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Previously Unreleased Prince Album Due Out This Summer [Listen]

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Prince Welcome 2 America album cover
Welcome 2 America is due out July 30th. Courtesy: Legacy Recordings and The Prince Estate. Photo Credit: Mike Ruiz

A previously unreleased Prince album recorded in 2010 is being released by Legacy Recordings and the Prince Estate on July 30th. The title track, “Welcome 2 America” is out now on digital and streaming platforms. You can listen now in the player below.

A press release announcing the album calls the project a “powerful creative statement that documents 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.”

The title track features Prince deliver a searing, spoken-word soliloquy set to music about golden parachutes, the superficial nature of social media, reality TV-fueled celebrity culture, and corporate monopolies in the music industry, ultimately concluding that America is the “Land of the free / home of the slave.”

The Deluxe Edition of Welcome 2 America includes the complete studio vault album on both CD and black vinyl (accompanied with a hi-res digital download) plus a never-before-released full concert video of Prince’s April 28, 2011 show in Inglewood, CA, presented in 1080p HD with stereo, 5.1 surround and Dolby Atmos audio. It’s presented in a luxe gold-foil package designed by GRAMMY-nominated artist Mathieu Bitton and GRAMMY-nominated creative director and Prince associate Trevor Guy, complete with a 12”x12” 32-page companion book and embossed vellum envelope containing exclusive Welcome 2 America era ephemera (photographic art print, 23”x36” poster, replica setlist, ticket, VIP invitation and backstage passes).

A numbered, limited edition gold-colored 7” vinyl single of “Welcome 2 America” is available exclusively via the official Prince online store and includes a previously unreleased live version of the song from May 2011.

CBS’ 60 Minutes will air a preview of the album this Sunday, April 11th.

Prince – “Welcome 2 America”

Prince Welcome 2 America Track Listing

(CD/LP/Digital)
 
1.     Welcome 2 America
2.     Running Game (Son of a Slave Master)
3.     Born 2 Die
4.     1000 Light Years From Here
5.     Hot Summer
6.     Stand Up and B Strong *
7.     Check The Record
8.     Same Page, Different Book
9.     When She Comes
10.  1010 (Rin Tin Tin)
11.  Yes
12.  One Day We Will All B Free
 * Soul Asylum cover

Prince – Welcome 2 America (Live at The Forum, April 28, 2011)

Concert Performance (Blu-Ray)
 
1.     Joy In Repetition
2.     Brown Skin (India.Arie cover)
3.     17 Days
4.     Shhh
5.     Controversy
6.     Theme From “Which Way Is Up” (Stargard cover)
7.     What Have You Done For Me Lately (Janet Jackson cover)
8.     Partyman
9.     Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
10.  Misty Blue (Eddy Arnold cover)
11.  Let’s Go Crazy
12.  Delirious
13.  1999
14.  Little Red Corvette
15.  Purple Rain
16.  The Bird (The Time cover – Prince composition)
17.  Jungle Love (The Time cover – Prince composition)
18.  A Love Bizarre (Sheila E. cover – Prince composition)
19.  Kiss
20.  Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry cover)
21.  Inglewood Swinging (cover of Kool & the Gang’s “Hollywood Swinging”)
22.  Fantastic Voyage (Lakeside cover)
23.  More Than This (Roxy Music cover)

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