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Prince / Welcome 2 America

Unreleased vault album recorded in 2010

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Prince / Welcome 2 America album cover
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The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings are to issue Welcome 2 America a previously unreleased Prince album recorded in 2010. The album was “mysteriously archived” by Prince and features some of his only studio collaborations with bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer Chris Coleman, and engineer Jason Agel, with additional contributions from New Power Generation singers Shelby J., Liv Warfield, and Elisa Fiorillo and keyboardist Morris Hayes, who Prince also recruited to co-produce several tracks on the album.

In terms of chronology, if issued at the time, the album would have sat between 20Ten (2010) and Plectrumelectrum (2014).

Welcome 2 America is being issued on CD and 2LP vinyl, but a four-disc deluxe edition brings together CD, 2LP and blu-ray in a large format package.

The blu-ray is Welcome 2 America (Live at The Forum, April 28, 2011). In typical Prince style, he may not have bothered issuing the album, but he still embarked on a tour of the same name! This is the full show at the forum and it’s presented in stereo, 5.1 surround and Dolby Atmos, and includes a generous 24 tracks from across Prince’s career; big hits, fan favourites and rare covers.

The deluxe edition is large format and features a 32 page 12″ x 12″ book, poster and an “embossed vellum envelope” of limited edition memorabilia all housed in a luxe, gold embossed package.

Welcome 2 America deluxe edition
Welcome 2 America deluxe edition

Sadly there’s no CD+blu-ray edition, which means if you want that blu-ray with the Atmos mix, the deluxe edition is your only option. At the time of writing Amazon France is by far the best deal for UK fans.

Welcome 2 America will be released on 30 July 2021.

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Tracklisting

Welcome 2 America Prince / 2LP vinyl

    • Side
      1. Welcome 2 America
      2. Running Game (Son Of A Slave Master)
      3. Born 2 Die
      4. 1000 Light Years From Here
    • Side B
      1. Hot Summer
      2. Stand Up And B Strong
      3. Check The Record
      4. Same Page, Different Book

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Welcome 2 America Prince / CD

    • CD – Welcome 2 America
      1. Welcome 2 America
      2. Running Game (Son Of A Slave Master)
      3. Born 2 Die
      4. 1,000 Light Years From Here
      5. Hot Summer
      6. Stand Up And B Strong*
      7. Check The Record
      8. Same Page Different Book
      9. When She Comes
      10. 1010 (Rin Tin Tin)
      11. Yes
      12. One Day We Will All B Free

Photographic art print, 23”x36” poster, replica setlist, ticket, VIP invitation and backstage passes

Tracklisting

Prince / Welcome 2 America album cover

Welcome 2 America (Live at The Forum, April 28, 2011) Prince / Blu-ray with live concert

    • Blu-ray
      1.    Joy In Repetition
      2.    Brown Skin (India.Arie cover)
      3.    17 Days
      4.    Shhh
      5.    Controversy
      6.    Theme From “Which Way Is Up” (Stargard cover)
      7.    What Have You Done For Me Lately (Janet Jackson cover)
      8.    Partyman
      9. It’s Alright (Graham Central Station cover)
      10.    Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
      11.    Misty Blue (Eddy Arnold cover)
      12.    Let’s Go Crazy
      13.    Delirious
      14.    1999
      15.    Little Red Corvette
      16.    Purple Rain
      17.    The Bird (The Time cover – Prince composition)
      18.    Jungle Love (The Time cover – Prince composition)
      19.    A Love Bizarre (Sheila E. cover – Prince composition)
      20.    Kiss
      21.    Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry cover)
      22.    Inglewood Swinging (cover of Kool & the Gang’s “Hollywood Swinging”)
      23.    Fantastic Voyage (Lakeside cover)
      24.    More Than This (Roxy Music cover)

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