My 50 Favorite Harder-to-Find Prince Tracks, Day 1

8.19 Prince Lovesexy Tour 1988

It’s been almost two-and-a-half years since Prince left us. From December 2015 through December 2017, we lost a ton of rockers, such as George Michael, Lemmy of Motorhead, Glenn Frey and Tom Petty among so many others. There for a while it almost seemed like we were losing one major rock star a month during that time. It was awful, especially for me with George, Tom and Prince.

8.19 Prince & the Revolution

Since Prince’s passing, we have seen much action from his estate. Especially enticing to those of us obsessed with his music is the rumored shelved songs and albums in what is known as The Vault. Thus far, we have been treated with one stunning live album, Piano and a Microphone, a set recorded in 1983 and released last year, in addition to the just-released album of tracks made popular by other artists called Originals. Both are terrific albums, but I am still awaiting either deluxe versions of his classic albums 1999, Around the World in a Day, Parade, Sign “O” the Times, The Black Album and Lovesexy. Not only those, but I am interested in actually getting my hands on the shelved albums like Camille, Dream Factory and his triple oeuvre Crystal Ball, not to be confused with the 1998 triple CD set of outtakes sold by mail order. And, then there’s the cornucopia of material recorded during the Nineties and Aughts. I understand that this takes time, but I am just too excited to hear this music engineered to perfect.

8.19 Prince & ThirdEyeGirl

In the meantime, I have assembled a list of my 50 favorite B-sides, one-off singles, unreleased tracks, songs from soundtracks and tribute albums and other tracks that I have uncovered during my personal 40-year journey with Prince’s music. Today, I will give you 21 through 50. Let’s rock this thing!

8.19 50.Purple Medley

50. “Purple Medley” (single, 1999)

49. “Dear Michelangelo” (Originals, 2019; originally released by The Family)

48. “Jungle Love” (Originals, 2019; originally released by The Time)

47. “Sex Shooter” (Originals, 2019; originally released by Apollonia 6)

46. “When the Lights Go Down” (The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, 1999)

45. “Cloreen Baconskin” (Crystal Ball, 1998)

44. “Girl” (B-side “America,” 1985)

43. “200 Balloons” (B-side “Batdance,” 1989)

42. “God” (B-side “Purple Rain,” 1984)

41. “Movie Star” (Crystal Ball, 1998)

8.19 40.Old Friends 4 Sale

40. “Old Friends 4 Sale” (The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale, 1999)

39. “Teacher Teacher” (Sign “O” the Times outtake, 1987)

38. “Sexual Suicide” (Crystal Ball, 1998)

37. “Mutiny” (Purple Rain outtake, 1984)

36. “Extralovable” (Non-album single, 2011)

35. “If Eye Could Get Ur Attention” (Non-album single, 2015)

34. “La, La, La, He, He, Hee” (B-side “Sign “O” the Times, 1987)

33. “U Make My Sun Shine (feat. Angie Stone)” (Non-album single, 2011)

32. “Alexa de Paris” (B-side “Mountains,” 1986)

31. “Horny Toad” (B-side “Delirious,” 1983)

8.19 30.Free Urself

30. “FREE URSELF” (Non-album single, 2015)

29. “Black M.F. in the House” (New Power Generation – Goldnigga, 1993)

28. “Scarlett Pussy” (B-side “I Wish U Heaven,” 1988)

27. “Can I Play With U (with Miles Davis)” (Parade outtake, 1986)

26. “Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)” (B-side “Let’s Work,” 1981)

25. “Ripopgodazippa” (Crystal Ball, 1998)

24. “Manic Monday” (Originals, 2019; originally released by The Bangles)

23. “The Glamorous Life” (Originals, 2019; originally released by Sheila E.)

22. “Dionne” (The Truth, 1998)

8.19 21.Another Lonely Christmas

21. “Another Lonely Christmas” (B-side “I Would Die 4 U,” 1984)

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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