Prince’s estate has released the previously unheard Why the Butterflies, featured on the posthumous release Piano and a Microphone 1983. You can listen to it right here.
The upcoming live album features just Prince in his home studio, singing and playing the piano. It will be released on September 21.
The Deluxe CD+LP format will include a 12” booklet featuring brand new liner notes written by Prince’s engineer Don Batts, Paisley Park artist Jill Jones and Revolution member Lisa Coleman as well as candid shots of Prince including never before seen photos.
“This is Prince reaching for something,” said Lisa Coleman of The Revolution of the tender Why the Butterflies. “This is revealing and personal. I love this side of Prince.
“I think this might have been where his thoughts of When Doves Cry came from. The examination of self and family relationships… and butterflies. I can almost hear his heart beating”.
Prince’s protege Jill Jones added: “This song was around the time of our recording of Mia Bocca, my song, and we were spending time at the house during the break from 1999.
“It was winter in Minneapolis. And freezing cold.
“I felt bad sometimes for Don Batts his engineer, who would drive all the way out to set up the mics or do something in preparation for Prince’s all hours of recording”.
A previously unheard demo of Prince’s 17 Days dropped last week ahead of the release of a new live album, while another previously unreleased Prince song, Mary Don’t You Weep,
features on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s new movie, BlacKkKlansman.
Piano & A Microphone 1983 – tracklisting and credits:
A Case Of You
Mary Don’t You Weep
Cold Coffee & Cocaine
Why The Butterflies