At 9 a.m. ET on Good Friday morning, a press release sallied forth announcing a new partnership between Prince and Warner Bros. - a newsflash that actually almost lives up to the drama of its timing. After all, the label was his home for nearly the first 20 years of his career and contains his most successful and beloved music. But the relationship had become so contentious by its end in the mid-1990s that Prince had changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol and painted the word "Slave" on his face to demonstrate his unhappiness.
The 18 core studio albums Prince released for Warner Bros. during those years are, of course, just the tip of the iceberg: The man was and is a monstrously prolific artist, and literally hundreds of unreleased tracks from that era alone reportedly exist, along with material he svengali'ed for other artists, multiple remixes and re-recordings of individual songs, not to mention audio and video footage of his many tours during those years.