In Paisley Park, there's a vault of treasures. Prince filled it with never-heard songs. He could write, record, and produce a song a day. He famously shunned sleep, and second takes. "He liked the feeling of first takes, even if they were flawed," said his violinist Novi Novog. Besides, Prince rarely made mistakes. He could play every instrument: drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals. More importantly, he trusted his instincts. Why listen to lesser opinions when Warner Bros. had allowed him - him! a then-19-year-old nobody from Minnesota - to become the youngest major label record producer in history? In music, Prince had nothing left to prove.
But that Paisley Park vault also contains over 50 never-seen music videos, at least 40 of which Prince helmed. Which means it holds Prince's one failed ambition: to direct. He was as full of film ideas as he was of songs, scribbling scripts for a Warriors-esque musical and a religious story about his own struggle with morality. Those never happened. Instead, he starred in one hit, 1984's Purple Rain, and he directed two flops, Under the Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge.