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On the record

PAISLEY PIANO

Unreleased piano tracks taken from cassette recordings of Prince in Paisley Park

More Prince news reached us after last issue’s 60th birthday tribute to the late Minneapolis legend had gone to press, as The Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner, announced a new Prince album entitled Piano & A Microphone 1983. Set for release on 21 September, the nine-track, 35-minute album will feature a previously unreleased cassette recording of Prince at the piano in his home studio in 1983. The private rehearsal provides a rare glimpse into Prince’s creative process as he worked through songs including 17 Days, Purple Rain, a cover of Joni Mitchell’s A Case Of You, Strange Relationship and International Lover. It also includes the 19th-century spiritual Mary Don’t You Weep. The LP version comes with new liner notes written by Prince’s then-engineer Don Batts, and never-before-seen photos of Prince.

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The Godfather, Super Fly, Blade Runner, Purple Rain, Clockwork Orange, The Graduate, The Wicker Man, Pulp Fiction, Help!… In issue 17 of Long Live Vinyl we salute soundtracks, round up 50 of the greatest film classics ever committed to vinyl and talk to the good people at Invada Records, who brought us the Stranger Things and Drive soundtracks. Elsewhere this issue, in our packed interviews section we speak to Creation Records founder Alan McGee about the albums that shaped his incredible career in vinyl, working with an astonishing array of bands that included Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Oasis and The Libertines. Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reflects on travelling the world to write the band's best new album in years, Islands, and Gruff Rhys tells us about his own new record Babelsberg. The ever-outspoken John Lydon completes our artist line-up, telling us why he's happier in Public Image Ltd than he ever was in the Sex Pistols. You'll also want to dig into our feature on Grime, arguably the most exciting and fresh musical movement to emerge from British shores since Lydon's punks shook up the 70s. The Trip pays a long-overdue visit to the record shops of Birmingham, while we wish Kate Bush a happy 60th birthday as our Classic Album series turns the spotlight on her 1985 masterpiece, Hounds Of Love. The Who fans, meanwhile, are in for a treat as our Essential feature rounds up the 40 records by Townshend, Daltrey, Moon and Entwistle that every collector should own. We meet the people behind Hypergallery, visit Newport's Diverse Vinyl and, if all that's not enough, you'll find the widest range of new release, reissue, turntable and accessory reviews anywhere on the newsstand, plus essential hi-fi buying advice. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers! Enjoy the issue.