AOTY 2018

Piano & a Microphone 1983

Prince - Piano & a Microphone 1983
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #152 / 705
User Score
Based on 23 ratings
September 21, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
NPG, Warner Bros. / Label
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The Guardian

These wonderful recordings provide yet more evidence of his colossal talent, and, tantalisingly, it appears that there are still more to come.

This blessed collection of unreleased demos, recorded by Prince to cassette in a single take, is enthralling. It plays like both omen and artifact of his hit-making power.
Consequence of Sound

Prince’s takes on both the American songbook and his own might send you back with more appreciation for the originally released versions. Yet, his spontaneous grappling with these songs is often compelling on its own.

Rolling Stone

This home demo is the rare archival release that actually deepens our understanding of a beloved artist’s process.

The Observer

It’s an intensely intimate experience, appropriately voyeuristic and transgressive for a songwriter who wrote about both things so well.

A.V. Club

The recording is raw ... but that’s also its power. Here’s a notoriously polished artist vamping his way through embryonic versions of future classics.


The whole affair plays like the listener is eavesdropping on Prince creating, and there simply can't be a reissue more valuable than that.

American Songwriter

Clearly this isn’t for everyone. But those looking for a glimpse into the artist, mostly pre-global fame, working out new and old material, will find it an invaluable and unique addition to his already bulging catalog.

Slant Magazine

By all accounts, music for Prince was both vocation and avocation, and it’s a testament to his talent that even at play he was nothing short of transcendent.

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Track List

  1. 17 Days 
  2. Purple Rain
  3. A Case of You
  4. Mary Don't You Weep
  5. Strange Relationship
  6. International Lover
  7. Wednesday
  8. Cold Coffee & Cocaine
  9. Why the Butterflies
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Added on: June 7, 2018