Published Jun 07, 2016PETA recently released Prince's decades-old pro-vegan anthem "Animal Kingdom" as a reminder of the late singer's devotion to animal rights, but now the veil has been lifted on another series of rarities from the Purple One.
Just last year, Prince pulled his entire back catalogue from all streaming services except Tidal, and now Jay Z's online music service has shared a wealth of rare material to mark the anniversary of the singer's birth. Today (June 7) would have marked Prince's 58th birthday, and despite the fact that the singer's Jehovah's Witness faith precluded him from celebrating the event, others are certainly taking the opportunity to honour the late star.
Tidal has made 15 rare Prince albums available, including B-sides, rarities, previously unreleased recordings and live material spanning from 1987 to 1996.
In a bit of perfect synergy with Jay Z, Prince's 1987 The Black Album is now available to stream, marking the deepest dig back in time amongst the new batch of uploaded albums. The Gold Experience (1995), Chaos & Disorder (1996), Crystal Ball (1998), 1999: The New Master (1999), Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (1999), Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic (2001), The Rainbow Children (2001), One Nite Alone… Live! (2002), One Nite Alone… The Aftershow: It Ain't Over (2002) and Indigo Nights (2008) round out the list of newly available-to-stream solo offerings.
Additionally, Tidal has shared the compilation album titled 1-800-NEW-FUNK (1994) and Prince's soundtrack to Spike Lee's film Girl 6 (1996). Rounding out the list of new treasures are a pair of albums from Prince's band the New Power Generation, Exodus (1995) and New Power Soul (1998).
If you're still sitting on that free Tidal trial, now might be a good time to take the service out for a spin. Otherwise, you might want to shell out for a subscription and immerse yourself in the freshly unearthed Prince goods. You can find more about either option here.
To further commemorate the singer's life and work, his home state of Minnesota has declared June 7 "Prince Day." Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed the holiday, and is encouraging Minnesotans to pay homage to Prince by wearing purple.
It was confirmed last week that Prince's death on April 21 was the result of an accidental opioid overdose.