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Thread started 04/04/20 1:04am

AaronReturn200
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Prince Multitracks

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I have been told by an insider on Discord that it isn't just Let's Go Crazy circulating with traders. It's every song from 1978-1988 he released with a few well-known unreleased tracks mixed in, supposedly the transfers made when Crystal Ball 2 was being worked on. Does anyone have proof about this?

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Reply #1 posted 04/04/20 4:12am

imprimis

AaronReturn2005 said:

I have been told by an insider on Discord that it isn't just Let's Go Crazy circulating with traders. It's every song from 1978-1988 he released with a few well-known unreleased tracks mixed in, supposedly the transfers made when Crystal Ball 2 was being worked on. Does anyone have proof about this?

A strong suggestion of this, if not actual proof, may be the dry-sounding homemade mixes of "Traffic Jam", "Feel U Up", etc, that have appeared in outtake collections in the past five or so years.

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Reply #2 posted 04/04/20 10:15am

steakfinger

I'd paint three murals for piece of those multitracked asses.

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Reply #3 posted 04/06/20 6:43am

tmcjb

Speaking of...looks like Let’s Go Crazy finally leaked!
"Like the drummer said, you got to die."
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Reply #4 posted 04/08/20 2:43am

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Yep. Definitely circulating. I had a look/listen to the 24 tracks in Audacity last night, but haven't had a proper listen to all the individual tracks. There are more than 3 hours of contents (with a lot of silence, of course).

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I don't believe for a second that everything from 1978 to 1988 is circulating, but more multitracks are and that's a good thing. They're fun to play with.

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Reply #5 posted 04/08/20 12:36pm

BlueShakooo

Big thanks to the "Let's Go Crazy" - Leaker!!
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Reply #6 posted 04/08/20 1:32pm

JudasLChrist

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tmcjb said:

Speaking of...looks like Let’s Go Crazy finally leaked!


Wow...that would be a dream to hear that.

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Reply #7 posted 04/08/20 9:29pm

udo

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Please wake me when I can have the multitrack to WDC. (for the bass)

Pills and thrills and daffodils will kill... If you don't believe me or don't get it, I don't have time to try to convince you, sorry.
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Reply #8 posted 04/08/20 11:01pm

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udo said:

Please wake me when I can have the multitrack to WDC. (for the bass)


The drum track and the vocals!

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Reply #9 posted 04/10/20 6:25am

steakfinger

udo said:

Please wake me when I can have the multitrack to WDC. (for the bass)



The bass is almost certainly the same as or very close to the live version from the Purple Rain tour. I can see why he left it off. It’s not any good. I’m more interested in all the guitar and synth tracks that were left out.
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Reply #10 posted 04/10/20 8:06am

sulls

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Would LOVE to hear!

"I like to watch."
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Reply #11 posted 04/10/20 9:16am

Farfunknugin

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My ears need this!

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Reply #12 posted 04/10/20 10:06am

VaultCurator

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May I ask, with regards to the Let's Go Crazy stems, are the tracks all synchronized from the start? Ie, could they be loaded directly into your studio software and just begin mixing, or do you need to shift them around a bit to get the timing right?

Is it the album version or the 12" mix?

Also, can anyone confirm if any others are circulating?
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Reply #13 posted 04/10/20 10:35am

lustmealways

This would definitely be very cool to hear.

I saw someone mention that Purple Music was also circulating among collectors, that one interests me the most.

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Reply #14 posted 04/10/20 10:57am

FragileUnderto
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eek I hope to hear this.
I have No mixing skills, but would he fun to play with it
[Edited 4/12/20 15:49pm]
Cant believe my purple psychedelic pimp slap pimp2

And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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Reply #15 posted 04/10/20 11:49am

olb99

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VaultCurator said:

May I ask, with regards to the Let's Go Crazy stems, are the tracks all synchronized from the start? Ie, could they be loaded directly into your studio software and just begin mixing, or do you need to shift them around a bit to get the timing right? Is it the album version or the 12" mix? Also, can anyone confirm if any others are circulating?

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This is the extended version. The tracks are more or less synchronized, but I haven't checked them thoroughly. Just loaded them in (gasp...) Audacity, cliked on play, heard that the rough/default mix with all 24 tracks at 100% was, well, rough, but kind of worked, and played with the mute/solo/volume/pan buttons... biggrin (I'm definitely not a sound engineer, BTW.)

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Reply #16 posted 04/10/20 12:20pm

JudasLChrist

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VaultCurator said:

May I ask, with regards to the Let's Go Crazy stems, are the tracks all synchronized from the start? Ie, could they be loaded directly into your studio software and just begin mixing, or do you need to shift them around a bit to get the timing right? Is it the album version or the 12" mix? Also, can anyone confirm if any others are circulating?


I put them in Ableton. They all sync up. I had to make sure they were expanded to their full length. Spent all day yesterday listening to it and trying to get a rough mix of it. Super fun!

