The initial drop includes clips from "The Gold Experience" and "Chaos and Disorder."
The Prince Estate and Sony Music Entertainment are serving up some more special treats for the late rock icons fans with the release of a series of rare music videos from the archives. The first batch in what is promised to be a weekly effort dropped on Friday (Nov. 2) and they included clips from 1995's The Gold Experience and 1996's Chaos and Disorder, including the rocking performance visual for "Endorphinmachine," which was first seen on the 1994 CDRom video game Interactive, where it was well-hidden within the adventure. The video finds Prince, wearing a giant flower-bedecked top hat, performing the track with his band in a room covered with silver foil.
The "Dolphin" video also came out before it appeared on an album, making history as the first video ever played on VH1 Europe in September 1994, according to a release announcing the series. The bare-bones visual focuses on the singer -- with the iconic protest message "Slave" scrawled across his cheek -- performing the song in front of a dazzling American flag while strumming his golden glyph guitar.
The Gold Experience b-side "Rock and Roll is Alive! (And It Lives In Minneapolis)," was only shown as part of the January 1997 VH1 special Love 4 One Another. The video is described as a reaction to Lenny Kravitz's "Rock and Roll is Dead," with Prince and his band jamming at Paisley Park dressed all in winter white while rocking the hometown purple and gold Minnesota Vikings colors, with cameos from Bill and Hillary Clinton and Elvis impersonators.
"For Prince, 1995-2010 was an unprecedented period of sustained and prolific creativity," reads a statement announcing the video drop. "Releasing fresh recordings at a rapid-fire pace through a variety of distribution strategies including his own online NPG Music Club, Prince was making some of the most provocative, experimental and soulful music of his career. Freed from major label demands and expectations, Prince was able to write, record and release his own music on his own terms."
The other videos released in the initial batch include the more widely available visuals for "Gold," "Eye Hate U," "Dinner with Delores," and "The Same December." Click here to see all the videos and see the full list of future releases below.
Watch some of the rare videos.
"Betcha By Golly Wow!"
"The Holy River"
from Crystal Ball
from Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic/Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic
"The Greatest Romance Ever Sold"
"Hot Wit U (feat. Eve) - Nasty Girl Remix"
from Chocolate Invasion
"U Make My Sun Shine (feat. Angie Stone)"
"Call My Name "
"Te Amo Corazón"
from Planet Earth
"Somewhere Here On Earth"
"The One U Wanna C"
"Crimson and Clover"
"Chocolate Box" (feat. Q-Tip)