The unreleased album Welcome 2 America, which was recorded in 2010, by the late American singer and song writer Prince, is reportedly set to release in the month of July. Prince’s estate has reportedly partnered with Legacy Recordings, a sub-division of Sony Music Entertainment for the release of the archived material.
The title track is a stunned funk song with spoken-word lyrics featuring a typical withering view of a US characterized as the ‘Land of the free, home of the slave’, which harks back to early 90s, a time when Prince dubbed himself to be ‘enslaved’ to his then record label Warner.
The deluxe version of the album is expected to feature an earlier unreleased concert film of Prince’s gig of 2011 at The Forum, Inglewood, California. The album is reportedly a set of 23 songs that comprises of the cover versions of ‘What Have You Done For Me Lately’ by Janet Jackson, ‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Bob Dylan, and ‘More Than This’ by Roxy Music.
It will also showcase a 32-page book, poster, photographic art print, as well as replica items from the era such as a setlist, sticker ticket, backstage passes and VIP invitation.
It has been reported that a double vinyl edition will feature an etched design on the fourth side. In addition, a 7-in release will present the title track, along with a 2011 recorded live rendition on the side B as a medley with the song named ‘Dreamer’.
The release is anticipated to excite the fans who are eager for the release of further archived material from Prince’s vault, that required drilling into after his demise in 2016. Reportedly, only Prince had access to it.
Supposedly, two posthumous collections have also been released, namely Piano and a Microphone 1983 and Originals which is a compilation of the demos of songs like Manic Monday that he had written for other artists. The expanded versions of the albums Sign O’ the Times and Purple Rain, 1999 have also been issued. These albums apparently feature the unreleased tracks from the artist’s vault.