PRINCE One Nite Alone (2001) – Solo Piano And Voice

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

NOW @320 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.

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
    Willard
    October 18, 2009 - 10:16 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Joe
    October 19, 2009 - 23:48 | Permalink

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

  • 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
    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?

  • 6
    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.

  • 7
    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

  • 8
    corvette75
    June 11, 2014 - 09:40 | Permalink

    that sounds great !

  • 9
    Anonymous
    February 14, 2015 - 14:51 | Permalink

    Has anybody here a link to ONA… live! Thx

  • 10
    GTD
    July 31, 2015 - 09:37 | Permalink

    Thank you very much Willard! I assume alain means the file is mentioned as @320, but is actually a @192.

    • 11
      Willard
      July 31, 2015 - 10:11 | Permalink

      Oh man.. thanks for the note. That’s our OLD file. I DO have this @320 but thought I had already updated it. I’ll re-up the 320 now. Thanks.

      • 12
        GTD
        July 31, 2015 - 11:07 | Permalink

        Wow, great! Highly appreciated!!

        • 13
          Willard
          July 31, 2015 - 11:08 | Permalink

          I appreciate the note. I thought I’d already re-posted this last year.

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