Listen to Prince’s Unreleased ‘Purple Rain’-Era “Father’s Song”

    The previously unreleased ballad will be included in the 'Purple Rain Deluxe' reissue this month.

    The Purple One’s estate oversees a vast arsenal of unreleased, unfinished, and tantalizingly unobtainable Prince-penned musical works. “The vault,” as it’s usually referred to, has long been an open secret feeding the mystique of Prince lore.

    But following the prolific songwriter’s tragically premature death last year, some of these unseen masterpieces have been slowly trickling their way into public view.

    Most recently, “Father’s Song,” a number originating from sometime during the Purple Rain sessions has been made available to the masses. You can hear an excerpt of the track below.

    According to the appropriately titled Prince Vault fansite, the song appeared on an early configuration of Purple Rain but was ultimately scrapped, with its dominant melody being adopted for “Computer Blue.” A brief excerpt of the song does appear in the Purple Rain film, however, when Prince’s character The Kid discovers it in his father’s sheet music collection and then performs the melody on a piano.

    Another previously unreleased track, “Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden,” was shared last month.

    Both songs will be included on an upcoming deluxe reissue of Prince’s classic Purple Rain soundtrack. The reissue will be offered in two formats, Purple Rain Deluxe and Purple Rain Deluxe – Expanded Edition, both to be released on June 23. Purple Rain Deluxe will include a 2015 “Paisley Park Remaster” of the original album with a second disc of rarities. The Expanded Edition will include both main discs in addition to a bonus disc of b-sides and alternate versions and a Prince and the Revolution Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985 DVD.

    See the full Purple Rain Deluxe plus the Expanded Edition tracklist below:

    Disc One: Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)

    Let’s Go Crazy
    Take Me With U
    The Beautiful Ones
    Computer Blue
    Darling Nikki
    When Doves Cry
    I Would Die 4 U
    Baby I’m A Star
    Purple Rain

    Disc Two: From The Vault & Previously Unreleased

    The Dance Electric
    Love And Sex
    Computer Blue (“Hallway Speech” version)
    Electric Intercourse (studio)
    Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden
    Possessed (1983 version)
    Wonderful Ass
    Velvet Kitty Cat
    Katrina’s Paper Dolls
    We Can F***
    Father’s Song
    Purple Rain Deluxe – Expanded Edition Track Listing

    Disc Three: Single Edits & B-Sides

    When Doves Cry (edit)
    17 Days
    Let’s Go Crazy (edit)
    Let’s Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix)
    Erotic City
    Erotic City (“Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive”)
    Purple Rain (edit)
    God (Love Theme From Purple Rain)
    Another Lonely Christmas
    Another Lonely Christmas (extended version)
    I Would Die 4 U (edit)
    I Would Die 4 U (extended version)
    Baby I’m A Star (edit)
    Take Me With U (edit)

    DVD: Prince And The Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985

    Let’s Go Crazy
    Little Red Corvette
    Take Me With U
    Do Me, Baby
    Irresistible Bitch
    How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
    Let’s Pretend We’re Married
    International Lover
    Computer Blue
    Darling Nikki
    The Beautiful Ones
    When Doves Cry
    I Would Die 4 U
    Baby I’m A Star
    Purple Rain