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The Madhouse Collection @ Soul Legends
The Madhouse Collection @ Soul Legends
Welcome to The Madhouse Collection @ Soul Legends featuring some of the rarest Prince-related music recorded during the 1985-1993 period. Expanding on the 2 instrumentals from 'The Family' (1985), Prince needed an outlet for most of the jazz-funk music that he had composed. The eventual 'Madhouse' projects featured Prince, Sheila E., Eric Leeds (previously a member of 'The Family'), and Levi Seacer, Jr. In 1993, the lineup was changed & musicians from The New Power Generation (Sonny T. & Michael B.) were also featured. This new lineup became known as 'The New Power Madhouse' in some circles. Most (if not all!) of the songs were written & produced by Prince under the name 'Madhouse', or co-written with bandmember Eric Leeds (saxophone & flute). Madhouse or 'New Directions In Garage Music', continues to be in high demand almost 20 years after the initial release in 1987, but the CDs/albums are also out of print. [NOTE - Most of the Madhouse-related albums/CDs are expensive collector's items, and are still available on sites like Ebay.com.]
The Family - 'Screams Of Passion' (1985, Paisley Park)
The Family - 'Screams Of Passion' (1985, Paisley Park) 
 
Extended version of 'Screams Of Passion' b/w 'Yes', a funky instrumental precursor to the Madhouse projects.

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