A previously unreleased single recorded by Prince has been issued from a new EP set for release this Friday, April 21. The collection includes the lead single and title track “Deliverance,” which appears on the EP coming out on the one year anniversary of The Purple One’s tragic death.
RMA (Rogue Music Alliance) is issuing Deliverance which features six tracks – “Deliverance” and a four-movement “Man Opera” medley made up of “I Am,” “Touch Me,” “Sunrise Sunset” and “No One Else,” along with an extended version of “I Am.” According to the press release, Ian Boxill co-wrote and co-produced Deliverance with Prince in early 2006.
“I believe Deliverance is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing,” Boxill said. “I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many. Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”
The EP will be available for streaming via Apple Music, with digital downloads offered by iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. A physical release is set for June 2. However, the newly surfaced material by the man who in 1981 issued an album titled Controversy is already facing a legal challenge.
Minneapolis-based KSTP reports Paisley Park and Prince’s estate have filed a federal lawsuit against Boxill. The suit alleges Boxill signed a contract with Prince, who died last year at the age of 57, giving up any rights to release the music included on Deliverance. The legal action claims the recordings have a value greater than $75,000.
Stream the single “Deliverance” below:
- I Am
- Touch Me
- Sunrise Sunset
- No One Else
- I Am (extended)