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Listen to The Story of Diamonds and Pearls

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One can rightly complain about the way Prince’s estate has handled his posthumous releases in terms of their quality and frequency: When the Diamonds and Pearls Super Deluxe Edition with a trove of unreleased tracks from Prince’s vault drops next week, more than three years will have passed since a project of this size dropped (the Sign ‘o’ the Times deluxe was released in September 2020). But what his estate consistently gets right is the podcast that accompanies these releases, which manages to go even deeper than the extensive liner notes. The Story of Diamonds and Pearls is no exception, as it collects stories of those who contributed to the artist’s 1991 album, Diamonds and Pearls, a commercial comeback of sorts (though it’s considered a bit less successful artistically). Journalist Andrea Swensson talks to members of Prince’s band, the New Power Generation, with whom he cut D&P, and, perhaps most impressively, she tracked down a high school girlfriend of his, whom he wrote about in the vault track “Schoolyard.” That level of dedication and commitment to detail (talking to the subject of an unreleased song!) is what makes the official Prince podcast simply the best commercial I’ve ever listened to. —Rich Juzwiak

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