The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings continue their partnership in 2019 with the reissue of two key albums from 1996: Chaos and Disorder and Emancipation. New colored vinyl pressings mark their premiere on the format. Another key release from this era, The Versace Experience (Prelude 2 Gold), will also be released on vinyl for the first time. A key thread through Prince’s career was a lifelong quest for freedom. Personal, professional, creative, spiritual and sexual freedoms were key tenets of his mission as a producer, arranger, composer and performer. 1996 was a key year in that quest, which saw him release one of his loosest, shortest, most carefree albums as well as one of his most precise and expansive. These physical reissues will offer another great opportunity for streaming initiatives to illuminate yet another crucial era in Prince’s history.
Adding to the excitement of this wave of Prince releases is the first wide issue of The Versace Experience: Prelude 2 Gold. Released ahead of 1995’s The Gold Experience, the first album credited to Prince’s infamously unpronounceable symbol, The Versace Experience: Prelude 2 Gold was a gift to attendees of the designer’s collection at Fashion Week in Paris. The cassette, featured remixed versions of future favorites “Pussy Control,” “Gold” and “Eye Hate U” as well as rare and commercially unreleased selections by The New Power Generation and Prince’s jazz-fusion project Madhouse. The release went on to be incredibly sought after, with one copy setting a record on Discogs for cassettes, fetching over $4,000.