First Anniversary of Prince's Death Coincides With Release Of Several Prince Vinyl Exclusives For Record Store Day

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2017 01:46pm | Post a Comment

Exactly one year ago on this date, April 21st, beloved prolific artist and pioneer of "the Minneapolis sound" Prince Rodgers Nelson died at age 57.  Just as they did on that sad day last year, all over the world today fans of the musical legend have been honoring the occasion and the man's legacy generally by playing his music sharing memories of the influential funk/pop multi-instrumentalist. Even late last night fans were already honoring the anniversary as they gathered at Paisley Park, the late artist's home and studio in Minneapolis, as part of Celebration 2017 which is four days of concerts honoring the musician. And today radio stations all over have been playing music from Prince's deep back catalog including by the many other artists that he wrote and produced for.

That Prince catalog will expand some tomorrow, Record Store Day 2017, when a slew of exclusive, limited edition vinyl Prince special issues will be unleashed in record stores including Amoeba where only one copy per customer is allowed.  The 2017 Record Store Day Prince vinyl will include a 7" 45 RPM double A-sided single, picture disc of "Little Red Corvette" / "1999" (pictured above). Another of the several Prince Record Store Day exclusives sure to have fans fiending for tomorrow is a 12" single vinyl pressing of "Pop Life" via Warner Brothers, the label that Prince released perhaps his most popular work on and who issued a bunch of LP vinyl reissues back in February as reported on the Amoeblog.

The other five Prince Record Store Day releases dropping tomorrow are also all 12" vinyl releases. These include a 12" single of "Sign Of The TImes," a 12" single pressing of "I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man," a 12" single pressing of "I Wish U Heaven," "Batdance," and "Partyman" - both of the latter 12" singles harking back to that 1989 Batman movie soundtrack (#1 Billboard album hit) that Prince recorded 28 years ago. Besides these reissues and repackaging of past Prince releases, as confirmed by Prince's estate, the late prolific artist left enough unreleased recorded music to release an album a year for the next century!

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