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the fresh prince of the o2 August 30, 2007

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ok so i am going to see prince this week at the o2 stadium, and i’m getting a little excited.

i’m not a concert goer really, i have to really want to see an artist. prince has done a really good thing for his fans – firstly he’s kept ticket prices down and secondly he’s promised to sing what his fans want to hear. say what you want about his eccentricities but these actions speak volumes about his commitment to his fans.

to get myself in the mood, here are some more rare prince tracks, as a sequel to my first ever post. also check out those he produced for and those who went ahead and adopted his sound anyway…

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9 lives

originally written for cat glover and then turned into an unreleased morris day and the time track recorded for their 1990 album, pandemonium. the bassline sounds a bit like ‘7’ but this is more uptempo.

acknowledge me

unreleased track from the gold experience sessions that actually samples two other unreleased tracks from the 80s. very typical of prince’s early 90s output.

all day all night

a 1984 outtake, which probably means it was intended for around the world in a day. ended up on jill jones’ album three years later.

baby gogo

written for nona hendryx in 1986. i haven’t heard her version but i love the production on his.

extra loveable

one of my absolute favourite unreleased prince tracks – can only have been left off ‘1999’ due to the controversial lyrcis. but aren’t most of his lyrics controversial?

i wonder

written for purple rain, left off, then  prince returned to it 8 years later to rerecord new vocals. still unreleased despite being a fan favourite.

if i love you tonight

written in 1979 for an early incarnation of prince’s band the revolution,. actually released 11 years later by mica paris.

irresistible bitch

originally a 1982 b-side, then rerecorded for the abandoned camille project, with wendy and lisa on backup.

love..thy will be done/martika’s kitchen

former disney kid martika’s first album was pop fluff and covers. for her second album, prince provided her with a ready made set including these two songs.

miss understood

outtake from the 1984 project ‘the family’.

player

part of ‘the symbol’ sessions, this is a nice laid back tune.

the sex of it

written for and recorded by kid creole, but i prefer prince’s version.

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7 Responses to “the fresh prince of the o2”

  1. Nice post, bookmark it

  2. […] can find more rare prince here, some tracks he wrote for other artists and some varying attempts to replicate his style. top […]

  3. Ward Says:

    Not sure about “Miss Understood” being an outtake from ’84. The sound is clearly from an earlier session, more likely from “1999”. But what do I know. I’ve only been listening to the guy since 1982 anyway.

  4. […] out my previous prince at the o2 post, some rare prince, the rest of the paisley park family and those that tried to jack his style […]

  5. Frosty Says:

    Love thy will be done is amazing !
    True genius.

  6. Lauren Says:

    Thanks for posting. Extra lovable in incredible, I’d never heard it before this.

  7. Syne Faeth Says:

    I agree with the list mostly,I am not sure what your litmus for rare is,but Irresistible Bitch does not qualify in my book. It was widely played,and often in my region. Maybe it was not played much elsewhere in the country,but my research says that it was not a rare record. A b side yes. It was easy to get a hold of at the time.

    Peace and Love


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