Twenty-three highly-collectible Prince catalog titles (many of them hard-to-find or out-of-print) and Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 (a newly-curated anthology of 37 essential tracks from the era) are now available across all major streaming services and digital service providers. Many of these albums, long sought-after by fans and collectors, are available for the first time for streaming and download, adding more than 300 essential Prince songs to the artist’s online in-print catalog.
Assembled and curated under the auspices of The Prince Estate, Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 brings together 37 key recordings from the era. Opening with the title track from Emancipation (“This is my most important record,” said Prince when the album was released in 1996) and closing with the anthemic “We March” (from 1995’s The Gold Experience), this new compilation provides 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.
In the mid-’90s, Prince was bucking trends and blazing trails. He got rid of his name, founded NPG Records, and threw off the shackles of accepted music industry wisdom. Between 1995 and 2010, The Artist released new material at a maddening pace for a pop superstar. He experimented musically and logistically, even winning a Webby Award for his pioneering use of digital distribution. The list of NPG-era titles includes The Gold Experience (1995), Emancipation (1996), Crystal Ball (1998), The Rainbow Children (2001), 3121 (2006), Musicology (2004), and Planet Earth (2007) among several others.
Discogs is magnifying Prince’s entire NPG era catalog with The Emancipation of Prince: A Guide to the NPG Era – 1995-2010. The album titles originally released between 1995 and 2010 covers over 20 hours of material. Discogs has worked with Sony Music Entertainment and the Prince Estate to put together a comprehensive guide to this era as it’s incredibly hard to know where to start, even for a Prince enthusiast.
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