A previously unheard album from Prince “Welcome 2 America” is to be released on July 30.
This album had been orginally recorded in 2010. It explores the singer’s views on racial justice, political division, society along with disinformation. See more on the album here.
The album may not have been released officially in 2010 but after it was finished, Prince began a tour called “Welcome 2 America”. This also included his “21 Night Stand” at the Forum in Inglewood in California.
The Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster that Prince made for the tour also sold for nearly $600,000 at auction last year.
This new album will be available on a variety of formats. These include a deluxe edition available on vinyl and CD. This will also include a previously unreleased concert video of Prince’s performance at the Forum in April 2011.
It will also contain recreations of “Welcome 2 America” era ephemerma. This includes a backstage pass, art print, poster, replica setlist, VIP invitation and ticket.
The album also includes contributions from guitarists Tal Wilkenfield, along with musicians Morris Hayes on keyes and drummer Chris Coleman. New Power Generation musicians Elisa Fiorillo and Liv Warfield Shelby J will be on vocals.
It was also confirmed that Paisley Park will give fans the opportunity to mourn Prince at an event on April 21, the fifth anniversary of the singer’s death. Find out more here.
Welcome 2 America track list:
The list of tracks for Prince’s album from 2010, “Welcome 2 America” was also confirmed.
- Welcome 2 America
- Running Game (Son of a Slave Master)
- Born 2 Die
- 1000 Light Years From Here
- Hot Summer
- Stand Up and B Strong [Soul Asylum cover]
- Check The Record
- Same Page, Different Book
- When She Comes
- 1010 (Rin Tin Tin)
- One Day We Will All B Free
Prince – Welcome 2 America (Live at The Forum, April 28, 2011)
- Joy In Repetition
- Brown Skin (India.Arie cover)
- 17 Days
- Theme From “Which Way Is Up” (Stargard cover)
- What Have You Done For Me Lately (Janet Jackson cover)
- Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
- Misty Blue (Eddy Arnold cover)
- Let’s Go Crazy
- Little Red Corvette
- Purple Rain
- The Bird (The Time cover – Prince composition)
- Jungle Love (The Time cover – Prince composition)
- A Love Bizarre (Sheila E. cover – Prince composition)
- Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry cover)
- Inglewood Swinging (cover of Kool & the Gang’s “Hollywood Swinging”)
- Fantastic Voyage (Lakeside cover)
- More Than This (Roxy Music cover)