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Prince’s fans are getting the latest taste of unreleased music from the late musician’s vault with the release of a two-song medley, “Our Destiny/Roadhouse Garden.”
The songs, released Friday by NPG Records/Warner Bros., will be featured on the upcoming deluxe issue of “Purple Rain,” the beloved 1984 album that’s heralded as his greatest work.
“Our Destiny/Roadhouse Garden” was recorded live at Minneapolis’ First Avenue (the nightclub featured in the film) during a show on June 7, 1984 — Prince’s 26th birthday.
The tender ”Our Destiny" features vocals from Lisa Coleman of the Revolution before Prince takes over on the exuberant “Roadhouse Garden,” where he’s joined on the chorus by Coleman and Matt “Dr.” Fink.
Prince’s “Purple Rain” reissue will come in two forms: “Deluxe” and “Deluxe — Expanded Edition.” Set for release on June 23, the project includes six tracks that have “never been released or distributed in the collector or bootleg community,” according to the label.
The previously unheard works include a 1983 solo version of “Possessed,” a studio version of “Electric Intercourse,” which was not known to exist until it was unearthed at the musician’s Paisley Park estate (it was the first track released to tease the reissue), a full version of “Father’s Song,” a finished master of “Katrina’s Paper Dolls” and a 10-minute take on “We Can… .”
In the deluxe packaging, fans will get the 2015 Paisley Park remaster of the original “Purple Rain” tapes along with a “From the Vault & Unreleased” disc, while the expanded version will include the aforementioned, along with a third disc, “Single Edits & B-Sides,” and a concert DVD from Prince and the Revolution’s March 1985 gig at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
“Our Destiny/Roadhouse Garden” and “Electric Intercourse” are available on streaming services and as instant tracks with a preorder of the album.
Listen to “Our Destiny/Roadhouse Garden” here.