Fans await release of new Prince music from vaults |

Fans await release of new Prince music from vaults

Eric Chaloux
Updated: July 29, 2021 06:55 PM
Created: July 29, 2021 04:56 PM

Prince’s posthumous album "Welcome 2 America" was written and recorded more than a decade ago and will be released on Friday.

The new record has 12 tracks that are coming out of the vault with unheard music from the Minnesota legend, who died more than five years ago.

Depending on when you shopped at Electric Fetus in Minneapolis over the years, there was a chance you could catch a glimpse of Prince.

"He liked wandering around and nobody bothering him — just flipping through and seeing what's what," said Jim Novak, Electric Fetus’ music buyer. “He had very eclectic tastes in music — we didn't know if he was looking for jazz, classical, rap."

Now, the record store is preparing to release Prince’s new album.

"Fans are clamoring for it, we have fans from all over the world that have ordered it from us, we're excited to let everybody hear it," Novak said.

The album was recorded at Prince’s Paisley Park in Chanhassen.

"Studio B is special to me — this building and this whole place is just a magical place," said Morris Hayes, the musical director of "Welcome 2 America" who spoke with ABC’s Good Morning America.

Hayes explained more about what fans will hear in the lyrics during the interview.

"In the wake of George Floyd, it's a poignant record right now, even more so than when we did it," Hayes said.

Back at Electric Fetus, staff prepares for Friday’s release.

"It's about social justice, equality — this could have been his 2020 COVID album," Novak said after listening to the record.

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