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New Prince album is due in September


A young Prince, at the dawn of his "1999" uprising, can be heard working on an eclectic mix of songs on a new album,"Piano & a Microphone 1983," available September 21.

The collection features nine previously unreleased solo tracks that the soon-to-be superstar, then 25, recorded on a cassette at his pre-Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

The "raw, intimate recording," says a spokesman for the Prince estate, "is similar in format to the 'Piano & a Microphone Tour' that he ended his career with in 2016. "

Highlights include an early version of "Purple Rain" as well as "International Lover" from 1984's "1999" album and "17 Days," which was later reworked for the B-side of the "When Doves Cry" single.

Prince also covers Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" and a Civil War-era spiritual, "Mary Don't You Weep," which will accompany the end credits of Spike Lee's new film, "BlacKkKlansman," opening August 10. Click here to hear it.

"Piano & a Microphone 1983" is the latest of what promises to be a steady stream of material gleaned from Prince's vault. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was 57 when he died of a prescription drug overdose at home in 2016.