P One Nite Alone (2001)

One Nite Alone (2001)
Prince’s Solo Piano/Voice
Rarity

As brilliant as Prince routinely is, there are still a handful of his releases that are tough to penetrate. For me, this is one. Perhaps his rarest release, One Nite Alone was a CD freebie that was sent out to NPG Club members in 2001. Longtime fans agree that this CD is quite different from the majority of Prince’s work, even though he has included elements of this kind of quiet, soulful cocktail jazz on past albums. As on his “acoustic” album, The Truth, Prince finds it hard to lay off the additional instrumentation, so this isn’t strictly a solo piano and voice album… and is probably better for it. Still, the basic concept comes across clearly. Some of One Nite Alone sounds live in the studio, and you can even hear P pumping the pedals in the quieter moments, driving that point home. Often, when Prince lays off the big beats, his melodies tend to adopt a dreamy, wandering vibe, which is amazing when he layers on a dozen voices, but it’s hard on any given songs’ hook appeal. Still, Prince’s seemingly endless quality and varied, multi-layered styles provide plenty of study-worthy moments on One Nite Alone (not to be confused with the One Nite Alone… Live box set). You can hear one of the LPs more melodic tunes, “Have A Heart,” below. This is an ancient 192 download, so thanks to whomever.


One Nite Alone (3:38)
U’re Gonna C Me
(5:17)
Here On Earth (3:23)
A Case Of U (3:40)
Have A Heart (2:05)
Objects In The Mirror (3:27)
Avalanche (4:25)
Pearls B4 The Swine (3:01)
Young And Beautiful (2:45)
Arboretum (Silence) (3:26)

13 Comments

  • 1
    Joe
    October 19, 2009 - 23:48 | Permalink

    Very interesting, this is new to me…thanks for sharing

  • 2
    Alex S.
    October 20, 2009 - 07:03 | Permalink

    As always you've done a great job with this one. Is there a way we can find a link for "Blue Note Plays Prince"? Been trying to find it for a year and a half now, no luck. There's one in rapidlibrary.com but it has a password. Thanks brother Willard, right on!

  • 3
    Anonymous
    October 20, 2009 - 12:17 | Permalink

    I am so happy. Thank you for this. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.
    Tom

  • 4
    kemper_boyd
    October 26, 2009 - 12:22 | Permalink

    very nice, as always on your blog. i do love prince and i'm expecting him to be back to "parade" standard (maybe i'm dreaming too much). but i would be happy only if could release somethin like Qtip's "kamaal the abstract"

  • 5
    DJ Franck Mado
    November 15, 2009 - 18:30 | Permalink

    To Alex S. the password for Blue note plays Prince is radiodada

  • 6
    Willard
    July 30, 2011 - 10:16 | Permalink

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  • 7
    Rick
    March 24, 2013 - 16:29 | Permalink

    I’ve just spent 8 hours of a country drive listening to Prince Live. I’ve become a total convert. Now to try something unusual – One Nite Alone. Thanks Willard for putting me on to his Purpleness. Am now looking for concert movies – I have the Vegas, which is excellent. Can anyone recommend any good sites for Prince bootlegs and movies?

  • 8
    Willard
    March 24, 2013 - 16:39 | Permalink

    Well… this IS an an unusual one. Good luck with it. Not sure who has a good collection of boots and vids, since I kind of stumble on the stuff I’ve posted (and… I avoid a lot of his boots, too), but here’s a good source for info (The Prince Vault http://princevault.com/index.php/Main_Page)… and (The Ultimate Guide To Prince Bootlegs http://www.angelfire.com/jazz/ug2p/). Thanks fro commenting, Rick.

  • 9
    Bert
    May 27, 2013 - 15:33 | Permalink

    Having so much fun with all the incredible stuff on Wormholes, like to thank U for that!
    Recently I was told to look for the acoustic prince album and I found it here, god bless….but unfortunately the link is dead….any chance for a re-up? Keep up the good work Willard, greetz from The Hague,
    Bert

    • 10
      Willard
      May 28, 2013 - 12:33 | Permalink

      New link up. Sorry for the delay, I got knocked off line this weekend.

  • 11
    JERU
    July 4, 2013 - 17:56 | Permalink

    WONDERFUL WORK HERE WITH THE P. NEVER HEARD THIS STUFF BEFORE OR MOST OF IT. YEAH ITS HARD TO HUNT OR TRACK DOWN THE MAN S WEBS E.T.C. THANX U 2 MUCH

    SEEMS THIS LINK IS DOWN…..JUST TO KNOW

  • 12
    Willard
    July 4, 2013 - 19:12 | Permalink

    New link up, thanks.

  • 13
    corvette75
    June 11, 2014 - 09:40 | Permalink

    that sounds great !

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