The late funk icon’s estate has announced that ‘Welcome 2 America’ will arrive on July 30 via the Sony label Legacy Recordings. Recorded in 2010, it’ll feature 11 unreleased Prince originals along with a cover of Soul Asylum’s Stand Up and B Strong. Some songs were either performed live by the star or featured on webcasts or as radio premieres.
As a preview, head below to stream the five-and-a-half minute title track, a spacey, soulful offering with spoken word lyrics that hit out at social media, celebrity culture, and more. A statement posted to Prince’s official Facebook page said:
Prince’s enigmatic and prescient statement album ‘Welcome 2 America’ will be released July 30, 2021, by The Prince Estate and Sony Legacy Recordings. The Deluxe Edition includes the previously unreleased studio album and a full 2011 Prince concert at The Forum on Blu-ray.
Recorded in 2010 before the Welcome 2 America Tour, the studio album ‘Welcome 2 America’ documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice.
Welcome 2 America features some of Prince’s only studio collaborations with bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer CrC, and GRAMMY-nominated engineer Jason Agel, plus vocals by NPG singers Shelby J., Liv Warfield, and Elisa Fiorillo Dease and co-production by Morris Hayes.
“The world is fraught with misin4mation. George Orwell’s vision of the future is here. We need 2 remain steadfast in faith in the trying times ahead,” Prince said in a 2010 statement released by the estate.
‘Welcome 2 America’ tracklist:
- 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
‘Welcome 2 America’ (Live at The Forum, April 28, 2011) Blu-ray tracklist:
- 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)