Yes, he’s still dead, but Prince left behind a massive trove of unreleased material. The first batch of songs will be released Friday through a Vancouver-based indie label called RMA (Rogue Music Alliance) in the form of an EP entitled Deliverance. Nice timing, too, since Friday will be the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death.
These six songs (tracklisting below) were co-written and co-produced with Ian Boxill, a longtime engineer at Prince’s Paisley Park studios. After Prince died, Boxill finished the tracks and offered Deliverance up to the world.
“Wait a second,” you’re saying, “Doesn’t Prince’s estate have a deal with Universal to release all his material posthumously?” Well, yes, but this music was recorded when Prince was officially an indie artist. And because Boxill is created as a co-writer, these songs don’t fall under that agreement.
Rolling Stone has more on the EP here.
Prince Deliverance Track List
2. “I Am”
3. “Touch Me”
4. “Sunrise Sunset”
5. “No One Else”
6. “I Am” (extended)
UPDATE: Aaaaaaand Prince’s estate has sued to prevent the release of the EP.