More than two years after his death, the first wave of Prince’s vast catalogue of self-released music is finally available on streaming services.
Legacy Music and the late music icon’s estate announced that 23 catalogue titles are available to stream now.
According to the announcement, the titles include rare and out-of-print recordings in addition to a newly curated 37-track set titled “Prince Anthology: 1995-2010“.
While the albums Prince produced for major labels have long been available to stream, the music he released through his own Paisley Park Records have not. Many of these albums, notes the announcement, have been “long sought-after by fans and collectors,” and will now be available to stream and download for the first time ever, “adding more than 300 essential Prince songs to the artist’s online in-print catalogue.”
The period from 1995 to 2010 was “an unprecedented period of sustained and prolific creativity” for the “Purple Rain” rocker, a time when Prince “was making some of the most provocative, experimental and soulful music of his career” while freed from the shackles of being tied to a major label.
The “Prince Anthology” set – which has been “assembled and curated under the auspices of the Prince estate” – gathers together 37 essential tracks from that crucial era, providing “a coherent musical chronicle of Prince’s artistic and spiritual evolution through the late 20th and early 21st centuries in songs that continue to resonant in the culture.”