Prince’s legacy of musical independence is set to be honored on the anniversary of his passing in a unique way. On April 21st, the six song EP Deliverance is set to honor the Purple One by beginning the flood of unreleased gems from his vault. Written when Prince was an independent artist, these songs are being released independently via RMA (Rogue Music Alliance). This is particularly significant given that Universal Music Group was given rights to a majority of his released and unreleased material dating from 1996 on.
The EP is to feature the song “Deliverance” as well as “Man Opera” (which is in four parts including “I Am,” “Touch Me,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “No One Else”; Ian Boxill, who co-wrote and co-produced many tracks that Prince worked on after 2006 (including the albums 3121 and Planet Earth) spent the past year working on mixing and finalizing these songs for release.
Says Boxill, “I believe ‘Deliverance’ is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing. I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many.” He continues, “Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”
The title track, “Deliverance,” is available now on iTunes and Apple Music – check it out HERE. The pre-order for the EP is also available now on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. The EP disc version of DELIVERANCE will be released nationwide on June 2 at Walmart, Target and other major brick and mortar stores.
Just listening to samples of “Deliverance” with it’s bluesy gospel feel instantly remind me of the vast skill Prince had to float from one genre to the next on ANY album. One minute you’re deep in a JB styled funk fest and the next you are bathed in a rock opera of the grandest of scales. He could seduce you on the keys, captivate you on the mic, and mess your head up with the bass guitar.
This release could be the genesis of one of Prince’s most successful years. With Warner Brothers set to re-release Purple Rain complete with more unreleased material from that era later this year, we could see many more great songs we’ve all been longing to hear!