It comes as no surprise that up until his death, Prince was constantly recording new albums and working on side projects. But the extent of unheard musical material he left behind was unknown, until now.
ABC news reports that a massive vault inside Prince’s Paisley Park home was drilled into late last week. Bremer Trust, a St. Cloud, Minnesota company, had been given temporary control over his estate and ordered the drilling, as the late musician was the only one who had the password to get in.
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Prince’s recording engineer Susan Rogers told ABC that there’s so much music down there, “We could put out more work in a month than most people could do in a year or more.” Speaking to the Guardian she said, “When I left in 87, it was nearly full. Row after row of everything we’d done. I can’t imagine what they’ve done since then.”
Many of the albums even predate 1984’s Purple Rain – Prince was active during that time in the 80s. Still it was more than he knew what to do with, telling The View in 2012, “One day, someone will release them. I don’t know that I’ll get to release them. There’s just so many.”
Rogers told ABC that there’s enough music to put out one album every year for a century.
The complicated matter at hand is that Prince left behind no will. His family is currently arguing over his estate, though state laws dictate that his belongings have to be divided between his five and a half siblings.
On another note, footage has also been uncovered from Prince’s recent Toronto show, of him covering David Bowie’s “Heroes”. The somber tribute his Piano & Microphone tour is all that more upsetting considering today’s situation. Watch below: