from? Ian Boxill, employed by Prince between 2006 and 2008, is credited as an engineer on the albums 3121 and Planet Earth. He claims he has co-written the songs (contrary to the claim above that Prince wrote the songs) and that he, after Prince’s passing, decided to complete the songs. He further claims that he wanted to release the songs independently, because that was what Prince would have wanted.

Lawsuit

Well. It’s a gift to sweet talk theft. The family/estate filed a lawsuit against Ian Boxill today, who apparently signed a confidentiality agreement, explicitly stating that all the work he did with Prince is and will reamin Prince’s property. The suit also claims that the unauthorized release goes against Prince’s (ie: the family’s) whishes and the way in which songs are to be released. The lawsuit should block the release of the EP.

To me, it’s very clear who’s is right in this case. The music is Prince’s property. Boxill’s claim that he wrote the songs together with Prince is not very convincing. The way of acting is not very ethical, to put it mildly. Everything Prince recorded should be released as is, unaltered.

Very good

Despite all that, I am still glad the new songs are available. I have never heard of these titles, an I know quite a lot of song titles. To fathom all that the vault contains, seems more and more unbelievable with every passing day. It must be a stunnig amount of music. And if it’s all at this high level, we have many great years to come, if the many recordings from the vault are to be released. I have heard the complete EP quite a lot today and it contains many great things:

  • Deliverance
    A truly phenomenal song. Bluesy gospel, warm and inspired: This is not religion but common sense. It reminds me of the equally beautiful The Love We Make (number 17 in my Prince song top 50) off the Emanicipation album. Beautiful guitarwork and his voice covers his complete vocal range, including screaming. Often an indication that he cares deeply about something. The main reason for the four stars for this EP;
  • I Am
    Again a great song: rocking and once again containing great guitarwork;
  • Touch Me
    Reminds me of a The Rainbow Children outtake, one of my favorite Prince albums;
  • Sunrise Sunset
    A musical-like song; the reason this EP doesn’t deserve 5 stars;
  • No One Else
    Great bass- and guitarwork. Top song!
  • I Am (extended)
    See the description of I Am.

Original vs addition

princerogersnelson.com (jenesaispop.com)

princerogersnelson.com

The question to be asked is what was originally recorded by Prince and what was added later. My assessment is that a number of choirs were later added, as well as strings and horns. But, it all sounds very Prince, around the time of the 3121 album, but more inspired. And 3121 is one of the better albums of his later releases. This really is a great release. Just a pity of the unauthorized additions.

Update

On April 20th the judge decided that the EP may not be released until further notice.

In closing

Given the source of the recordings I consider this release a bootleg. I am curious after the outcome of the lawsuit and whether the music will ever be released officially.

What is your take on the EP and the music? Let me know!

 

 

10 comments

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  1. Hamish

    I thought it was ‘nice’ and I enjoyed the thrill of a new Prince release. It is on par with his work of the last ten years, a high standard but nothing earth shattering

    1. A Pop Life (Erwin Barendregt)

      I think the song Deliverance is awesome! Thx for your reply!

  2. pflames

    I’ve been listening 2 it all day! As much as I hate the illegal nature I am thankful it’s out there 4 me 2 enjoy

    1. A Pop Life (Erwin Barendregt)

      Thanks for your reply. I’m just glad I can hear the songs! 😉

  3. Ronald

    Thanks for the review. I guess that Ian Boxill must have something that puts him in the mind to publish this… It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or a lawyer) to foresee that by releasing this you would be sued. So it’s going to be “interesting” to see where this is going to lead.

    1. A Pop Life (Erwin Barendregt)

      Agreed. EP isn’t going to be released, judge ruled against it.

  4. charismatron

    I’m fairly certain Boxill knew precisely what would happen with this release, he just didn’t care. Of all the events which have taken place since Prince’s passing, this one among all the rest was done purely for the fans. It wasn’t for the money (he knew it would get blocked), it wasn’t for any commercial enterprise (including PP itself)–it was 100% for the fans, and it’s unanimous: we love it. It’s for this reason I’d give it a 5 out of 5.

    1. A Pop Life (Erwin Barendregt)

      An original way of looking at it; like it!

  5. Marco Driekey

    I think it `s a shame that the estate didnt released any song from the vault, we got 1 yes 1 song from him last year…It`s alway`s the money they fight for not his legacy..

    1. A Pop Life (Erwin Barendregt)

      Sadly, have to agree. Let’s hope the Prince estate doesn’t as much time as the Hendrix estate needed to sort it all out…..

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