Studio Nights: Work In Progress CD

Catalog #
Release Year   
CD Length 58:02
Date/Venue Pre Warner Brothers Boom Box Demos/ Fakes
Source Audience/Soundboard
Quality G/VG
G2P Rating 3.5/5.0

Track Listing
1976-77 Boom Box Demos
Sweet Thing, Wouldn't You Love To Love Me, Spending My Time, Rock Me Baby, Untitled, Do You Wanna Ride, Nightingale, Untitled, Untitled, Untitled, Telepphone Conversation, Untitled, Untitled, For You, For You, Untitled, Untitled, Untitled, Soft And Wet, For You, For You, Untitled
Likely A Fake Track
Leaving For New York

Deane's Comments (rates this release 4/5.0)
Most of the titles for these tracks are unknown and those that are listed are most likely wrong. Despite the sound quality, (hey a 1977 boom box), this is an amazing document of a young artist. Many of the tracks have familiar sounding lines in them and even a few early versions of some classic Prince song. An amazing early version of Soft And Wet and a number of work outs of For You. A Must have. Includes a 12 page booklet that has lyrics for a few of the tracks.

Dale's Comments  (rates this release 3/5.0)
A very good early document of Prince working out new material. Most of these tracks suffer from very poor sound qaulity, but that is part of what makes this particular release so special. It was recorded by an enthusiastic 'kid'. There are supposedly a few different versions of this release with a couple more untitled tracks on it. (?)

Mike's Comments  (rates this release 3/5.0)
These are the earliest circulating Prince recordings. There are lot of untitled tracks on here and most of those are very short, unfinished instrumental pieces. More interesting are the finished songs (demos?) which pre-date the For you album. Prince experiments with rock in 'Do you wanna ride?', while 'Leaving for New York' sounds very polished, suggesting it was seriously considered for his first album. The 'Soft and wet' demos are also good and have different lyrics to the version that was released. The only drawback is the sound quality which is often below average; quite likely this is due to many of the songs being recorded on cheap equipment, possibly even a home cassette recorder.

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