We haven’t yet gotten the flood of unheard material that’s been promised once the Prince estate opens the late rock icon’s legendary vault of unreleased material, but on Friday, fans got a pretty amazing gift from the estate on the second anniversary of the singer’s death. Just days after unleashing the original recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” the estate put up The Prince Estate Official Website, a deep dive into Prince’s catalog, with a comprehensive list of all of his recordings (broken down into Studio Albums, Live Albums, Compilations, Legacy Releases, Compilations, Major Albums Produced by Prince, etc.).
All the albums are annotated, with quotes from the artist and others about the music, chart positions, brief descriptions of the recording process and a number of official music videos that were previously held back from major services like YouTube.
Here are seven of the coolest things we found on the site.
In classic Prince fashion, instead of the usual arrow, the site’s navigation is accomplished through an all-seeing Prince eye that “looks” right and left as you move around the page. (Click here to see the logo and everything else.)
For You Credits
The credits for his 1978 debut are legendary, but to see the words “Prince – all vocals and instruments” puts into stark relief just how talented the then-19-year-old singer/producer really was.
Thieves in the Temple (extended version) video
The clip for the song from the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack album is a classic slice of midnight Prince funk, complete with the singer wailing on a harmonica in a smoky alley while wearing what look like garter-belt boots.
The albums Prince produced
Notoriously prolific, Prince also produced nearly 2 dozen albums for other artists, with the site running down the ones you know from such proteges as The Time, Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, Sheila E. and Chaka Khan, to ones you might have forgotten by Bria Valente, Judith Hill, Andy Allo, Graham Central Station, Mavis Staples, Ingrid Chavez and Jill Jones.
The crazy amount of music he made in 1985
The liner notes to the Prince-produced Sheila E. album Romance 1600, note that the first non-Prince album released on his Paisley Park Records imprint came in the same year that he also wrote and produced albums for The Family and Mazarti, released his Around the World in a Day album and began work on the Under the Cherry Moon film and soundtrack, Parade.
The Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic all-star special
Free from his Warner Bros. deal, Prince celebrated the all-star Arista album Rave by releasing it on two new websites (1800newfunk.com and love4oneanother.com) with bonus features, and also putting on an In Demand Pay-Per-View special, Rave Un2 the Year 2000. The latter aired on New Year’s Eve 1999 with guests that included Maceo Parker, Larry Graham, George Clinton and Lenny Kravitz. Also worth noting that indie singer Ani DiFranco appeared on the album, along with Parker on saxophone and songs with Gwen Stefani, Sheryl Crow, Chuck D and Eve.
The 1999 videos all in one place
In addition to the album art, the site collects the clips for “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” and “Automatic” all on a single page.