To mark the 1-year anniversary of Prince’s passing, RMA (Rogue Music Alliance) was planning to release a special six song EP titled Deliverance, which features a half-dozen new, undiscovered studio recordings from 2006-08, this Friday, April 21, 2017, but hold the Batphone: See the full update below.
The title track, “Deliverance,” is currently available only on the label’s new purchase website, www.deliverance.is, and can be purchased in either FLAC (designated as “Deliverance HIFI”) or MP3 (“Deliverance MP3”). Three guesses, and the first two don’t count, as to which version I bought and downloaded accordingly.
Deliverance features six previously unreleased tracks: “Deliverance”; “Man Opera,” which includes a four-movement medley: “I Am,” “Touch Me,” “Sunrise Sunset,” and “No One Else”; and a separate,extended version of “I Am.” The songs were written and recorded while Prince was an independent artist, protesting what he saw as an unjust music industry. In the spirit of that independence, and in supporting Prince’s opinion of major label contracts, Deliverance is being released independently via RMA, a Vancouver-based record company. The majority of all sales of Deliverance will benefit Prince’s estate.
As I reported here on HRAC last year in the wake of The Purple One’s untimely death, hi-res Prince music options were fairly limited, and it still remains that way, as you can see right now on HDtracks. I also reported in a separate story how plans for a Purple Rain reissue are in the works for sometime in 2017, but an official release date has yet to be confirmed.
Back to Deliverance, for which Prince and Ian Boxill (2Pac, Gladys Knight, Janet Jackson, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, multiple award-winning Prince albums) co-wrote and co-produced all of the tracks beginning in 2006. After Prince’s 2016 death, Boxill continued their work by spending the past year completing the compositions and arrangements, finishing the production and mixing the songs.
Says Boxill, “I believe Deliverance is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the 1-year anniversary of his passing. I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many.”
Boxill continues, “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.”
UPDATE – APRIL 20, 2017
Vancouver, WA (April 20, 2017) — Matthew Wilson, attorney for RMA, a Vancouver, Washington based independent label, issued this statement today regarding the hearing for a temporary restraining order for the sale of the Prince EP and single, both titled “Deliverance.”
“The Federal Court located in Minnesota has temporarily enjoined the release of the remaining unreleased tracks on the ‘Deliverance’ EP. The court order has not enjoined the released single ‘Deliverance.’ Therefore the ‘Deliverance’ single will continue to be sold.”
David Staley, co-founder of RMA, said in an interview today with Rolling Stone: “I was pleased by the ruling last night, which in a nutshell indicated everything that has been released up to the time of the judge’s ruling, late evening April 19, can be and should be enjoyed by the fans. This includes the ‘Deliverance’ single and all other released works. My team and I are excited for the ‘Deliverance’ single to be available again to Prince’s loyal fans. I, like Ian, feel ‘Deliverance’ is a very timely song and believe it will bring comfort to many in these trying times.”
We’ll continue to report on any new Deliverance developments.