Rolling out across digital music services at midnight, the intimate nine-track project sees the late legend working on such future classics as “17 Days” and “Purple Rain”, “Strange Relationship” and “Mary Don’t You Weep,” which appears in Spike Lee’s new film BlackKklansman.
Revolution keyboardist Lisa Coleman wrote some liner notes for the new release, and she talked with Billboard about the album’s origins. “Listening to this tape is kind of like watching a soccer player warm up with a soccer ball — they just kick it around and bounce it off all the different parts of their body,” she says. “They’re focusing. They’re alone, even though it’s a team sport. In his mind he was always creating for huge audiences and playing to the world, but at this moment it’s just him and the songs and it feels like just you he’s talking to. It’s so intimate. It’s really just him and a piano.”
Stream Piano & A Microphone 1983 below.