Today, NPG Records and Paisley Park Enterprises, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Records, have released Live At Glam Slam, a previously unreleased live recording in immersive Dolby ATMOS and Sony 360 Reality Audio that documents a historic performance at Prince’s Minneapolis nightclub Glam Slam from January 11th, 1992.
Organized and recorded on very short notice, Live At Glam Slam provides fans with the opportunity to experience Prince and the NPG at the peak of their powers. Arranged to preview the Diamonds And Pearls Tour, this intimate January 11th performance finds Prince & The New Power Generation tearing through songs from the recently released Diamonds And Pearls album at breakneck pace.
This was a night of firsts. Not only was it the very first time that Prince & The New Power Generation would publicly perform the full Diamonds And Pearls Tour show (and the only time they would perform it in the US), but at least five new songs were unveiled, including “Thunder”, “Insatiable”, and “Willing And Able”. The Glam Slam show also marked the debut live appearance of dancer (and Prince’s future wife) Mayte, and of new five-piece horn section, the NPG Hornz, with the band.
Faced with a ticking clock (local ordinance forbade public dancing after 1AM) and an ecstatic audience, Prince and his band were ultimately forced to finish the concert when Minneapolis police entered the venue during the frenetic final moments of “Gett Off (Houstyle)”.
Listen to Live At Glam Slam HERE
In addition to the newly unearthed music and footage, an official multi-part podcast series on the creation and legacy of Diamonds And Pearls will be released, with Episode 1, “Welcome 2 The New Power Generation”, launched tomorrow, October 12th. Hosted and produced by Minneapolis native, author and broadcaster Andrea Swensson, the podcast includes the memories and insights from every member of that era’s New Power Generation and examines the process that led to the album’s creation, and its enduring impact on Prince’s legacy.
Listen to the trailer for the official The Story Of Diamonds And Pearls podcast HERE
The upcoming expanded reissue of Diamonds And Pearls includes 47 previously unreleased audio tracks and over two hours of live filmed concert footage in high definition, a 120-page hardback book that features rare and previously unseen photos by Prince’s photographer Randee St. Nicholas, Prince’s hand-written lyrics, and more in addition to the remastered album itself. Combining an uplifting blend of hip-hop, dance, gospel, and pop, Diamonds And Pearls represents a turning point in Prince’s career where he connected his past influences to the present, an approach that brought him to the top of the charts once again.
Pre-order Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition HERE
The immersive audio release of Live At Glam Slam follows the release of Diamonds And Pearls in Dolby ATMOS and Sony 360 Reality Audio Formats, the first time a Prince album has been released in immersive audio. Mixed from the original multi-track album masters by GRAMMY-nominated, longtime Prince audio engineer, Chris James, the new Dolby ATMOS and Sony 360 RA mixes give fans the opportunity to hear Diamonds And Pearls as they’ve never heard it before.
Diamonds And Pearls Dolby ATMOS, Sony 360 Reality Audio, and newly Remastered Stereo audio formats can be streamed now HERE.
The Dolby ATMOS and Sony 360 Reality Audio Format releases were accompanied by “Get Blue” and “Live 4 Love (Early Version)”, two previously unreleased tracks taken from Prince’s legendary vault. These two songs will appear on the upcoming expanded reissue of Prince & The New Power Generation’s 1991 classic Diamonds And Pearls, to be released on October 27th.
“Get Blue” and “Live 4 Love (Early Version)” followed the prior releases of “Cream (Take 2)”, “Alice Through The Looking Glass”, and “Insatiable (Early Mix-Full Version)”. Issued to accompany the project’s announcement in August, “Alice Through The Looking Glass” was praised by the New York Times as a “groove [that] tells its own sensual story”, while “Insatiable (Early Mix-Full Version)” is a previously unreleased 8’02” demo from Prince’s vault that reveals how the song originally sounded, complete with lyrics and instruments that were removed before it was placed on Diamonds And Pearls.
“Cream (Take 2)” sees Prince experimenting with alternative arrangements for a track that will eventually become a #1 Billboard smash hit.
Stream “Cream (Take 2)” HERE
Stream “Alice Through The Looking Glass” HERE
Stream “Insatiable (Early Mix – Full Version)” HERE