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Alone in the Studio in 1983, Prince Is Revealed

Sep 19, 2018 - The New York Times

Even when he played alone, Prince thought like a full band. That’s clear from the opening notes of “Piano & a Microphone 1983,” the first album released by the Prince estate with material from his immense archive, the Vault.

He starts “17 Days” as a funk-gospel vamp, immediately propulsive, attacking its two chords differently with each repetition and syncopating them against his stamping foot. It’s like a band warming up both itself and the crowd, awaiting the star’s big ent...