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Reply #17 posted 04/10/20 12:59pm

VaultCurator

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olb99 said:

Just loaded them in (gasp...) Audacity, cliked on play, heard that the rough/default mix with all 24 tracks at 100% was, well, rough, but kind of worked, and played with the mute/solo/volume/pan buttons... biggrin (I'm definitely not a sound engineer, BTW.)

Hi olb99,

That's cool. I use Samplitude, but I've heard good things about Audacity. I'm sure you don't have to be a sound engineer to appreciate these tracks. Thanks for the info.

JudasLChrist said:

I put them in Ableton. They all sync up. I had to make sure they were expanded to their full length. Spent all day yesterday listening to it and trying to get a rough mix of it. Super fun!

Hi Judas,

Thanks for confirming that they all sync. Fingers crossed I'll come across them eventually and have a play about at some point. Have a good evening.

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Reply #18 posted 04/10/20 3:32pm

tmcjb

Want to point out a couple cool things about the LGC leak:

Through the cymbal and hi-hat tracks you can actually pretty clearly hear the very first take of the song with totally different vocals and guitar solo.

Speaking of guitar, there are two of Prince's electric guitar tracks: one is the album version, and one (I believe) is the first take version.

[Edited 4/10/20 15:34pm]

"Like the drummer said, you got to die."
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Reply #19 posted 04/11/20 1:13am

olb99

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tmcjb said:

Want to point out a couple cool things about the LGC leak:

Through the cymbal and hi-hat tracks you can actually pretty clearly hear the very first take of the song with totally different vocals and guitar solo.

Speaking of guitar, there are two of Prince's electric guitar tracks: one is the album version, and one (I believe) is the first take version.

[Edited 4/10/20 15:34pm]

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Thanks. I was wondering about the 2 similar guitar tracks.

[Edited 4/11/20 1:16am]

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Reply #20 posted 04/11/20 5:47pm

bsprout

Really cool to listen to these deconstructed lyrics/ music, and have an idea of how the song eventually came together. It gives me a whole new appreciation for the song (and all his output, for that matter). While listening with my headphones I eerily felt like a fly on the wall in the recording studio.
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Reply #21 posted 04/12/20 1:42am

AaronReturn200
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Is there any studio chatter in the default "rough" mix?

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Reply #22 posted 04/12/20 4:06am

Pellwormer

Oh...I also would love to hear that

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Reply #23 posted 04/12/20 12:14pm

fishwillbite

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I've only heard the vocal stem for Let's Go Crazy. I found it interesting how he sings it more funky than you can hear in the mix. Lots of gentle grunts between lines, almost like the ghost notes on a bass.

[Edited 4/12/20 12:14pm]

PIPS! Eurgh...
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Reply #24 posted 04/13/20 5:47pm

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I've had great fun with these in audacity. They sync perfectly. I've always felt Prince over produced some of his rock (i.e. Lets Go Crazy, Fury) and turned them too 'pop'.

I did a quick new mix removing the background vocals and syths (except for the intro), and my god, it would give Dreamer a run for it's money. It's amazing how much depth there is in the guitar tracks once a few layers of gloss are removed.

The most fascinating element of this for me is that the bleed on some of the multi tracks allows us to identify and seperate the elements that were from the original warehouse recordings and which ones were the later studio overdubs. The original recording is pretty rough and it feels like the many overdubs were used to hide a lot of imperfections.

It's also interesting listening to the third overdub of background vocals and that Prince couldn't help himself and was tapping out some kick drum/percussion on something like a seat or surface.

I'm going to do a bit more headphone analysis, and then put the live warehouse version back together without the later overdubs so that I have it in it's 'original' state.

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Reply #25 posted 04/13/20 7:29pm

anildash

It's funny, I had the opposite impulse — dropping all the guitar tracks just to hear the synths on their own. But definitely a highlight is hearing the breakdown on its own; if you have just the drum track and the chicken scratch guitar, it sounds like a really good Vanity 6 song.

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Reply #26 posted 04/14/20 5:51am

SchlomoThaHomo

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I'm so curious to hear these! Are they flacs? wavs? mp3s?

"That's when stars collide. When there's space for what u want, and ur heart is open wide."
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Reply #27 posted 04/14/20 7:26am

olb99

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SchlomoThaHomo said:

I'm so curious to hear these! Are they flacs? wavs? mp3s?

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24 WAV files.

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Reply #28 posted 04/14/20 8:49am

SchlomoThaHomo

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olb99 said:



SchlomoThaHomo said:


I'm so curious to hear these! Are they flacs? wavs? mp3s?



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24 WAV files.



Wow! I’m surprised they haven’t shown up in my usual place.
"That's when stars collide. When there's space for what u want, and ur heart is open wide."
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Reply #29 posted 04/14/20 7:19pm

dsimp8

Would love to hear these !!!
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